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EU to Google: Your search antitrust concessions aren’t good enough

EU to Google: Your search antitrust concessions aren’t good enough

Google's attempts to diffuse the risk of antitrust punishment in Europe look to be insufficient, the EU's competition commissioner has warned, saying it is "almost 100-percent" likely that more concessions will be demanded. The search company had submitted a list of potential ways it could level the playing field - including giving rivals prime position in results pages - back in April, but according to the EU's antitrust chief, they're unlikely to be considered enough.

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Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google's new "conversational search" feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google's browser. Announced at I/O, the new Voice Search feature builds on the existing ability for Chrome to accept spoken search terms, now listing out your query on screen as you say it, and then able to show the results in Google Now-style cards as well as reading out the answer.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t be evil” slogan was “the stupidest rule ever”

Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t be evil” slogan was “the stupidest rule ever”

Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt made an appearance on NPR's weekly comedy trivia show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! to discuss general ramblings about the company and to promote his new book. While on the show, Schmidt admitted to some interesting things about Google, including the fact that he could read our email if he wanted to.

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Wavii Google acquisition official in natural language bid

Wavii Google acquisition official in natural language bid

This week the folks at natural language technology startup Wavii have confirmed the rumor that they'd been acquired by Google. This deal will have Google growing their efforts to allow users speak to their software and hardware in an more natural way, relying less on pre-set command lines and suggestions. This exchange has the entire Wavii team joining Google in what appears to be a completely well-recieved transaction.

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