Facebook handed over info on those Russia-linked ads under a search warrant

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There’s more to the $100,000 in ads that Facebook sold to a Russian propaganda company. 

Special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant that forced Facebook to hand over the ads it sold to a company known for pro-Kremlin propaganda, as well as information about them. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook gave up the ads, and CNN later added it was because Mueller obtained a warrant. 

Facebook first admitted to the dealings with the pro-Kremlin interest under testimony to Congressional intelligence committees last week. Without a warrant, however, Facebook didn’t have to actually turn over the ads or relevant records to Congress. Read more…

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Android 8.1 revealed to be coming next as the newest Google Search app gets scrutinized

According to a teardown of the latest version of the Google app for Android, the Mountain View software giant is already working on the next version of Android that will likely arrive in the following 2-3 months for all eligible devices, likely alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

That’d be Android 8.1 and it will likely introduce a neat amount of changes due to the simple fact that it will be joined by a siginificant bump in the Android SDK, which is set to hit number 27. In case you didn’t know, the SDK is essentially a collection of APIs that allows third-party …

Google Search app for iOS is updated with Trending Searches feature

Trending Searches is a new feature that is coming to the iOS version of the Google Search app as part of an update that was pushed out yesterday. As the name suggests, Trending Searches will now show you search results that are “trending around you.” The app is also showing answers to inquiries as you type. This means that you can gather information about your question before you even tap the search bar.

Trending Searches was added to the Android OS last year and the Google Search forum was filled with those who didn’t like it because the content it provided had nothing to do with the information …

Video previews will now appear in Google search results on Android

Great news for Android users, as Google has just announced it has improved its search app on mobile devices powered by its platform. Video previews should appear on Android devices when you search for something.

The new feature is available starting today on the Google app for Android and Chrome on Android, so expect to see video previews when video results show up in the video carousel in the same manner that text snippets appear when you search for texts.

According to Google, these video previews will only play when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Keep in mind …

Search wars: Google may pay Samsung $3.5 billion in license fees

Google is on a licensing renewal spree, and Korean analysts today are chiming in that it may be on the hook for up to $3.5 billion in fees paid to Samsung for carrying its search engine as default, and featuring it prominently on its phones. One look at our Galaxy S8 photo above will tell you why – the Google search bar sits right smack in the middle of the home screen, and there are millions of Samsung phones out there that do the same.
Needless to say, Google hopes to recoup the investment by its ad earnings from its stock search and browsing apps Samsung has …

Report: Google to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS

Securities firm Bernstein sent a note to clients today, stating that Google will end up paying approximately $3 billion to Apple this year to remain the default search engine on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. That is triple the amount that Google paid Apple three years ago for the same licensing rights. The revenue from Google is counted by Apple towards its rapidly growing services business. According to Apple, if its service business was considered a separate company, it would qualify for the Fortune 500.

Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said in his firm’s missive to investors that …

Google brings voice typing to 30 new languages in Gboard, Voice Search and more

New improvements are coming to Google’s apps, the search giant announced. Starting today, voice typing to 30 languages and locales around the world is available in Gboard on Android, Voice Search and more.With the latest update, Google’s speech recognition will support 119 language varieties in multiple apps.

Among the new languages added today, Google mentions support for ancient languages like Georgian. Support for many Indian languages has been added too, along with two of Africa’s largest languages, Swahili and Amharic.

Google is used machine learning models when it added these …

Android Wear bug leaves Google Assistant unable to do anything but basic search requests

A bug affecting smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 is preventing Google Assistant from fully working on the platform. Actually, the virtual assistant will still run very simple Google searches. What it won’t do is set alarm times, send text messages or control smart appliances to name a few features. A community manager keeping his eye on the Android Wear Help Forum posted a message revealing that Google is aware of the problem and is “gathering bug reports.”

While most of the incidents surrounding Google Assistant deal with the version of the virtual personal assistant employed on Android …

SwiftKey for Android soon to add GIF search support, new languages

SwiftKey is about to get one new feature and support for more languages on Android. The new content is already being tested in the beta channel and should be made available to a larger audience very soon.

The main highlight of the upcoming update is GIF search support. The team behind SwiftKey improved its keyboard app with GIF support, as well as new keyboard shortcuts back in June, so the next update should improve on some of the features added less than two months ago.

As the title says, SwiftKey Beta for Android has support for seven new languages like …

Google Play Store search results now treasure quality above all else

Google announced earlier today it had made some changes to its search algorithms in the Play Store, which are meant to provide Android users with better results when they’re looking for an app or game.

What does this mean for developers and Android users alike? It means higher quality apps will surface in the Google Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality. If you’re a developer and your app receives many negative reviews due to excessive battery usage, slow render times, and crashes, the chances are that it won’t appear in Google Play Store results as …