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Report: FTC approves a fine for Google over YouTube kids privacy probe

Sponsored Links pressureUA via Getty Images Google has to pay the FTC a multimillion dollar fine to settle a probe into YouTube’s shortcomings when it comes to protecting kids using its service, according to The Washington Post. The agency launched an investigation into the video-sharing platform to figure out whether it violated federal data privacy …

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YouTube Music adds seamless switching between audio and videos

Sponsored Links YouTube If you’re a YouTube Premium or Music Premium subscriber, switching between a song and its music video should be smoother as of today. You can hop back and forth between the two, and playback will continue from the same point with no pauses or interruptions, YouTube says. When you listen to a …

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The Netflix business model is bad news for indie games

Sponsored Links The Netflix model doesn’t work for video games. Neither does the Spotify plan, the HBO Go ecosystem or the Amazon Prime Video marketplace. Sure, digital distribution is king and subscription-based streaming services will absolutely become a dominant market force in gaming. But, when it comes to paying content creators, current subscription models just …

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Google Voice for web update makes it much faster to place calls

Sponsored Links Prykhodov via Getty Images Google is making it much easier to place calls through its Voice service’s web interface, adding an always-visible call panel that shows your number and suggested contacts. The panel will remain on the screen whatever it is you’re doing, whether you’re checking messages or listening to voicemail. It even …

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YouTube offers tiered membership levels to boost creators’ revenue

Sponsored Links puhhha via Getty Images Last year, YouTube took to the VidCon stage to share new ways creators could make money. This year, YouTube returned with updates to those programs. For starters, it’s adding new Channel Membership levels. Since last year, fans have been able to pay a monthly fee of $4.99 in exchange …

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Google Assistant launch gesture officially arrives on Android Q beta

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget From the very start, Google intended to fine-tune the gesture-based navigation system it introduced with Android Pie in an effort to make poking around phones with edge-to-edge screens feel a lot more natural. One of the gestures it was working on would summon Google Assistant with a swipe — now that …

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Google Photos will let you manually tag faces it doesn’t recognize

Sponsored Links SOPA Images via Getty Images Google Photos’ product lead David Lieb took advantage of some downtime this week to start a surprisingly open dialogue on Twitter. Yesterday, he asked users what they want to see next from Google Photos — new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, etc. The conversation lasted for hours, and …

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$515 Million in Bitcoin Spent on Illicit Activity This Year Representing 1% of Total BTC Activity

Recent research by Chainanalysis suggests that the amount of bitcoin (BTC) spent on illegal transactions this year could hit a record high of $1 billion, even as the ratio of illegal to legal transactions is shrinking, according to a report by Bloomberg on July 1. As per the report, the total flat value of BTC …

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Boeing teams with flying taxi startup Kitty Hawk on ‘urban air mobility’

Sponsored Links Kitty Hawk Corporation Two of the better-known names in flying taxi development are getting together. Boeing and Kitty Hawk have formed a partnership that will have the two foster “safe urban air mobility.” While they’re unsurprisingly keeping their exact plans under wraps, the team-up is described as mating Kitty Hawk’s innovative side with …

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Google Searches for ‘Bitcoin’ Starting to Catch Up With $10K Euphoria

Data from Google Trends’ search analytics resource indicates that internet googling of ‘bitcoin’ (BTC) is approaching a monthly high as of today, June 24. According to the data, searches for bitcoin are continuing their ascent in the week after the unveiling of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency and blockchain-powered financial infrastructure project, Libra, even as searches for …

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