Google axes political ads in Washington state, LinkedIn does it globally

Google will pause state and local political ads in the state of Washington, according to an article appearing in GeekWire. That’s in response to a new campaign finance law that requires near “real-time disclosure of detailed information about election ads in response to public records requests.” Here’s what Google said in its AdWords policy update: Starting June 7th, 2018, ads[…]

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Google My Business Adds New Post Types for Products and Offers

Google My Business has introduced two new post types, which allow businesses to highlight products and offers. The new ‘product’ and ‘offer’ post types can be utilized by Google My Business accounts to post about product and promotional details. Posts created through Google My Business are displayed in local search and Maps results whenever the GMB listing is returned. Here[…]

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Google Sets Limits on Its Use of AI, but Allows Defense Work

Earlier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai described artificial intelligence as more profound to humanity than fire. Thursday, after protests from thousands of Google employees over a Pentagon project, Pichai offered guidelines for how Google will—and won’t—use the technology. One thing Pichai says Google won’t do: work on AI for weapons. But the guidelines leave much to the discretion of[…]

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Thanks for Training Me Not to Answer My Phone!

I’ve stopped answering my phone—whether it’s my office, mobile, or home phone, I’ve stopped answering it unless: I recognize the phone number and it’s someone I know. I recognize the caller ID and it’s someone I’m willing to talk with—either someone I know or a company/person that I’m willing to talk with. If for some reason, I’ve gone stupid and[…]

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