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Google News Gets a Much-Needed Redesign to Cut Down on Clutter and Confusion
June 28th, 2017 by The Verge on Digital Pivot
Google today unveiled a new look for its 14-year-old news reader that makes the web service much easier to digest. The Google News page now has three sections located at the center of the homepage: a top headlines list, a local list, and a personalized “For You” section containing stories in interest areas you’ve preselected.

Google’s Getting Serious About Building Its Own iPhone
June 15th, 2017 by The Verge on Digital Pivot
When Google curtailed its Nexus program last year in favor of the Pixel, many commentators dismissed that as merely a rebranding exercise to make the latest thing feel fresh. I was in the minority that bought into Google’s promise of a fundamentally different approach that would signal a direct challenge to Apple’s iPhone...
Facebook and Google Completely Dominate the Digital Ad Industry
April 28th, 2017 by Business Insider on Beyond Madison Avenue
Google and Facebook together accounted for an astounding 99% of revenue growth from digital advertising in the US last year, according to an analysis of IAB estimates by Pivotal Research senior analyst Brian Wieser on Wednesday.
Google’s Cheesy Short Film is Also Quietly Brilliant
April 28th, 2017 by Fast Company on Digital Pivot
For a century of filmmaking, the audience has looked at whatever the director has chosen to frame. But virtual reality breaks this old pattern, in that it allows the viewer to turn her head–leaving filmmakers to wonder, how do you tell a story when the viewer can look anywhere?
Google Hangouts is Getting a Major Overhaul to Take On Slack
March 10th, 2017 by The Verge on Digital Pivot
If you know anything about Google’s messaging strategy in the last few years, you know that it’s been a bit of a mess. Allo, the consumer app, launched without the cross-platform features users expect. Text messaging on mobile is mired in inter-carrier warfare. And Hangouts has become a punchline.
Google and Microsoft: No More Piracy Sites on the First Page of UK Results
February 21st, 2017 by The Verge on Digital Pivot
Google and Microsoft have both voluntarily agreed to follow a new code in the United Kingdom to de-list piracy websites from the front page of Google search and Bing results, as well as remove autocomplete terms that could direct users to illegal content, according to a report from The Telegraph.
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