Twitter over-counted number of users, but may make its first ever profit this quarter

Announcing its quarterly financials, Twitter admitted that it had over-counted the number of users it had, but said that the error amounted to less than 1%. It said that even with the correction, it had seen the number of active users grow by 4M in the past quarter …

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Would you ever buy a Jump rig? [Poll]

Google introduced Jump almost two years ago at its annual developer conference as a 360-degree platform that combined a multi-camera rig and specialized software that stitches it all together. Since that time, Google has worked with GoPro and now Yi to create Jump rigs for the two company’s cameras. If you could, would you purchase a jump camera rig to capture 360-degree videos?

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Piracy on Drive & YouTube popular as ever w/ more than 4,700 DMCA complaints last month

Torrent sites around the world are being threatened, especially over the past year, with being shut down or hidden from the public eye. With that ongoing, many pirates have been on the hunt for an alternative way to distribute content, and Google Drive has quietly become a hotspot for this activity…

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Google’s largest ever crisis fund raising $4 million for immigration-related organizations

Google is forming its largest ever crisis fund to deal with the ongoing impact of Friday’s immigration order that restricts entrance into the United States. In a memo (obtained by USA Today), CEO Sundar Pichai detailed the company’s million donation to four organizations, as well as an employee matching program.

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Will Google ever reopen signups for its Google Play Books self-publishing platform?

Google “temporarily” stopped allowing new publishers to sign up for its Google Play Books Partner Center more than a year ago, largely due to rampant piracy on the service. Now, a year and a half later (it was originally shuttered in May of 2015), the Partner Center still hasn’t opened back up…

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Google Pixel Review: Android’s new flag bearer isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the best phones ever

We didn’t expect it to come as soon as it did, but Google’s first solely self-branded smartphone, the Google Pixel, is finally here. In light of how mature the smartphone market has become in the last few years, it’s hard for a new phone to stand out as something that takes anything more than a few baby steps forward. This phone isn’t that much different. But what is different is that it isn’t just any Android phone made by one of Google’s partners. This one is Google’s, and that’s special.

It’s special because Google really has made an effort at building a good top-to-bottom user experience. It’s special because Google has made some clear — in some cases major — improvements to its software and how it works with the hardware. It’s special because it has a great camera. It’s special because it’s the first Android phone to ship with the Google Assistant. It’s special because it’s the first Daydream-ready smartphone. It’s special because it’s the best portal to Google’s services, full stop.

But most of all, I think the Pixel is special because it seems to me that Google’s newly-rebirthed smartphone line has a lot of potential. Yes, there are some things that this phone doesn’t have. But what phone doesn’t? Let’s talk about what the Pixel has going for it.

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Ookla has a new Chrome extension that makes testing your internet speeds easier than ever

Whether its at a hotel, a coffee shop, or even a friend’s house, one thing we tend to do at a new place is check the internet speeds, especially if they seem slow. It’s always nice to know what you’re dealing with when trying to get stuff done and the most reliable place to do so has always been Ookla’s speedtest.net. That site has always been a go to spot for a quick and accurate speed test, but now Ookla has released a Chrome extension to make things even easier.

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Opinion: With Pixel in the picture, 2017 could be one of Google’s most important years ever

Google has finally, officially entered the hardware game. When SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer took to Twitter a few days prior to the event and stated that eight years down the line we would remember October 4 as a day just as important as the birth of Android itself, I strongly believe that this move is what he referred to. Not just the Pixel phones, not just the Assistant, but rather a unified — if a bit prototypical — package that marries the two under the label “Made by Google”.

And what that means, if my understanding is correct, is that over at Mountain View things are just getting started…

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