Samsung has shipped half a million Note 7 replacements to carriers and retail stores in the US, available to the public tomorrow

In a video last week, Samsung confirmed that replacement Galaxy Note 7 units were coming and that they would be available “no later than September 21st”. Now Samsung has revealed that things are right on schedule with the first big shipment of phones arriving in the US and on their way to carriers and retail locations.

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Facebook launches Mentions for verified public figures on Android

Facebook’s equivalent of Twitter’s verified users are verified public figures that include actors, musicians, and journalists. The most notable perk of being one is the ability to livestream video to your fans from a special Facebook Mentions app. Available to iOS users since July 2014, the app is now available for Android devices on the Play Store.

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Android 7.0 Nougat is apparently set for an August public release

After revealing the Android N Developer Preview back in early March, it seems we’re now getting ever closer to the public release. The final preview is here, developers are updating their apps, and OEMs are hard at work getting updates prepared for devices. That said, we haven’t heard much from Google or from leaks regarding the date of the public release until now.

Today, leakster Evan Blass says that we should be expecting the update “next month”.

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Google Glass going to Super Bowl 50 despite being pulled from the public eye [Video]

We told you yesterday that Google shuttered the Glass social media accounts, but that doesn’t mean Glass is dead. This may sound like the same old song if you’ve followed my thoughts in the past, but it’s a simple fact that Glass still lives in the enterprise. This means doctor’s offices, hospitals, sports stadiums, factories, warehouses and more. One such example happens to be the Denver Broncos, one of two teams headed to Super Bowl 50… more…

Niantic plans to shut down streets for public Pokémon Go & Ingress community events around the U.S.

Niantic, developer of popular augmented reality games Pokémon Go and Ingress, plans to host community events for players in public spaces around the U.S. through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The company announced the project today, with the first event set to kick off this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Google’s £130M deal with UK taxman was “disproportionately small,” says public spending watchdog

The Public Accounts Committee, the British Parliament’s public spending watchdog, has criticized the £130M (5M) tax deal Google struck with the UK government as “disproportionately small.” The committee also criticized the secrecy around how the sum was calculated, reports the Guardian.

Google’s controversial tax deal cannot be properly assessed by MPs because of secrecy surrounding the negotiations, according to a report by parliament’s public spending watchdog. But the deal to pay £130m in back taxes for a 10-year period seems “disproportionately small when compared with the size of Google’s business in the UK”, the public accounts committee has found.

A report published today calls for more to be done to prevent “aggressive [tax] avoidance” by multinational companies, with Google accused of hypocrisy …

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Google partners with Toronto public libraries to offer free take home internet

Google today partnered with six library Toronto public libraries to offer free take-home WiFi. Google is partnering with the city to loan out portable WiFi hotspots for six months at a time. The libraries are all located in low-income areas as Toronto is working to supply internet to everyone in the city (via CBC).

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Google will provide free gigabit internet to everyone in public housing where Fiber is deployed

As part of giving back to the community, Google is providing free gigabit internet service to residents in all public housing where Fiber is deployed. This is a change from an announcement last year where only some in public housing would get free Fiber.

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Google self-driving car strikes public transit bus in its first at-fault accident

Update: Video of the damage has surfaced on YouTube, see below.

In what is likely to become its first accident to be officially documented as at the fault of Google, one of the Mountain View company’s self-driving cars struck a public transit bus earlier this month while trying to get around a sandbag in the road. According to the accident report filed with the California DMV, the car was “traveling at less than 2 mph”  and struck the bus as it passed on its left side…

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