Inside Google & Alphabet - May 14th, 2019

Inside Google & Alphabet (May 14th, 2019)

Browser History / Phone Storage / Fuchsia OS

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1. Google's Chrome browser has a bug that prevents some users from clearing their browser history. Complaints about the browser history bug have been circulating since January, but have picked up with more recent Chrome releases. Google engineers have identified the problem and a fix will be rolling out soon. Meanwhile, ValueWalk is reporting that other Chrome users are dealing with vanishing bookmarks. -- GHACKS 

2. Google Play might be offering a feature to help Android users clear phone space. Looks like Google might be offering some guidance via Google Play to help less technically-savvy users to clear space on their Android phones by pruning unused apps. After making some space on the phone, the same Android users could make their phones even better with Fast Company's guide to Android productivity. -- TECHRADAR

3. Is Google finally doing a little bean-spilling on Fuchsia OS? Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer went on the Vergecast podcast last week and provided a few more (somewhat cryptic) details on the mysterious Fuchsia OS. According to Mr. Lockheimer, Fuchsia is not the next Android, it's not the next Chrome -- and it's not even clear where this new operating system will fit in the Google/Alphabet universe. -- THE VERGE

4. The verdict on the 2019 Google I/O conference was not unanimous. While some announcements from I/O had marketers enthusiastic, others are concerned about Google providing information to users while keeping them on its own site. "Google has been introducing numerous products and features that insert itself between businesses and users under the guise of getting users the info they want faster. The problem is businesses aren’t necessarily seeing the benefits but Google still stands to gain." -- SEARCH ENGINE LAND

5. Gmail finally has an integrated e-mail scheduling tool. CNET breaks down how to use it. -- CNET 

6. Former Google chairman Eric Schmidt went on BBC Newsnight and came to Google's defense on a number of fronts, including China, taxation, and employee complaints. -- BBC

7. Google has launched a new search engine feature to make it easier for military spouses to find jobs. -- MILITARY.COM

8. YouTube has launched a new tool that uses machine learning to cut down longer YouTube ads into six-second "bumper" ads. It's currently in alpha testing. -- TECHCRUNCH 

9. The University of Utah has gotten Google Street View cars to help monitor the air quality in and around Salt Lake. -- UNIVERSITY OF UTAH 

10. A browser extension can take YouTube back to its good old-fashioned classic look. Aaaah. -- LIFEHACKER

Tara Calishain has been writing about search engines since 1996, when she wrote the Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research. She's since authored or co-authored several other search-related books, including Google Hacks. Tara is obsessed with all things related to online information collections. You can say hi at @ResearchBuzz on Twitter.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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