Inside Google & Alphabet - May 22nd, 2019

Inside Google & Alphabet (May 22nd, 2019)

Clinical Trials / Lung Cancer Detection / Password Bugs

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1. Alphabet's Verily will work with Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi, and Otsuka to assist in outreach and enrollment for clinical drug trials. Partnerships related to health care are not new for Google/Alphabet: Google partnered with Johnson & Johnson to develop a platform for robot-assisted surgery in 2015, while Verily and Walgreens have been working together since 2018 to help consumers better manage their medical care. -- CNBC

2. Google developed an algorithm that can detect lung cancer better than a radiologist. The deep learning algorithm can detect lung cancer on a tomography scan with an accuracy rate of over 94%. It outperformed six radiologists when analyzing lungs for which a previous tomography scan was available. Researchers caution that the algorithm is still a long way from deployment in a medical setting. -- GIZMODO 

3. Google owned up to a plaintext password bug. Google announced on Tuesday that it had detected and corrected a bug that stored some user passwords in plain text. This bug did not endanger individual Google accounts, but instead impacted some G Suite accounts. Google will be contacting affected G Suite users and resetting affected passwords. Apparently the bug had been existent since 2005 -- well before Google Apps (as G Suite used to be known) came on the scene. -- WIRED  

4. Bose Speakers has added Google Assistant. Three extant Bose models (Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700) and an upcoming model (Home Speaker 300) are getting the option of using Google Assistant. This addition to Bose speaker functionality comes shortly after Sonos announced that its speakers would have Google Assistant support. This is not inexpensive hardware; the Home Speaker 300 will cost $259.95 when it goes on sale next month. -- CNET  

5. Three ex-Apple chip engineers have left Google. It's not clear how this will affect Google's chip building plans. -- THE INFORMATION

6. Google's awarded a $2 million dollar grant to Full Fact, a fact-checking charity based in the UK. Full Fact was one of the winners of Google’s AI Impact Challenge. -- GOVERNMENT EUROPA

7. Google Calendar and Google Keep each have a dark mode. Finally. -- THE VERGE

8. DHL will use Google's new Google Glass in its warehouse to assist employees in picking inventory items. -- EDELIVERY

9. Ubergizmo spotted a mystery Google filing at the FCC. It's got Bluetooth-only connectivity, which eliminates many of Google's current projects. -- UBERGIZMO

10. Google is changing its policy about advertising abortion services. This follows backlash after advertising by organizations like the Obria Group. -- AD AGE

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) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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