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Inside Google & Alphabet (Aug 23rd, 2019)

1. Google shut down 210 YouTube channels after China said it used the platform to intentionally "sow discord" among Hong Kong protestors. Protestors for the past weeks have been demonstrating against Chinese rule, and over a million show up on the streets to do this past week. In a post, Google reveals it shut down the channels after it found they'd all "behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong." - TECH CRUNCH

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2. Google announced new rules restricting what its employees can say about politics and related topics. In an email to Googlers, Google CEO Sundar Pichai discussed new community guidelines discouraging workers from delving into politics on internal forums. “While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not,” the guidelines state, reminding workers their primary responsibility is to do the job they were hired to do, “not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics.” The news comes after the tech giant has found itself embroiled in controversy after many have accused Google of political bias, including President Trump. - RECODE

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3. Google is adding the autocorrect feature to Gmail. While the feature has been automatically enabled for all Gmail users, it won't finish until Sept. 12. The tech giant says it is also adding an option to turn the feature off in case users do not want it. - FORTUNE

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4. Google broke its tradition by simply naming the next Android version Android 10. The tech giant typically names releases after desserts and ranking each new version in alphabetical order, but will no longer do so moving forward. Android 10 is expected to be released sometime this fall. - THE VERGE

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5. The co-founder of Google's DeepMind is on leave. According to the company, it was a mutual decision to give Mustafa Suleyman some time out, but it is expected he should be back by the end of 2019. “Mustafa’s taking some time out right now after ten hectic years,” the company said. - FORBES

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6. Google Photos has introduced a new feature that users can use to search for text in pictures and screenshots. The new Lens capability will also users to copy and paste that text into a document elsewhere. The tech giant is currently rolling out the feature on some Android devices as well as on the web-based version of Google Photos. - GIZMODO

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

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