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Google’s coronavirus testing website went live this Monday.

Google-backed coronavirus testing website reaches booking capacity on first day

Verily, a health-care unit of Alphabet, opened the website Sunday evening in partnership with U.S. government officials.
YouTube will begin placing a text below “made for kids” videos directing viewers to YouTube Kids

YouTube’s major privacy upheaval on kids videos starts

Google has warned that some video creators could lose a bulk of their ad sales following the changes.
The company said videos that “repeatedly brush up against” YouTube’s policies may be removed from its advertising programme,

YouTube expands definition of banned speech, includes insults based on race and sex

The new policies are part of YouTube’s efforts to clean up its platform which has come under scanner over objectionable content.
For many at the company, Alphabet’s purpose and structure was never really clear.

Google founders give up on being the Warren Buffett of tech

Financially, Alphabet was a win because it showed investors that the company wasn’t spending too much on ambitious “moonshot” projects, while highlighting the huge profitability of the main Google business.
YouTube updates guidelines for music video viewing records.

YouTube stops counting paid ads in music-video viewing records

YouTube will now consider only organic views for its music video charts.
A 3D-printed YouTube icon is seen in front of a displayed YouTube logo in this illustration taken October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Ilustration

YouTube to stop showing targeted ads on videos aimed at kids

YouTube has long maintained that its primary site is not for children. But nursery rhymes and cartoon videos on the main site have billions of views.
The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019.

Google starts backing off from China, US Senator says

Google removed its search engine from China in 2010. The company was developing a separate search engine dubbed ‘Dragonfly’ for China but terminated after receiving criticism.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the Google I/O keynote session at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on May 7, 2019.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai turned down a big stock award after lavish payouts

Sundar Pichai reportedly turned down a big new grant of restricted stock in 2018 because he felt he was already paid generously.
A Google spokeswoman confirmed the company has a classifier that screens videos for the YouTube homepage as well as the ‘watch next’ panels that recommend other clips

Inside Google’s secret ‘trashy video’ AI that keeps YouTube homepage clean

The system, which has not been reported before, plays a key role in attracting and keeping viewers on YouTube’s homepage, building a foundation for a flurry of new advertising coming to the video service.
Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet Inc. speaks at the 2019 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April 29, 2019.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt stepping down from Alphabet board

Schmidt, 64, ran Google from 2001 to 2011, overseeing some of the company’s most enduring acquisitions and skyrocketing revenue growth.

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