What's going on at Google?
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What's going on at Google?

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[MUSIC] Welcome to Alphabet City. This is the show that covers everything to do with Alphabet. Alphabet happens to own lots of companies like Verily, Chronicle, Waymo and Google. I'm your guide Iyaz Akhtar and you are the phenomenal audience. Programming note, this is being recorded early because I'm taking a little time off. Today we're talking about some more Android Q Google Play Music, your comments and more, but first up, there is a mess at Google. Let's go to the garden of Google. [MUSIC] Google has killed off its AI ethics panel, known as the Advanced Technology External Advisory council, or ATEAC for short ATEAC and the members of the panel who were announced on March 26th. They were to meet four times during the course of this year. In a blog post, Google said the panel's purpose was quote, "Consider some of Google's most complex challenges that arise under our AI Principles, like facial recognition and fairness in machine learning." end of quote. The inclusion of Kay Coles James raised the eye of many Google employees. More than 2,000 signed a petition to remove Coles James from the AI panel. A post penned Googlers Against Transphobia says Coles James is vocally anti-trans, anti-LGTBQ and anti-immigrant. Google has dropped the entire AI counsel and said it is going back to the drawing board. Atique lasted for about a week. A new Bloomberg report says, that YouTube prioritize engagement above all else for some time. So what's wrong with that? Well, that's how some videos on conspiracy theories or extreme political views kept showing up in recommendations. The report said quote, scores of people inside YouTube and Google raised concerns about the false, incendiary and toxic content that the world's largest video site surfaced and spread, end quote. A YouTube spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the company added a measure of social responsibility to its recommendation algorithm in 2016 The Bloomberg article also noted how YouTube is not liable for content on it's site under federal law, unless it takes an editorial role that rises beyond a certain threshold. It's an excellent article. I advise you read it in full. Let's head on over to Uptown Updates. [MUSIC] In lighter news, Android Q Beta 2 just came out. The bubbles function is getting a lot of attention. It's similar to those Facebook chat heads. In Android the bubbles give you quick access to communicate with your favorite people. Developers also get access to a foldable device emulator. The good folks at XDA Developers have found a new app which suggest Android Q would be themeable. Android Q Beta 3 should roll around in May. Remember that miniphone that was supposed to save you from your big old phone. The Palm is available as a stand alone device for around $200. The company says that price is good up until the end of April. After that I'd imagine the Palm phone will get a steep discount because who on earth is this device for? If you're looking at the Palm as a companion device this might be the one time where I suggest you get a smart watch. According to the very reliable Evan Blass the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is headed to Verizon on May 16th. The 5G is set to be a Verizon exclusive at first. Also Verizon turned on its 5G network early in two markets, Chicago and Minneapolis. Maybe the company is getting ready for the S10 5G. Google is killing off its Google Play artist hub. It let independent artists post and sell their music on Google Play and Play Music. Okay try to sign up for it now, you'll be redirected to YouTube For Artists. Artist hub will be shutdown on April 30th. As most of you are aware, Google plans to replace Play music with YouTube music by placing a cushion on Play music space while quietly saying, [UNKNOWN] Go to sleep now. There's plenty more, let's just battle through them. Google's call screening feature is coming to the Moto G7 and One lines. Google Duplex is expanding beyond the Pixel. A new support page says Duplex is supported on Android devices running version 5.0 or later, and iPhones with Google Assistant. And John Legends voice is now available on Google Assistant. Let's go to Comment Cove. [MUSIC] This is the part of the show where we shine the spotlight on the most amazing audience in the world, you. On the rumor that the Note 10 could be without buttons. Benny says, if it ain't broke, don't remove it. Why take away buttons on the Note 10? Samsung, find another way to be innovative. Fair enough. Carlos says can you go into detail on the idea that the Samsung fold being used as an all in one actually makes it cheaper than going out to buy a smart phone, tablet, laptop, and a PC due to Dex please? Thanks. nice2geekyou. Okay, let's give it a shot, let's be really considerate on our numbers though. Let's say a phone costs around $800. An eight-inch Samsung tablet costs about 250. The Fold has a 7.3-inch tablet display. As for laptops, maybe a Chromebook is the best comparison to Dex, so that's at least another $200. That brings our conservative total to $1,250. The Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980. Also keep in mind that for Dex, you still need a screen and a keyboard That should increase the cost. So in this very unscientific estimate, it is cheaper to pick up the individual units than the fold. That being said, the fold is just one device, there would be no need for multiple chargers, no need for a hotspot for your laptop or tablet and all your stuff is synched up in one device. Not spread out to three. Plus there's that whole portability aspect. Thanks to everyone for writing it. If you've enjoyed your stay in Alphabet City, please like and subscribe. I'm Zack Turner and I'll see you online. [MUSIC]

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