Google wants to help put local news sources on the front page

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Google announced today that they are adding a new “Local Source” tag to their Google News platform to help readers around the globe identify news sources that may be especially close to a news subject. Often these local news sources can provide additional context and perspective. A problem can rise up though when a local story goes viral and national publishers end up drowning out the local sources. Read more

Google’s Project Soli still in development under the radar

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Last year at Google I/O, one of the more interesting Google technology projects that was on display was Project Soli. The project came out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) lab and used a bunch of radar sensors onboard a small chip that could detect physical movement sans actual touch. Since then, Google has not revealed much about progress on the project, but some new clues indicate Project Soli is still very much alive. Read more

Wield a LightSaber as you battle StormTroopers in Google’s Chrome Experiment celebrating May the 4th and Star Wars

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Today is May the 4th, and you know what that means. Yup, a whole load of Star Wars themed promotions from companies trying to sell you stuff that has nothing to do with the franchise. If you have a couple of minutes spare, though, Google has a great interactive offering that allows you to wield a LightSaber as you battle your way through a bunch of stormtroopers. Join us after the break to find out how. Read more