April 13, 2021

Google

Google is making another attempt at personal health records

Google is recruiting people to give feedback for a new consumer-facing medical records tool, Stat News reported on Friday. The company wants to know how people want to interact with information pulled from their medical records.

Right now, the company is recruiting around 300 people who use Android devices in Northern California, Atlanta, and Chicago.

This is Google’s second attempt at creating a way for people to access their medical records. In 2008, it launched Google Health, which aimed to give people a way to see their health information online. It didn’t take off, and Google shut it down

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Google will disrupt higher education

Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister used to joke that if Google ever started giving diplomas, colleges were in trouble. But now with Google parent company Alphabet’s latest announcements, it’s really happening. 

A March 11 report from Inc. features an interview with Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who details Google’s plans to launch a series of certificate programs aimed at helping people bridge skills gaps and get jobs in high-growth fields without a college degree.  

As McCollister writes in his new opinion piece, the article goes on to say that most enrollees will finish in six months or

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Google will stop using Oracle finance software, switch to SAP

Google parent Alphabet plans in the coming weeks to stop using Oracle financial software and instead start using software from SAP, CNBC has learned.

Alphabet and Google core financial systems will move to SAP in May, Google told employees in an email that CNBC viewed. The move relates only to the software Google uses to track finances, and there’s no indication that the company is moving other systems off Oracle.

The change comes as Google and Oracle increasingly compete in the cloud computing market, and follows a similar move from cloud leader Amazon, which over the course of several years

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Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: More for your money


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If you own a Google smart display, chances are it’s the first-generation Nest Hub. There have been others: the Lenovo Smart Display powered by Google Assistant or the pricey, camera-equipped Nest Hub Max. At $130 and often on sale, the smaller Nest Hub was the go-to for many smart home consumers.

Now, there’s a new model replacing it. The second-gen Nest Hub is cheaper at $100 (£90, AU$149) and smarter too. What’s not to love? Well, like Amazon’s Echo Show 10, Google showed up with a new feature that might creep you out: Sleep Sensing. 

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Google Finance Adds Crypto Data Tab

Google Finance, a data site maintained by the tech giant, now has a dedicated “crypto” field. And it has prominent placement, too. 

Right at the top of the page, where users can “compare markets,” crypto is listed among the five default markets, which also includes U.S., Europe, Asia and “Currencies.” 

For some, like the “Documenting Bitcoin” Twitter account that surfaced the new feature, this appears to be a signal of crypto’s growing mainstream presence. 

Bitcoin has surged to ever-new heights this year, propelled primarily by institutional adoption of the asset. From MassMutual to MicroStrategy, bitcoin is increasingly a part of

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Google rejects plan to replace third-party cookies with personal ad IDs

In a move with broad potential impact on the ad tech industry, Google says it will embrace its own ad targeting and tracking solution, rejecting other industry efforts to replace the third-party cookie.

The decision by the world’s largest internet platform complicates the prospects for alternative solutions, including Unified ID 2.0, an identity solution spearheaded by The Trade Desk. Unified 2.0 has found support from a lengthy list of ad tech players who have signed on, such as LiveRamp, Nielsen and Criteo. On Wednesday, Xandr announced that it would work with almost any of the ad targeting products in development

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