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The Mysterious Disappearance of Google’s Click Metric

In Google’s recent end-of-the-year 2019 financial report, the company for the first time disclosed the revenues for YouTube and its Google Cloud unit. However, as Tom Foremski writes via ZDNet, “Google removed key metrics that have been included for more than 15 years: How much money it makes per click (Cost-per-Click (CPC)) and the growth of paid clicks.” From the ... Read More »

Windows Search Went Down For Hours Because of a Microsoft Services Outage

Microsoft’s built-in Windows search went down for more than three hours today due to access and latency issues “with multiple Microsoft 365 services.” While the issues have since been resolved, it comes just days after Microsoft’s Teams service experienced a widespread outage after the company forgot to renew a SSL certificate. The Verge reports: Windows search is built into Microsoft’s ... Read More »

Welfare Surveillance System Violates Human Rights, Dutch Court Rules

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A Dutch court has ordered the immediate halt of an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud because it violates human rights, in a judgment likely to resonate well beyond the Netherlands. The case was seen as an important legal challenge to the controversial but growing use by governments around the ... Read More »

Google Releases a Tool To Spot Faked and Doctored Images

Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Google, has released an experimental platform called Assembler to help journalists and front-line fact-checkers quickly verify images. MIT Technology Review reports: Assembler combines several existing techniques in academia for detecting common manipulation techniques, including changing image brightness and pasting copied pixels elsewhere to cover up something while retaining the same visual texture. It also includes ... Read More »