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Brave Removes Google as its Default Search Engine

As Paul Thurrott reports, Brave is removing Google Search as its default search engine. From the report: Going forward, the Brave web browser will default to Brave Search. “Brave Search has grown significantly since its release last June, with nearly 80 million queries per month,” Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich says. “Our users are pleased with the comprehensive privacy ... Read More »

Android 12 Is Now Available For Pixel Phones

Today, Google has officially launched Android 12 for select Pixel devices. The Verge reports: It’s available to install right now on Pixel 3 and up, including the Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A 5G, the Pixel 5, and the Pixel 5A. It’ll launch on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, as well. Android 12 will be coming ... Read More »

Doctors Blame TikTok For Surge In Teen Girls Experiencing Tics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from People: Doctors around the world are seeing a rise in cases of tic-like behaviors in teen girls, which they believe could be caused by watching TikTok videos about Tourette syndrome. Pediatric hospitals have reported an increase in teen girls coming in after developing tics, sudden twitches or noises that are a common symptom ... Read More »

Google Makes Calling Businesses Less Painful With Features for Seeing Wait Times, Phone Tree Options

Alongside today’s release of the new Pixel 6 smartphones, Google has again upgraded one of the device’s most basic — but often overlooked — functions: the ability to make phone calls. From a report: In previous years, Google Assistant learned to screen your calls and make your reservations by phone via a technology called Duplex. Last year, it learned how ... Read More »

Software Freedom Conservancy Sues Vizio for GPL Violations

Jeremy Allison – Sam writes: Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software and defends the free software General Public License (GPL), announced today it has filed a lawsuit against Vizio for what it calls repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the GPL. The lawsuit alleges that Vizio’s TV products, built on its SmartCast system, ... Read More »