TechSummit Rewind 170

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Samsung, Google partnership makes Google Play Music default on Samsung devices

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Samsung and Google have announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and service including on new Samsung devices worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users — allowing users to upload up to 100,000 songs to the service for free.

This is double the storage capacity typically offered. Currently, Play Music offers free storage and playback of up to 50,000 songs from a user’s personal collection.

With the deal, new Samsung devices will come with a three-month trial of Google Play Music. It also includes access to YouTube Red, for watching ad-free videos across YouTube.

The partnership follows Samsung’s decision to exit the music business and shut down its Milk Music service last fall.

Alphabet: Uber hid ripped off self-driving technology

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A new court filing from Alphabet claims that Uber hid a key piece of self-driving technology that it allegedly copied from Waymo, the Google parent company’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary.

According to Alphabet, Uber hid a lidar device designed by former executive Anthony Levandowski based on these files. Alphabet claims that Uber obfuscated the existence of a piece of lidar technology at an Apr. 12 hearing.

Uber had denied that claim, saying that the company didn’t infringe on Alphabet’s patents.

ARM-based Windows 10 laptops coming this holiday

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Microsoft is working with Qualcomm to get Windows 10 running on Snapdragon processors, and we should see the first fruits of that labor in new hardware later this year.

“Our Snapdragon 835 is expanding into mobile PC designs running Windows 10, which are scheduled to launch in the fourth calendar quarter this year.”

-Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm CEO

Unlike Windows RT, these ARM-based systems should support proper desktop apps thanks to an emulator Microsoft is building directly into the OS that’s capable of handling Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and other desktop staples.

Quora raises $85M to expand internationally, develop ads business

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Quora has raised another $85M in funding thanks to a round co-led by Sam Altman on behalf of Y Combinator Continuity, and Collaborative Fund, according to company co-founder and CEO Adam D’Angelo. Previous investors Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz also participated. The fresh capital comes three years after the company’s last $80M round.

YouTube claims that it fixed Restricted Mode problems that filtered LGBTQ+ content

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YouTube claims to have fixed an issue with its Restricted Mode, causing it to incorrectly filter content and hide a large portion of LGBTQ+ videos.

As a result, 12 million more videos are now available in Restricted Mode, including “hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ content.”

The company is also now offering a form that allows creators and viewers to alert YouTube when a company is inappropriately excluded from Restricted Mode by its automated systems.

 

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