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Google Annual Event to Present New Hardware Lines, Artificial Intelligence

Rumors suggest that Google may unveil a mid-range Pixel phone as a cheaper option to the flagship model currently on sale for $800

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A group of attendees take photos while waiting in line for the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., May 7, 2019. VOA

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to showcase much-anticipated updates to the company’s hardware lines and artificial intelligence.

It will also likely address privacy updates as concerns about data sharing continue to plague the tech industry. Facebook dedicated much of its own conference last week to addressing privacy.

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Rumors suggest that Google may unveil a mid-range Pixel phone as a cheaper option to the flagship model currently on sale for $800. VOA

Rumors suggest that Google may unveil a mid-range Pixel phone as a cheaper option to the flagship model currently on sale for $800. Pichai has a keynote scheduled Tuesday at the company’s annual I/O conference for software developers in Mountain View, California.

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Google says more than 7,000 developers will attend. The conference is focused on updates for the computer engineers that build apps and services on top of its technology. I/O has also become a stage to announce new consumer products. (VOA)

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Google Partners Social Alpha to Support Social Impact Start-ups in India

Google Developers Launchpad is a branch of Google that operates a global acceleration programme which helps start-ups around the world to grow

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Tata Trusts’ initiative Social Alpha said on Tuesday it has entered into a partnership with Google Developers Launchpad to support social impact start-ups in Indias growing start-up ecosystem.

The partnership – Social Alpha Powered by Google Developers Launchpad – is designed to help start-ups gain access to resources including expert mentors, tools, and methodologies for building businesses that can drive meaningful impact on the technology ecosystem.

This initiative will enable Social Alpha to create learning programmes based on information and resources aggregated from a select group of the world’s top accelerators.

Social Alpha will also access Google’s global network, insights from the company’s Silicon Valley-based start-up programmes and Google’s research and best practices on building businesses, products, and teams.

“As we continue to build and grow the lab-to-market ecosystem for high impact innovations in India, our portfolio companies need access to world class technologies especially in the areas of data science and machine learning,” Manoj Kumar, Founder and CEO of Social Alpha, said in a statement.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“Our partnership with the Google Developers Launchpad program will address this gap, and help unlock the immense potential that resides in these start-ups,” Kumar said.

This partnership will focus on supporting start-ups that have the potential and / or are already incorporating Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Technologies in their work.

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“Google Developers Launchpad doesn’t take an equity stake in accelerator portfolio start-ups, but instead focuses on developing companies and their ecosystems over the long term,” said Kevin O’Toole, Google’s Head of International Growth for Launchpad.

Google Developers Launchpad is a branch of Google that operates a global acceleration programme which helps start-ups around the world to grow. (IANS)