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Google Introducing Pixel 3 in October, says Report

The search engine giant is also hosting its annual hardware launch event in New York on October 9

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Google has reportedly sent out invites to launch its flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in New York on October 9.

The invitation does not disclose any specific information, except an “I <3 NY” phrase, which subtly hints at “Pixel 3” with the numeral in the heart emojicon, The Verge reported late on Thrsday.

Earlier in June, information including the pictures and specifications of the “Pixel 3” line-up were leaked and revealed that hinted at a missing port for headphone jack.

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Google introduced the Pixel series in 2016 and the rumoured upcoming smartphones would mark the third generation of the line. Pixabay

Both devices are expected to come with design tweaks, including a somewhat controversial large notch on the “Pixel 3 XL”, a glass back for wireless charging on both devices, dual front-facing cameras and a single rear camera, the report added.

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Google introduced the Pixel series in 2016 and the rumoured upcoming smartphones would mark the third generation of the line.

The search engine giant is also hosting its annual hardware launch event in New York on October 9. (IANS)

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Google’s Censored China Search Engine Project Triggers Protests

Several Google employees, including former Senior Scientist Jack Poulson, resigned in September, citing lack of corporate transparency in the wake of the censored search engine project

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google’s offices in the US, UK, Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark witnessed renewed protests by human rights groups over its plan to re-enter China through a censored search application code-named “Project Dragonfly”.

The demonstrations were organised by coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and human rights groups outside the tech giant’s offices. The Tibetan advocacy groups that were protesting included Free Tibet and the International Tibet Network.

“They fear that a censored search engine would lead to further oppression of the Tibetans, as filtered searches would erase terms such as ‘Tibet’ and ‘Tiananmen Square’ in line with the official narrative of the Chinese Communist Party,” the Business Insider reported late on Friday.

The same concerns apply to the Chinese citizens, including other oppressed minorities such as Uighur Muslims and Southern Mongolian people, the report added.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The Internet giant designed a censored version for China search engine to blacklist information about human rights, democracy, peaceful protest, and religion in accordance with strict rules on censorship in the country that are enforced by its Communist Party government.

The dispute began in August 2018 when reports surfaced that Google staffers working on “Project Dragonfly” had been using a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for the censored search engine, which was designed to block out broad categories of information related to democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest, according to The Intercept.

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Several Google employees, including former Senior Scientist Jack Poulson, resigned in September, citing lack of corporate transparency in the wake of the censored search engine project.

In December, Google was forced to shut down a data analysis system that it was using to develop the search engine and the teams working on “Project Dragonfly” stopped gathering search queries from mainland China. (IANS)