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Google shows how easy it is for software to remove watermarks from photos

Google’s research division today detailed just how easy it is for computer algorithms to bypass standard photo watermarking practices, stripping those images of copyright protection and making them vulnerable to reposting across the internet without credit. The research, presented at a leading computer vision conference in Hawaii back in July, is described in detail in a paper titled, “On the …

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Conservatives plan attacks on Google, Facebook in net neutrality fight

The impetus for the memo is the ongoing battle over net neutrality. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and a Republican, is preparing to scrap rules on net neutrality put in place by his Democratic predecessor, Tom Wheeler, during the Obama administration. The net neutrality fight pits online content providers such as Google parent Alphabet, Facebook and Netflix …

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Google, Like Facebook, Adds Subscription Tool for Publishers | Media

Credit: Bloomberg News Alphabet’s Google is developing new tools designed to boost subscriptions for news publishers. It follows a similar olive branch from Facebook to an industry that has seen the digital behemoths take over the online advertising market. Google’s latest foray arrives on three fronts. The first is a revamp of its feature, called “first click free,” that allows …

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