Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in tech news. Here’s what’s going on:
Google wants to help you find a job
Google is adding a new feature to search to help its users find jobs.
Called Google for Jobs, it adds job listings to Google's search results page so that users don't have to leave the site to see them.
Google says it worked with a number of partners on the tool, including LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook and Monster. It will likely hurt businesses that aggregate job listings already, like Austin-based Indeed.
The tool is part of Google for Jobs, the company's push to connect companies and job seekers with new technology. It includes the new Google Jobs API, which the company released last November. Major corporations like Johnson & Johnson have used the tool, which rolls out in coming weeks, to try and fill positions.
Can Amazon keep its drones from hitting birds?
Amazon said Thursday it has started development of an air-traffic control system to manage its fleet as the drones fly from warehouses to customers’ doors.
At a new research and development team near Paris, a dozen software engineers and developers will build a system aimed at ensuring flying delivery vehicles don’t collide with buildings, trees, other drones and -- most unpredictable of all -- birds.
Amazon decided to build it’s own traffic-control system after concluding what’s available isn’t adequate for a large fleet of autonomous drones.
The company has hired engineers with expertise in aviation as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence. France was selected because of the availability of talented engineers interested in this area of aviation.
EU fines Facebook millions over misleading information, and Facebook again takes on clickbait
The European Union’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook $122 million for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
The European Commission said Thursday that when Facebook informed the Commission of the 2014 buyout it said it would be unable to “establish reliable automated matching” between Facebook and WhatsApp user accounts.
But the Commission says that in 2016 WhatsApp offered updates including the possibility of linking user phone numbers with Facebook user IDs.
Meanwhile, Facebook is taking another swipe at fake news and clickbait.
The company says it is once again improving its filter mechanisms to try to prevent buzzy stories that leave out or exaggerate details to get you to click on them.
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