Google owner Alphabet reports 84% rise in profits despite privacy concerns

  • Quarterly profit of $9.4bn exceeded estimates of $6.56bn
  • No signs that rising global privacy concerns would affect profits

Google owner Alphabet shrugged off mounting concerns over privacy on Monday to report an 84% rise in profits for the last quarter.

The results eased concerns that investment in new ventures beyond its core search business was undermining Alphabet’s outlook. There also were no immediate signs that rising global privacy concerns would affect profits.

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Fortnite Mobile: tips and tricks to win the battle royale

Fortnite is one of the most popular battle royale games but it’s not your typical shooting game. In Fortnite you have to manage several other aspects in addition to killing the enemy. Here are some tips and tricks to help you be the last one standing at the end of the battle royale.

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YouTube under fire for censoring video exposing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Platform removed a video exposing Jones’ harmful lies about the Sandy Hook massacre, but has yet to censor Jones himself – raising questions about its approach to fake news

YouTube’s algorithm has long promoted videos attacking gun violence victims, allowing the rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to build a massive audience. But when a not-for-profit recently exposed Jones’ most offensive viral content in a compilation on YouTube, the site was much less supportive – instead deleting the footage from the platform, accusing it of “harassment and bullying”.

Media Matters, a leftwing watchdog, last week posted a series of clips of Jones spreading falsehoods about the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, a newsworthy video of evidence after the victims’ families filed a defamation lawsuit against the Infowars host. But YouTube, for reasons it has yet to explain, removed the video three days after it was published, a move that once again benefitted Jones, who is now arguing that the defamation suit has defamed him.

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Moto G6 Play hands-on: a strong competitor

Motorola has recently launched its latest G family, including the G6 Play, Plus and the standard version. We’ve already got our hands on all three versions, and in this review we bring you our first impressions of the Moto G6 Play, the cheapest of the three models, which promises a long battery life.

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