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YouTube's latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O'Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as "being dedicated to terrorist propaganda".

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A few weeks ago, Google announced that it had teamed up with a mental health advocacy group to take a stab at addressing the US epidemic of depression. People who type the words "clinical depression" into Google search via mobile in the US are now presented automatically with a link to a screening questionnaire to assess their depression. The assertion that Google has the answer to everything just got taken to a whole new level.

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In the wake of the bloody white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville last month, tech companies decided to finally enforce their policies, pushing back against the rise of extremism online. One service caught in the crackdown was the "free speech" social network Gab, which was booted from Google's Play Store, and now the Twitter knockoff is suing for what it claims is "a straightforward violation of the antitrust laws".

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The idea of Google offering a quick online screening test for users who search for "am I depressed" has split opinion among medical experts.

Some say that although the test wouldn't be an official diagnosis, it could nudge people to visit doctors and access useful resources. But others say the test could over-diagnose people - and users should be concerned about their data privacy.

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Android Oreo has at last been fully baked, and given a name, and is rolling out to those of you with a Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or Pixel C; Google says a bunch of other handsets will get Oreo by the end of the year too. So what can you look forward to? Here are the new tricks you'll be able to play around with when your update arrives.

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In April, the US Department of Labor accused Google of gender pay discrimination. The tech behemoth denied the allegations, and when the DoL requested historical salary records from the company, Google argued that the endeavour was too expensive. Lucky for Google, good samaritans at the company have led efforts to compile the wage data.

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If you've got an Android phone, you've probably stumbled into the Google app — at least by accident — before. It shows topics relevant to your interests based on what you've told Google before. But today, it's even more powerful, with trending news and videos appearing in your feed, as well as balancing your interests more carefully and letting you follow topics straight from your search results.

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As calls for increased regulation on the all-consuming power of Google grow louder, the founder of the Opera browser is stepping into the fray. Jon von Tetzchner claims that Google has grown into a monopoly that's making life hell for his development team by using "anti-competitive practices" and making "unreasonable demands" for inclusion in its ad network.