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Andy Rubin takes leave of absence from Essential in wake of Google misconduct allegation

 

According to The Verge and other publications, Andy Rubin has taken a leave of absence from his company, Essential. The news followed hours after The Information broke a story that Rubin was engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate while he led the Android team at Google.

The Information's story is light on details, but I'll present the facts and timeline, such as they are.

According to TI's story, Rubin was the subject of a complaint to Google's Human Resources division regarding an inappropriate relationship. The complaint was filed by the person whom Rubin was in the relationship with.

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You can now ask Google Home to play news videos on your TV

The Google Home doesn't have a display of its own, but it's becoming very good at controlling other screens around your house. You can start playback of content from Google Photos, YouTube, and others with a simple voice command, turning the Home into a voice-controlled TV remote. Google has now added the ability to easily watch news videos on your TV using Assistant commands.

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Twitter's new 'Happening now' section highlights tweets about important sports games and events

Twitter is a great place to find out about stuff that's going on right now. In fact, it's often the first place to get news about certain things, as information spreads through the platform incredibly quickly. Understandably, Twitter wants to leverage its position as a place for first-hand topical content, and its latest attempt to do so is a new feature called 'Happening now.'

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Plex launches Plex News with over 190 sources and growing

Plex is mainly a way to get your own media library organized and streaming to all your devices, but today Plex is announcing a new source of content called Plex News. As the name implies, it's a feed of news and information from various sources that you access from your media library. There are over 190 sources at launch, and Plex says more are on the way.

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Google is reportedly working on "Stamp," an AMP-powered Snapchat Discover clone

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has approached some publishers to participate in a new project allegedly called "Stamp," a portmanteau of "Stories" and their existing AMP service. The new "Stories" would be units of visually-oriented news, comprised of a series of slides including text, photos, and video. If that sounds a lot like Snapchat's Discover or Facebook's Instant Articles, you'd be right.

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CNN app update reintroduces widgets and adds Chromecast streaming for live TV

The CNN app has gone through many updates, redesigns, and revampings. Along the way, it lost widget support, but today's update rights that tremendous wrong. In addition, there is now an option to Chromecast your live TV feed inside the CNN app to another screen.

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CNN app for Android adds Chromecast support and reader mode

Coming off its recent redesign, CNN has just updated its app for Android to support Chromecast streaming of video clips, and a new "reader mode" that condenses the size of headline listings for more information at a glance. If you are interested in increasing the efficiency behind your consumption of news, these changes are sure to make a difference.

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Gaming news breakdown: Upcoming Hearthstone expansion, a handful of Google Play pre-releases, and two intriguing VR titles

Another week, another breakdown of the current happenings in the Android gaming world. This week we have an upcoming 135 card expansion announced for Hearthstone, a few notable Google Play Store pre-registrations, plus two newly announced virtual reality titles coming from Ubisoft and Spry Fox.

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CNN app gets a full redesign in v5.0 update

The CNN app has been on Android for many years at this point, and it's gone through several redesigns. Not all of them have been welcomed by users. In fact, people usually complain loudly. This time is no exception. CNN has revamped its app for the v5.0 update. It's quite different.

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LG's mobile unit records possible worst quarterly loss ever at nearly $400 million

LG just released the company's Q3 2016 financial results, and while at large LG is still profitable, its mobile unit is turning into a truly massive drag on the greater business. I've dug through about five years of LG's quarterly results, and I can't find a single one with a greater operating loss than the staggering $389.4 million the company reported this morning. This time last year, the mobile division was losing money, but not nearly on this scale. For reference, even at its peak bleeding during its ownership by Google, Motorola was only almost managing to burn this much money per quarter.

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