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Google users in post-Brexit UK to lose GDPR privacy protectionsThey'll be moved to US jurisdiction with notably weaker data protection rights

Just when you think the post-Brexit situation can't get any worse for us poor sods in the UK, another depressing tidbit rears its ugly head. This time, it's news that Google users in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland will no longer be protected by GDPR and will instead be at the mercy of the privacy regulations of the United States.

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The acclaimed SteamWorld series is coming to StadiaSteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Quest will be free for Pro subscribers

Google is working to bring more than 100 additional games to Stadia this year, but not all of them are going to be big-budget AAA releases. Today, Google announced that Image & Form's SteamWorld games are making their way to Stadia in the near future — two of them for free for Pro subscribers.

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YouTube Music lets first people upload their own music (Updated)The new service is inching closer to feature parity with Google Play Music

When Google first introduced YouTube Music, it promised to port over all Play Music features to it. The execution has been excruciatingly slow, but it looks like we're getting there. Google seems to be in the final stages of preparing upload functionality for YouTube Music, as a support page has popped up that explains how you can add your own files to the streaming service. The feature doesn't seem to be live for anyone yet, though.

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Android 11 continues Google's work on the power menu wallet, opening it up to third-party appsThis feature has been in the works for about a year — is it finally coming with Android 11?

Google has been working on showing your credit cards and passes in the long-press power menu since before the stable release of Android 10, and over the last year, we've gotten hint after hint that the company might launch the feature soon. In the first Android 11 developer preview, further evidence pointing to an imminent release has surfaced as Google is working on adding support for third-party applications.

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Verizon may sell the Pixel 4a and 5 after all (Update and retraction)We're retracting our original story - read on

Late last night, I posted a story claiming Verizon was closing up shop on its relationship with Google and the Pixel. As of this morning, I'm retracting that claim, because the previously reliable source from which I received it—a source that I know and trust, and provided information from a variety of contexts and sources—was incorrect. While I'm unable to share more specific information, I have extremely good reason to believe that source was working with inaccurate, unreliable, or outdated information (or all three), which led to a conclusion which is not supported in reality.

At this time, it is our belief that Verizon's statement, repeated below for the sake of convenience, is the best possible guidance on the carrier's plans as regard the Pixel phones in 2020.

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Google Stadia adds support for Galaxy S20, ASUS ROG Phone II, and 18 more phones (Update: Live)If you're still using a Galaxy S8, you're in luck

Google Stadia is out of the pilot phase, but it has yet to go full throttle. For one thing, its free tier is only just starting to rev up. Plus, the list of compatible devices has yet to expand — most irritatingly apparent in the smartphone category. Well, from February 20, that particular net will be cast wider as the game-streaming service has announced support for non-Pixel mobile devices.

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YouTube Music tests new Now Playing UI with simpler access to lyricsShuffle and repeat too

More than a year after launch, Google is still bringing slow, but tangible improvements to YouTube Music. While the ability to upload your own tracks to the service isn't yet live, we now have confirmation that it's coming. A little less exciting piece of news is that the app is testing a new, improved Now Playing interface.

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Android 11's hidden Battery Share menu hints at Pixel 5 reverse charging supportIt's already Pixel leak season

Android beta releases are designed to give us an idea of what future OS updates will bring, but sometimes they also give hints for upcoming Pixel phones. The first Android 11 developer preview is no exception, as it includes a hidden Google settings menu for reverse Qi charging — something that no Google-made phone can currently do.

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Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot betterThey're so much more reliable now, it may actually be useful

When the Pixel 4 landed, one of the biggest features included in the phone was a new radar-based "gesture" system called Motion Sense. Unfortunately for Google, it was pretty garbage at launch — personally, I could never get it to work right. But a new "pause" gesture is rolling out now (probably as part of an app update, but definitely included in Android 11), and across the board, we see big improvements in the overall "finickiness" of the gestures. In short, they don't suck now.

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New pause gesture for Pixel 4 Motion Sense debuts with Android 11And it works pretty well, too

A new pause gesture for the Pixel 4's Motion Sense is rolling out as part of the Android 11 update. This change isn't intrinsically tied to Android 11, but the new Developer Preview does come with an updated version of the Motion Sense app (which controls the Soli radar-based gesture system on the Pixel 4), which allows you to pause and resume media with a "tapping" gesture in the air Motion Sense uses for gestures.

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