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Google Assistant support for Russian is starting to roll out

The virtual assistant race between the big tech names might be cooling down a bit, but Google is still regularly pushing the envelope with its Assistant. In just the last week the company has added Duo video call support, Dutch language compatibility, and news story highlighting. Now it's also silently starting to roll out support for Russian—a feature it's been testing since January

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Nokia teases May 29 event with 'some new stuff to share'

Nokia under HMD Global has been on a roll, and the momentum doesn't seem like it's going to stop anytime soon. The company announced the Nokia X6 less than two weeks ago, but has scheduled an event for May 29th where Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas says that there's "some new stuff to share."

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Google Pay on Wear OS expands to two new countries

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Google and Amazon are closing 'domain fronting' loopholes used to bypass web censorship

For years, governments around the world have tried to block various web services. This has often proved tricky in recent times, as the recent Telegram bans in Iran and Russia revealed. For example, Russia broke countless other sites while attempting to block Telegram, because they shared the same infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud Messaging, etc).

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Russia attempts to block Telegram with all the restrained composure of a bull in a china shop

The global availability of smartphones and the app stores that house their software makes it as easy for developers to share their work with users down the street as those living on the other side of the world. And while we tend to feel that broad access to software is almost always a good thing, not everyone is going to agree, and sometimes all it takes is one government getting upset about one app to cause some serious fallout. That's pretty much what we're seeing right now, as Russia makes moves against Telegram that are already having some serious consequences.

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Russia will block access to Telegram over continued refusal to let authorities read messages

A Russian court has ruled today that access to Telegram will be blocked in the country, Reuters reports. The messaging service has been facing trouble in Russia over refusing to share its encryption keys with state authorities, even after losing multiple legal cases.

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Hublot's $5,200 Wear OS watch to be worn by 2018 FIFA World Cup referees, limited to 2,018 pieces

Hublot has become the latest watchmaker to delve into the realm of Andr- I mean, Wear OS watches. Its new watch, dubbed 'Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia' (seriously) will be worn by referees for the --- you guessed it --- 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it'll retail for 5,000 Swiss francs (~$5,200 US). It'll be limited to 2,018 pieces.

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Telegram loses appeal to keep encryption keys from Russian government

Telegram is a popular messaging service in Russia, partially because of its encrypted communication capabilities. However, the company may be forced to disclose its encryption keys if a new court ruling stands. Russian Supreme Court Judge Alla Nazarova denied Telegram's appeal today, ordering it to hand over the keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

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Google allegedly testing Russian support for Assistant

Google Assistant currently supports English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. As you may have noticed, Russian is one of the many languages missing. The 150+ million native speakers represent a huge potential market for Google, and now it looks like the company is Russian (heh) to add support for the language to Assistant.

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Chrome on Android adding support for third-party search engine logos

Earlier this year, an anti-trust lawsuit in Russia led Google to make some changes with Chrome on Android. The settlement required Google to develop a search widget that uses any search engine, which shipped as part of Chrome 60. Chrome also now asks users in Russia to pick a search engine when first installed. In a related move, Google is adding support for custom search engine logos in Chrome for Android.

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