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Weekly Update - August 15, 2020: Profiles, Meet, AdSense

This week’s updates include new Google Search Profile Cards, updates to Google Meet for education, and changes to AdSense payment options.Plus there are updates for video creators, bloggers, business owners and more.

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  • Google has introduced People Cards in the Google Search results. The idea is that someone searching for your name will see a “virtual visiting card” with information about you, including your Google profile photo, links to your website and social media profiles, and contact information. Google search will show multiple Cards in the results if there are multiple people with the same name. Currently this is only available to users in India with their language set to English. Learn more.
  • Instagram will start “asking people to confirm who’s behind an account when [they] see a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior”. They say most accounts will not be affected.
  • Twitter has added a translate button on profile bios in a language different from your language settings. Available only in the iOS and Android mobile app.

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  • The Google Lookout app for the visually impaired can now read food labels and scan documents. The app is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish on Android 6.0+ devices with at least 2GB RAM.
  • Google collaborated with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to send earthquake alerts directly to Android devices in California. It uses the ShakeAlert early warning system for the west coast of the US. And all Android phones can be part of the Android Earthquake Alerts System to help detect earthquakes around the world.
  • Twitter now lets you limit who can reply to your Tweets. You can limit replies to the people you follow, the people you mention in the Tweet, or no one at all. This doesn’t prevent anyone from retweeting or sharing.
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