Google highlights pirate sites in search results

Google may have redoubled its efforts to downplay pirate sites in its search results, but it’s clear that there are some bugs to work out in its strategy. TorrentFreak discovered that the internet firm’s search results in the US are explicitly highlighting popular pirate outlets when you search for "best torrent sites," while looking for "streaming sites" spotlights pirate services alongside legitimate providers like Crackle or Hulu. You’ll have to search from Google’s US site (international pages turn up different results), but they’re still visible as of this writing.

We’ve asked Google for comment on the highlights and will let you know what it says. However, it’s safe to say this is unintentional. The company relies on algorithms to automatically generate highlight cards, and it can’t realistically check every possible result. Still, it doesn’t look good when Google’s code sets pirates on a pedestal.

The findings aren’t going to help Google’s already contentious relationship with the music and video industries, both of which have spent years accusing Google of doing too little to prevent piracy. They’ve routinely argued that Google should outright remove pirate sites from its results, not just demote them — this only adds fuel to the fire, even if there’s an easy fix. The company may need to show that this is a one-off incident and not a common problem.

Update: A Google spokesperson tells us that the results "do not reflect what we had in mind," and that the company is "looking into" the issue. You can read the full statement below.

"These results are generated algorithmically, but in this particular case, do not reflect what we had in mind for this feature, and we are looking into it."

Via: The Verge

Source: TorrentFreak

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Lyft auto-expenses your work rides

Ride-hailing apps aren’t just convenient for consumers — companies have embraced the services, too. Lyft enabled business profiles back in April 2016 to help customers differentiate between work and personal trips, but the onus was on the individual to file their rides. Today, Lyft is making it easier for individual clients to square rides with their companies by enabling auto-invoicing through Expensify.

Lyft clients using a business profile can set up this integration by selecting "Expensify" in the app’s settings, which adds the rides automatically to expense reports. Poof — no more forwarding receipts.

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Comparison: Rock64 vs Raspberry Pi 3

For those of you who don’t’ know, Raspberry Pi is a small palm sized single board computer that you can program to do certain tasks.  Raspberry Pi has a huge following of users due to the fact that it has been around much longer than Pine64’s Rock 64. 

However, there are other single board PCs from Pine64 and other manufacturers that have been around awhile as well.  And Pine64 sets eyes of this popularity with their very own Rock64.


While they have their limitations, these mini devices have the following applications:

·        Low cost PC/Tablet/Laptop

·        Media Center

·        Industrial /Home Automation

·        Web Camera

·        IoT Applications

·        Robotcs

·        Server/Cloud Server

·        Gaming

·        Security Monitoring


In terms of similarity, both devices look like mini circuit boards that need some sort of case. The circuit board houses components and ports for connecting power, video and sound.

Both circuit boards use the a Cortex-A53 CPU. Rock64 is documented to run at 1.4GHz while Raspberry Pi 3 is documented to run at 1.2 GHz.


Raspberry Pi 3 and Rock 64 differ in the area of connection ports and price.  For example Rock64 supports USB3.0 while the Pi supports Bluetooth 4.1.

Rock64 boasts support for HD as well as 4k video output while the Raspberry Pi only lists support for HD.


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