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Over the weekend, Google Play inadvertently teased the launch of an audiobook store and listening feature. Today, that functionality is officially launching as part of Play Books and includes integration with Google Assistant.

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The extent of Google’s current gaming reach is mostly limited to its YouTube Gaming streaming service and of course the Play Store with Android and Daydream VR games. However, the company might have a more direct interest in the space with the hire of gaming veteran Phil Harrison.

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Last year one unexpected announcement came in the form of the Hydrogen One, an Android smartphone from camera maker RED. While we did find out about the ridiculous pricing, most of the details were unknown back at the unveiling. Now, RED is revealing a few more details…

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Google spent $18M last year lobbying the Trump administration, the highest amount it has ever spent on its efforts to influence the White House. In all, tech giants spent a record $50M on lobbying in 2017.

The record spend isn’t too surprising when you consider the number of issues on which the tech industry found itself battling with the Trump presidency …

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