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Google lies about Google Home playing audio ads
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-03-16 22:46:36

Today some Google Home owners reported hearing something extra when they asked for a summary of the day ahead from the smart speaker: an advertisement for the opening of Beauty and the Beast. Several users on Reddit have noticed the audio ad and Bryson Meunier posted a clip to Twitter. Some Android users also reported hearing the ad through Google Assistant on mobile.

And from the Total Bullshit Dpt., also known as Google PR:

This wasn’t intended to be an ad. What’s circulating online was a part of our My Day feature, where after providing helpful information about your day, we sometimes call out timely content. We’re continuing to experiment with new ways to surface unique content for users and we could have done better in this case.

It was an ad, plain and simple. A corporate statement like this, which is clearly, utterly, 100% a lie, should be illegal, and punishable by massive fines. This kind of callous behaviour is a disgrace.

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Comment by vocivus
By vocivus on 2017-03-17 19:07:53
" and we could have done better in this case."

Well they admitted they did a bad job.

This is kind of a first-world problem. We should probably dial back the reaction a bit.
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Just stop it.
By cmost on 2017-03-17 21:01:48
If the idiotic people who purchase these overhyped stupid "home" Internet connected devices didn't think they'd have to deal with ads eventually then they were delusional. This is like being shocked when a commercial comes on network television! Either deal with it or do what normal people do and check the weather and news on your phone or from a newspaper!
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RE[2]: Talking to boxes
By rleigh on 2017-03-18 19:43:42
It's a quarter gallon, 8/4 = 2 pints. Not in so much common usage now, but it's not so obscure. It used to be a common size for paint tins.
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RE[2]: Lies
By winter skies on 2017-03-20 10:38:52
Because as a Trump sympathizer you feel disturbed by any OT directed against him? Or just because you are very rigorous in downvoting OTs?
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