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Report: State antitrust lawsuit could push for break up of Google’s advertising business

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For the past several months, both the Department of Justice and state attorneys general have been readying antitrust investigations into Google. A new report today says that the US states are looking to break up Google’s ad division.

According to CNBC, state AGs are “leaning towards pushing for a breakup of its ad technology business as part of an expected suit.” That said, less drastic remedies might also be possible, including “imposing restrictions on how it runs its business.”

A split would be difficult given how integrated the ad division is, especially since Google’s key acquisitions date back to 2007 (DoubleClick) and 2009 (AdMob). One expert quoted by today’s report notes how courts are not particularly inclined to go that route given the possible ramifications.

“Courts are very concerned that by ripping a company apart, it hurts consumers and make it worse for people that don’t have the expertise to do that,” said Stephen Houck, one of the government lawyers in the Microsoft antitrust case two decades ago.

The US government’s case against Microsoft in the early 2000s resulted in Consent Decrees that imposed constraints on Windows development. Historically, one of the last major breakups was AT&T in the 1980s.

At the moment, both US states and the Justice Department are planning lawsuits. The latter might file as soon as this summer and states could follow in the fall.  One possibility sees the states join the federal government’s case, while another involves separate lawsuits relating to Google Search and the Android business.

For its part, Google tells CNBC today that, “We continue to engage with the ongoing investigations led by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Paxton, and we don’t have any updates or comments on speculation.”

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How to set up and use email templates in Gmail

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If you, like me, find yourself writing the same email over and over again, or copying and pasting the same message multiple times, Gmail gives you an easier option. By creating and saving email templates, you can insert them the next time you compose a message and save yourself some time.

You can store up to 50 templates at a time, so it’s easy to create different templates for different situations. Here’s how.

Create an email template:

  • Click on the cog icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Select “See all settings.”
  • Open the “Advanced” tab.
  • Scroll down to “Templates” and select “Enable.”

Advanced settings

Make sure you’ve selected “Enable” under “Templates.”

  • Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the menu.
  • This will take you back to your inbox. Click the “Compose” button.
  • Now, start drafting your template. When you’re ready to save it, click on the three dots toward the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
  • Select “Template” from the options.
  • Click “Save draft as template.”
  • Click “Save as new template.”

Template options

After writing a message, you can save it as a template.

  • Type in a name for your template in the window that pops up. That name will appear as the subject line in your email. Click “Save.”

Enter a new template name window

Name your template so you can easily retrieve it later.

  • If you want to make changes to a template, you have to overwrite it. Write a corrected email, and then after clicking “Save draft as template,” click the name of the template you’d like to change under “Overwrite Template.”

Template options in Compose

You can overwrite a template if you want to edit or change it.

  • Click “Save” in the pop-up window.

Overwrite saved template window

Confirm the changes by clicking “Save” in the pop-up window.

  • To delete a template, click on “Delete template” under the “Templates” options. Click “Delete” in the pop-up window.

Template options in compose

You can delete templates using the template options in the compose view.

Use a saved template

  • Click “Compose” to start a new message.
  • Open “Templates.”
  • Choose the template.

Template options in compose

Insert a saved template by going to the template options when you’re writing a new message.

  • That template will now appear as your new message and you can edit it before sending.
  • Click “Send” when you’re ready!

Send templates automatically

You can set up filters that automatically send out a specific template as a reply when certain emails come in. You do this by creating a filter that specifies which emails you want to address and then assigning a particular template to that. Here’s how:

  • Click the arrow pointing down in the right side of the search bar at the top of the screen.
  • Fill in the fields. For example, if you want this template to be automatically sent to emails from certain contacts, enter those contacts in the “From” box. If you want it sent to anyone whose email asked you to subscribe to something, put the word “subscribe” in the field “Has the words.”
  • Click “Create filter.”

Filter options

Use the search bar to set a template to send out automatically.

  • Check the box next to “Send template.” Click “Choose template” and select the template you want to use from the drop-down menu.

Filter options

You can choose which template is automatically sent out.

  • Click “Create filter.”

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Today’s Android game/app deals + freebies: Levelhead, ProShot, much more

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It’s time to head into this weekend with all of Friday’s best Android app deals. You’ll want to go check out the new and upcoming Android Crash Bandicoot game’s debut trailer right here, the head back for all of today’s best price drops via Google Play. Highlights of today’s lineup include Levelhead, ProShot, LASERBREAK, Popup Widget 3, Clipboard Pro, and more. Head below the fold for all of today’s best Android app deals and freebies.

Today’s Best Android Game and App Deals:

Today’s Android hardware deals are headlined by a series of notable Samsung deals. first up, we have the Galaxy Note 10 Lite at a new all-time low alongside Samsung’s cellular Galaxy Tab S5e at $90 off. While we still have Garmin’s vívomove 3S wearable down at $200, today we spotted Samsung’s sleep-tracking Galaxy Watch Active2 for $220 as well as Fossil’s Collider HR Hybrid Smartwatch and more from $48. Lenovo’s 14-inch touchscreen Chromebook dropped to $249 today and you’ll find all our charging gear deals right here.

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Google details how the Pixel Buds update process works

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A month after launch, Google rolled out the first update to Pixel Buds, and a more substantial one soon followed to address the “static” hiss. With more patches promised, Google has detailed how firmware updates work on Pixel Buds.

From the Pixel Buds preferences page/app, visiting “More settings” will reveal a “Firmware update” menu that notes whether your device is “Up to date” and when the “last successful check” occurred. If one is present, “Update available” is listed, but there’s no real progress indicator about what’s happening as everything occurs in the background.

Google recently expanded the support page about firmware updates to explain how everything works, including the transfer and install process:

  • When an update is available, it will be transferred to your earbuds the next time you use them with your Pixel or Android 6.0+ device. This takes about 10 minutes, and during this time you can continue using your Pixel Buds.
  • The update is then installed the next time you return your earbuds to the charging case. This also takes about 10 minutes.
  • Updates will only be installed if your earbuds and charging case have sufficient charge. If they’re running low on power, plug them in.
  • It may take multiple attempts for the update to complete. For example, taking your earbuds out of the charging case while it’s being installed may pause the update. However, if any part of the process is interrupted, don’t worry—it will resume at the next opportunity.

What’s notable is how getting the new firmware from your phone to the headphones “takes about 10 minutes” and that you can continue listening while that occurs. The actual update commences when the buds are placed in the case if both are sufficiently charged. This takes another 10 minutes, with the process paused if the Pixel Buds are removed. It will automatically resume when returned.

This insight is particularly reassuring as several big updates are expected in the future and how the Pixel Buds take a relatively long time to finish compared to other gadgets.

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