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Google has launched a new Google Podcasts app on Android, available globally in the Google Play Store, with the goal of driving adoption of podcasts among Android's two billion users worldwide.

Why it matters: It's experimenting with how its artificial intelligence features, like automatic subtitling and Google Translate, can help modernize podcasting and broaden audiences.

Between the lines: There's a revenue opportunity for Google in the audio space as well. Last month, Google also launched audio ads within DoubleClick Bid Manager.

About the app:

  • Google Podcasts will have more than two million podcasts at launch. The product will keep all podcasts in sync across all your Google products (from Assistant, Search to Home and Pixel), and will give users personalized recommendations for podcasts you might like.
  • In the coming months, Google says it will launch several AI-powered features within the app, including the ability to read along with your podcast (in multiple languages), proactive suggestions of content related to your podcast, and the ability to easily “see” what’s ahead in the episode you’re listening to.

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The Automated Ball-Strike system (ABS), the tech powering what's colloquially known as robo-umps, is inching ever closer to the big leagues.

Driving the news: The independent Atlantic League — which has partnered with MLB since 2019 — last week announced it was doing away with robo-umps after testing them for the past season-and-a-half.

FBI conducts "court-authorized" search of Rep. Henry Cuellar's home

Rep. Henry Cuellar. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The FBI said it conducted a "court-authorized" search on Wednesday in the area of the Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

State of play: "The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity," an FBI spokesperson told Axios, adding that they "cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation."

Big Tech lobbies hard against looming antitrust bill

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Big Tech CEOs, including Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai, have been jawboning lawmakers as a Senate committee takes up a key antitrust bill Thursday.

Why it matters: The bill prompting this lobbying frenzy could upend how tech's giants do business, and tech's critics see this as a "now or never" moment for Congress to check the industry's power.