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Jens Meyer/AP

Google's annual developer conference, I/O, takes place Wednesday through Friday in Mountain View.

  • Android O: Google has already released a developer preview, but expect a lot more detail on the next version of Android. Last week, Google also announced Project Treble, its latest effort to make it easier for manufacturers to allow their devices to upgrade to later versions.
  • AI: Expect the case this year that it is delivering AI, not just to improve its own products but also to put those capabilities into the hands of business and research.
  • Google Assistant: Expect the Assistant to go to some new places but also for Google to better link its disparate efforts to ensure it's the same Assistant on every device.
  • VR: Google launched its Daydream effort at last year's I/O and an update is definitely overdue. Virtual reality will be one of the topics on Day 2.

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Supreme Court declines to hear case on qualified immunity for police officers

The Supreme Court on March 5. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal for a lawsuit brought against Cleveland police officers that challenges the scope of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which has been used to shield officers from lawsuits alleging excessive force, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The doctrine has been the subject of scrutiny from civil rights advocates. Eliminating qualified immunity was one of the key demands of demonstrators during nationwide protests in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.