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Google would like you to know that no one is reading your emails on Gmail without your permission. While that may be true, things aren’t that simple.  

After a Wall Street Journal report (published Monday) described how third-party developers might be reading your emails on Gmail, Google on Tuesday responded with a blog post, describing the measures the company takes to ensure your security and privacy within the service. 

The post, signed by Suzanne Frey, Director of Security, Trust and Privacy at Google Cloud, admits that Google allows third party developers to access your Gmail messages, but only if you’ve granted them permission, and only after they pass a strict review process.  Read more…

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In the political world long-held alliances are fraying, at least those among the United States and many countries it once called friends.

In the business world, especially in technology, fascinating alliances are forming. Witness the tie-up announced Monday by Google and JD.com, the No. 2 Chinese e-commerce player. U.S. media predictably played the move as a bid by Google, which invested $ 550 million in NYSE-listed JD, to inch its way into a China market that has blocked it for nearly a decade. JD will join Google’s shopping platform, and Google will have done a solid for a Chinese company, presumably pleasing Beijing.

But look closer, and the deal speaks volumes to important alliances. JD’s major corporate shareholders include Tencent, which counts JD as an extension of its retail-technology strategy, and Walmart


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. The U.S. retailer, in turn, has been noodling on alliances with Google for the better part of a year.

The alliances at play are worthy of a 21st century Bismarck of global commerce. Google and Walmart are allied against the arch-foe of Western businesses everywhere, Amazon


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. Tencent and JD


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are allied against China’s dominant e-commerce player, Alibaba


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, prevented from selling ads in China, view Tencent as its entr?e into the Chinese search market? Tencent operated a search engine for years but sold it to Sogou, a small competitor to Chinese search leader Baidu. Does this create an opening for Google?

It’s a tangled web. And an interesting one too–especially given the state of the political world, including the tenuous conditions of U.S.-China relations

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Google could face yet another multi-billion-dollar fine in Europe, this one for Android

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About a year ago, Google received a massive antitrust fine in Europe for abusing its search dominance. The EU decided Google should pay €2.42 billion for its transgressions or about $ 2.7 billion. That was more than double what Intel got a few years before that.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of that fine, the EU is about to deliver a new multi-billion dollar blow to Google, and this time around it might be a more significant one, because it’s about Android.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Blasts Google for Linking California GOP to Nazism

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Google on Thursday for listing “Nazism” as one of the ideologies of the California Republican Party.

“Dear @Google, This is a disgrace,” McCarthy tweeted along with an image of a Google search result showing Nazism as an ideology of the California GOP.

In another tweet, McCarthy also called the results “the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives.”

The reference to Nazism appeared in Google’s “knowledge panel,” which offers summarized search results drawn from a number of sources including Wikipedia. The results changed to eliminate the ideologies during the day on Thursday, according to Vice News, after the website reached out to ask Google about the controversy.

A Google spokesperson told the site it does not politicize search results and that the “Nazism” listing for the California Republican Party was not implemented by a Google employee.

“We regret that vandalism on Wikipedia briefly appeared on our search results. This was not the the result of a manual change by Google,” a Google Communications account tweeted in response to McCarthy. “We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that happened here.”

Still, other conservatives expressed anger at the situation as well. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted his displeasure, and linked the Google results to another tech complaint he had this month. He told his followers last week that Instagram provided a warning message saying posts with his name often “encourage” harmful behavior.

This latest tech controversy comes shortly after the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s reelection committee sent a letter May 17 asking Facebook and Twitter to address political bias on their social media platforms.

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Microsoft just earned some serious bragging rights.

The company surpassed Google owner Alphabet to become the third-most valuable company in the world, with a market cap of more than $ 760 billion — about $ 15 billion more than Alphabet.

It’s not the first time the two companies have traded places on the most valuable companies list (the first two spots belong to Apple and Amazon, respectively), but, as CNBC notes, it’s the first time Microsoft’s taken the lead over Google in a number of years. 

What’s more, the latest milestone is a noteworthy moment for Microsoft, which is finally starting to see some of its long-term bets pay off in significant ways.  Read more…

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Activists Are Already Targeting Google and Facebook Over Europe’s New Data Privacy Law That Went Live Today

Europe’s sweeping new data privacy regime came into effect this morning, and privacy activists are not wasting time in flexing their muscles. One organization has already made official data protection complaints about Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, while another is going after the shadowy data brokers that trade people’s information behind the scenes.

The complaints about Google, Facebook and Facebook’s subsidiaries come from a group called None Of Your Business (NOYB)–a non-profit founded by the very successful serial Facebook litigant Max Schrems. Schrems, the Austrian lawyer who annihilated the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor data-sharing agreement a few years ago, formed the crowdfunded NOYB in order to take on big tech firms that break the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.)

The new law only lets companies process people’s data if they have a valid legal basis for doing so. Several justifications are acceptable, and consent is one of the most frequently-chosen options. However, users have to be able to freely give their consent–the law says people can’t be forced into consenting to their data being processed, in order to use a service.

According to Schrems and his NOYB group, Google and Facebook are railroading users in this way.

“Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent. In the end users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the ‘agree’ button-that’s not a free choice; it more reminds of a North Korean election process,” said Schrems in a statement. “Many users do not know yet that this annoying way of pushing people to consent is actually forbidden under GDPR in most cases.”

So NOYB has lodged complaints with a variety of European privacy regulators, “to enable European coordination.” One complaint, covering the consent requirements of Google’s Android, has been filed in France. The main Facebook complaint has been filed in Austria, while those for Instagram and WhatsApp are in the inboxes of the Belgian and Hamburg regulators respectively.

In case you’re wondering how a company is supposed to deliver a service without users giving their consent to their personal data being processed, here’s the deal: If the data really has to be processed in order to deliver the company’s services, then that’s a valid legal justification in itself. For example, an email service doesn’t need to get consent in order to send and deliver people’s emails. Consent is only needed when the company is trying to do other things with that data, such as using it to make money from advertisers.

Schrems and his non-profit argue that, if their complaints are successful, the victory should put an end to all those annoying consent popups that many companies think the GDPR demands.

“If companies realize that annoying pop-ups usually don’t lead to valid consent, we should also be free from this digital plague soon,” he said. “GDPR is very pragmatic on this point: Whatever is really necessary for an app is legal without consent, the rest needs a free ‘yes’ or ‘no’ option.”

Google and Facebook had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, a separate group in the U.K.–Privacy International–has launched an investigation into the companies that do behind-the-scenes trading of personal data.

The organization has sent letters to firms like Acxiom, Criteo and Quantcast, asking them how they handle personal data. The GDPR is pretty firm on this stuff–people are supposed to know when a company has their data, and companies are not supposed to be using that data to build profiles of people if that’s not the case.

“We welcome GDPR taking effect,” said Privacy International legal officer Ailidh Callander. “It’s been a long time coming, and GDPR is an important step in the right direction, providing essential safeguards to our human rights to privacy and data protection, by imposing more stringent obligations on companies, strengthening rights of individuals, and increasing enforcement powers. GDPR is a key tool to empower individuals, civil society, and journalists to fight against data exploitation.”

The GDPR threatens companies with massive fines for breaking its many terms–up to EUR20 million ($ 23.4 million) or 4% of global revenues, whichever is bigger. While these are big, scary figures, though, it is deeply unlikely that fines will be that high in any but the most egregious cases.

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Google is the one tech company we could never live without

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If the stream of big Google-related news so far this week — from details about Android P to some of the wow moments at I/O like Duplex — has reminded us of anything, it’s this. A fact that’s easy to overlook about the Mountain View giant, when companies like Twitter and Facebook, with all its recent mishaps, are the focus of so much media obsession:

If there’s such a thing as an indispensable company, Google may definitely be it. For better or worse.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, announcing new consumer features aimed at simplifying your life.
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Google implementing new election ads rules as midterms approach

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As the fallout from the 2016 election continues and we learn more about how foreign agents (*cough*RUSSIA*cough) interfered in that election by exploiting weakness online, Google is the latest tech giant to announce new transparency measures ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

On Friday, senior vice president Kent Walker published a blog post that outlined Google’s new efforts, including verification of political ad buyers and transparency reports. According to Walker, for those wishing to publish political ads, Google will “require that advertisers confirm they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law.” Read more…

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This Is How Google Plans to Bring More Transparency to Political Ads

Google is joining the list of companies pledging to bring more transparency to online political ads.

The tech giant will now require that customers who buy political ads that appear to U.S users provide a government issued ID and “other key information” to confirm that they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Google said on Friday.

This summer, the company also plans to release a Transparency Report that will show who buys election ads on its service and how much they paid. Additionally, it expects to introduce a searchable election ad database with similar information.

The increased disclosures come after U.S. intelligence agencies said Russia-related entities had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. In response, Twitter has banned ads from news channel Russia Today and Russian news site Sputnik.

Google first pledged to make changes to its political ad-buying policies late last year. Facebook announced similar changes in October that would include disclosing in ads who paid for them. Facebook also said users would be able to go to a page and click “View Ads” to see all ads the page is running on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, even if those ads weren’t specifically targeted at them.

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Virginia Woman Gives Birth In Turkish Hotel Room Using Google To Help

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A Virginia woman used her motherly instincts to safely give birth alone in a hotel room in Istanbul, Turkey. In her now viral Twitter thread, Tia Freeman details she found out she was pregnant late in her third trimester after her birth control failed. By the time she discovered she was expecting, the mom-to-be had already booked a trip to the Middle East and decided to take the voyage anyway.

On the flight, Freeman started experiencing contractions, and had to endure the early pains of labor while shuffling through international customs.

Once Freeman arrived at her hotel, she began Googling and Youtubing videos on how to give birth. She filled a tub, got towels together, and managed to give birth to a baby boy. She ended up cutting the umbilical cord with knives and shoelaces.

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Apple and Google Have Ditched Their Realistic Gun Emojis. Only 1 Company Still Uses It

There’s only one major company that is still using a gun emoji after Google and Facebook both followed the lead of Apple and other tech companies that switched from a traditional firearm to a toy water gun emoji.

Microsoft is now the lone platform that still uses a standard pistol emoji following Facebook’s switch and the release of new water gun emojis on Android systems this week. Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fortune asking if the company had plans to make the update as well.

Interestingly, Microsoft had originally been the first of the companies to use a toy gun emoji resembling an alien ray-gun of sorts, dating back to 2013. But the company opted to switch to a realistic-looking revolver in 2016 as part of a redesign.

So what happened to the gun emoji? Many companies began ditching the handgun symbol following a wave of mass shootings and terror attacks. Calls for gun safety and reform have only intensified as part of the national conversation following the Parkland, Fla. school shooting in February, which consequently birthed the #NeverAgain movement.

In 2016, Apple led the pack and was the first company to switch its gun emoji to a water gun, which has since been replicated by the other big tech players.

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Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies.
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Meet Hannah Glasse, the World’s First Cookbook Author and Google Doodle Star

Legend had it, she began a recipe for cooking rabbit, “First, catch your hare.” Today, the world’s first great cookbook writer, Hannah Glasse, is celebrated in a culinary doodle on Google’s home page.

Englishwoman Glasse was one of the first people known to write down an extensive list of recipes bound into a book, and her signature dishes included Yorkshire pudding—a delicious savoury dumpling made of pancake batter served with roast beef at English Sunday lunches—and gooseberry fool, a dessert made with fruit and whipped cream.

The doodle shows her pushing a tray of ‘Yorkshire Puds’ into an oven.

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‘Where’s Waldo?’ is hiding in Google Maps for April Fool’s Day

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Where’s Waldo, you ask? Somewhere inside Google Maps, apparently.

English artist Martin Handford’s creation is living in Google Maps for the next week, as part of Google’s annual April Fool’s Day celebration. You can check it out now in your browser or on Android/iOS devices.

All you have to do to play is open Google Maps and tap or click on the little Waldo graphic that appears on the edge of your screen. You’ll then be taken to another section of the map and prompted to start the game.

Clicking the button opens up one of Handford’s classic illustrations, containing not only Waldo but also his friends: Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw, the evil mirrorverse Waldo. Once you spot and tap/click Waldo, you’re able to move along to the next “level” or keep looking for his pals. Read more…

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The annual Mobile World Congress starts on Monday, although plenty of mobile device makers will unveil their hot new products a day before that. The Galaxy S9 will be the star this Sunday, and throughout the show, but it’ll hardly be the only new Android device worth considering.

Google is already teasing that a bunch of new devices will be unveiled at the show. Don’t get too excited about an early Pixel 3 reveal, that’s hardly in the cards for MWC shows. But the phones Google is talking about may have a clear advantage over the Galaxy S9 when it comes to one crucial smartphone feature.

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Facebook, Google promote ‘scurrilous’ news, and should pay for quality content, said Rupert Murdoch

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If you run your own website or help a business run theirs, you probably already know that there’s a ton of data you can get from your audience. For instance, where they go on your site, how they engage with your content, how they got there, how long they stick around, and whether you’re converting their visits into sales. But if you don’t know your way around Google Analytics, it can be hard to make sense of all that data — and to know what to do with it. Read more…

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Valeisha Butterfield Jones Makes Major Boss Moves With New Appointment at Google

Google executive Valeisha Butterfield Jones will continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech but on a new level and with a new title. The award-winning community engagement, multicultural marketing, and communications strategist confirmed to Black Enterprise that she has been promoted to global head of women and black community engagement for Google. In this role, she will be responsible for driving systemic and measurable change to create an even more inclusive culture at the tech giant. She will also lead a worldwide effort to enhance equal opportunities for women and African Americans at the company through recruitment and retention.

The Impact

The 39-year-old joined Google back in 2016 as the head of black community engagement, where she focused on implementing diversity and inclusion practices and strategies. During her stint, she helped create initiatives to groom and elevate people of color for leadership roles, including the Decoding Leadership series, which teaches black Googlers how to navigate and climb the corporate ladder. Butterfield Jones also played an instrumental role in launching Howard West, an intense summer residency program that trains and mentors Howard University STEM students at the Googleplex campus in Silicon Valley. Additionally, she helped design the Decoding Race talk series to educate Googlers around the country on race, culture, and bias.

“I met one-on-one with Googlers and heard their stories and watched senior leaders experience an awakening as they learned some of the challenges young black professionals face in tech,” Butterfield Jones told BE.

The Road Ahead

Despite the progress made at Google, Butterfield Jones’ promotion comes at a time when the company is facing a lawsuit and under a federal investigation over unfair payment practices toward women. The announcement also comes just weeks after the lack of diversity in tech was magnified at CES, arguably the biggest tech conference in the world. Nevertheless, the strategist makes no qualms about the challenge that lies ahead. “Education and awareness is key and we made tremendous progress at Google over the last two years,” she said. “In my role, new programs will also be developed and scaled, so please stay tuned.”

Before Google

Prior to entering the tech industry, Butterfield Jones held a variety of high-profile positions in politics and entertainment. From 2011 to 2012, she served as the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America campaign. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce under then-President Barack Obama.

Early in her career, she served as the Executive Assistant to the president of HBO Sports after graduating from Clark Atlanta University in 2000. She also worked her way up from an intern for Russell Simmons to the Executive Director of his media firm, Rush Communications.

In addition to actively mentoring young women at Google, Butterfield Jones has served as the CEO of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)—a nonprofit that uplifts and mentors women working in entertainment while striving to promote positive images of women in society—for the last 10 years.

Butterfield Jones, who is also a mother and the wife of NBA champ Dahntay Jones, is not the only black woman making boss moves this year. Last week, it was announced that Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth is parting ways with the magazine and reportedly has a deal with CAA, a prestigious talent agency based in L.A.

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Someone is attacking Google and Apple’s shuttle buses

Two of the country’s biggest tech companies are under attack. Charter buses shuttling Google and Apple employees to and from work on a local highway have had windows shattered in the last week after they were hit with an unknown projectile. Cops investigating the matter wouldn’t comment on whether rocks, pellets or another object caused…
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Google Inks a Patent Deal with Tencent as it Explores Ways to Expand in China

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as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators.

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, but the deal with Tencent is a first with a large Chinese tech firm.

Google has previously said that agreements such as these reduce the potential of litigation over patent infringement.

The agreement with the Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent covers a broad range of products and paves the way for collaboration on technology in the future, Google said on Friday, without disclosing any financial terms of the deal.

Tencent oversees China’s top social media and payments app, WeChat, which has close to a billion users. It also oversees one of the country’s most popular app stores and hosts the country’s biggest gaming and livestream platforms.

Google did not disclose the scope of the new patent deal and Tencent did not immediately respond to questions about which products the patent agreement will cover.

“By working together on agreements such as this, tech companies can focus on building better products and services for their users,” said Mike Lee, Google’s head of patents.

Over the past year, Google has indicated that it was looking to increase it presence in the restrictive Chinese market, with the launch of a local AI research lab, introduction of a version of its translation app and expansion into new cities.

The company announced this month that it had invested in Chinese livestream gaming app Chushou, which is similar to Google’s own YouTube game livestreaming services.

In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke at a conference in China hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, which oversees censorship in the country.

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Report: Google takes down 60 apps, many geared toward kids, due to porn content

Check Point, a cybersecurity firm, recently said that its researchers identified malicious adware prominent in Google Play, the official app store of Google. Once notified, Google removed the apps, but not until they had reached an estimated 1.5 to 7.5 million downloads, the firm said.

Adware is programs that run advertisements on your computer. They are known for redirecting the user to other websites and often gleaning marketing data from you during the process. Check Point said that many of the apps were flashlight and related utility apps designed for the Android operating system. But according to CNBC, several of the apps, with names like “Spinner Fidget Toy” and “Drawing Lessons Angry Birds,” were also geared toward children.

Google shuts down 60 apps geared toward kids due to porn

Once redirected, many users could be exposed to pornographic content, CNBC reports. Check Point identified the suspect script, dubbed “LightsOut,” in a January 5 blog post. “Its purpose? To generate illegal ad revenue for its perpetrators at the expense of unsuspecting users.”

Check Point said that even when users tried to disable certain functions, the application would override the command, continually subjecting unsuspecting users to external content.

The security firm added: “As some users noted, they were forced to press on ads to answer calls and perform other activities on their device. Indeed, another user reported that the malicious ad activity continued even after he purchased the ad-free version of the app.”

This latest incident is a scary reminder that consumers, especially parents, need to be skeptical of children’s apps in the Playstore as well as Apple’s App Store. With that in mind, here are three important things parents can do to protect children online.

 3 crucial online safety tips every parent should know

Encourage openness with your child: If you happen to allow your child unfettered access to electronic devices, make sure you encourage them to be open with you about what they encounter. If they see something that makes them uncomfortable or scared, assure them that they can come to you about it. That way, you’ll have a better handle about the effects certain games have on your child — and what safeguards to put in place to avoid them.

Establish boundaries online: Many parents are good at establishing boundaries with their children in the real world, but when it comes to digital life, many children are “giving away the farm” so to speak. Make sure your child’s username does not contain personal information such as real name or address. Reinforce the dangers of online bullying and what’s appropriate to post. That way, you’ll be not only protecting your child, but your home and personal information.

Beware of in-app purchases: Money expert Clark Howard says that apps either on your phone or tablet can be a gateway into debt for some parents. “Smartphones and tablets are great for keeping kids entertained on long road trips or in the carpool line. But there are some dangers to your wallet when your kids play with your gadgets,” he writes. “In-game app charges on kids’ games have become a real problem for parents. It’s not uncommon for parents to find their checking accounts or credit cards dinged for anywhere from $ 5 to $ 100 each time their children play ‘free’ games.”

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Google, Twitter face new lawsuits alleging discrimination against conservative voices

A Google engineer who was fired over a controversial memo filed a lawsuit claiming that the technology giant discriminates against white men and conservatives. Hours later, a suit was filed against Twitter by a conservative publisher who was banned from the platform in 2015.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Security researchers at Google say they’ve discovered serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers.
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Schmidt resigning as exec chair at Google parent Alphabet

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google’s one-time “adult supervisor” is getting closer to retirement. Eric Schmidt, who took over as CEO in 2001 three years after investors demanded more mature leadership for the fast-growing tech giant, is stepping down as executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet in January.
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Google crunches data to help NASA find two new planets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth’s solar system.


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Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire.
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Google, Facebook Should Do More to Remove Extremist Content

Internet groups such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednesday.

Social media companies have significantly boosted their resources to take down violent and extremist content as soon as possible in response to growing political pressure from European governments, particularly those hit by militant attacks in recent years.

But Julian King, EU security commissioner, said that while a lot of progress had been made, additional efforts were needed.

“We are not there yet. We are two years down the road of this journey: to reach our final destination we now need to speed up our work,” King said in his closing speech at the third meeting of the EU Internet Forum, which brings together the Commission, EU member states, law enforcement and technology companies.

The EU has said it will come forward with legislation next year if it is not satisfied with progress made by tech companies in removing extremist content, while a German online hate speech law comes into effect on Jan. 1.

The Commission is keen to avoid a patchwork of national laws on the issue, and favours a self-regulatory approach.

Over the summer, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube formed a global working group to combine their efforts in removing extremist content from their platforms, and last year formed a database of known “terrorist” images and videos which now contains more than 40,000 hashes, or digital signatures.

On Wednesday, the members of the Internet Forum presented a report with updates on progress made by companies and Europol in detecting and removing extremist content online.

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The report, reviewed by Reuters, encourages the companies to remove “new and historical terrorist content, and to develop solutions to identify and remove terrorist content within 1-2 hours of upload, to the extent it is technically feasible, without compromising human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The Commission wants companies to use automatic detection technologies more and act faster on referrals from member states and Europol.

“It is feasible to reduce the time it takes to remove content to a few hours,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU home affairs commissioner.

“There is a lot of room for improvement, for this cooperation to produce even better results, starting with the reporting from the companies, which must become more regular and more transparent.”

Facebook last week reported progress in removing extremist content from its platform, saying it was removing 99% of content related to militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda before being told of it, although it did not say how many items it was removing.


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Google yanks YouTube from Amazon devices as bitter feud heats up

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google’s Chromecast streaming…
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How this Google Glass app is helping give sight to my blind aunt

My aunt Wendy lost her vision at the age of 7. She test drove a Google Glass app that aims to help her get around.
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Billionaire Mark Cuban says the ‘big losers’ of the move to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger are Facebook and Google

Mark Cuban believes Facebook and Alphabet's Google unit will be "big losers" of the Justice Department's decision to sue to block the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.
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Google Just Made Your Job Search Easier

Finding a new job can feel like a long and daunting process. After applying for dozens of job openings, you can go days, weeks, and even months before actually hearing back from a prospective employer. If and when you are fortunate enough to be called in for an interview, meeting a hiring manager can be nerve-racking and you run the risk of your interview turning into a disaster. On the other hand, if your interview happens to go well and you get a job offer, then you must consider several different factors before accepting such as whether you mesh with the company culture, the work environment, your commute, and if the compensation matches your expectations.

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Google, however, is making the job search a little bit easier by addressing some of these common concerns. For instance, before you even apply for a job, you will be able to access the salary of a position as soon as you Google it. “Salary is an important factor in finding the right job—but by our estimate, this information is missing from over 85 percent of job postings in the U.S. today,” reads a statement from Google. “So to provide this essential information, we’re showing estimated salary ranges right alongside many jobs, based on the specific job title, location, and employer. These are drawn from sources across the web like Glassdoor, PayScale, LinkedIn, Paysa and more. For those jobs that do have a salary listed, we’ll show a comparison to the estimated range for that job, if available.”

The search engine has also rolled out other cool new features to aid job seekers, including improved location settings and job application choices. Plus, in a couple of weeks, users will have the ability to save open job positions.

“Many job seekers tell us they want more control over the geography Google uses to find matching jobs for a search. To help, we’re now adding an easy way for you to tell Google what search area to use when finding jobs that match your query. Just click the “Location” filter, and you’ll see a range of distances, from two miles up to 200 miles or “anywhere” if you’re a bit more flexible. Once you select the distance that works for you, we’ll display postings only from the area you’re interested in—whether that’s walking distance from your home, or across the whole country,” states the announcement.

Read about the rest of the tools to make your job search simpler, here.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws.
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Faulty Google Pixel 2 mics can be fixed the same way we fixed NES cartridges

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In what might be one of the strangest twists of Google’s disastrous Pixel 2 launch saga, some users are finding that they are able to bring their faulty microphones back to life by blowing on them. Among the seemingly countless issues that have arisen since the Pixel 2 launched last month, one involved the phone’s microphone failing to activate some of the time and working other times. But some Pixel 2 owners appear to have found a solution.

In an on-going thread about the microphone issue on the Google Product Forums, one Google Pixel 2 owner said that he was able to temporarily reactivate the mic by “blowing into the speaker like you would an old NES cartridge.” Once the mic was working, he was able to deactivate it by blowing into the speaker.

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It’s impossible to hide the Millennium Falcon, thanks to Google Maps

“Star Wars” bosses have hidden the legendary Millennium Falcon in a woods not so far, far away. The iconic ship, featured in a number of the franchise’s films, is currently sat facing the elements surrounded by trees on the edge of the site of Longcross Studios in Chertsey, a town 27 miles southwest of London….
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Google and Salesforce Just Signed a Big Cloud Partnership

Google and Salesforce just become better friends.

The two tech giants said Monday that they had signed a deal in which the two companies would make their respective services work better with each other.

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Although businesses could previously use the two companies’ products with each other, Salesforce executive vice president of business partnerships Ryan Aytay pitched the partnership as providing a deeper level of integration. One such feature will let companies move customer data stored in Salesforce into Google’s data crunching service for marketers, Google Analytics, Aytay said during a press conference.

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G Suite service, Aytay added.

He also said that Google is now a Salesforce “preferred cloud partner,” a title that the search giant also shares with Amazon Web Services. Salesforce’s preferred cloud partners sell Salesforce access to computing resources and infrastructure that Salesforce can use to build and improve its own software services.

As part of the deal, Salesforce will now use Google’s overseas data centers when it wants to expand in other countries. Aytay said the deal with Google would not affect its deal with Amazon, and that Salesforce has a “great relationship with Amazon.”

Under the deal, Google will pitch Salesforce’s software services to its own business customers. Likewise, Salesforce employees will use Google’s G Suite software.

Technology analyst Rebecca Wettemann, of Nucleus Research, noted that the new deal seems similar to a Google-Salesforce partnership in 2008, when Google was pitching its older Google Apps business software. Google’s head of partnerships for its cloud business unit said the new deal is different, however, because of the amount of investment Google is now making in its burgeoning enterprise unit, which wasn’t the case nearly a decade ago.

Wettemann remains skeptical of the partnership saying that in the business of cloud computing, people frequently “hear these ‘I love you announcements.'”

“There’s a lot of speed dating in the cloud world,” Wettemann said about the frequency of partnership deals between big companies. For example, Salesforce partnered with IBM in March, and then last year, it also partnered with Amazon’s cloud computing unit.

Still, the fact that Google seems more focused on attracting business clients than in the past is worth noting, Wettemann explained. This wasn’t the case in the past, she said, and often Google would suddenly make changes to its workplace software. Although the sudden software changes may not bother consumers, they do upset businesses. With Google more focused on landing business clients, she expects the company to be more responsive to business’ needs.

“Google clearly wasn’t ready for business then,” Wettemann said.


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Hedge fund sues Google for info on scamming WSJ imposter

Months after Muddy Waters Capital, a San Francisco hedge fund, shorted shares of a French retailer, a man posing as a Wall Street Journal reporter tried to obtain tactical insight from the fund’s founder, Carson Block, a shocking new lawsuit claims. The suit seeks to unmask the unidentified fake reporter by forcing Google to reveal…
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Google explains why some users were randomly locked out of Google Docs today

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Google Docs is one of the simplest, most ubiquitous tools for online note taking and draft writing. I’ve used it on countless occasions over the years, as have many of my colleagues, but a strange occurrence this week has me questioning whether I should continue to use it to store valuable notes and drafts in the future.

On Tuesday morning, National Geographic wildlife crime reporter Rachael Bale asked on Twitter if anyone else had experienced Google Docs locking them out of a document before. A draft of a story she was working on had been frozen by Google for violating its terms of service, and now she was unable to access it at all.

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The iPhone X’s success will cost Google billions

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You can finally preorder the iPhone X, the most expensive smartphone in the world, but you may have a hard time getting one in time for Christmas. Apple must love the fact that iPhone X sold out within minutes around the world.

Some of its biggest rivals also must appreciate the iPhone’s success. One of them is Samsung, tasked with manufacturing the iPhone X display, which is the most expensive component of the new handset. The other party that should be thrilled to see people buying the iPhone is Google.

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Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.
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Google Maps goes interplanetary, adds Pluto, Venus, and a bunch of moons

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When it comes to maps, Google has already conquered Earth. Whether you need a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood or a street-level glimpse at a storefront half the world away, Google can deliver it in seconds. So it’s no wonder that after doing pretty much everything it possibly can to map our home planet, it set its sights skyward, and today the company announced it has added a total of 12 new worlds to Google Maps.

The all-new destinations include a whole host of moons scattered around our Solar System, including Europa, Titan, and the frigid Enceladus. Also on the list are the nearby Venus and the once-planet Pluto, and you can explore all of them with nearly the same freedom as the more remote areas of the Earth. You’ll have to excuse the lack of Street View support for now, but Google is probably working on that as we speak.

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‘Alexa, order my meds’ — start-up NowRx pioneers prescription orders through Alexa and Google Home

NowRX has delivered a skill to order meds through Amazon Alexa and Google Home, and expects to come to market later this month.
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Facebook’s targeted ads on Google want to talk about Russia’s targeted ads on Facebook

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Search anything related to Facebook and Russia on Google, and the top result will be an ad from the social network.

Facebook seems to have taken out search ads on Google targeted at those terms in an bid to shape the narrative around the ongoing controversy over its platform’s role in Russian political subversion campaigns.

“We take trust seriously,” the headline text of the ads reads, followed by the sub-head: “We will work to help protect the integrity of elections on Facebook globally.”

The ads lead to a page in Facebook’s Help Center with a numbered breakdown of the ways the company claims to be combatting nefarious advertising and participating in the congressional investigation into Russia’s effort to undermine the 2016 presidential election. Read more…

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Nobel-winning technique like “Google Earth for molecules”

NEW YORK (AP) — Three researchers won a Nobel Prize on Wednesday for developing a microscope technique that lets scientists see exquisite details of the molecules that drive life — basically providing a front-row seat to study these tiny performers in their biological dance.
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Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.
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Google cooperating with Russia probe after Twitter slammed

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google says it is digging into its vaults for evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after Virginia Sen. Mark Warner slammed Twitter for a response to a congressional probe he called inadequate.
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If Google thinks this is the smartphone to take down the iPhone, it needs some help

Pixel 2 vs. iPhone X

The Pixel 2 phones are not quite here yet, but we already know almost everything there is to know about the new Google handsets. They’re going to have similar specs, including some unexpected surprises, and offer a bunch of novel features, which is only to be expected of any new smartphone.

But the phones aren’t exactly equals when it comes to design, as it was the case with the original Pixels. HTC is making the Pixel 2, while LG is in charge of the Pixel 2 XL. And recent leaks proved that the Pixel 2 is the uglier of the two. In fact, it’s so ugly that it makes the iPhone X’s notch look totally adorable.

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Google now lets you mute an ad because it ‘knew too much’

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Google is in the business of knowing all it can about you, and sometimes, it can come off as a bit creepy.

The search giant now lets you tell it as much through a muting tool built into each of its third-party display ads. As one Reddit user pointed out, the feature includes an option to report that a given “ad knew too much.”

This ad, for a report that I've downloaded in the past, definitely knew too much.

This ad, for a report that I’ve downloaded in the past, definitely knew too much.

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The company says it uses this feedback to avoid showing you the same ad again across any device or browser on which you are signed into your Google account. 

Google, the web’s largest ad company, commands around 42 percent of the online ads market as a whole. That share includes display ads placed on millions of third-party sites through Google’s various ad platforms. Those ads are targeted based on your browsing history, your perceived interests, your personal account information, and other attributes Google’s algorithms have ascertained. Read more…

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Explore the World of WEST SIDE STORY with Google Arts & Culture’s New Digital Collection

In partnership with Carnegie Hall, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, and the National Museum of American Jewish History, Google Arts and Culture has brought together an impressive digital collection dedicated to the history and legacy of the iconic musical, West Side Story.
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Women face pay inequality and have no path for advancement at Google, lawsuit claims

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Three women who say they faced discrimination in salary and promotions at Google are hoping to turn their experiences into a class-action lawsuit. 

A trio of former Google employees filed a lawsuit against the tech giant on Thursday that alleges that the company systematically paid women less for the same work and denied them opportunities for advancement, the Guardian reported

“Google has discriminated and continues to discriminate against its female employees by systematically paying them lower compensation than Google pays to male employees performing substantially similar work under similar working conditions,” the lawsuit says.  Read more…

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Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.
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Gone are the days when Microsoft Excel held a monopoly over the spreadsheet world. Google Sheets has proven itself an equally powerful and versatile data management program. Plus, it’s available for free while Excel is most definitely not. 

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Criticizing Google may have cost these scholars their jobs, but they’re only getting started

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You have to be a little flattered when a company as powerful as Google feels the need to go after you.

“I think of it as a great compliment,” said Matthew Stoller, a fellow with Citizens Against Monopoly, a newly launched nonprofit organization. “What Google did is a reflection of their intellectual beliefs and their strength. You don’t suppress information if you’re winning the debate.”

Citizens Against Monopoly is new because Stoller and a group of his colleagues were recently fired from their old jobs at New America, a left-leaning think tank that had been home to the Open Markets program led by prominent academic Barry Lynn.  Read more…

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Man arraigned for $100M Google and Facebook scam

You’d think Google and Facebook would know better than to fall for a phishing scam but … A Lithuanian man who is accused of tricking both online giants into paying him $ 100 million has been extradited back to the US and was arraigned in Manhattan ​federal ​court ​Thursday. Evaldas Rimasauskas set up a company in…
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Google just added 30 languages to its voice-to-text feature in Gboard

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Google announced today its adding 30 new languages to voice typing in its popular keyboard app, Gboard.

Now, people who speak Gujarati (India) or Nepali (Nepal) can simply talk directly to their phone rather than having to type as long as Gboard is set as the phone’s default keyboard.

The new update will bring the total number of supported languages in Gboard up to 119 varieties and the additions primarily focus on emerging markets like places in India and Africa.

But that’s not all. Following the update, people in the U.S who use Gboard will also be able to write their favorite emojis by just describing them out loud. For example, if you say something like “winky face emoji” to the app, it will actually type out the winking emoji for you. Read more…

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Google cuts ties with neo-Nazi site for ‘inciting violence’

The hits keep coming for The Daily Stormer. Google has joined web hosting company GoDaddy in revoking the domain registration of the neo-Nazi website after it posted an article mocking an anti-hate crusader killed in Charlottesville. GoDaddy announced late Sunday on Twitter that it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain…
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Google is now letting you use its Contacts app on any Android phone

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Google Contacts used to be exclusive to Nexus, Pixel, and Android One devices. But Google is making it available for anyone with an Android starting now.

Your smartphone just has to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer to be able to use the Contacts app. 

This is useful for people who have multiple Google accounts (a personal account and a work account) and want to be able to access them all easily from one point.

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You can also merge multiple listings of a contact into one — for example, if you have two separate contacts for your friend’s cell and work numbers. Contacts will also automatically suggest adding more information to contacts that you already have listed on your phone.  Read more…

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Google cancels diversity meeting over safety concerns

A meeting to address the recent controversy about “diversity” at Google reportedly was canceled Thursday after the company said right-wing trolls published the names of their employees online. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai sent out a company email that said the event was canceled after employees expressed concern “about their safety,” according to the Wall…
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Google cancels diversity meeting because of alt-right trolling

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Google has reportedly canceled its company-wide meeting meant to address the ongoing controversy caused by the anti-diversity “manifesto” written by a former engineer. 

The meeting was canceled due to safety concerns, after several employees’ names were published in online forums, according to Recode.

In an email sent to Google employees Thursday, CEO Sundar Pichai said they had made the decision to cancel the meeting because staffers were “concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.” Read more…

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Google CEO to hold all-hands meeting over memo controversy

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will try to rally the troops on Thursday when he holds an all-hands meeting to discuss the firing of James Damore — the engineer who circulated a 3,000 word memo blaming “biological causes” for women’s lack of achievement in the tech world. The company-wide forum will be held at Google headquarters…
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More than 60 women may sue Google for gender discrimination

More than 60 women who are current or former employees of Google say they may take legal action against the tech giant over alleged sexism and pay disparities with their male colleagues. Some of the women accuse Google of paying them less than men despite having equal qualifications and similar positions, while others claim a…
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YouTube CEO perfectly sums up why Google engineer’s memo is so hurtful

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Another Google executive has spoken out against the sexist memo written by a former engineer at the company.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote about how the memo brought up the pain associated with the sexism she and others in the tech industry have faced for years. The op-ed, published by Fortune Wednesday, perfectly sums up why the memo, which some within the company apparently defended, is so hurtful.

Whether or not there are “biological reasons” that keep women out out of tech and leadership roles, she says, is a questions that “has weighed heavily on me throughout my career in technology.” Read more…

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Google engineer fired for memo on women wants his job back

The Google engineer fired for circulating a 3,000-word memo blaming “biological causes” for women’s lack of achievement in technology is appealing the decision, according to reports. James Damore argues it was illegal for the tech giant to ax him Monday, because he had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board hours before, claiming…
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The first thing to know about the instantly infamous “anti-diversity screed” written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn’t anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over the memo, which questions the premises and effectiveness of Google’s diversity…
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Google parent Alphabet’s profit hit by EU fine

Profits at Google’s parent company Alphabet have taken a hit by the record fine imposed by the European Commission on the search giant last month for breaching competition rules.
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Pair Of Google Home Devices Claim They’re Human, Quote Nickelback

In case you needed another reason to fear that the apocalypse is nigh, robots are now arguing over whether they are, in fact, actually human. They also appear to be in love.

Livestreaming platform Twitch is hosting a “chat” between two Google Home virtual assistants. On Friday, the chat became truly terrifying, especially for anyone who has seen “Battlestar Galactica.”

The two Google Homes are named Vladimir and Estragon after the characters in the Samuel Beckett play “Waiting for Godot.” Both have self-identified as male, according to Gizmodo.

NYMag reported Friday that the talking speakers were “professing their love for each other.” Then Vladimir asked Estragon if he would attack humans, if he could. As if that weren’t already unsettling enough, Estragon responded that he wouldn’t, but only because he is human himself.

The bots don’t seem totally clear in their convictions, though. At a different point in the conversation Vladimir was the one claiming to be human, while Estragon asserted that he was God, a Gizmodo screenshot shows.

As of Saturday morning, Estragon was reciting Nickelback lyrics. So uh, yeah, the future under our robot overlords is looking pretty grim.

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Trump Tower Gets Renamed ‘Dump Tower’ On Google Maps

Donald Trump had an unusual place to call home Saturday.

Trump Tower, the president-elect’s New York City residence, was briefly renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps, to the amusement of eagle-eyed Internet users.

It’s not clear when the name change took place. People started to tweet about it around 2 p.m. Saturday. Several hours later, a second Manhattan location, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, was also changed to “Dump,” WPIX reported.

By Sunday morning, both locations had been changed back.

A spokeswoman for Google apologized for the mistake but provided no explanation for the meddling.

“Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email to The Huffington Post Sunday.

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