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Google Faces Irish Privacy Probe of Data Processing for Ads

“The purpose of the inquiry is to establish whether processing of personal data carried out at each stage of an advertising transaction” is in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, the Irish Data Protection Commission said Wednesday in a statement. Google was earlier this year slapped with a 50 million-euro ($55.8 million) privacy fine by the French data regulator for violating the EU law. Ireland’s data regulator on Jan. 22 became the lead authority to watch over Google’s pri...
Tags: Google, Science, Eu, Ireland, Alphabet Inc


Carriers Drop Huawei Phones as U.S. Crackdown Crimps Plans

President Donald Trump’s move last week to put Huawei on an export blacklist amid a trade war with Beijing threatens to cut the tech company off from U.S. software and component suppliers. Telecom operators fear that could affect the functioning of its newest handsets as Huawei won’t get access to the most popular version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Alphabet Inc.’s Google. Britain’s BT Group Plc decided not to include Huawei phones in Britain’s first 5G network because ...
Tags: Science, Beijing, Britain, Telecom, Donald Trump, Huawei, Alphabet Inc, BT Group Plc, Huawei Phones, Google Britain


Carriers Begin Dropping Huawei Handsets as U.S. Crackdown Bites

Telecom operators fear that could affect the functioning of its newest handsets as Huawei won’t get access to the most popular version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Alphabet Inc.’s Google. Britain’s BT Group Plc decided not to include Huawei phones in Britain’s first 5G network because of uncertainty over whether they could use Android, a spokesman for the carrier said. Rival Vodafone Group Plc paused pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20X (5G) in the U.K. as “a temporary mea...
Tags: Science, Britain, Huawei, Alphabet Inc, BT Group Plc, Google Britain, Rival Vodafone Group Plc


BT Drops New Huawei Phones as U.S. Crackdown Starts to Bite

BT Group Plc won’t offer phones from Huawei Technologies Co. when it starts Britain’s first 5G mobile network next week, joining a growing list of wireless operators ditching the Chinese company’s handsets after the U.S. blocked it from critical suppliers. BT decided not to include Huawei phones in its 5G launch because of uncertainty over whether they could use Android software developed by U.S. tech giant Alphabet Inc., a spokesman for the carrier said.
Tags: Science, Britain, Huawei, Alphabet Inc, Huawei Technologies Co, BT Group Plc, BT Drops New Huawei Phones


Huawei Considers Rivals to Google's Android After U.S. Ban

The Chinese telecom equipment giant said Tuesday it was in talks with the Alphabet Inc. unit about how to proceed after Google confirmed it would cut access to some of Huawei’s operating system features for the company’s new devices in response to the announcement. Should Google’s system no longer be available, "then the alternative option will naturally come out -- either from Huawei or someone else," Abraham Liu, Huawei’s representative to the European Union institutions, said at an event in ...
Tags: Google, Science, European Union, Brussels, Huawei, Liu, Alphabet Inc, Abraham Liu Huawei


An RV Camp Sprang Up Outside Google’s Headquarters. Now Mountain View Wants to Ban It

Sergeant Wahed Magee, of the Mountain View Police Department, was furious. Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth-most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation.
Tags: Google, Science, United Nations, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View Police Department, Wahed Magee


An RV Camp Sprang Up Outside Google's Headquarters. Now Mountain View Wants to Ban It

Sergeant Wahed Magee, of the Mountain View Police Department, was furious. Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth-most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation.
Tags: Google, Science, United Nations, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View Police Department, Wahed Magee


Silicon Valley’s Shame: Living in a Van in Google’s Backyard

Sergeant Wahed Magee, of the Mountain View Police Department, was furious. Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth-most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation.
Tags: Google, Science, United Nations, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View Police Department, Wahed Magee


Twitter, Facebook Join Global Pledge to Fight Hate Speech Online

At a summit in Paris Wednesday, representatives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc., committed to use and develop rules, algorithms and direct intervention to curb the uploading, promotion, amplification and distribution of violent extremism on social media platforms. The initiative calls for hate speech to be “immediately and permanently” taken down, though isn’t legally binding.
Tags: Science, Paris, Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc Twitter Inc, Twitter Facebook Join Global Pledge


Macron, Ardern to Meet Twitter, Facebook, Google on Hate Speech

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for the meeting after the March 15 Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people were killed by a right-wing extremist who’d posted racist manifestos online and then live-streamed his rampage. Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube were widely criticized for failing to quickly remove the video.
Tags: Science, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Jacinda Ardern, Meet Twitter Facebook Google


Google Makes New Push to Bolster Travel-Related Searches

Aiming to change that, Google will launch a more unified travel product to integrate flight and hotel search functions, while organizing people’s travel plans and saving research. Alphabet Inc.’s Google also plans to “surface” more travel data on Google Maps, and incorporate hotel and restaurant reservations for customers who are logged on. Google made the announcement Tuesday at a marketing conference in San Francisco.
Tags: Google, Science, Google Maps, Alphabet Inc


Google demos car bookings by voice assistant at annual I/O event

Alphabet Inc's Google business on Tuesday offered a preview of voice technology that lets users make rental car bookings with just a simple ask of the company's virtual assistant tool. The capability, which Google demonstrated with National Car Rental's website, builds on the company's push over the last two years to integrate more artificial intelligence-fueled features into its virtual helper, Google Assistant. It also works with movie ticket bookings and aims to free users from manually fil...
Tags: Google, Science, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc


Tech Superstars Should Pay a High Price for Keeping Secrets

This week, it was hard to ignore the gripes about Google parent company Alphabet Inc., which posted relatively meek advertising revenue growth, for which executives offered vague explanations. Executives’ caginess fanned a longstanding question: Shouldn’t Alphabet detail the advertising sales and other financials of its big businesses, particularly YouTube? Alphabet really only reports revenue for its Google unit, which generates 99 percent of total company sales, and some of its constituent p...
Tags: Google, Science, Alphabet Inc


Google Staffers Share Stories of ‘Systemic’ Retaliation

The claims of retaliation are the latest in a series of internal upheavals over issues ranging from the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes to executive misconduct and the rights of contract workers. Alphabet Inc.’s Google set the standard in Silicon Valley for employing and retaining scores of highly-trained computer scientists. Employees registered a decline of faith in Google’s executives in recent internal surveys.
Tags: Google, Science, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc


Google Staffers Share 350 Stories of ‘Systemic’ Retaliation

Alphabet Inc.’s Google set the standard in Silicon Valley for employing and retaining scores of highly-trained computer scientists. Employees registered a decline of faith in Google’s executives in recent internal surveys. On Monday, two of those organizers, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, wrote an email saying Google had punished them because of their activism.
Tags: Google, Science, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Meredith Whittaker, Claire Stapleton


Uber’s Early Investors Poised to Reap $1.3 Billion in IPO Sale

SoftBank Group Corp. is offering 5.5 million shares, while Uber co-founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp expect to sell holdings worth $176 million and $147 million, respectively. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and Alphabet Inc. haven’t offered any of their shares for sale. The selling shareholders will still control about $36 billion worth of the San Francisco-based firm’s stock after the offering, according to calculations by Bloomberg.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, San Francisco, Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp, SoftBank Group Corp, Alphabet Inc


Taking Down Drones Is Turning Into a Big Business

After troublesome drones infiltrated London’s Gatwick airport late last year, disrupting passenger flights and costing potentially millions of pounds in revenue, that was the instinctive question posed by the watching world. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced in early 2018 it had logged more than one million registered drones, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts that by 2020, there will be 7.8 million shipments of consumer drones--an industry worth $3.3 billion in revenue. An...
Tags: Science, London, Gatwick, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Alphabet Inc, U S Federal Aviation Administration, Google Wing Aviation LLC


Alphabet's Waymo Reviving Detroit Plant With Self-Driving Cars

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC has picked an idled American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. facility in Detroit as the site where it will equip vehicles made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc with self-driving technology. The move by Waymo gives a small boost to a part of the Motor City that’s been hit hard by industrial decline and manufacturing jobs moving to Mexico.
Tags: Science, Detroit, Motor City, Alphabet Inc, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, American Axle Manufacturing Holdings Inc, Waymo, Waymo LLC, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC


Musk Says a Million Self-Driving Teslas Will Be on the Road Next Year

Elon Musk is now ripping up the script, vowing to pair self-driving technology with a sharing service that will make it crazy for consumers to buy other cars. During an hours-long investor day presentation focused on autonomy, Musk said customers will be able to put their cars onto a shared network of robotaxis, which will be able to get around without a human inside. Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, widely thought to be a leader in the autonomous space, has shied away from letting its autonomous vehicl...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Alphabet Inc, Waymo


Google to Block TikTok in India, Hurting Chinese Startup

An Indian state court had earlier asked the federal government to ban TikTok, citing concerns the video-sharing mobile app exposed children to troubling content, including pornography. Bytedance fought the proposal, but was overruled by India’s Supreme Court. Regulators then asked Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. to remove TikTok from their app stores.
Tags: Google, Science, India, Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc, Bytedance, Supreme Court Regulators


Qualcomm Announces New AI Chip for Cloud Data Center Servers

The company will use its mobile expertise, and ability to design chips made with the latest manufacturing technology, to start supplying the new products that will compete in a market worth $17 billion by 2025, Keith Kressin, a Qualcomm executive, said at a company event Tuesday in San Francisco. Qualcomm, whose growth has stalled amid a slowing smartphone market, increasing competition and legal battles that threaten its technology licensing business. Semiconductor companies are scrambling to...
Tags: Science, Qualcomm, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Keith Kressin, San Francisco Qualcomm, Google Amazon com Inc


FAANG's $800 Billion Rally Has Mom and Pop Investors Cashing Out

Retail clients at brokerage TD Ameritrade increased their overall exposure to equity markets for a second consecutive month in March, yet they sold shares of Amazon Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. and Apple Inc. All four members of the so-called FAANG cohort -- which also includes Google parent Alphabet Inc. -- have gained at least 35 percent since stocks bottomed on Christmas Eve, one-and-a-half times the S&P 500’s return. “Taking profits isn’t the worst idea in the world,” said Joe “JJ” Kin...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Netflix, Apple Inc, Joe, Alphabet Inc, TD Ameritrade, Amazon Inc Facebook Inc Netflix Inc


Google Scraps New AI Ethics Council After Outcry

The Alphabet Inc. company introduced the group, called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC), on March 26. Google asked the eight members to advise the company on knotty ethical questions on products such as facial-recognition software and algorithmic bias. Within a week, one person declined the invitation and another became the target of a pointed petition from Google staff as well as criticism from outside advocates.
Tags: Google, Science, Alphabet Inc, Google Scraps New AI Ethics Council


Google's U.S. Workforce Grew More Asian, Less White and Male

Gains were reported in the number of women, black and Latino workers among new hires while attrition rates for women and most under-represented groups declined, the Alphabet Inc. unit said in its annual diversity report. White workers remain in the majority, accounting for 54.4 percent of employees, while Asian staff posted the biggest increase by rising 1.7 percentage points to 39.8 percent at Google. Earlier this year, Google employees, along with shareholders, called on the company to make ...
Tags: Google, Science, Alphabet Inc


The Trade War Didn't Stop a Google and Huawei AI Collaboration

Track AI promises to pair software with Huawei devices to let “non-trained professionals” diagnose eye conditions. Missing from the Chinese company’s announcement was Google’s work behind the scenes. Huawei Technologies Co. built Track AI using TensorFlow, a set of AI software tools from Alphabet Inc.’s Google.
Tags: Google, Science, Huawei, Alphabet Inc, Huawei Technologies Co


Google Loses Gay-Rights Endorsement in Dispute Over Mobile App

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which had previously scored a perfect 100 on the annual Corporate Equality Index, will have its rating withheld until the app is removed from its Android phones, Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. “We have been urging Google to remove this app because it is life-threatening to LGBTQ youth and also clearly violates the company’s own standards,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. The program has already been removed from app stores run by Apple Inc., M...
Tags: Google, Science, Human Rights Campaign, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Apple Inc Microsoft Corp, the Human Rights Campaign


Google’s AI Work in China Spurs CEO Sitdown With Pentagon Brass

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, will meet in Washington D.C. with General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a person familiar with the situation. Dunford cited an AI lab that Google opened in Beijing in late 2017.
Tags: Google, Science, Washington, Beijing, Sundar Pichai, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Alphabet Inc, Dunford, Joseph Dunford, AI Work in China Spurs, Pentagon Brass


EU Renews Calls to Facebook, Twitter to Fight Fake News

The European Commission requires “more systematic information” from platforms to check the placement of advertisements and “to better understand the effectiveness of the actions taken against bots and fake accounts,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. “We encourage online platforms to work with researchers and fact-checkers on access to live information on public pages, streams and other services, as well as on data on inauthentic accounts they have identified and removed,” EU Commissioners J...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Eu, European Commission, Alphabet Inc, Andrus Ansip, Vera Jourova Mariya Gabriel


Google Pushes Into Video Games With Stadia Service

The Alphabet Inc. unit unveiled Tuesday a new game streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The announcement marks a major new foray into the $180 billion industry for the internet giant. Stadia lets developers build new games on a streaming platform that will allow players to access the action through the web instead of having to buy expensive consoles or personal computers.
Tags: Google, Science, San Francisco, Alphabet Inc


Amazon, Google Forays Into Banking Seen as Threat by RBC’s CEO

The lender’s chief executive officer told investors on Tuesday that he’s increasingly worried about the so-called FANG companies -- Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Netflix Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. -- getting into banking. The companies are already inserting themselves between the bank and its customers as people increasingly turn to the technology giants when shopping for financial services, McKay said. “They are getting between us and the moments of truth of our customers, and cur...
Tags: Google, Science, Rbc, McKay, Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc Amazon com Inc Netflix Inc, Amazon Google, RBC Financial Institutions Conference



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