Here's a look at 10 ways Google tries to make its campuses around the world more sustainable (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google campuses may be best known for their fun quirks — like having massive slides in a number of them. But over the years, the company has made strides to make its offices not only fun to work in, but environmentally friendly as well.  From cutting down on food wastes to harvesting its own honey, below are ten ways Google offices around the world are working towards being more sustainable.  Visit for more stories. Google campuses may be best known for their fun quirks — ...
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Weird Galaxy View 2 is a TV-style tablet to take your mind off the Galaxy Fold

Samsung may be about to resurrect a product line that last saw an entry three years ago. Renders of the Galaxy View 2 show it's sticking to the tablet-that-thinks-its-a-TV formula. The post Weird Galaxy View 2 is a TV-style tablet to take your mind off the Galaxy Fold appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung Galaxy Fold Delayed Over Breaking Displays

It seems like Samsung’s own version of Apple’s infamous “bendgate” is delaying the still-unreleased Galaxy Fold. This is in response to numerous reports from reviewers that said their test models... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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The E-ink Kindle-competitor Android should have made a long time ago

A cross between a Kindle, a Wacom, and an Android Tablet, the E-Pad is something that should’ve been launched years back… by Amazon, Samsung, or perhaps even by Adobe. Designed to be a touchscreen tablet with an e-ink display and a stylus, the E-Pad closes the gap between owning a digital device, and a notepad and pencil, and conceptually, that’s a pretty remarkable thing. Here’s why…Tablets (or even folding phones now) always promised to be one thing. The evolution of laptops and notebooks, d...
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'Longevity Gene' Responsible For More Efficient DNA Repair

Researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered that the gene "sirtuin 6" (SIRT6) is responsible for more efficient DNA repair in species with longer lifespans. "The research illuminates new targets for anti-aging interventions and could help prevent age-related diseases," reports Phys.Org From the report: SIRT6 is often called the "longevity gene" because of its important role in organizing proteins and recruiting enzymes that repair broken DNA; additionally, mice without the gene ag...
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Watch Huawei’s P30 Pro (and its crazy periscope camera) get taken apart

Huawei’s P30 Pro might have the most impressive hardware on any phone currently available, at least among phones that don’t fold. That said, the P30 Pro does sort of have a folding component: its periscope camera. In order to provide 5x optical zoom, the P30 Pro’s telephoto camera is folded like a periscope. Now we get to see what that mechanism looks like from the inside thanks to perpetual phone torturer Zack Nelson – the guy behind YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. If you’ve seen a phone’s ...
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Facebook's New Chief Lawyer Is a Trump Official Who Helped Create the Patriot Act

Facebook has picked up another government official—this time a legal adviser to Donald Trump’s State Department who once helped craft the much-maligned Patriot Act—to beef up its team, Bloomberg reported on Monday.Read more...
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A group of Microsoft and GitHub employees have come out in support of Chinese tech workers protesting the infamous '996' work hours (MSFT)

On Monday, a group of Microsoft and GitHub employees published an open letter to show their support for a project called 996.ICU, which protests a harsh tech working culture in China. The name of the project is a reference to the idea that many tech workers work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week, even though such practices are illegal in China. Employees decided to publish this letter because they were concerned that Microsoft is facing pressure to take down this project. Visit Business Inside...
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Microsoft workers decry grueling '996' working standard at Chinese tech firms

A letter on Github demanded companies comply with labor laws, limiting workers to 40 hours a week versus a 12-hour day standardMicrosoft employees have published a letter on the software development platform Github in solidarity with tech workers in China.Workers at tech companies in the country have used the Microsoft-owned platform to complain about grueling working conditions and the “996” standard in the industry, a philosophy endorsed by the tech billionaire Jack Ma. The name is based on th...
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Employees Call On Microsoft To Protect GitHub From China Censors

The GitHub repository at "996.ICU" in China has been calling out tech companies in the country that pressure their employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days per week. "Since it went up last month, the page has been starred over 229,000 times, making it one of the most popular GitHub repositories on the site," reports PC Magazine. "But now a group of Microsoft employees are worried the Chinese government will force their employer to take the page down. So in response, they've been circula...
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India’s ZestMoney raises $20M to grow its digital lending service

Fintech is very much still hot in Asia. ZestMoney, a startup that helps consumers with no credit history get loans to buy online, announced today it has raised a $20 million Series B. The round is led by Quona Capital, a stealthy Washington-based fund that invests in emerging market fintech and has an office in India. Others participating included new backer Reinventure, an Australian fund which includes Coinbase among its fintech portfolio, as well as returning investors Ribbit Capital...
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Demoted and sidelined: Google walkout organizers say company retaliated

Staff who organized mass protests say in internal letter their roles were changed after November 2018 demonstration Workers protest against Google on 1 November 2019 in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP They helped to organize an unprecedented global protest that saw tens of thousands of Google employees walk off the job in November 2018. Now two Google employees, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, are alleging that Google is retaliating against them and other employ...
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Two Google employees who spearheaded the walkout against sexual misconduct say the company has retaliated and demoted them (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google employees walked out of their offices last year in a massive protest of their company's handling of sexual harassment allegations. Two of the organizers say Google has retaliated against them by changing their roles and demoting them at the company, Wired reports. In response, the two women say they're hosting a "retaliation town hall" Friday for employees to attend and share their own stories of retaliation. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two of the women who spea...
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Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the Insurance […]
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Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing

Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then scrapped that name, his follow-up to Vine called Byte has finally sent out the first 100 invites to its closed beta. Byte will let users record or upload short, looped vertical videos to what’s currently a reverse-chronological feed. the byte beta we’ve been running with friends and family *feels* exactly like t...
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NIH, FBI Accuse Scientists In US of Sending IP To China, Running Shadow Labs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas has forced out three senior researchers with ties to China. The move comes amid nationwide investigations by federal officials into whether researchers are pilfering intellectual property from U.S. research institutions and running "shadow laboratories" abroad, according to a joint report by Science magazine and the Houston Chronicle. The National Institutes of Health began sending letters to the e...
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New cars will try to stop you speeding

Drivers will find it harder to break speed limits, thanks to "intelligent speed assistance" systems.
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Tesla Will Allow Aggressive Autopilot Mode With 'Slight Chance of a Fender Bender'

During Tesla's "Autonomy Investor Day" today, Elon Musk said that the company will someday allow drivers to select aggressive modes of its Autopilot driver assistance system that have a "slight chance of a fender bender." "Musk didn't say when Tesla might roll out that option, only that the company would have to have "higher confidence" in Autopilot's capabilities before allowing it to happen," reports The Verge. From the report: "Do you want to have a nonzero chance of a fender bender on freewa...
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Toyota Establishes Research Institute In China To Study Hydrogen, Green Tech

Japan announced on Sunday it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could ease environmental problems in China. Reuters reports: The initiative, outlined by Toyota's President and Chief Executive Akio Toyoda in a speech at Tsinghua University, is part of the Japanese carmaker's efforts to share more technology with China as it seeks to expand its business in the country ...
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Google is celebrating Earth Day with a new addition to its interactive app

In an effort to create an entertaining, easy way to learn about eco-friendly living, Google paired up with the California Academy of Sciences and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to create Your Plan, Your Planet for Earth Day. Using interactive quizzes, tips and visual aids, Your Plan, Your Planet gives users a concise set of messages that will help anyone understand the simple ways they can do their part in helping save the planet’s precious resources. With a trusted name like Google behind Your...
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Chevron’s Burger On Energy Innovation, Houston’s Growing Tech Scene

Houston—Among innovation-focused efforts in Houston, Chevron Technology Ventures is among the longest standing.Founded in 1999, Chevron Tech has launched seven funds up to $100 million each—the latest last month—in search of startups with technologies to hasten the ongoing digitization of the oil and gas industry. To date, the company’s corporate venture arm has made 100 investments.“The availability of data in operations, through sensors, and the ability to actually mine that data, and to use ...
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Charter Avoids Getting Kicked Out of New York, Agrees To New Merger Conditions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter Communications won't be kicked out of New York after all. Nine months after a New York government agency ordered Charter to leave the state over its alleged failure to comply with merger conditions, state officials have announced a settlement that will let Charter stay in New York in exchange for further broadband expansions. The settlement will enforce a new version of the original merger conditions and require a $12 million payment...
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TurboTax Uses Dark Patterns To Trick You Into Paying To File Your Taxes

ProPublica reports on the shady tactics TurboTax and other tax software companies use to prevent most Americans from filing their taxes for free. According to an agreement with the IRS, tax software companies are supposed to offer a "Free File" product to Americans making less than $66,000 a year. From the report: Here's what happened when we went looking. Our first stop was Google. We searched for "irs free file taxes." And we thought we found what we were looking for: Ads from TurboTax and oth...
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Facebook hired a top State Department lawyer to be its new general counsel (FB)

Facebook has hired a new general counsel. Jennifer Newstead, a top lawyer at the US State Department, is joining the beleaguered social networking firm. She is replacing Colin Stretch, who has been planning to leave for nearly a year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook has finally found a new general counsel — hiring Jennifer Newstead, a top lawyer at the US State Department, to fill the role. The social network's previous general counsel, Colin Stretch, originall...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Use A Virtual Machine

The term virtual can be used in a variety of ways. However, when talking about computing, virtualization is the use of physical resources allocated into separate systems. This allows the CPU, RAM or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi network in 2020

Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Autonomy Day. “I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year — not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere” Musk said without detailing what regulations he was referring to. He added that he is confident the company will have regulatory approval somewher...
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Tesla Autonomy Software

Tesla Autonomy Investor Day described their software. Tesla has a shadow mode where they can compare alternative software algorithms against the current software. Tesla will only proceed from shadow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Promise Hour: Tesla Broadcasts Self-driving Tech to Perk Up Investors

Tesla celebrated “Autonomy Day” on Monday, broadcasting a web presentation to investors touting its self-driving strategy — part of CEO Elon Musk’s attempt to prove that the manufacturer’s longstanding commitment to the technology will bear fruit. While the mood was undercut by news of one of its vehicles spontaneously combusting in a Shanghai parking garage, the company […] The post Promise Hour: Tesla Broadcasts Self-driving Tech to Perk Up Investors appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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New PatentlyO Law Journal Essay: Is There Any Need to Resort to a § 101 Exception for Prior Art Ideas?

New PatentlyO Law Journal Essay by Jeremy C. Doerre.  Mr. Doerre is a patent attorney with the law firm of Tillman Wright, PLLC. In the wake of Alice, many observers have suggested that the implicit judicial exception to 35 U.S.C. § 101 for abstract ideas is now sometimes being used as a judicial or administrative shortcut to invalidate or reject claims that should properly be addressed under 35 U.S.C. § 103. This article notes that “the concern that drives this exclusionary principle [is] one o...
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Was a Google Doodle Created for Ramadan But Not for Easter?

Google traditionally avoids making Doodles involving ANY overtly religious holiday.
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