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Man Says CES Lidar's Laser Was So Powerful It Wrecked His Camera

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A man attending this week's CES show in Las Vegas says that a lidar sensor from startup AEye has permanently damaged the sensor on his $1,998 Sony camera. Earlier this week, roboticist and entrepreneur Jit Ray Chowdhury snapped photos of a car at CES with AEye's lidar units on top. He discovered that every subsequent picture he took was marred by two bright purple spots, with horizontal and vertical lines emanating from them. "I noticed that...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Gm, Sony, Las Vegas, Alphabet, Ars, Chowdhury, Waymo, Luis Dussan, Jit Ray Chowdhury, Ars Technica AEye, Dussan, Ars Lidar


We talked to the top scientist at Alphabet's life-sciences company about the common thread uniting all its seemingly random health projects — and how she plans to spend $1 billion

Verily, the enigmatic life-sciences company formerly known as Google Life Sciences, recently raised $1 billion and appears to have its hands in a wide range of health initiatives. The company is building advanced contact lenses; releasing hordes of bacteria-infected (and thus sterile) mosquitoes in Fresno, California; and building a watch that helps researchers gather data for clinical studies. Verily's chief medical officer told Business Insider there's one thread that unites all of its proje...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Trends, Mega, Silver Lake, Alphabet, Business Insider, Google Life Sciences, Fresno California, Morgan Healthcare Conference, Stanford Yale, Jessica Mega Verily, Harvard Mega, International Data Corporation That, Egon Durban Silver Lake


Google's parent company Alphabet sued over sexual misconduct policy

Google shareholders want the firm to change the way it deals with allegations of sexual misconduct.
Tags: Google, News, Alphabet


Google board tried to cover up sexual misconduct, shareholders allege

Alphabet directors provided big severance packages to accused executives to keep their conduct quiet, lawsuit saysAlphabet’s board of directors approved outsize severance packages for Google executives accused of sexual harassment in order to cover up a culture of misconduct, a shareholder lawsuit filed Thursday alleged.Minutes from board meetings obtained by attorneys for the shareholder reveal the personal involvement of Alphabet directors in behavior that has harmed the company, the plaintiff...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Sexual Harassment, Alphabet, Ann Ravel Louise Renne, Frank Bottini


Google board sued for $90 million payout to Andy Rubin amid sexual abuse probe

“While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking -- paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him.” The Board of Directors of Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, has been sued by shareholders for okaying that $90 million exit payment to Andy Rubin, the Android mobile software superstar developer, while actively covering up abuse committed by him and other executives. Rubin was credibly accused of violently se...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Alphabet


Shareholder suit alleges Google covered up its sexual harassment problems with big payouts

Months after an earth-shattering New York Times investigation exposed Google parent company Alphabet’s $90 million payout to Android co-founder Andy Rubin, despite the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, a Google shareholder is suing the company. James Martin filed suit in the  San Mateo Superior Court Thursday morning, alleging the company’s leaders deployed massive allowances to poor-behaving executives to cover up harassment scandals. Both Rubin and Google’s former head of s...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Lawsuit, Tech, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Sexual Harassment, James Martin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram


Alphabet's board of directors is being sued for allegations that it covered up claims of sexual harassment by top executives (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet's board of directors are being sued over allegations of covering up company executives accused of sexual harassment or discrimination.  The lawsuit, on behalf of an Alphabet shareholder, cites Android creator Andy Rubin's alleged $90 million exit package following an internal investigation into his behavior. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be cred...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Times, Alphabet, San Francisco City, Rubin, Brin, Andy Rubin, Google s Board


Google Shareholders Sue Over Andy Rubin’s Reported $90 Million Golden Parachute

A bombshell report by the New York Times in October revealed that Google, like many companies, was willing to bury inconvenient sexual harassment complaints against its executives. In the case of Andy Rubin, a veteran associated deeply with the creation of the Android operating system, his fall from grace was…
Tags: Google, Science, New York Times, Alphabet, Andy Rubin, Google Walkout, Lawsuit For Real Change


FAANG, Public Trust, Valuations, in 2019: The Read from Menlo Ventures

The market caps of some of the most successful tech titans reach as high as $1 trillion. Yet in 2018, perceptions about these dominant companies often reflected uneasiness and doubt—and for some, so did their stock performance.Maybe the mood shift has to do with the fact that the public and government leaders no longer evaluate these tech giants based solely on their spectacular market growth and multi-billion-dollar valuations, but also on the effects of their products, which are woven into al...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Uber, Microsoft, Privacy, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Russia, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Vc


Google Only Has to Respect Your 'Right to Be Forgotten' in the EU, Court Says

Google is not responsible for protecting people’s “right to be forgotten” in any countries outside of the European Union, according to a preliminary opinion from the European court of justice.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Alphabet, EU Court Says


Move over Microsoft, Amazon is the most valuable public company in the US

Last year, Amazon joined the exclusive $1 trillion club. This year, it’s continuing to exude its stock market dominance. Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant accumulated $797 billion in market value on Monday, ending the day trading up 3.4 percent at $1,629.51 per share and overtaking Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the U.S. Microsoft, which shot past Apple to nab the title on Nov. 28, closed up .1 percent at $102.06 per share Monday with a market capitalization of...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Cook, Microsoft, US, Tech, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Alphabet, Greater China, Microsoft Amazon, Today Apple, U S Microsoft, Amazon Microsoft Apple


Seven ways technology will change in 2019

App stores, Facebook, smartphone photography, even USB cables – they are all facing disruption this yearAt the beginning of 2019, as at the start of 2018, Margrethe Vestager remains the most powerful woman in tech. The EU competition commissioner has the world’s biggest companies walking on tiptoe, afraid of her habit of enforcing competition law where the US authorities have refused to do so. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, Eu, Regulators, E-commerce, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Self-driving Cars, Cryptocurrencies


Alphabet’s Biotech R&D Arm Verily Raises $1B to Fuel Growth

Verily, the biotech research and development company owned by Google parent Alphabet, has raised $1 billion in an investment round led by Menlo Park, CA-based private equity titan Silver Lake.The South San Francisco, CA-based company was formerly known as Google Life Sciences before Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) spun it off from the search engine giant and rebranded it in 2017. Other new investors in the round include Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and other global investment management firms, Verily...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Singapore, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Vc, Healthcare, Private Equity, Biotech, Silver Lake, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Google Life Sciences


Google shifted $23bn to tax haven Bermuda in 2017, filing shows

Firm used Dutch shell company in move known as ‘double Irish, Dutch sandwich’ that cuts its foreign tax billGoogle moved 19.9bn euros ($22.7bn) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.The amount channelled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was about 4bn euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on 21 December, showed. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, Americas, World news, Netherlands, Alphabet, Bermuda, Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Tax Havens, Google Netherlands Holdings BV


Google Shifted $23 Billion To Tax Haven Bermuda in 2017, Filing Shows

schwit1 shares a report: Google moved 19.9 billion euros ($22.7 billion) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. The amount channeled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was around 4 billion euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on Dec. 21, showed. For more than a decade the arrangement has allowed Google owner Alphabet to enjoy an effective...
Tags: Google, Tech, United States, Netherlands, Alphabet, Bermuda, Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Google Netherlands Holdings BV, Google Ireland Holdings, Tax Haven Bermuda


Alphabet leapfrogs Apple as third biggest company as iPhone maker in meltdown

Apple's shock profit warning has dragged it further down the list of the most valuable companies, as Alphabet became the third company to leapfrog the iPhone maker in less than two months. Shares in Apple plunged by almost 10pc after markets opened in New York, putting its valuation at around $675bn (£536bn). It is now worth less than Microsoft, which has a market capitalisation at around $755bn, Amazon, worth $738bn, and Alphabet, $717bn. It is the latest signal of the change of fortunes fo...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, News, Microsoft, China, US, Hermès, Lvmh, Alphabet, Greater China, Tim Cook Apple, 755bn Amazon


Auto marketplace CarDekho grabs $110M to double down on insurance and financial services

CarDekho, an online marketplace for car sales in India, has pulled in a new $110 million Series C funding round from a clutch of existing investors to push deeper into financial services and insurance. Sequoia India, Hillhouse and Alphabet’s CapitalG led the round which also saw participation from Axis Bank, one of CarDekho’s financing partners. [Update] The company confirmed that the deals gives it a valuation of $400-$500 million, that’s in line with a report from Economic Times one mon...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Indonesia, Youtube, Finance, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Insurance, Tech, Car, Automotive, Philippines, Malaysia, Online Marketplace, Alphabet


Google's 'Minority Report'-style hand control tech just took a major step forward (GOOG)

Google is developing "Minority Report"-style gesture controls for computers. The company first announced Project Soli, which lets you operate devices by making gestures in the air, back in 2015. This week, the FCC granted the Alphabet-owned company a crucial waiver to allow it to continue developing the tech. Google's wild plans to build computers you can control with hand gestures just took a significant step forward. Late on Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US regul...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Alphabet, Federal Aviation Administration, Google Facebook, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Soli, Google Pixel, European Telecommunications Standards Institute


Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Are Reportedly Facing Ongoing Attacks in Arizona

In Arizona, the same state where one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, people have reportedly been vandalizing autonomous vehicles operated by Waymo, the Google spin-off owned by Alphabet.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Arizona, Autonomous Vehicles, Alphabet, Self Driving Cars, Waymo


A top tech analyst is betting on a rebound, not a recession, and says these stocks are his best bets after the market's correction (AMZN, FB, GOOGL, ATVI, TTWO)

The volatile stock markets likely have investors on edge. Many are worried that a recession is imminent. But Colin Sebastian, an analyst with Baird Equity Research, is optimistic that the recent sell-off in the markets represents just a correction, not a sign of an economic downturn. If so, that could be a good sign for tech stocks; they've tended to post strong gains in rebounds after corrections, according to Sebastian's data. But some stocks have done better than others, and Sebastian has t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Activision Blizzard, Alphabet, Activision, Sebastian, Amazon Amazon, Baird Equity Research, Colin Sebastian, AMZN FB GOOGL, Activision Blizzard Like Alphabet


Alphabet spins off moonshot project Malta with backing from Gates’s BEV fund

Malta, the renewable energy storage project born in Alphabet’s moonshot factory X, is now on its own and flush with $26 million from a Series A funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures . Concord New Energy Group and Alfa Laval also invested in the round. Project Malta launched last year in Alphabet’s X (formerly Google X) with an aim to build energy storage facilities that can support full-scale power grids. The independent company spun out of Alphabet is now called Malta Inc. Malt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Sap, Malta, John Doerr, Alphabet, Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Alfa Laval, Breakthrough Energy Ventures


Sorting the spin from the facts: how big can the surveilling city that Sidewalk Labs plans for Toronto get?

Cory published a writeup of my research showing Google offshoot Sidewalk Labs’ plan to build a surveilling city in Toronto involves a much, much larger chunk of land than publicly disclosed (in fact about 2,600 acres of prime Toronto waterfront!). It flushed out a response from the high-priced US PR firm Berlin Rosen, apparently acting on behalf of Sidewalk Labs: Hi there – I am reaching out about the above mentioned article. The image that accompanies the article is a picture of designa...
Tags: Google, Post, Corruption, News, US, Toronto, America, Canada, Pda, North America, Smart Cities, University of Toronto, Dan Doctoroff, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, Justin Trudeau


How can I remove Google from my life?

Geoffrey writes from his Gmail address to ask how he can stop Google from intruding into almost everythingHow can I stop the intrusion of Google into almost everything? (After I’ve changed my email address.) GeoffreyGoogle’s motto used to be “don’t be evil”, but in the eyes of some it has now taken on the mantle of the “evil empire” from Microsoft, which Bill Gates and crew inherited from the IBM mocked in the Mac’s launch advert in 1984. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Chrome, Google, Android, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, Search Engines, Smartphones, Software, Mobile Phones, Bill Gates, Computing, Ibm, Alphabet, Geoffrey


Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies. By Yasha LevineThe internet surrounds us. It mediates modern life, like a giant, unseen blob that engulfs the modern world. There is no escape, and, as Larry Page and Sergey Brin so astutely understood when they launched Google in 1998, everything that people do online leaves a trail of data. If saved and used correctly, these tra...
Tags: Google, Technology, Internet, World news, US news, Surveillance, Larry Page, US military, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Cia, Alphabet, Yasha LevineThe


Waymo could be a $250 billion win for Alphabet, Jefferies says (GOOGL)

Waymo, the autonomous-driving technology company, could prove to be a huge boon for Alphabet, Jefferies analysts wrote in a research note out Wednesday. Google's parent company, Alphabet, spun off Waymo in 2016. Follow Alphabet's stock price live. "Can Waymo Drive Alphabet's Stock?" Jefferies equity analysts wondered in a research note to clients Wednesday.  It certainly could, the analysts concluded in a sweeping report that examined the self-driving company's impact on the Google-parent Al...
Tags: Apple, Google, California, Trends, Tesla, Mit, Ubs, Waze, Morgan Stanley, Jefferies, Alphabet, Blackrock, PHOENIX Arizona, GOOGL, Waymo, Colin Langan


From Google to Gates: Malta Targets Power Storage With Molten Salt

A new and unconventional power storage startup is preaching the gospel of salt and antifreeze as the long-sought answer to how to bottle up renewable electricity from intermittent solar and wind projects.Malta, based in Cambridge, MA, announced today it has graduated from Alphabet’s X, the Moonshot Factory—where it was known as Project Malta—and is heading off into the world with a $26 million Series A funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the climate change fund led by Bill Gates....
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Tech, Renewable Energy, Launch, X, Bill Gates, Venture Capital, Wind, Clean Energy, Solar, Cleantech, Battery


Graphcore Scores $200M to Scale Up A.I. Chip Production

One of the leading contenders in the A.I. chip race, Graphcore, announced Thursday it pulled down $200 million in a Series D fundraising round that set its valuation at $1.7 billion.The Bristol, UK-based startup, founded in 2016, has now secured a total of more than $300 million in financing from venture capital firms and other investors including Microsoft and the corporate venture arms of BMW and Dell Technologies.Graphcore’s big haul is a notable milestone in the recent revival of investor i...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Facebook, Hardware, Microsoft, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Softbank, Funding, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, It, Mit


Google still claimed to be blocking search rivals on Android, despite Europe’s antitrust action

Mobile licensing changes made by Google this fall, when it tweaked terms for OEMs wanting to license its Android smartphone platform on devices destined for the European market, don’t appear to be offering succour to search rivals — despite being triggered by an antitrust ruling intended to reset the competitive playing field. The European Commission found the search giant guilty of anti-competitive practices related to its Android platform this summer, slapping the company with a $5BN ...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Europe, Microsoft, France, Germany, Samsung, Tech, Search Engines, Smartphones, Search, Competition, Commission, European Commission


Google to expand New York City presence with $1 billion campus

Google is following in Amazon's footsteps with its own plans to expand its presence in New York City. The company announced on Monday that it's investing $1 billion on three sites in Lower Manhattan for more than 7,000 workers. The post Google to expand New York City presence with $1 billion campus appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, New York, News, New York City, Trends, Web, Alphabet, Lower Manhattan


Google's secretive, data-hungry private city within Toronto will be much larger than previously disclosed

Google's Sidewalk Labs convinced Toronto to let it build an all-surveilling "smart city" on a small patch of lakefront and then promptly shenaniganized things, breaking all its privacy and transparency promises and prompting a mass exodus of its advisory board members and other watchdogs. But the shenanigans just keep coming: newly discovered documents reveal that the privatization and private surveillance of Toronto will extend far beyond the original site, capturing most of the waterfron...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Toronto, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, Google s Sidewalk Labs, Waterfront Toronto, Surveillance Urbanism, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Union Station, Rosemary Frei Rabble



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