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Google Staffers Say They Were Retaliated Against For Helping Organize 2018 Walkout

Two Google employees who helped to organize a labor walkout estimated to involve 20,000 workers in protest of the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and assault cases in November 2018 have claimed Google retaliated against them, according to Wired.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Labor, Youtube, Sexual Harassment, Andy Rubin, Retaliation, Google Walkout


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...
Tags: Google, News, China, Department Of Defense, New York Times, Guardian, Mountain View California, Stapleton, Employee, Whittaker, Meredith Whittaker, Andy Rubin, Noah Berger, AI Now Institute, Claire Stapleton, Whittaker Stapleton


Google's chief diversity officer is leaving the company following a string of controversies (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google chief diversity officer, Danielle Brown, is leaving the company. Brown will be Gusto, a human resources startup, as chief people officer.  Google said in a statement that Brown will be replaced by Melonie Parker, who has acted as Google's head of diversity, equity and inclusion. In the past year, Google has faced scrutiny over its handling of sexual misconduct allegations against senior executives, and faces a class action lawsuit over pay discrimination. Following a year full of contr...
Tags: Google, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Brown, Danielle, Andy Rubin, Danielle Brown, Eileen Naughton Google, James Damore, Google Walkout, Melonie Parker


Larry Page and Sergey Brin have reportedly failed to attend a single Google all-hands meeting in 2019

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have stopped turning up to Google's weekly town hall meetings, BuzzFeed reports. According to BuzzFeed, the pair haven't made an appearance at any of the 2019 meetings. The meetings — known as TGIF — have historically been a space where employees can question the cofounders about anything. Google has recently been contending with a series of internal backlashes. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Although Google's cofounders Larry Page and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, China, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Rubin, Brin, Watch Google, Andy Rubin, Larry Page Sergey Brin, Kay Coles James


We tried the $300 smart security camera that was cool enough to get on Apple's radar. Here’s what it was like to use. (AAPL)

The Lighthouse security camera was a $300 internet-connected device that could identify you and your family members. But Lighthouse shut down its operations last December and sold its patents to Apple. Now, Lighthouse's founders and 20 of its staff are joining Apple, according to a report from The Information.  We tried the Lighthouse camera before the company shut down, and it provided a glimpse into the type of technology know-how the company will bring to Apple.  Hardware startup Lighthous...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Tivo, Udacity, Lighthouse, Sebastian Thrun, Andy Rubin, Hendrik Dahlkamp, Alex Teichman, Stanford University Lighthouse, Teichman, Apple Now Lighthouse, Apple Hardware startup Lighthouse


Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics

In 2013, Google went big on robotics. Under the leadership of Android father Andy Rubin, the company went on a shopping spree that included marquee companies like Boston Dynamics. The division was named Replicant, in an homage to Blade Runner that worked with the whole Alphabet motif. It was big and secretive and expensive, and within a few years, everything kind of went to hell. The past few years have found the company picking up the pieces and moving on. It recently felt ready to give The...
Tags: Google, Tech, New York Times, Mountain View, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Amazon Robotics, Vincent Vanhoucke, Boston Dynamics The


Google is revitalizing its robotics division, according to report, but this time it will focus on AI-software instead of human-like mobility (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google is getting back into robotics after giving up on earlier, high-profile attempts, according to a report in the New York Times. Today, Google's new effort — known as Robotics at Google — is led by Vincent Vanhoucke, who served as a key player in the company's artificial intelligence project, Google Brain.  Perhaps a result of Vanhoucke background in AI, Robitics at Google will focus more on advanced software that can train a robot to learn new tasks, instead of expensive devices that c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, New York Times, Robotics, Times, Signal, Rubin, Boston Dynamic, Andy Rubin, Vincent Vanhoucke, New York Times Today Google, Google Brain the Times, Amazon Though Google


Daily Crunch: Facebook pulls Warren ads criticizing Facebook

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook’s advertising department pulled Elizabeth Warren campaign ads touting the senator’s proposal to break up big tech. According to , the offending ads were pulled over their use of the Facebook brand in their copy. The removal appears to be short-lived, but it has given the Warren campaign ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Facebook, Russia, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, United States, Warren, Hulu, James Martin, KGB, Tim Berners Lee, Rubin, Federal Security Service, Andy Rubin


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Larry Page "bypassed" Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150 million stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct, according to a lawsuit. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock-option deal, but it was Page who personally gave initial approval. . Facebook has now restored the ads and says they were removed because they violated its policies...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Cook, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, SEC, Sam Altman, Volkswagen, Donald Trump, Kevin Systrom


Former Google exec Amit Singhal exec was awarded a $45 million exit deal amid accusations of sexual harassment, according to lawsuit (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's former senior VP of search operations Amit Singhal was awarded a $45 million exit package upon his departure, amid accusations that the executive sexually harassed a subordinate.  The ammount was disclosed in a complaint filed in a lawsuit made public on Monday.  In the end, Singhal received $15 million from the deal because of a clause in the deal that limited payout if he joined a competitor.  Details of Singhal's exit package, combined with Android creator Andy Rubin's $...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Amit Singhal, Singhal, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Google Walkout


Google Agreed to Pay Execs Accused of Sexual Harassment $135 Million

Following the revelations of a $90 million golden parachute to Andy Rubin, a former Google executive accused of sexually harassing a subordinate, a recently unsealed complaint shows the company approved a further $45 million send-off to Amit Singhal, the company’s former senior vice president.Read more...
Tags: Google, Harassment, Science, Alphabet, Amit Singhal, Andy Rubin, Google Walkout


Larry Page approved $150M stock grant to Andy Rubin despite sex abuse allegations & without board's OK, lawsuit claims

Alphabet and Google co-founder Larry Page did not ask his company's board of directors for approval before personally approving a $150 million dollar stock grant to disgraced Android executive Andy Rubin, despite the sexual harassment allegations that led to Rubin's ouster. These are the claims in an investor lawsuit, which says the company covered up the sexual misconduct of Rubin and others. From Joel Rosenblatt and Gerrit De Vynck at Bloomberg: Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Pa...
Tags: Google, Android, Post, News, California, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Page, Alphabet Inc


Larry Page 'bypassed' Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150 million stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct, according to lawsuit (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet CEO and cofounder Larry Page "bypassed" the board of directors and personally approved a $150 million stock-option package for Android creator Andy Rubin, according to a lawsuit cited in a Bloomberg report on Monday. The $150 million stock package was awarded to Rubin while he was under an internal investigation for sexual-misconduct complaints, the report said. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock-option deal, but it was Page wh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Times, Alphabet, Samsung Galaxy, Rubin, Andy Rubin


Larry Page 'bypassed' Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150M stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet CEO and co-founder Larry Page "bypassed" the board of directors and personally approved the $150 million stock-option package for Android creator Andy Rubin , according to a lawsuit which Bloomberg reported about on Monday. The $150 million stock package was awarded to Rubin while he was under internal investigation for sexual misconduct complaints, the report says. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock option deal, but it was Pag...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Times, Alphabet, Rubin, Andy Rubin


Google paid $105 million to two executives accused of sexual harassment

Google paid a total of $105 million to Andy Rubin and Amit Singhal after they were accused of sexual harassment at the company, the Wall Street Journal first reported. This confirms the New York Times report that Google paid $90 million to Rubin and reveals Google also paid $15 million to Singhal, who left Uber after it was revealed that he did not disclose the sexual harassment allegation. The suit, filed by shareholder James Martin, confirms the board of directors approved a $90 million exi...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Diversity, New York Times, Travis Kalanick, Sexual Harassment, James Martin, Wall Street Journal, Amit Singhal, Martin, Singhal, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Bloomberg Singhal, Page et al Alphabet Inc


A prominent former Googler says she has 'grave concerns about how strategic decisions are made at Google today' and how it treats employees (GOOGL, GOOG)

Liz Fong-Jones, a prominent former Google engineer known for speaking out for employee rights, w rote about her experience inside the search giant in an op-ed published on Wednesday.  Fong-Jones writes that she has "grave concerns about how strategic decisions are made at Google today," and that the company has "misused its power to place profits above the well-being of people." She describes the relationship between Google leadership and employees as hitting a low point within the last two...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, Trends, Xiaomi, Pentagon, Signal, Google Cloud Platform, Andy Rubin, Liz Fong Jones, Fong Jones, Google Walkout


A prominent former Googler says she has ‘grave concerns about how strategic decisions are made at Google today’ and how it treats employees (GOOGL, GOOG)

Liz Fong-Jones, a prominent former Google engineer known for speaking out for employee rights, w rote about her experience inside the search giant in an op-ed published on Wednesday.  Fong-Jones writes that she has "grave concerns about how strategic decisions are made at Google today," and that the company has "misused its power to place profits above the well-being of people." She describes the relationship between Google leadership and employees as hitting a low point within the last two...
Tags: Google, China, Trends, Pentagon, MacBook Air, Google Cloud Platform, Andy Rubin, Liz Fong Jones, Fong Jones, Google Walkout


Even as Google was making nice during employee walkout, it was secretly asking the Trump administration to ban email labor organizing

Last year, Google was rocked by a string of employee uprisings: first over selling AI tools to the Pentagon for use in drone development; then over the clandestine development of a censored Chinese search-product, the over the revelation that Android founder Andy Rubin was given a $90 million payoff to get rid of him after repeated sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. Google's strategy for the world's tightest labor market has been to evince ethical principles as a means of ent...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Labor, Obama, Pentagon, Nlrb, Trump, Bush, Cambridge Mass, Andy Rubin, Labor Board, McMillen, Trump s National Labor Relations Board, MeToo, Project Maven


Shareholders sue Google execs over handling of Andy Rubin sexual harassment claims

When Android founder Andy Rubin left Google in 2014, the departure was unexpected, if not shrouded in mystery. A few years later, a New York Times expose revealed that Rubin was essentially forced out of the search giant due to a handful of sexual misconduct claims from other Google employees. In ousting Rubin, Google paid the famed engineer a whopping $90 million when it could have simply fired him outright. Naturally, when the story surfaced, Google received an avalanche of criticism for not ...
Tags: Google, News, Washington, New York Times, Times, Sundar Pichai, San Francisco Chronicle, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Google Rubin, Rubin Google


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Alphabet's board of directors is being sued for allegations that it covered up claims of sexual harassment by top executives. The lawsuit, on behalf of an Alphabet shareholder, cites Android creator Andy Rubin's alleged $90 million exit package following an internal investigation. Rubin denies wrongdoing.  Amazon is reportedly building a Netflix-like service for video games. Amazon's competition at Microsoft and Google are alrea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Trends, Ukraine, Netflix, Sony, Peter Thiel, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Unity, Rubin, Amazon Alexa


Shareholders Sue Alphabet's Board For Role In Allegedly Covering Up Sexual Misconduct By Senior Execs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Attorneys in San Francisco representing an Alphabet shareholder are suing the board of directors for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct claims against top executives. The suit comes months after an explosive New York Times report detailed how Google shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct, either by keeping them on staff or allowing them amicable departures. For example, Google reportedly paid Android leader Andy Rubin a $90 million ex...
Tags: Google, California, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Cnbc, San Mateo County, Andy Rubin


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


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


Board Sued Over Google’s Exit Package for Accused Executive

A shareholder lawsuit claims the directors of Google’s parent company approved a payout for Andy Rubin, who was accused of sexual harassment, in order to “keep the matter quiet.”
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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


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


Silicon Valley’s year of reckoning

Tech companies have always branded themselves as the good guys. But 2018 was the year that the long-held belief that Silicon Valley is on the right side of progress and all things good was called into question by a critical mass. As startups grow bigger and richer, amassing more power and influence outside of the Valley, a reckoning has played out in government and business. Mission statements like “connecting the world” and “don’t be evil” no longer hold water. A look at a few of this year’s mo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Congress, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Chicago


Smart security camera maker Lighthouse AI shuts down

Smart security camera maker Lighthouse AI is calling it a day. The news, first reported by The Information, has since been confirmed by CEO Alex Teichman. “I am incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work the Lighthouse team accomplished – delivering useful and accessible intelligence for our homes via advanced AI and 3D sensing,” the executive writes on the company’s homepage. “Unfortunately, we did not achieve the commercial success we were looking for and will be shutting down operations ...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Alexa, Crunchbase, Lighthouse, Netgear, Greg, Arlo, Andy Rubin, Alex Teichman, Teichman, Lighthouse AI


Google, Allegedly: Snitches Get Stitches

After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding!…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Media, Journalism, Leaks, Whistleblowers, Andy Rubin, Dont Be Evil, Leakers, Project Maven, Project Dragonfly


One of Google's new sexual-harassment policies could be the key to changing all of Silicon Valley's bro culture

After a boatload of drama at Google over how the company has handled sexual harassment and misconduct, CEO Sundar Pichai announced new policies. Google is joining a wave of companies that will no longer force its employees making sexual-harassment claims into private arbitration. This is a hopeful sign that Silicon Valley's much publicized bro culture could be truly changing. There's been another round of employee drama at Google these past few weeks. After The New York times published an exp...
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