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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...
Tags: Google, Uber, New York, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Senate, Singapore, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Susan Fowler, Andy Rubin, Silicon Valley Alone


Essential acquires email startup CloudMagic

Andy Rubin’s Essential has acquired CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The news, first reported this morning, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. An Essential spokesperson offered the following admittedly open ended statement, “We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product roadmap.”  What precisely that roadmap looks like is anyone’s guess. CloudMagic The shuttered its premium email offering in...
Tags: Google, Apps, Tech, New York Times, Newton, Cloudmagic, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Essential


This beautiful $300 security camera can recognize faces and keep track of your kids — and it's backed by some of the biggest names in tech

The Lighthouse security camera is a $300 internet-connected device that can identify you and your family members. The camera can do things like alert you when there are intruders in your home, or tell you if the dog walker came.  Lighthouse is backed by tech execs like Sebastian Thrun, and is part of tech incubator Playground Global.  Hardware startup Lighthouse had a straightforward goal with its first-ever product: make a home security camera that's smarter than anything else on the market....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Tivo, Udacity, Lighthouse, Sebastian Thrun, Andy Rubin, Hendrik Dahlkamp, Alex Teichman, Stanford University Lighthouse, Teichman


Google Walkouts

One of the early cases of sexual harassment that I remember reading about is that of Phaneesh Murthy in 2002. When I joined Infosys in 2003 it was hot topic. There were discussions about how Infosys fired him; unhappiness about the compensation Infosys had to pay etc. I was mostly disgusted by the fact that he got hired by iGate and how much of Infosys’s internal system had failed. A decade later he got sacked by the iGate for similar reasons. In 2014, Andy Rubin, Android Creator, got hero’s ex...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Life, India, US, San Francisco, Larry Page, Infosys, Thoughts, Andy, Rubin, Kara Swisher, Andy Rubin, Phaneesh Murthy, IT-Industry


A Googler vividly described the 'disastrous' leadership meeting that sparked a giant protest over sexual misconduct

The Google Walkout organizers told Recode's Kara Swisher about the "disastrous" internal meeting which sparked the mass protest over sexual harassment. The so-called TGIF meetings are hosted by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, where any employee can ask any question. YouTube exec Claire Stapleton said management's "dismissive" approach to questions about a New York Times exposé on sexual misconduct at Google was a turning point. "It was a very awkward, hollow, somewhat disastrous TG...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, Larry, Rubin, Sergey, Stapleton, Kara Swisher, Recode, Andy Rubin, Amr Gaber, Claire Stapleton


Google Is Closing Its Schaft Robotics Unit

Google's parent company Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Alphabet confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find new roles, most of which will likely be outside of Google and its Alphabet parent. TechCrunch reports: The company was scheduled to be sold to SoftBank alongside Boston Dynamics -- another of Alphabet's robo...
Tags: Google, Softbank, Tech, Boston Dynamics, Alphabet, Andy Rubin, Schaft, Schaft Robotics Unit


Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer

Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Google confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find new roles, most of which will likely be outside of Google and its Alphabet parent. Firstly up, many people — myself included — might have forgotten that Google owns...
Tags: Google, Softbank, Tech, Boston Dynamics, University Of Tokyo, Andy Rubin, Schaft, Schaft robotics, Yuto Nakanishi Alphabet


Airbnb ends forced arbitration days after Google, Facebook did the same

The Google employee walkout on Nov. 1 is leaving a lasting impact on the tech industry. In the immediate aftermath of the walkout, which saw thousands of Googlers across the globe protest the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and misconduct claims, the search giant said it would put an end to its policy of forced arbitration for employees claiming workplace harassment. Facebook followed suit, announcing the next day that it would allow its employees to pursue claims of sexual harassm...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Uber, Microsoft, Buzzfeed, Ebay, Tech, Diversity, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Jim Crow, Google Facebook, Rubin, Andy Rubin, BuzzFeed Pinterest Oath Twitter Reddit


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...
Tags: Google, New York, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Senate, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Susan Fowler, Andy Rubin, Silicon Valley Alone


It's become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google's parent company, needs new leadership (GOOGL, GOOG)

It's become increasingly clear that Alphabet needs new leadership. The recent scandals and controversies and scandals at the company, most notably over its handling of sexual harassment allegations, have highlighted the shortcomings of its top leaders. CEO Larry Page, for example, hasn't made a public appearance in years. Behind the scenes, though, he and other top leaders have been enabling bad behavior among high-level employees, by all reports.  They've also repeatedly chosen expediency ove...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, New York, Senate, China, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Larry Page, New York Times, European Commission, Mountain View, Times, Gizmodo


Almost 17,000 Googlers walked out to protest of sexual misconduct at the company

Googlers all over the world walked out en masse on Thursday in protest of the company's record on sexual misconduct. The protest followed a bombshell article in the New York Times that detailed sexual misconduct allegations against senior executives, specifically against Android creator Andy Rubin, though he has denied the claims. The organisers behind the protest said that nearly 17,000 Google employees took part in the walkout, and they aren't done counting yet. Thousands of Google staff ar...
Tags: Google, London, California, Wikipedia, Singapore, US, Trends, New York Times, Mountain View, Donald Trump, Jimmy Wales, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, Katie Couric, Rubin, Andy Rubin


"Time Is Up!" What Google's New York Workers Have To Say About Their Worldwide Walkout

A few minutes before 11:10 a.m. EST on the morning of November 1, the warm autumn sun beat down on the facade of Google’s New York City headquarters. A silent sea of reporters surrounded the gold entrance, watching as the first Google employees began to trickle through the front doors, walking out in solidarity with thousands of colleagues from Google offices around the world.One woman, who works in Google’s engineering department, marched down West 15th Street carrying a large white sign that ...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, New York, New York City, Time, New York Times, Iowa, Erica Baker, Rodriguez, Whittaker, Meredith Whittaker, Andy Rubin, Hudson River Park, James Damore, 14th Street Park


Google's famous Googleplex headquarters was the epicenter for its worldwide walkout over gender discrimination — here's what it was like on the scene (GOOGL, GOOG)

Hundreds of Google employees took part in a walkout at the company's Mountain View, California headquarters Thursday to protest sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Protestors shouted things such as, "time's up!" and "enough is enough." Organizers have issued a list of demands, including that the company put together and share with the public a report about sexual harassment inside its offices. Organizers said they felt company management heard their complaints, but urged Google brass ...
Tags: Google, California, Time, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Organizers, Rubin, Mountain View California, Troy Wolverton, Andy Rubin, New York Google, Googler, Googley


Google's '#metoo' moment: Workers walk out over women's rights

Thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off their jobs on Thursday to protest the company's response to sexual harassment and demand that the world's largest search engine address rising concerns about workplace inequality. The protests took place in waves, beginning in Asia and then streaming across Europe and North America, with the final wave occurring at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. The protests, which drew Google contract workers as well as emp...
Tags: Google, Asia, Europe, News, New York Times, North America, Mountain View California, Andy Rubin


As employees walked out, Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized again for how it handled sexual misconduct allegations: 'We didn't always get it right' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Thousands of employees walked out of Google headquarters worldwide on Thursday. At roughly the same time that the walkouts were finishing up at Google's Silicon Valley HQ, Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave an expansive interview at New York Times DealBook conference in Manhattan. Pichai said that Google "didn't always get it right" and that the company hopes to do better when it comes to dealing with issues of sexual misconduct.  The same day that thousands of employees walked out of Google headq...
Tags: Google, New York, China, Trends, New York Times, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Rubin, Andy Rubin, New York Times Dealbook, Silicon Valley HQ Google, Manhattan Pichai, Android The Times


Here's what it was like at the Google walkout protest in San Francisco (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google employees across the globe participated in a walkout Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct allegations. The protest follows a bombshell New York Times report that identified high-ranking Google executives past and present as having been credibly accused of sexual misconduct — including Android co-creator Andy Rubin, who was reportedly given a $90 million severance package after an internal investigation into his behavior. While Google's main headquarters is in M...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Andy Rubin, Ferry Building


Google walkout organizer: ‘I hope I still have a career in Silicon Valley after this’

Shouting “women’s rights are worker’s rights” and a number of other #TimesUp and #MeToo chants, upwards of 1,000 Google employees gathered in San Francisco’s Harry Bridges Plaza Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment and misconduct cases. Staffers from all of Google’s San Francisco offices were in attendance. An organizer, who declined to be named, told TechCrunch there were 1,500 Google employees across the globe that participated in the 48-hour effort to arrange a w...
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, New York City, San Francisco, Diversity, New York Times, Cambridge, Silicon Valley, Globe, BI, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, Andy Rubin, Danielle Brown, Pichai Google


PHOTOS: Google employees all over the world left their desk and walked out in protest over sexual misconduct

Google employees around the world are staging a mass walkout Thursday in protest of sexual misconduct. It follows a bombshell New York Times report last week that named executives who had been accused of sexual misconduct, including Andy Rubin, the creator of the mobile operating system Android. Rubin denied any misconduct. Thousands of workers are expected to take part in the protest, which calls for people in Google's offices to walk away from their desk at 11 a.m. in their respective time zo...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, London, Berlin, Singapore, San Francisco, Trends, Ted, New York Times, Zurich, Sundar Pichai, Rubin, Troy Wolverton, Andy Rubin, Matt Weinberger


Google staff stage worldwide walkout

Former Google executive Andy Rubin was credibly accused of "coercing" a colleague into oral sex. Google believed the victim and quietly forced Rubin out with a $90m payoff, according to a bombshell story in The New York Times. Staff at Google offices worldwide walked out in protest today. The employees are demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration - a move which would make it possible for victims to s...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Labor, Sexism, Sundar Pichai, Rubin, Andy Rubin, James Damore, New York Times Staff



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