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Everything We Know About the Weirdly Skinny 'Project Gem' Smartphone

Early details are finally out for the upcoming “Project Gem” smartphone. That’s the latest creation from Essential, the company founded by ex-Google exec, Andy Rubin. The phone itself looks unlike anything that has come before it, confirming long-running rumors that Essential has been working on an unorthodox…Read more...
Tags: Google, Smartphones, Lifehacks, Andy Rubin, Essential


Daily Crunch: China pressures Apple

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. China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app Apple’s decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, is attracting the ire of the Chinese govern...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, China, India, Tech, Walmart, Policy, China Daily, Flipkart, Amazon India, Grasshopper, Andy Rubin


Essential Twitter account shows off more pictures of ProjectGEM Essential phone

Android creator Andy Rubin tweeted images of what could be the second Essential Phone. The new device appears bar-shaped, kind of like a remote control, and has a new user interface.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Andy Rubin, Essential, Essential Phone, ProjectGEM


Google is going through a slow-motion employee revolt and its cofounders are missing in action (GOOG, GOOGL)

As tensions have mounted between Google employees and leadership, the company's cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are missing in action. None of the thirteen current and former employees we spoke to know exactly why Page and Brin have receded into the background, though some speculate the billionaires simply don't want to be bothered with the growing criticism the company faces. In their absence, vocal employee organizers have stepped up their efforts to overturn controversial projects l...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, China, New York City, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, SEC, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, CBP, Times, Eric Schmidt


Essential Reveals Project Gem Smartphone With Very Long, Unusual Design

Andy Rubin, the controversial mobile industry executive who co-founded Android, left Google amid allegations of sexual misconduct while retaining a huge severance package, and went on to create the Essential Phone, has tweeted photos teasing an upcoming device with an elongated design and very tall UI composed of card-like apps. The Verge reports: It look extremely small in his hands, too. The device has a large button and volume rocker on the right edge and a fingerprint divot around back, belo...
Tags: Google, Tech, Andy Rubin, Essential Phone


Essential Debuts Phone, Just Cut in Half and With a Creepy Backstory

Here’s something to raise your eyebrows. Essential, the company founded in 2015 by disgraced former Google exec Andy Rubin, released images of its Project Gem smartphone on Tuesday—and it basically looks like a phone chopped down the middle.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Smartphones, Phones, Andy Rubin, Essential, Essential Phone


What the hell is up with this Essential device?

Essential CEO Andy Rubin has been pretty silent over the past year for, well, lots of reasons — both business and otherwise. The company has struggled to sell devices, reportedly shipping only 88,000 handsets in its first year. On a far more serious note, Rubin has been plagued by reports of inappropriate behavior during his time at Google. A bombshell report from The New York Times highlighted sexual misconduct accusations prior to his receiving a $90 million exit package from the company.  ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Hardware, Tech, New York Times, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Essential, Galaxy Fold


Android creator’s tweet shows off a remote-shaped Essential Android phone

Andy Rubin tweeted images of what could be the second Essential Phone. The new device looks bar-shaped, kind of like a remote control, and has a new user interface.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Andy Rubin, Essential, Essential Phone


Andy Rubin, the creator of Android who left Google after a sexual misconduct allegation, is tweeting again to tease a weird, new phone-like gadget (GOOGL)

Essential CEO Andy Rubin on Tuesday tweeted out images of what looks to be a new kind of smartphone. The device would be Essential's first smartphone in two years and comes a year after it reportedly cancelled its second model and laid off 30% of its staff. The new phone is long and slender and will have a new kind of user interface, Rubin said. Rubin, the creator of the Android operating system and a former Google executive, has largely stayed out of the public eye since a news report last y...
Tags: Google, Navy, Trends, New York Times, Rubin, Doherty, Andy Rubin, Essential, Shari Doherty


Two years after Essential’s launch, still no Home hub or second phone

This morning’s Moto Z4 news was good cause to go back and reassess the state of the modular phone. Three years after the line launched, the concept hasn’t exactly ignited the market — in fact there are really just a handful of scattered competitors to show for it. Essential is among the most prominent with the PH-1’s clever two pin connector. By sheer coincidence, it turns out today is the two year anniversary of the company’s debut. Founder Andy Rubin took to the stage at Code 2017 with big ide...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, New York Times, Honeywell, Andy Rubin, COO Niccolo de Masi, Million Google, Samsung Apple Google


A deep dive into the internal politics, personalities and social significance of the Googler Uprising

Writing in Fortune, Beth Kowitt gives us a look inside the Googler Uprising, wherein Google staff launched a string of internal reform movements, triggered first by the company's secret participation in an AI/drone warfare project for the Pentagon, then a secret attempt to build a censored/surveilling search engine for use in China, then the revelation that the company had secretly paid off an exec accused of sexual assault, to tune of $150m. Participation in the protests rose and rose, pea...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, News, China, Ai, Andy Rubin, Late Stage Capitalism, MeToo, TimesUp, Techlash, Project Maven, Drone Be Evil, Project Dragonfly, Googler Uprising, Late Stage Big Tech


After retaliation against Googler Uprising organizers, a company-wide memo warns employees they can be fired for accessing "need to know" data

Last year, Google was rocked by a succession of mass uprisings by its staff, who erupted in fury after discovering that the company was secretly pursuing a censored Chinese search tool and an AI project for US drones, and that it had secretly paid Android founder Andy Rubin $150m to quietly leave the company after women who worked for him accused him of sexually assaulting them. In the end, 20,000 googlers walked out in protest, and, after attaining victory for most of their demands, contin...
Tags: Google, Android, Post, News, China, US, Secrecy, Leaks, BuzzFeed News, Heritage Foundation, Meredith Whittaker, Andy Rubin, TGIF, Google Exec, Project Maven, Project Dragonfly


The organizers of the Google Walkout are planning a sit-in employee protest on Wednesday: ‘We’re sick of retaliation’

The organizers of the Google walkout protest are planning a sit-in on Wednesday. "We're sick of retaliation," a tweet from the group's Twitter account said on Tuesday. The sit-in is a response to reports that Google retaliated against two of the main organizers of the previous Google walkout. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google employees who walked out six months ago in protest of how sexual misconduct at the company was handled are now planning a sit-in.  "From being t...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Trends, Stapleton, Whittaker, Meredith Whittaker, Andy Rubin, Claire Stapleton, Google Walkout, Google Walkout Twitter


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



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