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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 ...
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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


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 Board Sued for Hushing Misconduct Claims About Rubin

The investor claims the Google parent’s board failed in its duties by allowing the harassment to occur and covering up Rubin’s behavior, as did the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sex...
Tags: Google, Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond, Google Board


Ars Technica's 2019 'Deathwatch' List Includes Essential and 'Facebook Management'

The editors of Ars Technica have announced their annual "Deathwatch" list, identifying "companies, tech, and trends least likely to succeed in 2019." An anonymous reader quotes their report: The past year has been an absolute freefall for Essential.... The market was ultimately not impressed with the Essential phone, and the fire sales started almost immediately. Only two months after launch, the phone got a permanent $200 price drop, to $499. November saw deals as low as $399. Eventually, the $...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Bloomberg, Ars Technica, Aol, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rubin, Facebook Management


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


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


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


Google Overhauls Sexual Misconduct Policy After Employee Walkout

A week after 20,000 employees around the globe staged a walkout over the handling of sexual harassment and assault cases, Google said it was altering some of its policies.
Tags: Google, News, Sexual Harassment, Pichai, Google Inc, Rubin, Workplace Environment, Sundar, Workplace Hazards and Violations, Andrew E (1962-, MeToo Movement


Google, After Employee Walkout, Overhauls Sexual Misconduct Policy

A week after 20,000 employees around the globe staged a walkout over the handling of sexual harassment and assault cases, Google said it was altering some of its policies.
Tags: Google, News, Sexual Harassment, Pichai, Google Inc, Rubin, Workplace Environment, Sundar, Workplace Hazards and Violations, Andrew E (1962-, MeToo Movement


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


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


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


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


Google Employees To Walk Out Over Handing Of Sexual Misconduct Reports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers are expected to walk off the job Thursday morning to protest the internet company’s lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. It is the latest expression of a backlash against men’s exploitation of female subordinates in a business, entertainment and politics. In Silicon Valley, women also are becoming fed up with the male-dominated composition of the technology industry’s workforce — a glaring imbalance t...
Tags: Google, News, San Francisco, Ap, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Times, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Pichai, Naughton, Alphabet Inc, Jackie Speier, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Eileen Naughton Google


Sundar Pichai emailed Google staff saying he is 'deeply sorry' for the firm's record on sexual misconduct

Sundar Pichai emailed Google staff saying he is "deeply sorry" for sexual misconduct at the company following last week's explosive New York Times report. The email comes after news emerged that Google staff are planning a walkout to protest against the company's handling of the sexual misconduct allegations. Pichai alluded to staff dissatisfaction in the email, and said Google must take a "much harder line on inappropriate behavior." Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to staff saying he ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Times, Maisie Williams, Arya Stark, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Larry, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Richard Devaul, New York Times Ars Technica


200 Google workers will walk out on Thursday over sexual misconduct handling

48 people have been terminated from Google for sexual misconduct in the last two years.13 of those were senior management.The highest-level senior manager manager accused—creator of the Android OS Andy Rubin—is the only one who received a $90-million "golden parachute". None Google has a bit of a PR problem on its hands. The exit of Android creator Andy Rubin in 2014 was accompanied by talk of his many relationships with other Google staffers, as well as the verified sexual misconduct incident ...
Tags: Google, Activism, Women, Larry Page, New York Times, Innovation, Protests, The New York Times, Andy, Rubin, Andy Rubin


200 workers will walk out Thursday at Google

48 people have been terminated from Google for sexual misconduct in the last two years.13 of those were senior management.The highest-level senior manager manager accused—creator of the Android OS Andy Rubin—is the only one who received a $90 million golden parachute. None Google has a bit of a PR problem on its hands. The exit of Android creator Andy Rubin in 2014 was accompanied by talk of his many relationships with other Google staffers, as well as the verified sexual misconduct incident th...
Tags: Google, Larry Page, New York Times, Innovation, The New York Times, Andy, Rubin, Andy Rubin


Alphabet exec Richard DeVaul is reportedly out after sexual harassment story

As Axios first reported, Richard DeVaul, a director at the entity formerly known as Google X, has left the company. An incident involving DeVaul behaving inappropriately toward a Google interviewee was cited in a New York Times report centered on the sexual misconduct of Andy Rubin last week. The story recounts a 2013 incident during which DeVaul brought up his own polyamory in an interview with Star Simpson, a female hardware engineer. DeVaul reportedly invited Simpson to Burning Man. When s...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, New York Times, Hiring, Sundar Pichai, Simpson, Rubin, Google Google, Andy Rubin, Star Simpson, Axios, Richard Devaul, DeVaul


200+ Googlers plan company-wide walkout Thu. Nov 1 over alleged sexual harasser protection

More than 200 engineers at Google are said to be preparing a 'women's walk', in which people walk out of work, after claims that the company protected sexual harasser executives, and offered them generous payouts. The New York Times recently reported that Google gave Android creator Andy Rubin an exit package worth $90 million, even though it was proven that Rubin had relationships with subordinates and was accused of abusive sexual misconduct. From TechCrunch: The walkout, or “women’s walk,” ...
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Google employees are reportedly planning a walkout this week in protest of the recent sexual misconduct revelations (GOOG)

Google employees are planning a walkout Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct allegations, Buzzfeed News reported. The "women's walk" protest, which more than 200 Google employees are reportedly planning to participate in, originated from an internal forum where workers shared their frustration with the tech giant. The New York Times reported last week that former employee Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, was paid a $90 million exit package when he left the company...
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Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walk Out To Protest The Company's Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

In response to a story about Google paying and protecting former executive Andy Rubin following an investigation into sexual misconduct, a group of 200 Google employees are organizing a "women's walk." From a report: A group of more than two hundred engineers at Google are organizing a company-wide "women's walk" walkout for later this week to protest recent revelations about the search giant's protection of employees that had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct, according to four people fami...
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Google employees will walk out on Thursday to protest company’s handling of sexual misconduct

Days after a New York Times investigation revealed Google gave Android creator Andy Rubin a $90 million exit package despite multiple relationships with other Google staffers and accusations of sexual misconduct, some 200 employees at the search giant are planning a walkout, per BuzzFeed News. We’ve reached out to Google for comment. The walkout, or “women’s walk,” as it’s been referred to in internal company forums, is planned for Thursday. Following the NYT report, Google chief executive of...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Tech, Information, New York Times, Sundar Pichai, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Eileen Naughton, Google Rubin


Google is 'bold and inspired' for coming clean about its 'Game of Thrones' culture of sex and power (GOOGL)

Google's internal culture of sex and power has been compared to "Game of Thrones." But the company took a step towards putting that right last week, when it revealed that 48 employees have been sacked for sexual misconduct. Workplace misconduct experts said the transparency was "bold and inspired," but stressed that Google must do more to put right a culture that's become "warped and twisted." They said Google must improve reporting and end exit packages for those accused of wrongdoing. Googl...
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