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I Used to Work for Google. I Am a Conscientious Objector.

American companies continue to build surveillance tools that are used to violate human rights. Workers who refuse to comply deserve protections.
Tags: Google, News, Defense Department, Liu Xiaobo, Mike, Yang, Pence, Google Inc, Jerry, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Facebook Inc, Falun Gong, Rubin, Communist Party of China, Cisco Systems Inc, Computers and the Internet


Scientists take DNA test, learn they’re cousins who’ve collaborated in science journal

When people submit their DNA to companies such as 23andMe for testing, they’re usually not too surprised to find out they have relatives they haven’t met. But, it’s a bit different when you realize you have a cousin who works in the same field, shares some colleagues and friends, and once collaborated with you on research that appeared in a science journal back in the 1970s. Byron Rubin and Bruce Gaber aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill septuagenarians. Rubin’s a PhD scientist and an incredibl...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Rubin, Gaber, Byron Rubin, Bruce Gaber


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


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


Inside Google’s Rebooted Robotics Program

In 2013, the company started an ambitious, flashy effort to create robots. Now, its goals are more modest, but the technology is subtly more advanced.
Tags: Google, News, Artificial Intelligence, Boston Dynamics, Google Inc, Rubin, Robots and Robotics, Laboratories and Scientific Equipment, Andrew E (1962-, Rebooted Robotics Program


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


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


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


Google Approved $45 Million Exit Package for Executive Accused of Misconduct

The payment to Amit Singhal, who ran Google’s search division and was accused of groping an employee, was revealed on Monday in a shareholder lawsuit.
Tags: Google, News, Sexual Harassment, Amit Singhal, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Singhal, Rubin, Boards of Directors, Computers and the Internet, Executive Compensation, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Amit (1968-, Andrew E (1962-


Google ends forced arbitration contracts for workers after googler uprising

The waves of protests and walkouts that swept Google last year had many grievances and concerns, from the company's Pentagon contract to supply AI for drones to the secret creation of a censored search tool for the Chinese market, but one central flashpoint was the revelation that the company had paid Android exec $90 million to quietly leave the company after a string of disturbing sexual harassment and abuse incidents came to light. The Rubin incident was compounded by the company's prac...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Labor, Pentagon, Trump, Rubin, Late Stage Capitalism, MeToo, Techlash, If There Is Hope It Is In The Proles, Endforcedarbitration


Jordan Peterson accepts bitcoin after leaving Patreon

Alongside Dave Rubin, Jordan Peterson left Patreon over "free speech" issues to launch their own platform.In the interim, Peterson is accepting bitcoin, which might hint at the "extra features" their platform will include. They point to anti-feminist Youtuber, Sargon of Akkad, as the impetus for leaving Patreon — ironic, considering how often Peterson points to identity politics as a problem. None It's been more than a decade since Satoshi Nakamoto published his/her/their famous white paper tha...
Tags: Gender, Technology, Identity, Finance, America, Bank Of America, Innovation, Kkk, Gender Equality, Nancy, Blockchain, Patreon, Satoshi Nakamoto, Mastercard, Derek, Aoc


Rich Kids Are Cheating in School With Apple Watches

An anonymous reader shares a report: There is, however, one demographic that has embraced the Apple Watch with open arms: tech-savvy, upper middle-class teens and tweens. The watch is a convenient workaround for classroom cell-phone bans; it can be used for everything from texting to cheating on tests. [...] Julia Rubin, a former middle-school teacher at a private school in New York City, said that when the Apple Watch first came out in 2014, a handful of students got them as presents for the ho...
Tags: Youtube, New York City, Tech, Molina, Rubin, Julia Rubin, Nikias Molina


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


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.”
Tags: Google, News, Sexual Harassment, Page, Drummond, Larry, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Singhal, Rubin, Sergey, Brin, Andy Rubin, Boards of Directors, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Amit (1968-


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



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