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To head off regulators, Google makes certain words taboo

As Google faces at least four major antitrust investigations on two continents, internal documents obtained by The Markup show its parent company, Alphabet, has been preparing for this moment for years, telling employees across the massive enterprise that certain language is off limits in all written communications, no matter how casual. The taboo words include “market,” “barriers to entry,” and “network effects,” which is when products such as social networks become more valuable as more people...
Tags: Google, Startups, Business, Alphabet, Syndication, Markup


Report: Google Made a List of Words Its Employees Shouldn’t Say

The Markup has obtained internal memos from Google, dating back to at least 2019, with lists of bad words employees should never use, or else Google has to put a billion dollars in the antitrust swear jar. Rather than We will strip the meat from Yelp’s bones and throw its lifeless carcass into our search results, for…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Antitrust, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Adventures In Euphemism


To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo

As Google faces at least four major antitrust investigations on two continents, internal documents obtained by The Markup show its parent company, Alphabet, has been preparing for this moment for years, telling employees across the massive enterprise that certain language is off limits in all written communications, no matter how casual. From a report: The taboo words include "market," "barriers to entry," and "network effects," which is when products such as social networks become more valuable...
Tags: Google, Tech, Alphabet, Markup


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg joins centibillionaire club

The 36-year-old follows Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as fortune passes $100bn for first timeMark Zuckerberg’s fortune has passed $100bn (£76bn) for the first time, adding him to an exclusive club of the world’s centibillionaires, after Facebook’s shares surged on news it is to launch a rival to the video-sharing app TikTok.Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its answer to the Chinese app TikTok, as the US president, Donald Trump, issued bans on American companies transacting with ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Microsoft, US, US news, Bill Gates, Tencent, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Alphabet, Zuckerberg, Bytedance, The super-rich


Google deletes 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels over disinformation

Move comes amid rising US-China tensions over TikTok and WeChat apps that White House says are ‘significant threats’Google says it has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the video-sharing platform.The Alphabet-owned company said the channels were removed between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.“ Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, White House, China, World news, US news, Alphabet, US China


Trending: Some questions (and answers) about the Microsoft-TikTok deal

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Matt Weinberger, deputy tech editor out of our San Francisco bureau, filling in for Alexei Oreskovic while he's on vacation. If you want to get Trending in your inbox every Wednesday, just click here. The clock goes tick-tock for TikTok Hello, and welcome to Trending, the Business Insider tech newsletter. As you may have already noticed, I'm not Alexei Oreskovic, your usual host — I'm Matt Weinberger, dep...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Mac, Congress, Steve Jobs, White House, China, Satya Nadella, US, San Francisco, Trends, United States


New York unveils landmark antitrust bill that makes it easier to sue tech giants

The legislation comes as a federal panel is investigating the market power of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and GoogleNew York state is introducing a bill that would make it easier to sue big tech companies for alleged abuses of their monopoly powers.New York is America’s financial center and one of its most important tech hubs. If successfully passed, the law could serve as a model for future legislation across the country. It also comes as a federal committee is conducting an anti-trust investigatio...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, New York, Technology, America, US news, US politics, Alphabet, Facebook Amazon Apple, GoogleNew York


Anthony Levandowski, Engineer at Center of Uber v. Waymo, Sentenced to 18 Months for Trade Theft

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google autonomous vehicle engineer whose switch to Uber was the subject of massive lawsuit, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for trade theft.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Technology, Crime, Automotive, Courts, Autonomous Vehicles, Alphabet, Self Driving Cars, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Center of Uber


Here’s how the Google logo has changed over the last 20 years

The logo has changed since the 1990s, from dodgy WordArt to today's custom-designed, recognizable typeface.
Tags: Google, Trends, Web, Computing, Search Engine, Logo, Alphabet


Alphabet raises $10B with the biggest, cheapest bond sale in its history

Google parent Alphabet borrowed $10 billion via its biggest — and cheapest — corporate bond sale ever on Monday. The company pledged to use $4.5 billion for corporate moves, like acquisitions, and funnel the other $5.5 billion into environmental and social initiatives. Alphabet said the latter represents “the largest sustainability or green bond by any company in history.” “Although a number of companies have issued green bonds (directed solely to environmental uses), sustainability bonds differ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Congress, Alphabet, Hard Fork


Why artificial intelligence models are often biased, according to the Google exec who heads Alphabet's internal tech incubator Jigsaw

In early March, The Tory Burch Foundation hosted its Embrace Action 2020 Summit, which saw leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world gather to talk about gender parity and inclusion in the workforce.  At the Summit, Bank of America COO Thomas Montag spoke with former AOL CEO Steve Case, Goldman Sachs Partner Dina Powell, and Tory Burch about how their companies aimed to create a more inclusive industry.  Diane von Furstenberg also spoke at the conference, as did Gloria Steinem, former co...
Tags: Google, Trends, Green, Aol, Alicia Keys, Diane Von Furstenberg, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Gloria Steinem, Steve, Steve Case, Alphabet, Tory Burch, Management Committee, Mellody Hobson, Burch


Alphabet issues sustainability bonds to support environmental and social initiatives

For more than 20 years, Google's products have improved the lives of people all over the world. Operating our business in an environmentally and socially responsible way has been a core value since our founding in 1998. Google has been carbon neutral since 2007 and we’ve matched our entire electricity consumption with renewables for the past three years. We continue to make major investments in affordable housing and have made a number of significant commitments to promote racial equity. Today, ...
Tags: Google, Sustainability, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Bay Area, American Library Association, LEED, Company announcements, Opportunity Finance Network OFN


Big Tech's blockbuster earnings undermine their arguments to Congress that they aren't that big

The four big tech giants announced blockbuster earnings on Thursday, just a day after testifying before the Congress on anticompetitive behaviour. Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple added an additional $230 billion in market value. Analysts warn that while there may be tougher times ahead for these companies, their business is far from reaching its peak.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Four of the biggest tech companies in the world – Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook – ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Congress, Wall Street, US, Trends, Walmart, Asia Pacific, Tim Cook, Deutsche Bank, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Amazon reported a record quarterly profit and 40% sales growth backed by strong COVID-related demand. Amazon had $5.2 billion in net profit, after having warned it would spend all of the $4 billion it was expecting to make for the quarter on COVID-related initiatives. Facebook shrugged off the pandemic to beat expectations for revenue, profits, and user growth, sending ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Spacex, Fcc, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Eu, Huawei, Alexa, Alphabet, Amazon Alexa


Google's $2.1 Billion Fitbit Deal Faces Full-Scale EU Antitrust Investigation

According to CNBC sources, Google's $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit will face a full-scale EU antitrust investigation next week. From the report: Alphabet unit Google this month offered not to use Fitbit's health data to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns. The opening of a full-scale investigation suggests that this is not sufficient. The deal, announced last November, would see Google compete with market leader Apple and Samsung in the fitness-tr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Samsung, Tech, Eu, European Commission, Fitbit, Huawei, Cnbc, Alphabet, EU Antitrust Investigation


Google Cloud's $3 billion quarter shows strong but slowing growth, even as Google reported its first quarterly revenue decline since going public (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet reported earnings on Thursday, disclosing that Google Cloud generated over $3 billion in revenue — up 43% from the same period of last year. Last quarter, Google Cloud saw a 52% year-over-year increase, showing that revenue growth in the unit is slowing down. On a call with investors, Google CFO Ruth Porat attributed the slowdown to price changes at G Suite, its productivity software suite.  Google Cloud was still a bright spot on Alphabet's earnings report, which saw Google report it...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Aws, Sundar Pichai, Sap, Amazon Web Services, Renault, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Porat, Leslie Odom Jr, Google Cloud, G Suite, Thomas Kurian


The Big 4 tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, worth $5 trillion combined — just crushed their earnings reports (FB, AMZN, GOOG, AAPL)

Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook are all reporting their second-quarter earnings on Thursday. These four, along with Microsoft, are the five most-valuable publicly traded companies on the S&P 500. These earnings reports come one day after the CEOs of Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook testified before the House Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee over possible anticompetitive behavior. All four tech companies reported better-than-expected earnings. We'll be updating this post as earning...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Bloomberg, House, Cnbc, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, GAAP, Facebook Facebook, EPS, Amazon Apple Facebook, Google Cloud, Apple Alphabet Amazon


Big tech crushes Q2 earnings expectations

Today after the bell, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon reported their earnings results. Each bested expectations, and all but one are up sharply in after-hours trading. Coming on the heels of a day’s worth of congressional hearings in which the four companies highlighted competition and downplayed their market position, the results are loud. The group’s collected earnings beats are especially impressive given that they came during a quarter in which the economy contracted, meaning that th...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, Tech, Earnings, Cupertino, Cnbc, Sap, Alphabet, GAAP, Yahoo Finance, TechCrunch Apple, TechCrunch Facebook, TechCrunch Amazon


Alphabet Reports First Revenue Decline In Company History

Google parent-company Alphabet beat expectations for its second quarter earnings Thursday, marking its first revenue decline in the company's history. CNBC reports: Here's how it did against Refinitiv consensus estimates: EPS: $10.13 (non-GAAP), vs. $8.21 estimated. Revenue: $38.30 billion vs. $37.37 billion estimated. Although the company reported its first annual revenue decline in history (a drop of 2%), the stock rose slightly after-hours. As a result of the customer pullbacks and the gen...
Tags: Google, Tech, Sundar Pichai, Cnbc, Alphabet, GAAP


Google parent Alphabet posts first revenue decline in company history

Google's parent company Alphabet posted the first revenue decline in its history during the three months ended in June, a sign of just how much the global pandemic and economic downturn is straining its core advertising business.
Tags: Google, Cnn, Alphabet


YouTube Q2 Ad Revenue Growth Slows, Google’s Search Sales Fall Nearly 10%

YouTube’s revenue growth cooled in the second quarter of 2020, but even with the COVID-19 pandemic Google’s internet video platform carved out year-over-year growth of 5.8%. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, posted a 2% decline in revenue — its first-ever revenue drop — while it still topped Wall Street estimates. For Q2, YouTube’s ad revenue was […]
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Alphabet, Alphabet Google


Alphabet beat Wall Street expectations in second-quarter earnings, but couldn't save the company from its first revenue decline in history (GOOGL)

- Alphabet has announced its second-quarter earnings for 2020, slightly beating Wall Street expectations. But it wasn't enough to save the company from its first ever revenue decline. The company reported an overall 2% drop in revenue, not including traffic acquisition costs. Cloud was one of the brightest spots for Google, seeing a 43% year-on-year boost. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google's second-quarter results are in, revealing a slight beat on Wall Street expectat...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Wall Street, Trends, Bloomberg, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, GAAP, Google Cloud, Waymo


Live: Here come Google and Alphabet's Q2 earnings (GOOGL)

Alphabet will report its second-quarter earnings after the bell today. It's our first look at how three months inside a pandemic has affected Google's business. Wall Street expects to see a year-on-year revenue drop of around 4%, but Cloud could be a big winner. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alphabet is set to announce its Q2 earnings after the closing bell today, giving us our first look at how three months inside a pandemic has affected Google's business. Alphabet CEO ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, GAAP


Newly surfaced emails show how ruthlessly Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google built their businesses and ate up smaller companies

New documents surfaced through a Congressional investigation into Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook show how the companies pursued acquisitions and fought off perceived competitors.  The documents provide a rare glimpse into the actions taken by top executives including Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs at crucial moments for their company. Lawmakers said the documents are evidence that companies engaged in anticompetitive behavior, but CEOs defended their companies' actions and said they conti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Steve Jobs, Youtube, Washington, Trends, Pennsylvania, Jeff Bezos, Kevin Systrom, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet


Walmart takes aim at Amazon with a new measurement tool for advertisers

Hi! Welcome to the Advertising Insider daily for July 30. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Today: Walmart's new weapon against Amazon, the big four tech firm CEOs testify about antitrust concerns, and Snap's power players. Walmart is pushing harder into advertising with a new tool that shows if people buy a product after seeing an ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Walmart, Tim Cook, Starbucks, Evan Spiegel, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Young Living, Reuters


Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement

Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive search engine to plant more than 100 million trees across 25 countries worldwide — targeted at biodiversity hotspots. However these good feels have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Ecosia has seen its monthly revenues slashed by half since COVID-19 arrived in Eur...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Chrome, Google, Android, Startups, TC, Europe, Microsoft, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Berlin, US, Eu, European Union, Search Engines


Republican lawmakers hijacked a historic antitrust hearing to air conspiracy theories and accuse tech companies of secretly working to undermine Trump

Republican lawmakers used a widely-anticipated House subcommittee hearing with the world's most powerful tech CEOs to air grievances and accuse tech companies of secretly working to undermine President Donald Trump's reelection campaign. The hearing erupted into a shouting match several times as Democratic lawmakers accused their Republican colleagues of pushing "fringe conspiracy theories." Ohio congressman Jim Jordan implied Google is trying to give former Vice President Joe Biden an edge ov...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Florida, Texas, Cdc, Youtube, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, House, Food And Drug Administration


‘This should never have happened’: lawmakers condemn Facebook’s Instagram acquisition – as it happened

Jerry Nadler unimpressed with Mark Zuckerberg’s answer on Instagram deal, while Amazon boss Jeff Bezos accused of hypocrisyBillionaire bosses to feel the heat from CongressUS sees deadliest day of coronavirus summer – live 12.03am BST Antitrust Hearings, a summaryMore than five hours after they commenced, the historic hearings of the biggest tech companies in the world over antitrust concerns have come to an end. Here are some highlights from the long day: 11.44pm BST Whew boy, we are do...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Economics, World news, US news, US politics, Tim Cook, Computing


‘This should never have happened’: lawmakers condemn Facebook’s Instagram acquisition – live

Jerry Nadler unimpressed with Mark Zuckerberg’s answer on Instagram deal, while Amazon boss Jeff Bezos accused of hypocrisyBillionaire bosses to feel the heat from CongressUS sees deadliest day of coronavirus summer – live 9.22pm BST Representative Jerry Nadler addresses the issues Facebook and Google have caused in the media industry. “Facebook and Google have greatly threatened journalism in the United States. Reporters have been fired, local newspapers have been shut down,” he said. “This...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Maryland, Social Networking, Economics, World news, US news, United States, US politics