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After Ruling, Americans Flood Google With a New Question

Canada has sounded welcoming, but clinics report waits

(Newser) - Crossing state borders has become a big issue after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, but Americans aren't just thinking about driving from Missouri to Illinois or Arizona to California. Google searches for "how to move to Canada from US" jumped 850% in the hour after...

Google Engineer Makes Alarming Claim About Chatbot
Google Engineer Makes
Alarming Claim About Chatbot
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Google Engineer Makes Alarming Claim About Chatbot

Blake Lemoine suspended over claims AI device is sentient, but many are skeptical he's correct

(Newser) - Have our computer overlords arrived? The Washington Post has an intriguing story about a Google engineer who argues that an artificially intelligent chatbot he was testing became sentient. If Blake Lemoine is correct, it might be step one of a sci-fi nightmare that critics of AI have long warned about....

Judge: Warrant for Google Location History Was Unconstitutional

Cops used 'geofence warrant' to find people who were near scene of bank robbery

(Newser) - A warrant that used Google location history to find people near the scene of a 2019 bank robbery violated their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches, a federal judge has ruled. The decision—believed to be the first of its kind—could make it more difficult for police to continue using...

What You Should Know About Alphabet's Stock-Split News

Entry point into investing in Google parent company will be lower in July

(Newser) - Alphabet has had plenty of people doing division over the last day, after the Google parent company announced a planned 20-for-1 stock split, the Wall Street Journal reports. What does this mean for the value of the stock, the future of Alphabet and its subsidiaries, and the stock market at...

Googleplex Architect: Places Like This Are 'Dangerous'

Clive Wilkinson says megaplex discourages work-life balance, innovation

(Newser) - Loaded with gourmet meals, fitness classes, swimming pools, athletic courts, and so much more, Googleplex seems like a dream come true for most office employees. However, the architect who designed it says in hindsight that what he created fosters a “dangerous” dependency between employees and their employer, per NPR...

Plaintiffs Nab Small Victory in Google Privacy Case

Judge rules that Sundar Pichai can be questioned regarding complaint about Chrome browser

(Newser) - If you use Google Chrome and don't want the web browser to remember where you've been, you can head into "Incognito" mode, which ostensibly keeps your activity private. A lawsuit now brings under the microscope the meaning of what "private" actually means, and a California federal...

Russian Court Delivers Huge Fine to Google

Meta also gets hit, for failing to delete banned content

(Newser) - A Moscow court on Friday slapped Google with a nearly $100 million fine and also fined Facebook’s parent company Meta $27 million over their failure to delete content banned by local law, per the AP . The Tagansky District Court ruled that Google repeatedly neglected to remove the banned content...

This Year's Stock Market Rise Has a Potential Hitch

It hinges on 5 big stocks, which makes investors worried

(Newser) - If your 401(k) has done well in 2021, a Goldman Sachs analysis points to five key reasons:
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Nvidia
  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Tesla

Profits at Google's Parent Firm Jump 68%

Rebound in digital ad spending meant big bucks for Alphabet

(Newser) - A continued rebound in digital ad spending at Google drove its parent company's profit up 68% in the third quarter. Alphabet Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $18.94 billion, or $27.99 per share, in the July-September period. Revenue rose 41% to $65.12 billion, more than $1....

Google Makes Big Move on Climate Change Denial

Company to restrict ads on Google, YouTube that promote climate change misinformation

(Newser) - Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate-change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. The company said Thursday in a blog post that the new policy will...

Google Tells Its Workers Vaccinations Are Required

The policy will eventually be rolled out to offices around the globe

(Newser) - Google is putting itself in the vaccination-mandate camp. CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a Wednesday morning email that anyone working at its US campuses must be vaccinated. That policy will be expanded to its other locations around the globe in the coming months, he said, per the Wall Street ...

3 Tech Giants Report Combined Profits of More Than $50B

Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet have more than doubled in value during pandemic

(Newser) - Three tech companies— Apple, Microsoft, and Google owner Alphabet—reported combined profits of more than $50 billion in the April-June quarter, underscoring their unparalleled influence and success at reshaping the way we live. The results served as another reminder of the clout they wield and why government regulators are growing...

Following Google Maps Up This Mountain Could Kill You

Mountaineers in Scotland are trying to get the problem fixed

(Newser) - Want to get to the top of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain? Don't follow Google Maps' directions. Mountaineers in Scotland, where the mountain is located, say the service directs people to drive to the parking lot that is nearest the summit, then walk from there—but the...

Trump Files Lawsuits Against Facebook, Twitter, Google
Trump Is Suing Big Tech

Trump Is Suing Big Tech

He files class-action suits against Facebook, Twitter

(Newser) - Donald Trump is taking on tech giants again—this time as a private citizen. The former president, speaking at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey, announced Wednesday that he is leading class-action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their CEOs, reports. He accused the companies of censoring...

Google Delays Plan to Block Cookies
Google Delays
Plan to Ditch Cookies

Google Delays Plan to Ditch Cookies

Removal of third-party trackers from Chrome pushed back to 2023

(Newser) - Google is delaying by nearly two years a plan to remove web-tracking cookies from the world's most extensively used web browser. The plan was for Google's Chrome web browser to stop supporting third-party cookies, which track a user's web-browsing habits, by January 2022. But on Thursday, Alphabet...

Google, Hospital Chain Cut Data Deal on Patient Records

Goals include greater efficiency, help for clinicians

(Newser) - Google is moving deeper into the health care business. Under a multiyear deal with HCA Healthcare, a hospital chain, the companies' engineers will develop algorithms to help monitor patients, guide medical decisions, and increase efficiency. Google will store data generated by HCA's medical devices, as well as information from...

Random Internet User Buys Google Domain for $3

Argentinian version of site was down for several hours Wednesday

(Newser) - The Argentinian version of Google went offline for a few hours this week after the domain was bought by an Internet user for less than $3. Nicolas Kuroña tweeted Wednesday night that he saw the domain for sale and legally bought it when he visited the...

She Found Her Dream Job at Google, Learned a Lesson

Emi Nietfeld: 'After I quit, I promised myself to never love a job again'

(Newser) - Emi Nietfeld landed her dream job as a Google software engineer in 2015. And as she recounts in a New York Times op-ed, it was much more than a job to her—it was a lifestyle that she embraced. "I ate all my meals at the office," she...

Supreme Court Backs Google in Landmark Copyright Case

Justices say company doesn't owe Oracle over use of its code

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided with Google in an $8 billion copyright dispute with Oracle on Monday. The case has to do with Google's creation of the Android operating system, now used on the vast majority of smartphones worldwide, per the AP . To create Android, which was released in 2007,...

Google Says It Will 'Pause the Jokes' Again

This is the second April 1 of the pandemic, it notes

(Newser) - For the second year in a row, Google has decided that this is not the right time for jokes or stunts like " Google Tulip ." According to an internal email seen by Business Insider , the company told managers to "pause the jokes" for another year because the pandemic...

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