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Labor Dept. Wants to Ban Google From Federal Contracts

Feds want tech behemoth to turn over thousands of employee records

(Newser) - The US Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the internet company turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees, the AP reports. The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the Office of Administrative... More »

Novel Writing a No-No at Google: Lawsuit

Legal action also charges Google runs a 'spying program' against workers

(Newser) - If you plan to write the Great American Novel and you work at Google, you may want to think again if the subject is the office. The tech giant is being sued over confidentiality policies that purportedly ban employees from, among other things, writing novels "about someone working at... More »

Here's What Every State Was Googling in 2016

Vermont, for example, really wanted to see Orlando Bloom naked

(Newser) - Using Google Trends, Estately has looked back at 2016 in Google searches to determine what each state googled more often than any other state during this "absolute garbage year." The results left the blog with one thought: "Let's hope 2017 offers much better things to occupy... More »

Orlando Shooting Families Sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Defendants helped ISIS 'spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, attract new recruits': complaint

(Newser) - What responsibility do social media platforms hold for radicalizing individuals who then carry out attacks? According to families of the victims of the June shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub , enough to warrant a lawsuit, per Fox News . Named in the federal civil complaint filed Monday by the families of... More »

Family Won't Sell Google Their Rundown Farm

Despite a reported $7M offer

(Newser) - Smack in the middle of Googleplex, Google's massive campus in Mountain View, Calif., lies a plot of land less than 1 acre in size and holding a crumbling farmstead—a piece of real estate that Google reportedly wants and that the owning family doesn't want to give up,... More »

A Promise Out of Silicon Valley: No Muslim Registry

Hundreds of tech workers sign vow to not facilitate Trump proposal if it comes to pass

(Newser) - With whispers still swirling of a possible Muslim registry after Donald Trump takes office, a few hundred employees from major Silicon Valley companies are saying they'll take no part in such an endeavor if it comes to pass. Per USA Today , more than 300 tech workers—including "engineers,... More »

Google Not Fighting Holocaust Deniers in Search Results

But company says it rarely removes content from search results

(Newser) - Stormfront has the dubious distinction, via the Southern Poverty Law Center , of being "the first major hate site on the Internet." That online longevity has also helped it earn the top spot in Google's search results when users type "Did the Holocaust happen" into the search... More »

Power-Hungry Google Makes Major Energy Announcement

The tech giant says it will get all energy from renewable sources in 2017

(Newser) - It takes a lot of energy to power Google's empire. In 2015, the company used 5.2 terawatt hours—enough to power half a million homes for the year, Popular Mechanics reports. In 2017, 100% of that massive amount of energy will come from renewable sources, Google announced Tuesday.... More »

Google Won't Suggest 'Are Jews Evil' to Your Search Anymore

Search engine is working to remove offensive autocomplete results

(Newser) - Google will no longer offer a search suggestion for "are Jews evil" which directs users to anti-Semitic websites. The search engine says it has removed offensive autocomplete results initially spotted by Carole Cadwalladr at the Observer , reports the Guardian . Cadwalladr explained how Google suggested a search for "are... More »

Google, Facebook Crack Down on Fake News

It just got harder to place advertising on phony content on the 2 platforms

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn't help tip the election in Donald Trump's favor, but that hasn't stopped the site, along with Google, from starting to address the issue. Although they're not directly taking on the fake news sites themselves, the two platforms are... More »

Parents Freak When They Get Son's $110K Google Bill

Spanish boy signed up for wrong advertising program

(Newser) - If you're going to try to monetize yourself online, make sure you carefully read the fine print. Or ask your mom or dad, as a 12-year-old boy in Spain should've done; instead, he mistakenly racked up a $110,000 or so Google bill. NBC News reports on the... More »

Google Searches for 'Write-In' Just Surged Massively

Searches hit record level since 2004

(Newser) - Americans are apparently looking for someone, anyone, other than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to vote for in the presidential election—just as long as that someone isn't, you know, someone already on the ballot . Google Trends data shows that online searches for "write-in" jumped by more than... More »

Google Declares War on the iPhone

Google unveils new phone and a whole lot more

(Newser) - Google made a major move into the hardware business with its "Made by Google" event Tuesday, with many experts noting it appears ready to go head-to-head with a particular tech giant. Here's what you need to know:
  • Lifehacker has a lengthy explainer of "everything ... that actually mattered"
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Google May Be Interested in Buying Twitter

The money-losing social media site could still sell for up to $30 billion

(Newser) - Google could be preparing a formal offer to buy Twitter, and a sale of the social media company could happen by the end of the year, CNBC reports. A source tells Reuters that multiple tech companies are looking into purchasing Twitter, which—despite being a force in news and popular... More »

A Blurred Cow Has the Internet in Stitches

Check it out on 'Google Teat View'

(Newser) - Hey, cows deserve privacy, too, right? Plenty of people are giving "Google Teat View" a hard time after Guardian editor David Shariatmadari noticed the software that automatically blurs people's faces in close-ups on Google Street View had also blurred the face of a cow in Cambridge, UK. Following... More »

Google to Launch New Ride-Share Service: Report

It'll target commuters in SF, is based on Waze: WSJ

(Newser) - There's about to be a new ride-sharing service in town—at least in San Francisco. Google will soon launch a carpooling service in the city using its Waze app, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company has been using employees of Google, Adobe, and Walmart to test... More »

Late to the Video-Chat Game, Google Launches FaceTime Rival

New 'Duo' video-calling app faces stiff competition

(Newser) - Knock knock, Google's video-chatting app has arrived. The app, dubbed Duo, represents Google's response to other popular video-calling options, including Apple's FaceTime, Microsoft's Skype, and Facebook's Messenger app. Duo isn't much different from the other video-chatting services, except that it gives a glimpse at... More »

Zagat's 30-Point Scale Is No More

The 35-year-old restaurant guide just got a major overhaul

(Newser) - Thirty-five years after it was founded in New York, the Zagat restaurant guide is ditching its 30-point rating scale to better compete with companies like Yelp and TripAdvisor, Bloomberg reports. A survey of Zagat customers found they wanted something simpler, so Google, which bought the company in 2011, launched a... More »

Oops: Google Docs' Filler Name Is a Real Person

Casey Baumer has been accused of hacking into people's Google accounts for 2 years

(Newser) - Google doesn't just use "lorem ipsum" as filler text. It has also used "Casey Baumer" as the randomly generated filler name on all its Google Docs prompts because, well, it's so much more personal than the ever popular Jane or John Doe, reports Gizmodo . But it'... More »

Man Loses 14 Years of Work When Google Deletes His Blog

Dennis Cooper's misfortune is raising new censorship concerns

(Newser) - Artist Dennis Cooper made a horrifying discovery June 27: His 14-year-old blog—the sole home of his experimental writing, research, photographs, and more—was gone, Art Forum reports. According to Fusion , Cooper's blog was hosted by Google-owned Blogger, and those headed to denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com are greeted with the... More »

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