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Bitcoin Plummets After Google Ad Ban

Google is doing away with cryptocurrency-related ads

(Newser) - Google says it is going to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, as well as related content like trading advice and cryptocurrency wallets. The new policies, which also ban other complex financial products, were announced Wednesday and will go into effect in June. The move follows a similar step... More »

Google Parts Ways With Zagat Brand After 7 Years

The dining guide was purchased by a small restaurant review company

(Newser) - Perhaps the most iconic of all dining guides, Zagat will be sold by Google after seven years under the tech behemoth. Per the New York Times , Google will give up the brand to a restaurant review company called The Infatuation after purchasing it for $151 million in 2011. The sale... More »

Suit: Google, YouTube Had Quotas for 'Diversity Candidates'

Arne Wilberg says recruiters were discouraged from working to hire white, Asian men

(Newser) - A former YouTube employee is suing parent company Google, for which he worked for a total of nine years, alleging that he was fired for refusing to adhere to hiring practices that discriminated against white and Asian males. Per the Wall Street Journal , Arne Wilberg served as a Google recruiter... More »

Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing

Tim Chevalier says he was fired for coming down on 'misogynistic' ex-engineer James Damore

(Newser) - First ex-Google engineer James Damore sued his former employer for firing him after he put out a memo saying women aren’t fit for tech jobs. Now another ex-Google worker has brought his own suit against the company after he came out hard against Damore. Tim Chevalier's complaint —... More »

Tech Pioneers Begin Push to Fight Addiction

Early employees of Facebook, Google band together in advocacy group

(Newser) - A backlash against the amount of time kids and adults devote to social media has been emerging of late from a surprising place: Silicon Valley. Now the movement is poised to grow substantially. A group called the Center for Humane Technology , made up of early employees of companies such as... More »

Owner on Jeep Ending Up in Lake: 'I Was Speechless'

Friends who'd borrowed her vehicle were led into Lake Champlain by Google's Waze app

(Newser) - "I was speechless." That's how the owner of a Jeep tells WCAX she reacted when she heard said Jeep had ended up at the bottom of Lake Champlain. How Tara Guertin's vehicle got there: She says friends who were driving it were misled by faulty directions... More »

India's 'Good Morning' Texts Have Become a Real Problem

The files are filling up everyone's phones

(Newser) - Two little words are causing a big headache for smartphone users in India: "good morning." That's because so many folks in the country of over 1.3 billion people are sending happy little photos that bear the message to so many of the people they care about.... More »

He Said He Was Innocent for 40 Years. Google Search Proved It

Stephen Simmons and two friends were arrested for stealing mailbags in 1975

(Newser) - Facebook may have been one criminal's undoing—Google was another's saving grace. The Guardian has the story of Stephen Simmons, a 62-year-old British businessman whose frustration over a 1976 conviction for a crime he maintained he did not commit had never dissipated. He and two pals were arrested... More »

White Man Sues Google for Workplace Discrimination

James Damore blasted Google's diversity policies in a now-infamous 2017 memo

(Newser) - James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired from the company last year after circulating a memo claiming women are biologically ill-suited for tech jobs, is now suing his former employer. Damore filed a class-action suit in Santa Clara Superior Court today claiming Google discriminates against white men with... More »

Soon, Less 'Adult Supervision' at Google's Parent Company

Eric Schmidt is stepping down

(Newser) - Eric Schmidt, the man who turned Google into a juggernaut during his decade as CEO, is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet, its parent company. The company announced Thursday that the 62-year-old will be leaving the role, but will stay on as technical adviser and will continue to serve... More »

Matt Lauer Made at Least One Company's Top 10 List

He's up there with Hurricane Irma on Google's annual ranking of favorite searches

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma and Matt Lauer were hot topics in 2017, Fast Company notes—hot enough to propel both to the top of Google's annual "Year in Search" results. Per the site, the results were culled "based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in... More »

Body of Google Engineer Found in San Francisco Bay

Chuchu Ma's death is a mystery

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Google engineer was found dead in the San Francisco Bay last week—and police are trying to determine whether foul play was involved. The naked body of Chuchu Ma, who joined Google early last year, was found in water near the San Francisco Bay Trail in Sunnyvale, Calif.... More »

The Best Companies to Work for in 2018

According to Glassdoor

(Newser) - Glassdoor has ranked the 100 best large companies and 50 best small and medium companies to work for in 2018 using employee feedback collected between Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 22, 2017. Here are the top 10 in each category: More »

Zuckerberg: I'm 'Dead Serious' About Russia Meddling

House committee releases divisive Russia ads

(Newser) - The divisive—and sometimes bizarre—Facebook ads bought by Russian operatives were on display Wednesday as Facebook, Google, and Twitter execs appeared before congressional panels for a second day. The House Intelligence Committee released the ads, a wide selection of which can be seen here , in what it said was... More »

6 Big Lines From Facebook's Congressional Hearing

'American political ads and Russian money'

(Newser) - After revealing that content created by a Russian internet agency ahead of the 2016 election may have reached up to 126 million users , Facebook—joined by Twitter and Google—went in front of a Senate subcommittee Tuesday to explain what it's done and what it can do to stop... More »

'Safety' Feature in Self-Driving Cars Was Actually 'Pretty Scary'

Waymo thought letting passengers take over controls would be safer—but it wasn't

(Newser) - When Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car division that started in 2009 as a Google initiative, decided to offer an autopilot "out" for passengers—meaning they could take over the vehicle's controls if a dangerous situation arose—it seemed like a practical and needed feature. But the company's... More »

Experimental Balloons Restore Internet in Puerto Rico

Google parent launches 'Project Loon'

(Newser) - Google's parent Alphabet Inc. says its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the Internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search giant's "Project Loon" balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails, and basic web... More »

Looks Like the Russians Took Advantage of Google, Too

Company finds 2016 election ads on YouTube, elsewhere, bought by Russians

(Newser) - In the tech world, Facebook and Twitter have taken the brunt of the criticism for allowing Russia to meddle in the 2016 election. Now, we can add Google to the list. The company conducted its own investigation and found that tens of thousands of dollars worth of ads bought by... More »

Vegas Victims, Families Upset Over Conspiracy Theory Videos

And YouTube, Facebook, and Google are all helping to spread them

(Newser) - Scrolling through YouTube, one might assume the Las Vegas shooting was carried out by a member of "antifa," or perhaps government agents. That's because dozens of conspiracy theory videos—including one from Alex Jones, viewed more than 1 million times—are being promoted by YouTube in the... More »

Only 3 Non-Tech Brands Make 'Most Valuable' Top 10

Apple is No. 1, followed by Google and Microsoft

(Newser) - If you wanted to create a brand from scratch and make it a valued household name, the tech sector is probably a good place to start. Per City AM , Interbrand looked at some of the world's biggest brands, then ranked their value—and seven that made it into the... More »

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