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Man Gets Creepy 'Wake-Up Call' From His Security Camera

Voice claiming to be 'white hat' hacker came out of Arizona man's Nest Cam IQ camera

(Newser) - When your security camera makes you feel less secure, there might be a problem. Especially when a voice emanating from the other end claims to be a "white hat hacker" from the "Anonymous Calgary Hivemind." That's what Andy Gregg tells the Arizona Republic happened a few... More »

Bombarded by Disinformation, 'We're on Our Own'

Kara Swisher writes for the 'NYT' that tech companies haven't been terribly helpful in fighting bad actors

(Newser) - What's "dead clear": Propaganda pushers have been using platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter "exactly as they were designed to be used." What we're just now learning: that those companies were more or less useless on the front lines against disinformation and "fake news,... More »

Macaulay Culkin Is Home Alone Again—for Google

Actor appears in fantastic ad rebooting holiday classic

(Newser) - What is Kevin McAllister up to as an adult? Apparently the same shenanigans he was up to back in 1990, except now with the help of Google Assistant. Macaulay Culkin is in a new ad for Google in which he plays a grown-up Kevin, still Home Alone in the same... More »

Another Tech Company Has Big Plans in NYC

Google plans $1B expansion

(Newser) - Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google announced Monday it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. It is the tech industry's latest major... More »

Google Employees Can't Give Temp Workers T-Shirts

And more from newly revealed training document

(Newser) - Google's "shadow workforce" has been making waves recently: The tech giant's thousands of temporary employees, vendors, and contractors, known internally as TVCs, made headlines this month when they published an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai demanding equal benefits and higher wages, plus access to the same... More »

Google Plus Will Be No More Sooner Than Expected

Privacy concerns are behind the change

(Newser) - Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook. A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5... More »

Around the World, Google Employees Are Walking Off the Job

Employees are protesting company's handling of sexual harassment claims, plus other issues

(Newser) - Carrying signs with messages such as "Don't be evil," Google employees around the world walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. Employees staged walkouts at offices from Tokyo to Singapore... More »

Alphabet Exec Resigns With No Exit Pay After Harassment Claims

The claims were revealed in the recent 'New York Times' investigation

(Newser) - An Alphabet executive has resigned after being named in the New York Times investigation into Google paying large severance packages or continuing to employ some who had been accused of sexual misconduct. The Times story primarily centered around former Google exec Andy Rubin, who got a $90 million exit package... More »

Google CEO: NYT Story on Us Is 'Difficult to Read'

Company allegedly paid Andy Rubin $90M despite 'credible' harassment claim

(Newser) - Google revealed Thursday that it has fired no fewer than 48 employees for sexual harassment over the last two years—and it sent them away without severance packages. Google employees were told about the firings in an email from CEO Sundar Pichai hours after the New York Times reported that... More »

So Long, Google+

Google shutting down its unpopular 'Plus' social network

(Newser) - Google is shutting down its long-shunned Plus social network for consumers, following its disclosure of a flaw discovered in March that could have exposed some personal information of up to 500,000 people, the AP reports. The announcement came in a Monday blog post , which marked Google's first public... More »

Eric Schmidt: Internet Could Split in 2 by 2028

He says there could be a 'real danger' of censorship under new regime

(Newser) - Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt suspects there will be two separate Internets a decade from now—and you're not going to be able to Google "Tiananmen Square massacre" on one of them. Schmidt, who led Google from 2001 to 2011, told the audience at an event in San... More »

Breitbart Posts Video of Google Execs' Reaction to Trump Win

Site says it's evidence of bias, but Google says personal opinions don't affect products

(Newser) - Breitbart is out with a headline-generating video of Google executives reacting to the election of Donald Trump at the first staff meeting following his win. In Breitbart's view, the hour-long video "reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a... More »

Empty Chair Says It All: Senate Is Annoyed With Google

Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee

(Newser) - Facebook and Twitter executives, defending their companies on Capitol Hill, said Wednesday they're aggressively trying to root out foreign interests seeking to sow divisions in American democracy as the November elections near. Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate... More »

Google Rejects Trump's Accusation of Bias

But White House says it is looking into possibility of some kind of regulation

(Newser) - President Trump on Tuesday accused Google of suppressing conservative views in search results, and the tech giant has responded. It's just not so, says a company statement sent to Business Insider . "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward... More »

Trump Calls Out 'RIGGED' Google Searches

President says online sites are biased against him and conservatives

(Newser) - President Trump was up early Tuesday with a two-part tweet calling out Google and other sites as biased against him specifically and conservatives in general. Trump said the views of those on the right were being suppressed, suggested this was illegal, and warned that this "very serious situation" will... More »

1.4K Google Workers on Secret China App: 'Urgent Ethical Issues'

Employees sign letter demanding to know what they're working on amid censorship hubbub

(Newser) - There had already been rumblings of Google employees who'd complained or defected from the company altogether to avoid having to work on a censorship-friendly search app reportedly being made for China. Now about 1,400 employees who are still there have banded together in a more cohesive way, penning... More »

Google: Yes, We Still Track Location If You Turn Off 'Location History'

Tech giant clarifies the setting days after Associated Press investigation

(Newser) - Google has revised a help page that erroneously described how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off, the AP reports. On Monday, an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user... More »

AP Probe: Google Is Storing Data You Said Not To

Specifically, your location data

(Newser) - Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An AP investigation found many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they'll prevent... More »

Google Accused of 'Gross Attack' on Internet Freedom

Company reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship

(Newser) - Google is looking to reenter the Chinese market it exited in protest over government censorship in a move critics say is nothing short of hypocritical. According to the Information and Intercept , Google has presented to Chinese officials two mobile apps—one for internet searches, one focusing on news aggregation—that... More »

Using Bacon Pics, Orrin Hatch Proves He Didn't Die

His Google bio erroneously declared Utah senator deceased as of last September

(Newser) - "Hi.. @Google? We might need to talk." That was Orrin Hatch's tweet to the tech site late Monday night after he spotted an error in his bio that popped up in a Google search, and it was a pretty big one. According to Google, the 84-year-old Utah... More »

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