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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...

Man Blames Apple for $600K Bitcoin Theft

Scam cryptocurrency app was downloaded from the 'trusted' App Store

(Newser) - Apple says its App Store is "the world's most trusted marketplace for apps," where each submission is carefully reviewed. Still, one app on iOS was able to steal $1.6 million in bitcoin from at least five people, reports the Washington Post . On Feb. 1, Phillipe Christodoulou...

Facebook Agrees to Terms on News Content in Australia

News Corp and Google reached a deal already

(Newser) - News Corp and Facebook announced on Tuesday new pay deals for news in Australia, three weeks after the government passed laws that would make digital giants help cover the costs of journalism. The New York-based news business that operates mainly in the US, Britain, and Australia said it had reached...

Australians Blocked From Sharing News on Facebook

While Google strikes a deal

(Newser) - Google is striking deals in Australia to pay for journalism but Facebook is vowing to restrict news sharing as Australian lawmakers consider forcing digital giants into payment agreements, reports the AP . Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced a wide-ranging deal with Google Wednesday; major Australian media organization Seven West Media...

YouTube Delivers Bad News to Trump, Giuliani

Site extends former president's suspension, as well as bars lawyer from monetization program

(Newser) - If former President Trump had hoped to get one of his online megaphones back soon, he might have to cross YouTube off his list. As the last major social-media platform to suspend the former president, six days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the site extended that ban last...

Google Makes a Big Threat in Australian Dispute

Firm says it will pull search engine from country if it makes tech giants pay for news content

(Newser) - Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying, "We don't respond to threats," per the AP . "Australia makes...

Kamala Harris' Husband Learns Something About First Date

Vice president-elect says she totally Googled Doug Emhoff beforehand

(Newser) - When Kamala Harris first met her husband, Doug Emhoff, in 2013, she says "it was practically love at first sight," per an Instagram post over the weekend. But in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning the next day, the incoming second gentleman was surprised to find out what...

In Surprise Move, Google Workers Form a Union

It's seen as a Silicon Valley first

(Newser) - The words "labor union" and "Silicon Valley" don't usually go together, but that has just changed in a notable way. More than 200 workers at Google have formed a union affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, reports CNBC . The Hill sees it as a "historic...

Detective: Without Info From Google, 'We Were Toast'

Inside a 2017 case that involved a 'geofence warrant'

(Newser) - "Without that information from Google, we were toast." So says Milwaukee Detective Eric Draeger of what turned out to be a crucial clue in a June 16, 2017, attack. A health-care worker identified as MD was driving home from the hospital where she worked, exited the highway, and...

2nd Black Woman at Google Claims Firing: I Have 'Receipts'

April Christina Curley details the 'awfully racist recruitment and hiring practices' she saw

(Newser) - A few weeks ago, Google found itself in the midst of a controversy over the departure of Dr. Timnit Gebru, who says she was fired after sending out an email criticizing the company. Now, a second Black woman who used to work for Google is slamming it, and she says...

Google Faces Another Major Antitrust Suit

35 states join filing calling search giant an illegal monopoly

(Newser) - Dozens of states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Thursday, alleging that the search giant has an illegal monopoly over the online search market that hurts consumers and advertisers. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, DC, the AP reports, by attorneys general of 35 states as...

10 States Make a Big Accusation Against 'Goliath'

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lines up a lawsuit

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday announced a multistate lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of "anti-competitive conduct" in the online advertising industry, the AP reports. Paxton said Google is using its "monopolistic power" to control pricing of online advertisements, fixing the market in its favor...

Gmail, Google Did Not Have a Good Morning

Worldwide outage fouled things up for a wide range of Google Services about an hour

(Newser) - If you were trying to check Gmail somewhere between 6:30am and 8am Eastern on Monday, you might well have struck out. A worldwide outage brought the system largely to a halt before things started returning to normal just before 8, reports CNET . But it wasn't just Gmail. A...

Google CEO's Apology Doesn't Cut It: 'Gaslighting'
Google CEO's Apology
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Google CEO's Apology Doesn't Cut It: 'Gaslighting'

Dr. Timnit Gebru says she was forced from AI research position after email criticizing company

(Newser) - One of Google's most prominent Black female employees is no longer with Google, and a firestorm has erupted over her departure. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has issued an apology of sorts, insinuating Dr. Timnit Gebru, the former co-leader of Google's AI team, resigned. But Gebru is pushing back,...

What We Googled in 2020: 'Why Were Chainsaws Invented?'

Stimulus checks, murder hornet among top trending searches in US

(Newser) - Remember the Australia wildfires? What about Hurricane Laura? The blast in Beirut? No? That might be because it was a jam-packed year, as Google's Year in Search report shows. Per the Verge , Google combed through US search results to find terms that experienced spikes in traffic over a prolonged...

App to Trace Virus Exposure Runs Into Familiar Obstacles

COVID-19 misinformation is among the factors affecting the technology's adoption

(Newser) - Six months ago, Apple and Google introduced a smartphone tool designed to notify people who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, without disclosing any personal information. But Americans haven't been all that interested. Fewer than half of US states and territories—19 in total—have made such technology...

Report: Ex-Google CEO Just Bought a Passport to EU

Recode: Eric Schmidt has applied, been approved for citizenship in Cyprus in 'passport for sale' scheme

(Newser) - Buried within the pages of a publication in Cyprus last month, a tiny notice appeared written in the Greek alphabet, except for one name written in English: "Eric Emerson Schmidt," of Atherton, Calif. That notice in Alithia was an announcement of an application and approval for Cypriot citizenship,...

Apple Reports Record-Breaking Mac Sales

2020 is a banner year for Big Tech

(Newser) - While many are calling 2020 the "worst year ever," it's becoming the best one on record for big tech companies. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Alphabet, Google's parent company, have all reported record-breaking quarterly sales and/or profits this week, MarketWatch reports. Apple reported record revenue of...

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