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Nearly Every US State Is Involved in New Google Probe

Antitrust scrutiny of the tech giant is increasing

(Newser) - Fifty US states and territories, led by Texas, on Monday announced an investigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behavior." The announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook's market dominance. The two probes widen the antitrust scrutiny of... More »

YouTube Fined $170M for Violating Kids' Privacy

Google's video site accused of collecting kids' data without parental consent

(Newser) - Google's video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children's personal data without their parents' consent, the AP reports. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136 million, and the company will pay an additional $34 million to New York state to resolve similar... More »

Until Recently, Websites Were Hacking iPhones

Hackers were able to access iPhones' keychain and messaging apps

(Newser) - Visit a website, and boom—your iPhone is hacked. That nightmare vulnerability was plaguing iPhones until a Google team warned Apple about it in February, the Verge reports. Google's Project Zero team found that hacked websites were taking advantage of security flaws to crawl into any iPhone that came... More »

Ex-Google Engineer Charged With Stealing Top-Secret Info

Anthony Levandowski charged with 33 counts of trade secrets theft in case involving Uber

(Newser) - A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. The indictment filed by the US Attorney's office in San Jose, California, is an offshoot... More »

Clinton Fires Back After Trump Shares 2016 Election Theory

He blames Google for 2016 popular vote loss

(Newser) - Losing the popular vote in 2016 apparently still stings for President Trump, who repeated a claim Monday that undecided voters ended up choosing Hillary Clinton because of search engine bias. "Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016... More »

Justice Department Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

Shares in Facebook, Amazon, Google fall

(Newser) - The Department of Justice has opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up the big tech companies, which... More »

Here Are Apple and Google's New, More Inclusive Emojis

Updates to skin tone and gender, plus a lot more

(Newser) - Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity, the AP reports. Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone... More »

Parents Name Their Baby Google, Get Google Swag

Including, of course, a Google onesie

(Newser) - A baby born in November on the Indonesian island of Java was named Google, and after the story went viral, the Indonesian branch of the tech giant recently sent the family a bag of Google swag, Asia One reports. "Google Indonesia called us," the baby boy's mom... More »

Peter Thiel: Google Made 'Seemingly Treasonous' Choice

He calls for the FBI, CIA to investigate the company

(Newser) - Silicon Valley bigwig Peter Thiel spoke at the nationalism-focused National Conservatism Conference on Sunday night, and he suggested the government place a big target on Google's back. Axios reports that the PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member called for the FBI and CIA to investigate the search giant over... More »

How Google Contractors End Up Hearing Your Conversations

Company says 0.2% of audio snippets are reviewed and transcribed

(Newser) - Google has confirmed contractors around the world listen to samples of audio recorded by the virtual Google Assistant on smart speakers and Android devices. The confirmation comes after a rogue Dutch contractor reportedly shared more than 1,000 audio clips with Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS , which notes 153 conversations... More »

Google Workers to SF Pride: Boot Google From Parade

Over company's handling of hate speech online

(Newser) - About a hundred Google employees are asking San Francisco to boot the tech giant from the city's annual Pride parade over the company's handling of hate speech online. "We have spent countless hours advocating for our company to improve policies and practices regarding the treatment of LGBTQ+... More »

House Plans Sweeping Probe of Tech Giants

Investigation to focus on 'concentration of market power'

(Newser) - Tech giants—including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—will face a "top-to-bottom" antitrust investigation by the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. David Cicilline, leader of the investigation, said Monday it is aimed at the "tremendous concentration of market power" held by the companies more than it is at individual... More »

Looks Like Google Is Facing a Major Probe

From none other than the Dept. of Justice

(Newser) - The US Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google's business practices and whether they violate antitrust law, according to news reports, per the AP . The search giant was fined a record $2.72 billion by European regulators in 2017 for abusing its dominance of the online search market.... More »

Report: Google Deals Heavy Blow to Huawei

Chinese company won't get Android updates

(Newser) - The world's second-biggest smartphone brand has been dealt a potentially crushing blow by new US government restrictions. Google has suspended all business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, or services, meaning the Chinese company will not receive updates to the Android operating system, Reuters reports. Google... More »

Measles Scare Just Became a Little Too Real at Google

A worker at company headquarters is diagnosed with the infectious disease

(Newser) - Google employees themselves may be Googling information about measles after a warning from the company and Santa Clara County. It seems a Google worker who was at company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on April 4 has been diagnosed with measles, reports BuzzFeed News . A company physician sent out a... More »

Google's New Treasure Trove: the 'Sensorvault'

Police can access personal data, but at what cost?

(Newser) - A new frontier in crime investigation relies on the ultimate tracking device—and it's right in your purse or pocket, the New York Times reports. Detectives nationwide are inundating Google with warrants to mine its so-called Sensorvault, which holds tracking data from most Android phones and some iPhones worldwide... More »

Facebook Has Lofty Goal in Undersea Cable Boom

It wants to encircle Africa in fiber optics, reports Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Facebook plans to lasso the whole of Africa in underwater cable. The cable project dubbed Simba would encircle the continent, linking several spots on the eastern, western, and Mediterranean coasts in an effort to provide a more stable connection and lower bandwidth costs, people with knowledge of discussions tell the... More »

'Hey Google, Talk Like a Legend'

John Legend makes a cameo on Google Assistant

(Newser) - John Legend is at your command. As the first celebrity voice for Google Assistant, the musician will report the weather, tell a joke, or sing "Happy Birthday" when prompted. Legend also answered questions like "Are you John Legend?" and "Who is Chrissy Teigen?" for the collaboration, which... More »

Google, Tinder, McDonald's and More Get in On Fools' Day

McDonald's introduces 'McPickle Burger,' while Google will have you talk to your tulips

(Newser) - It's April 1 and Google has once again pulled out all the stops: The company's April Fool's Day offerings this year include "Google Tulip," which supposedly allows users in the Netherlands to communicate with their tulips and know more about their needs, VentureBeat reports. Google'... More »

3 Win Tech's Nobel Prize for Work Once Deemed 'Nonsense'

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun take home Turing Award for work in AI 'neural networks'

(Newser) - Computers have become so smart during the past 20 years that people don't think twice about chatting with digital assistants like Alexa and Siri or seeing their friends automatically tagged in Facebook pictures. But making those quantum leaps from science fiction to reality required hard work from computer scientists... More »

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