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Google Explains Why Churchill's Photo Vanished

Its disappearance was a tech glitch, not a statement, company says

(Newser) - Winston Churchill is back, and Google says his temporary disappearance wasn't some kind of political statement. As the BBC explains, images of the former British prime minister disappeared during searches of his name or related topics. Many thought there was something fishy going on, especially since Churchill's statue... More »

Why Google Employees Are Getting $1K Each

It's to make their home office a little sweeter

(Newser) - A lot of Google employees are going to be working at home indefinitely—and the company is spending millions to make sure they have a good setup. CEO Sundar Pichal announced this week that every employee will be given an allowance of $1,000, or the equivalent in a different... More »

'It Is a Big Loss': Google Scraps Plan for Futuristic City

Sidewalk Labs abandons 'Quayside Project' in Toronto

(Newser) - Self-driving cars. Heated sidewalks. Timber buildings. Sidewalk Labs touted them all in its dream of a futuristic Toronto neighborhood—but that dream died Thursday when Google's sibling company pulled the plug, Wired reports. "It is with great personal sadness and disappointment that Sidewalk Labs will no longer pursue... More »

Apple, Google Plan Virus Tracing on Smartphones

Users would be warned they'd been exposed to someone who tested positive

(Newser) - Apple and Google announced Friday that they're teaming up to build software that would let people use their smartphones to follow the potential spread of the coronavirus. Contact tracing could support governments removing stay-at-home orders, the Wall Street Journal reports. The tools would use Bluetooth to keep track of... More »

They're Fighting the Virus. Now, Their Own Google Doodles

For 2 weeks, search giant is paying tribute to those on the front lines of fighting COVID-19

(Newser) - Do a Google search today and you'll notice a new Google Doodle —a temporary redo of the company's logo, often used to mark holidays or commemorate important people and events—dedicated to a group that CNET calls "largely unsung heroes" in the coronavirus pandemic. Hover with... More »

Engineer Admits Stealing Self-Driving Car Secrets

Anthony Levandowski worked for Google, then started his own company

(Newser) - An engineer is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets from Google. Anthony Levandowski, who worked in the self-driving division, admitted to downloading thousands of files to his personal laptop, CNBC reports. One of the files was an update on the self-driving program.... More »

She Vanished From a Beach. Now, Her Husband's Arrest

Sonam Saxena accused of 2nd-degree murder during family's annual Hawaii vacation

(Newser) - A Washington state family's annual Hawaii vacation has ended in apparent tragedy, with the dad now in police custody. People reports that 43-year-old Sonam Saxena, a product manager for Google Cloud, has been arrested on one count of second-degree murder after he told cops his wife disappeared after a... More »

Google 'Bug' Sent Videos to the Wrong Users

If you downloaded content from Google Photos using Google Takeout, you may have been affected

(Newser) - On Monday evening, some users of Google Takeout, which lets you download data from your Google apps, received what the Verge calls a "nonchalant email" from the company about a "technical issue," and it's one that's raising eyebrows . Per a statement sent by Google to... More »

Corona Trusts Customers to Know It's Not a Deadly Virus

Google reports big increase for 'corona beer virus'

(Newser) - The producer of Corona has expressed faith that its customers know the beer has nothing to do with the virus. Internet search data hints at confusion: Google Trends reports a 2,300% increase in searches for "corona beer virus" from Jan. 18 to Jan. 26, Business Insider reports. Those... More »

Sonos to Google: We're Not Going to Take This Anymore

The speaker company accuses Google of stealing its patents

(Newser) - Think Big Tech is taking over? So does Sonos, and it's taking the claim to court. The audio company filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Google for allegedly violating five of its speaker patents, the New York Times reports. "Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology,... More »

Alphabet Gives New CEO Its Biggest Stock Award

Sundar Pichai's salary jumps to $2M

(Newser) - Google's parent company has welcomed its new CEO with $240 million in stock grants, plus a pay raise to $2 million a year. Sundar Pichai's stock package, $90 million of which is based on Alphabet's performance, sets a company record, Reuters reports. Still, "it's behind... More »

The 10 Most-Googled Terms of the Year

Disney Plus tops the list, and yes, 'Baby Yoda' makes an appearance on a sub-list

(Newser) - What did Americans want to know about this year? Google is letting us know via its annual list of the most-searched-for terms in the US:
  1. Disney Plus : Disney's addition to the ever-growing list of streaming services tops the list for 2019.
  2. Cameron Boyce : The Disney Channel star was found
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Don't Envy the New Alphabet CEO His Promotion

Sundar Pichai will have his work cut out for him—and will likely face power struggles too

(Newser) - With the announcement that Google's co-founders are stepping down as the CEO and president of the tech giant's parent company, Alphabet, current Google CEO Sundar Pichai got a big promotion: He'll now be the Alphabet CEO. That's great news for the 47-year-old, right? Well, maybe not.... More »

Fired Google Employees Allege Unfair Labor Practices

4 former employees plan to file a legal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board

(Newser) - Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file a federal labor complaint against the company, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social causes. The former employees said Tuesday they are preparing to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board... More »

Google Co-Founders Step Down as Alphabet Execs

Larry Page and Sergey Brin will remain on the board

(Newser) - The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the world's largest, most powerful—and, increasingly, most feared—firms in... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Unloads on Zuckerberg

He says Facebook would have catered to Hitler if it were around in the 1930s

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has a plan to "save democracy"—one that involves putting an end to "the greatest propaganda machine in history." Honored Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League for his efforts to expose hate through comedy, Baron Cohen blamed tech giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook for... More »

Suspect: Cops Illegally Got My Phone Data—and Maybe Yours

Okello Chatrie is not alone in raising concerns about geofence warrants

(Newser) - Authorities accessed the cellphone location data of 19 people in the vicinity of a Virginia bank heist before closing in on their suspect, who's claiming the act was illegal. Lawyers for 24-year-old Okello Chatrie of Richmond, who has pleaded not guilty to stealing $195,000 in the armed robbery,... More »

Secret Software Project Gathers Patient Data on Millions

Ascension, Google say product would suggest changes to care

(Newser) - In a project begun in secret last year, Google and Ascension health care are gathering personal data on tens of millions of Americans. The companies have not informed patients and doctors as they've compiled lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, the Wall Street Journal reports. Employees throughout Alphabet,... More »

In a $2.1B Deal, Google Will Try on Fitbit for Size

Cash deal takes search giant deeper into consumer electronics

(Newser) - Google is stepping up its competition with Apple by spending $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. The deal is for $7.35 a share in cash, the Wall Street Journal reports, a price 19% above closing Thursday and a solid 70% higher than before negotiations were reported last week. Owning... More »

UA Is Now UArizona, Because SEO

University of Arizona changes its abbreviation so it will show up higher on web searches

(Newser) - The University of Arizona has announced it is changing its abbreviation from UA to UArizona in an effort to increase search engine optimization results for the college, the AP reports. The Tucson-based college in a statement Monday said the change would help distinguish the school from other national and international... More »

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