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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 »

Google Says 'Sycamore' Did What No Supercomputer Can

Claims a breakthrough in quantum computing research

(Newser) - Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years. The findings, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature , show that "quantum speedup is achievable... More »

Sardinia to Tourists: Stop Using Google Maps

It's sending travelers to places they really shouldn't be

(Newser) - Sardinia has a message for tourists: Maybe don't blindly follow Google Maps. Authorities in Baunei say that over the past two years there have been 144 emergency calls for cars and hikers requiring rescue in the village, located in the eastern province of Ogliastra on the Italian island in... More »

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 »

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