Tag: Google Inc

What Is End-to-End Encryption, Back as a Bull’s-Eye on Big Tech?

SAN FRANCISCO — A Justice Department official hinted on Monday that a yearslong fight over encrypted communications could become part of a sweeping investigation of big tech companies. While a department spokesman declined to discuss specifics, a speech Monday by the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, pointed toward heightened interest in technology called end-to-end […]

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Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher

BRUSSELS — Margrethe Vestager spent the past five years developing a well-earned reputation as the world’s top tech industry watchdog. From her perch overseeing Europe’s competition rules, she fined Google more than $9 billion for breaking antitrust laws, and forced Apple to pay about $14.5 billion for dodging taxes. Now she says that work, which […]

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Google Stadia Wants You to Replace Your Video Game Console. Don’t.

Wouldn’t it be great if video game consoles went away and we could play games on any device? After all, the games — not the machines — are what we care about. That is Google’s ambition with Stadia, the streaming game service that the company plans to release on Tuesday. The product is not the […]

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Justice Dept. Could Widen Its Scrutiny of Tech Companies, Official Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department could broaden its efforts to bring technology giants to heel, going beyond investigating potential antitrust violations to potentially challenge companies like Google and Facebook on multiple fronts, the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, warned on Monday. “We do not view antitrust law as a panacea for every problem in […]

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Google Makes a Bid for Banking, Where Tech Firms Go to Stumble

Google already has a valuable stash of your digital data. Now it wants your cash, too. The search giant is teaming up with two banks, Citigroup and the Stanford Federal Credit Union, to begin offering a “smart checking” account next year. What fancy new features will “smart checking” include? Google isn’t sure. Neither are its […]

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We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases

SAN FRANCISCO — Last fall, Google unveiled a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called BERT that changed the way scientists build systems that learn how people write and talk. But BERT, which is now being deployed in services like Google’s internet search engine, has a problem: It could be picking up on biases in the way […]

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How Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Can Make It Harder to Detect

Child sexual abuse photos and videos are among the most toxic materials online. It is against the law to view the imagery, and anybody who comes across it must report it to the federal authorities. So how can tech companies, under pressure to remove the material, identify newly shared photos and videos without breaking the […]

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Google to Store and Analyze Millions of Health Records

In a sign of Google’s major ambitions in the health care industry, the search giant is working with the country’s second-largest hospital system to store and analyze the data of millions of patients in an effort to improve medical services, the two organizations announced on Monday. The partnership between Google and the medical system, Ascension, […]

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Europe Is Toughest on Big Tech, Yet Big Tech Still Reigns

LONDON — Richard Stables should have felt vindicated when the European Union announced a $2.7 billion fine in 2017 against Google for breaking antitrust laws. He had raised alarms about the search giant’s power for years. But rather than feel victorious, Mr. Stables felt resigned. His company, Kelkoo, once a leading online shopping destination in […]

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Artificial Intelligence Is Too Important to Leave to Google and Facebook Alone

Americans don’t have to be beholden to the tech Goliaths to get the benefits of artificial intelligence. An alternative possibility is for government to provide the infrastructure needed for a technological future — through a public option for artificial intelligence. Big tech companies have an extraordinary amount of data about how we behave, largely because […]

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Powerful Coalition Pushes Back on Anti-Tech Fervor

WASHINGTON — Thomas Lambert, a professor at the University of Missouri’s law school, gave his former colleague Josh Hawley a warning before Mr. Hawley became a senator in January. Mr. Lambert had been wary of Mr. Hawley’s decision in 2017, as Missouri’s attorney general, to open an antitrust investigation into Google, saying he didn’t see […]

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Alphabet Board Investigates Sexual Misconduct Accusations

SEATTLE — Alphabet’s board of directors is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by current and former executives as part of its legal defense against shareholder lawsuits over its handling of the matters, according to documents viewed by The New York Times. The internet giant’s board formed a Special Litigation Committee of independent […]

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Tech Giants Pledge Billions for Housing, but Will It Matter?

SAN FRANCISCO — A mile from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino lies the sun-faded carcass of the Vallco Shopping Mall. At the moment it consists of empty, buff-colored buildings, acres of black asphalt and a pile of rubble where the parking garage used to be. About a year ago, a developer submitted a proposal to build […]

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Teens Love TikTok. Silicon Valley Is Trying to Stage an Intervention.

SAN FRANCISCO — Teenagers are gaga for TikTok. That’s why Silicon Valley is so worried about it. TikTok, which is run by a seven-year-old company in Beijing called ByteDance, allows people to create short, snappy videos and share them around the world. That simple concept has fueled its rise to quickly become one of the […]

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Google to Buy Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

Google is acquiring Fitbit, the maker of fitness-tracking devices, for $2.1 billion as the world’s largest tech companies expand further into health in pursuit of growth. The deal represents an aggressive attempt by Google to bolster its lineup of hardware products, which already includes smartphones, tablets, laptops and smart speakers. Fitbit makes a lineup of […]

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California Attorney General Is a No-Show on Tech Investigations

WASHINGTON — When numerous state attorneys general gathered last month on the steps of the Supreme Court to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, one was conspicuously absent: Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general. He was also missing from a list of state attorneys general publicly signing on to a joint antitrust investigation into Facebook, released […]

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Google, in Rare Stumble, Posts 23% Decline in Profit

SEATTLE — Alphabet, the parent company of Google, said on Monday that its quarterly profit fell 23 percent after it sharply increased spending, in a rare financial stumble by the tech giant. Alphabet reported that its revenue rose 20 percent to $40.5 billion for the third quarter, but that profit dropped to $7.07 billion. Profit, […]

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Quantum Supremacy? Superfast Computers and the Race for Domination

This was not just any math problem. On Wednesday, Google said its researchers had performed a calculation that the largest supercomputers could not complete in under 10,000 years. And they had done it in 3 minutes 20 seconds. With that calculation, the company said, its research lab in Santa Barbara, Calif., achieved a milestone that […]

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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Wednesday that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called “quantum supremacy,” which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with today’s technology. In a paper published in the science journal Nature, Google said its research lab in Santa Barbara, Calif., had reached […]

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Facebook Pledges $1 Billion for California Housing

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Tuesday it would give $1 billion in a package of grants, loans and land toward easing California’s severe housing crunch by building an estimated 20,000 new housing units for middle- and lower-income households. The move is the latest in a series of efforts by technology companies to put their […]

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China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

SAN FRANCISCO — China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. The government has poured considerable resources into the change, which is […]

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