Tag: Google Inc

Digital Edits, a Paid Army: Bloomberg Is ‘Destroying Norms’ on Social Media

SAN FRANCISCO — In the first few months of his presidential campaign, Michael R. Bloomberg has been as aggressive on social media as President Trump was four years ago. But with a lot more money to spend. Mr. Bloomberg has hired popular online personalities to create videos and images promoting his candidacy on social media. […]

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Digital Tax Fight Emerges as Global Economic Threat

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The world’s top economic leaders warned on Saturday that an international tax fight between the United States and Europe poses a new threat to the global economy if a resolution is not reached this year. After two years of economic fallout from a trade war between the United States and China, […]

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New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations

New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google on Thursday, saying the tech giant used its educational products to spy on the state’s children and families. Google collected a trove of students’ personal information, including data on their physical locations, websites they visited, YouTube videos they watched and their voice recordings, Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, […]

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Silicon Valley Heads to Europe, Nervous About New Rules

LONDON — First came Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Then Apple’s senior vice president for artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, showed up. And on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is joining in with his own trip to Brussels to meet with officials like Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice president of […]

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Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

Last year, Ben Zhao decided to buy an Alexa-enabled Echo speaker for his Chicago home. Mr. Zhao just wanted a digital assistant to play music, but his wife, Heather Zheng, was not enthused. “She freaked out,” he said. Ms. Zheng characterized her reaction differently. First she objected to having the device in their house, she […]

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Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Essential Products, a consumer electronics start-up founded by the former Google executive Andy Rubin, said on Wednesday that it was ceasing operations. Once considered one of Silicon Valley’s most promising hardware technology start-ups, Essential had raised $330 million in outside funding because of the track record of Mr. Rubin, who is widely […]

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F.T.C. Broadens Review of Tech Giants, Homing In on Their Deals

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday that it had ordered Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google’s parent company Alphabet and Microsoft to turn over information about past acquisitions, in a broadening of its review of the power of big tech companies. The F.T.C. said it requested information about hundreds of smaller deals made by […]

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She Wants to Break Up Big Everything

WASHINGTON — One night five years ago, Sarah Miller, a former Treasury Department aide, was trying to make sense of an economic recovery that had left the country in the grips of rising inequality. Thinking back to recent news articles about corporate mergers, she Googled “monopolies in America.” Her screen filled with links to articles […]

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Tech Companies Detect a Surge in Online Videos of Child Sexual Abuse

The number of online photos and videos of child sexual abuse reported to the authorities grew by more than 50 percent last year, an indication that many of the world’s biggest technology platforms remain infested with the illegal material. Nearly 70 million of the images and videos were reported to the National Center for Missing […]

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W.H.O. Fights a Pandemic Besides Coronavirus: an ‘Infodemic’

SAN FRANCISCO — With the threat of the coronavirus growing, Aleksandra Kuzmanovic sat at her computer in Geneva on Monday and sent out an important public health email. She works for the World Health Organization and her aim was to assess and stop a global spread — not of the dangerous virus but of hazardous […]

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The Super Bowl’s Real Winner Was … Bill Murray?

Who won the Super Bowl? Technically, the Kansas City Chiefs. But to the brands that shelled out millions to place commercials on the broadcast, the big question is, which ad took the top spot? Was it Bill Murray, playing a jovial version of his jaded TV weatherman character in a Jeep commercial that was a […]

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Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images Is Unveiled by Jigsaw

A doctored, phony image of President Barack Obama shaking hands with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. A real photograph of a Muslim girl at a desk doing her homework with Donald J. Trump looming in the background on television. It is not always easy to tell the difference between real and fake photographs. But the […]

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YouTube Says It Will Ban Misleading Election-Related Content

BOSTON — YouTube said on Monday that it planned to remove misleading election-related content that can cause “serious risk of egregious harm,” the first time the video platform has comprehensively laid out how it will handle such political videos and viral falsehoods. The Google-owned site, which previously had several different policies in place that addressed […]

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IBM, Marriott and Mickey Mouse Take On Tech’s Favorite Law

WASHINGTON — Disney and its powerful trade association have fought to stop the law’s spread abroad. Marriott has asked Congress to amend the law. IBM has a plan to slim it down. An unusual constellation of powerful companies and industries are fighting to weaken Big Tech by limiting the reach of one of its most […]

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Top Antitrust Official Is Said to Recuse Himself From Google Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Makan Delrahim, the head of the antitrust division at the Department of Justice, has recused himself from investigating Google, even as the agency’s examination of the largest tech companies ramps up. Mr. Delrahim, 50, recently removed himself from looking into allegations of anticompetitive practices at Google because of a potential conflict of interest […]

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Super Bowl 2020 Commercials: Funeral for Mr. Peanut, Tears for Google

ImageSuper Bowl 2020 ads, clockwise, from top left: Sabra, Snickers, TurboTax and Bud Light Seltzer.Credit…Sabra; Snickers; TurboTax; Bud Light An audience expected to be around 100 million. Big companies paying as much as $5.6 million for 30 seconds of advertising time. In addition to deciding the National Football League champion, the Super Bowl is the […]

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What to Expect From Super Bowl LIV Commercials

ImageSuper Bowl 2020 ads, clockwise, from top left: Sabra, Snickers, TurboTax and Bud Light Seltzer.Credit…Sabra; Snickers; TurboTax; Bud Light During a polarized time, with the impeachment trial drawing to a close in Washington and the 2020 campaign at a fever pitch in Iowa, the commercials set to be shown during the year’s most-watched television event […]

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Why Google Backtracked on Its New Search Results Look

SAN FRANCISCO — Earlier this month, when Dan Shure was searching on Google for information about butchering meats, he did something he had avoided for the last 20 years: He unknowingly clicked on an ad. Mr. Shure, a 40-year-old consultant who helps companies manage where they appear in Google search, had always thought it was […]

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How Much Are We Paying for Our Subscription Services? A Lot

Online subscriptions sure sound cheap, but what do a few bucks a month to watch TV shows, store photos online and stream music add up to? Quite a lot, it turns out. In 2019, we each spent $640 on digital subscriptions like streaming video and music services, cloud storage, dating apps and online productivity tools, […]

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Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay

Facing an increasing number of requests for its users’ information, Google began charging law enforcement and other government agencies this month for legal demands seeking data such as emails, location tracking information and search queries. Google’s fees range from $45 for a subpoena and $60 for a wiretap to $245 for a search warrant, according […]

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You Are Now Remotely Controlled

The debate on privacy and law at the Federal Trade Commission was unusually heated that day. Tech industry executives “argued that they were capable of regulating themselves and that government intervention would be costly and counterproductive.” Civil libertarians warned that the companies’ data capabilities posed “an unprecedented threat to individual freedom.” One observed, “We have […]

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Put Alexa and Siri to Work

Apple added its Siri assistant to the iPhone 4S model in 2011, giving users a hand-free way to schedule appointments, play music, look up information and perform other basic tasks. Less than a decade later, digital assistants are in a plethora of digital devices, including computers, smart speakers, dashboards and watches, and they can help […]

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Yellow or Blue? In Hong Kong, Businesses Choose Political Sides

HONG KONG — The tapioca pearls at Fred Liu’s bubble teahouse are springy and fresh, just like the fish balls at Elaine Lau’s noodle shop. But that is not the only reason customers flock to these eateries in Hong Kong’s bustling Causeway Bay shopping district. Both are members of the so-called yellow economy, shops that […]

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