Tag: Google Inc

How to Store Your Covid Vaccine Card or Test Results on Your Phone

The state of the digital Covid vaccine card — the bar code that we store on our phones and present to businesses and venues as proof of inoculation — is chaotic. While some states, like California and New York, accept digital records as proof of vaccination to allow entry into restaurants and other businesses, states […]

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Ifeoma Ozoma Blew the Whistle on Pinterest. Now She Protects Whistle-Blowers.

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill to expand protections for people who speak up about discrimination in the workplace. A new website arrived to offer tech workers advice on how to come forward about mistreatment by their employers. And Apple responded to a shareholder proposal that asked it to assess how […]

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What Your Flight History Reveals About Your Carbon Footprint

That’s what Google engineers in Zurich hoped would happen when they pioneered this project in 2019, the year that “flygskam” took off as a phrase in English-speaking countries. They designed the algorithm to factor in the fuel efficiency of each aircraft’s engine as well as the number of passengers that can fit on board that […]

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Social Media Is Polluted With Climate Denialism

Employees at Facebook have wrestled internally with how to approach climate change misinformation since at least 2019, according to documents released by the former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. According to one exchange, an employee seemed flummoxed by the company’s refusal to remove posts featuring climate change denial, because global warming is not a matter of […]

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You Are the Object of Facebook’s Secret Extraction Operation

As we move into the third decade of the 21st century, surveillance capitalism is the dominant economic institution of our time. In the absence of countervailing law, this system successfully mediates nearly every aspect of human engagement with digital information. The promise of the surveillance dividend now draws surveillance economics into the “normal” economy from […]

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Google Loses Appeal of $2.8 Billion E.U. Antitrust Fine

In a major ruling that bolsters the European Union’s efforts to clamp down on the world’s largest technology companies, Google lost an appeal on Wednesday to overturn a landmark antitrust ruling by European regulators against the internet giant. The decision by the Luxembourg-based General Court related to a 2017 decision by the European Commission, the […]

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Google Temps Fought Loss of Pandemic Bonus. And Won.

Ned McNally, a temp worker at Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, received notice in August that he would get a $200 weekly bonus until the end of the year for working a full week. It was a nod to the labor shortages ravaging businesses during the pandemic. But by October, Mr. McNally and […]

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Google Wants to Work With the Pentagon Again, Despite Employee Concerns

Three years after an employee revolt forced Google to abandon work on a Pentagon program that used artificial intelligence, the company is aggressively pursuing a major contract to provide its technology to the military. The company’s plan to land the potentially lucrative contract, known as the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability, could raise a furor among […]

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Eric Schmidt Discusses the Dangers of A.I.

The first time I interviewed Eric Schmidt, a dozen years ago when he was the C.E.O. of Google, I had a simple question about the technology that has grown capable of spying on and monetizing all our movements, opinions, relationships and tastes. “Friend or foe?” I asked. “We claim we’re friends,” Schmidt replied coolly. Now […]

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Here Are 8 Companies That Changed Their Names to Signal a Strategy Shift

Rebranding a company amid a crisis or as a way to signal a shift in focus has been a popular corporate strategy for decades. But does it really help companies shed their image issues, or do customers see a name change as window dressing? According to one expert, rebranding is often used to update a […]

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Google Pixel 6 Review: Playing Catch-Up With the iPhone

For half a decade, Google, the maker of Android, the world’s most widely used phone software, has had a dream to make a best-selling phone that rivals the gold standard, the iPhone. Google’s Pixel phones have consistently received positive reviews but sell tepidly because of a major weakness: They have relied on off-the-shelf parts from […]

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Why Republican Ken Buck Believes in Antitrust and Doesn’t Believe in the ‘Big Lie’

Produced by ‘Sway’ Representative Ken Buck has joined forces with the Democratic congressman David Cicilline and others to push through a package of antitrust legislation that could prove damning to companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. “As a conservative, I don’t think big is bad. I think big is great,” he says. But at […]

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Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Russia’s boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms. The messages, sent by Russia’s powerful internet regulator, demanded technical details — like traffic numbers, equipment specifications and connection speeds — from companies that provide internet and telecommunications services across the country. […]

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YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban

But Nina Jackel, founder of Lady Freethinker, said in an interview that there was no gray area with many of the animal abuse videos, and that a company of YouTube’s size and resources should be able to identify and remove these clear violations. Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokeswoman, said the company had expanded its policy […]

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Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

WASHINGTON — “Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers. “I think that that’s an appropriate analogy,” Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, added later. The whistle-blower’s testimony, and the thousands […]

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How to Find ‘Stalkerware’ on Your Devices

Fighting stalkerware is tough. You may not suspect it’s there. Even if you did, it can be difficult to detect since antivirus software only recently began flagging these apps as malicious. Here’s a guide to how stalkerware works, what to look out for and what to do about it. The Different Types of Stalkerware Surveillance […]

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Ozy’s Board Starts Investigation Following Times Report

The board of directors of Ozy, a digital media company, said on Tuesday that it had hired a law firm to investigate its “business activities” after a New York Times report raised questions about the company’s practices. In a statement, the board said it had hired Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, a large international […]

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S&P 500 Drops 2% in Worst Day Since May

“There’s no doubt that the equity market does not like higher rates — there’s just no debate about it,” Ralph Axel, director of U.S. Rates Strategy at Bank of America. Lauren Goodwin, an economist at New York Life Investments, wrote in a note to clients that investors have begun seeking out safer investments while weighing […]

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