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Feds, States File 'Huge' Lawsuit Against Google

Antitrust lawsuit targets dominance in digital advertising

(Newser) - The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. The government alleges that Google’s plan to assert dominance has been to "neutralize or eliminate" rivals through acquisitions and to force advertisers to use its products by making it...

More Mass Layoffs, This Time at Google

Alphabet to shed 6% of its workforce, or 12K jobs, citing a 'different economic reality'

(Newser) - Companies are shedding workers like trees shedding leaves and those at Google parent company Alphabet are the latest to feel the winds of change. Citing the "economic reality," the company announced its largest ever job cuts on Friday: It will slash 12,000 jobs worldwide, or about 6%...

Next Year, a Big Change in Watching NFL Games

Sunday Ticket package moving from DirecTV to YouTube in another win for streaming

(Newser) - Football fans with the popular Sunday Ticket package will have to make a switch next season to keep access to all those games. Google's YouTube has outbid DirecTV and acquired the rights, reports the Wall Street Journal . The latter company currently pays the NFL $1.5 billion a year...

Here's What We All Googled in 2022
Here's What We
All Googled in 2022

Here's What We All Googled in 2022

'Wordle' was most popular trending search on search engine this year

(Newser) - Google is out with the words and terms that Americans hunted for the most in 2022, and "Wordle," which is having a moment elsewhere Thursday , topped the list. "Every year, we look back at the moments, people, and trends that sparked our collective curiosity," the company...

Pentagon Splits Up Disputed Cloud Contract

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle will each have a piece of potential $9B deal

(Newser) - The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it has resolved the long-running battle among tech giants for its cloud computing contract by giving everybody a piece of the pie. Google, Oracle, Microsoft, and Amazon each won part of the deal that could total $9 billion by the time the Joint Warfighting Cloud...

Google Doesn't Have All the Answers, Pope Says

Francis counsels young people after Mass for 30K in Bahrain

(Newser) - Pope Francis shifted gears Saturday in his visit to Bahrain to minister to the Gulf's Catholic community, presiding over a huge open-air Mass and then meeting with young people to give them a bit of fatherly advice: Don't just Google your questions about life decisions, he told them....

Dads Took Medical Pictures of Their Sons, Lost Their Google Accounts Forever
Google Deletes Dad's Account
Over Medical Photos of Son
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Google Deletes Dad's Account Over Medical Photos of Son

Man was also investigated by police in San Francisco over images he took for doctor

(Newser) - A San Francisco stay-at-home dad used his Android phone to take pictures of his toddler son's inflamed penis to send to a doctor—and ended up in the middle of a nightmare as a result. Two days after taking the photos in February 2021, the man, identified only by...

Google Workers Fret After Ominous Words From CEO

Pichai warns that productivity is lacking, company isn't 'immune to economic headwinds'

(Newser) - It's been a worrisome few weeks for Google, as profits dipped for the second quarter in a row and hiring was temporarily paused. Now, CEO Sundar Pichai has put out an alert to employees, seeking ideas to boost efficiency and up productivity and warning of an economy that doesn'...

Criminals Use Google Ratings in Widespread Extortion Scam

Scammers are demanding $75, but the damage can cost restaurants a lot more

(Newser) - A new extortion scam is hitting popular restaurants from coast to coast. According to the New York Times, cyber criminals start by leaving a few one-star Google ratings, followed by an email threatening to continue the bombardment unless the victim forks over a $75 Google Play card. In their message,...

Google to Remove Location Data After Visits to Clinics

Tech companies face pressure over user information after abortion ruling

(Newser) - Google has announced that it will remove users’ location history entries soon after they visit an abortion provider, after facing pressure over fears the information could be used in prosecutions. An executive detailed the privacy change in a blog post Friday, the Hill reports, saying it will take effect in...

After Ruling, Americans Flood Google With a New Question

Canada has sounded welcoming, but clinics report waits

(Newser) - Crossing state borders has become a big issue after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, but Americans aren't just thinking about driving from Missouri to Illinois or Arizona to California. Google searches for "how to move to Canada from US" jumped 850% in the hour after...

Google Engineer Makes Alarming Claim About Chatbot
Google Engineer Makes
Alarming Claim About Chatbot
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Google Engineer Makes Alarming Claim About Chatbot

Blake Lemoine suspended over claims AI device is sentient, but many are skeptical he's correct

(Newser) - Have our computer overlords arrived? The Washington Post has an intriguing story about a Google engineer who argues that an artificially intelligent chatbot he was testing became sentient. If Blake Lemoine is correct, it might be step one of a sci-fi nightmare that critics of AI have long warned about....

Judge: Warrant for Google Location History Was Unconstitutional

Cops used 'geofence warrant' to find people who were near scene of bank robbery

(Newser) - A warrant that used Google location history to find people near the scene of a 2019 bank robbery violated their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches, a federal judge has ruled. The decision—believed to be the first of its kind—could make it more difficult for police to continue using...

What You Should Know About Alphabet's Stock-Split News

Entry point into investing in Google parent company will be lower in July

(Newser) - Alphabet has had plenty of people doing division over the last day, after the Google parent company announced a planned 20-for-1 stock split, the Wall Street Journal reports. What does this mean for the value of the stock, the future of Alphabet and its subsidiaries, and the stock market at...

Googleplex Architect: Places Like This Are 'Dangerous'

Clive Wilkinson says megaplex discourages work-life balance, innovation

(Newser) - Loaded with gourmet meals, fitness classes, swimming pools, athletic courts, and so much more, Googleplex seems like a dream come true for most office employees. However, the architect who designed it says in hindsight that what he created fosters a “dangerous” dependency between employees and their employer, per NPR...

Plaintiffs Nab Small Victory in Google Privacy Case

Judge rules that Sundar Pichai can be questioned regarding complaint about Chrome browser

(Newser) - If you use Google Chrome and don't want the web browser to remember where you've been, you can head into "Incognito" mode, which ostensibly keeps your activity private. A lawsuit now brings under the microscope the meaning of what "private" actually means, and a California federal...

Russian Court Delivers Huge Fine to Google

Meta also gets hit, for failing to delete banned content

(Newser) - A Moscow court on Friday slapped Google with a nearly $100 million fine and also fined Facebook’s parent company Meta $27 million over their failure to delete content banned by local law, per the AP . The Tagansky District Court ruled that Google repeatedly neglected to remove the banned content...

This Year's Stock Market Rise Has a Potential Hitch

It hinges on 5 big stocks, which makes investors worried

(Newser) - If your 401(k) has done well in 2021, a Goldman Sachs analysis points to five key reasons:
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Nvidia
  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Tesla

Profits at Google's Parent Firm Jump 68%

Rebound in digital ad spending meant big bucks for Alphabet

(Newser) - A continued rebound in digital ad spending at Google drove its parent company's profit up 68% in the third quarter. Alphabet Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $18.94 billion, or $27.99 per share, in the July-September period. Revenue rose 41% to $65.12 billion, more than $1....

Google Makes Big Move on Climate Change Denial

Company to restrict ads on Google, YouTube that promote climate change misinformation

(Newser) - Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate-change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. The company said Thursday in a blog post that the new policy will...

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