This How Google Plans To Win Your Wallet

Imagine never carrying cash again. I know; it’s crazy. Dystopian, even, depending on your point of view. A couple of weeks ago, Alphabet (GOOGL) struck a patent swap deal with Tencent, the Chinese chat, gaming, and payments leader. Many believe the deal is all about re-entering the Chinese market. It’s more than that. Alphabet wants access to your payments...
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Former Google employee files lawsuit alleging the company fired him over pro-diversity posts

A former Google engineer is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, according to court documents filed today. Tim Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, claims that Google fired him when he responded with internal posts and memes to racist and sexist encounters within the company and the...
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The Case Against Google

For search engines like Google, finding that one correct answer becomes particularly difficult when people have numerous parameters they want satisfied: Which vacuum cleaner is cheapest but also energy-efficient and good on thick carpets and won’t scare the dog? To balance those competing preferences, you need a great vertical-search engine, which was something Adam and...
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Google’s firing of James Damore was legal, labor board says

Ex-Googler James Damore. The National Labor Relations Board says the tech giant didn’t break the law when it fired him. The issue has made Damore a poster child for conservatives in the debate over identity politics. Dhillon Law Group Google didn’t break the law when it fired James Damore over a memo that criticized the...
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Google removes ‘view image’ button from search results to make pics harder to steal

Google is making a change to image search today that sounds small but will have a big impact: it’s removing the “view image” button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which allowed you to open the image alone. The button was extremely useful for users, since when you’re searching for a picture, there’s...
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Why Google Stories will save, not screw, Snapchat Discover

There are still a lot of big questions, like how prominently Google will feature AMP Stories in search, whether Google will offer powerful tools for creating them and how advertising revenue splits will be handled. There are no ads in AMP Stories yet, even though the format has been in testing since August. But the...
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Marmite maker Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

One of world’s biggest advertisers says it will avoid platforms that ‘create division’ Julia Kollewe Mon 12 Feb 2018 03.07 EST Last modified on Mon 12 Feb 2018 05.43 EST Unilever brands include Marmite and Pot Noodle. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA The consumer goods multinational Unilever is threatening to withdraw its advertising from online platforms such as Facebook...
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Google fined $21.1M for search bias in India

Another antitrust fine for Google. India’s competition commission has issued a 1.36BN rupees (~$21.1M) penalty on the search giant for abusing its dominant position in the local search market for online general web search and web search advertising services. “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its...
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Why Google’s Bosses Became ‘Unpumped’ About Uber

It’s something Google understands well. Years ago, Google was tightly aligned with Apple. But the relationship soured as Google started developing smartphone software. Steve Jobs, who was Apple’s chief executive, rightly believed that Google’s Android would become a competitive threat to the iPhone. When Google initially invested in Uber in 2013, Larry Page, Google’s chief...
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Google has planted its flag at CES

Google’s here, and it’s planning something big. The company’s presence is impossible to miss as you drive down Paradise Road toward the Las Vegas Convention Center. Like much the rest of the show, the company’s parking lot booth is still under construction today, but the giant, black and white “Hey Google” sign is already hanging...
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