How to Keep Google Home and Chromecast From Giving Hackers Your Location

Google Home and Chromecast users are susceptible to a location privacy leak. The bug was discovered in May, but Google declined to comment until recently, saying it would release an update to fix the problem in mid-July. Craig Young, a researcher with security firm Tripwire, found the bug that leaks extremely accurate location data about...
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Google Thinks It Can Predict When You Will Die

When it comes to its users—roughly 1.17 billion of them—there is very little Google doesn’t know. The company has worked hard to increase our dependency on its products by gathering information about what we want to see, and harnessing that data to streamline our experiences. Tools like predictive search (Google suggesting search queries based on...
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Google has a hard time keeping its black employees

Google’s employee attrition rates are highest for black and Hispanic employees. That’s according to the company’s annual diversity report, released this week. For the first time, the report included data around employee attrition to gauge retention of certain cohorts of employees. According to the report, Google’s difficulty in retaining black Google employees has offset some...
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Google’s ethical AI

Gain a global perspective on the US and go beyond with curated news and analysis from 600 journalists in 50+ countries covering politics, business, innovation, trends and more. Article source: https://www.ft.com/content/51dbc15a-6cdd-11e8-92d3-6c13e5c92914
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Apple and Google are heading in the same direction but on different paths

Developer conference season is behind us, leaving in its wake a huge pile of software updates to come, promises of fancy features, and a slightly clearer direction for where the computer platforms we use every day are going. The last of them is always Apple’s WWDC, and this year, I was struck by a thought...
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Google employee confronts execs over diversity: Many of us feel ‘unsafe’

Google employees are speaking up about their concerns with how the company is handling diversity. In an unusual move, Google (GOOGL) employees partnered with investors to push a proposal at its parent company’s shareholder meeting Wednesday to link executive pay to diversity and inclusion metrics. “It is our belief as investors, as engineers and as...
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Six months later, Google’s Pixel 2 is still one of the best phones in the world

Everything about using Android on Google’s phones is better. Since Google makes Android, its phones always get updates faster than anyone else. And since Google makes Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and all the other Google services you probably already use, you’ll be delighted to find out how tightly those services are tied...
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Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro (roughly $8.8 billion in dollars), were filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems,...
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Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization

Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are launching a machine learning specialization on...
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Google seems to have removed most mentions of ‘Don’t be evil’ from its code of conduct

Marketing Media Money Google’s catchphrase “Don’t be evil” appears to have been all but removed from its corporate code of conduct.According to a report on the Gizmodo website, the company’s code has been edited so “Don’t be evil” appears only once. For example, a sentence that started “The Google Code of Conduct is one of...
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