Why Some Workers Are Getting All the Covid Tests They Need

In the absence of a national effort to make coronavirus testing widely available, a number of big American companies ramped up their own, making tests available for a select group of workers.

#blackrock-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #medicine-and-health, #microsoft-corp, #morgan-stanley, #tests-medical, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Let Marjorie Taylor Greene Keep Her Social Media Accounts

We’ve ceded too much control over our speech to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

Google Infringed on Speaker Technology Owned by Sonos, Trade Court Rules

The company will not be allowed to import products that infringe on Sonos patents, including smart speakers, video streaming devices and some computers and phones.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #sonos-inc, #speakers-audio, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-international-trade-commission

Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find

A new study analyzed nearly 1,500 episodes, showing the extent to which podcasts pushed misinformation about voter fraud.

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Why Banks Are Slow to Embrace Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.

#amazon-com-inc, #bank-of-america-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #capital-one-financial-corporation, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #microsoft-corp, #morgan-stanley, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada.

Public safety officials warned that alternate routes offered by apps like Google Maps and Waze don’t always take into account hazards to drivers.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #geography, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #google-maps, #maps, #mobile-applications, #navigation, #nevada, #plumas-county-calif, #reno-nev, #roads-and-traffic, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transportation-department-calif, #truckee-calif, #washoe-county-nev, #waze-mobile

Big Tech Journeys Into the Virtual Reality Reaches of the Metaverse

Tech’s biggest companies are joining game makers and start-ups in pursuit of an immersive digital world that some have been working on for years.

#apple-inc, #augmented-reality-computers, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #intel-corporation, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Lawmakers Urge Tech Companies to ‘Mitigate Harm’ of Suicide Website

A House committee is seeking briefings from search engines and web-hosting companies whose services might have been leveraged by the site, which has been linked to numerous deaths.

#blumenthal-richard, #cloudflare-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #microsoft-corp, #search-engines, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-politics-and-government

The New Get-Rich-Faster Job in Silicon Valley: Crypto Start-Ups

Tech executives and engineers are quitting Google, Meta, Amazon and other large companies for what they say is a once-in-generation opportunity with crypto.

#amazon-com-inc, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #entrepreneurship, #executive-compensation, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #marcus-david-a, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #social-media, #start-ups, #virtual-currency, #wages-and-salaries

Google Pledged to Remove Ads From Climate Denial Sites, but Many Still Run

Researchers found ads placed by Google on sites that falsely call global warming a hoax. The revenue those sites earn from the ads can fund further misinformation.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states, #youtube-com

Senators Question Califf, the F.D.A. Nominee, on Opioid Crisis and Pandemic Response

A Senate panel hearing on Tuesday signaled that Dr. Robert Califf, who briefly led the agency during the Obama administration, had some bipartisan support.

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

To plan for safe travels and gatherings this holiday season, here are some simple ways to take your Covid-related health data with you.

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

Ifeoma Ozoma, who accused Pinterest of discrimination, has become a key figure in helping tech employees disclose, and fight, mistreatment at work.

#apple-inc, #black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #ifeoma-ozoma, #law-and-legislation, #nondisclosure-agreements, #pinterest, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What Your Flight History Reveals About Your Carbon Footprint

Google Flights now shows your carbon footprint. Will it change the way you buy plane tickets? 

#airlines-and-airplanes, #business-travel, #carbon-dioxide, #consumer-behavior, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #kayak-com, #mann-michael-e, #thanksgiving-day, #travel-and-vacations

Social Media Is Polluted With Climate Denialism

Climate misinformation is rampant on social media. Is there anything to be done?

#advertising-and-marketing, #avaaz-org, #exxon-mobil-corp, #facebook-inc, #global-warming, #google-inc, #haugen-frances, #heartland-institute, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

You Are the Object of Facebook’s Secret Extraction Operation

Ending data extraction is the key to ending surveillance capitalism.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #privacy, #united-states

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

European antitrust regulators said Google gave preferential treatment to its own price-comparison shopping service over rival services.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #fines-penalties, #general-court-european-union, #google-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines, #vestager-margrethe

Google Temps Fought Loss of Pandemic Bonus. And Won.

When a Google staffing agency reneged on a promise to pay an attendance bonus, temps who are part of the company’s union organized and forced it to backtrack.

#adecco-sa, #alphabet-inc, #alphabet-workers-union, #data-centers, #google-inc, #iowa, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries

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

Three years ago, the company walked away from a Defense Department project after employees objected to it. Now the company is working on a new proposal for the Pentagon.

#amazon-com-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #google-inc, #israel, #kurian-thomas-r-1966, #microsoft-corp, #pichai-sundar, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Eric Schmidt Discusses the Dangers of A.I.

Will we end up as the family pet?

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #schmidt-eric-e, #social-media, #the-age-of-a-i-book

8 Companies That Changed Their Names to Signal a Strategy Shift

Facebook said on Thursday that it was rebranding as Meta, taking a step to distance itself from the controversies it faces. How has this corporate strategy worked for other companies?

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

Facebook said on Thursday that it was rebranding as Meta, taking a step to distance itself from the controversies it faces. How has this corporate strategy worked for other companies?

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

With long battery life and nice cameras, the new Google devices excel at what popular phones have done for years. Is that enough?

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #batteries, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #google-inc, #innovation, #iphone, #japanese-language, #mobile-applications, #photography, #smartphones, #software, #translation-and-interpreters

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

The congressman discusses the future of his party and why he’s teaming up with Democrats on a bipartisan effort that could break up big tech.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #audio-neutral-informative, #buck-ken, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Quietly built over two years, the Kremlin’s censorship infrastructure gives it sweeping power to block sites. Many fear a new age of digital isolation.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #enterprise-computing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roskomnadzor, #russia, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #twitter, #youtube-com

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

An animal rights group said the site had ignored efforts to get clear violations taken down. YouTube said it had removed hundreds of thousands.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #google-inc, #lady-freethinker, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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

If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smoking-and-tobacco, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

How to Find ‘Stalkerware’ on Your Devices

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #calculators, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #domestic-violence, #google-inc, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #smartphones, #software, #stalking-crime

Ozy’s Board Starts Investigation Following Times Report

The New York Times’s media columnist, Ben Smith, reported that Ozy’s chief operating officer had apparently impersonated a YouTube executive during a conference call with Goldman Sachs bankers.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #new-york-times, #ozy-media-inc, #rao-samir, #watson-carlos-1969, #youtube-com

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

Investors, weighing the prospect of the Federal Reserve preparing to reduce its purchases of government debt, sold off bonds, pushing the 10-year’s yield to its highest level since June.

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Voice Assistants Don’t Understand Us. They Should.

Even for new technologies, accessibility matters.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #disabilities, #google-inc, #stuttering, #voice-and-speech, #voice-recognition-systems

Google to Spend $2.1 Billion on Manhattan Office Building

The technology giant has built a sprawling campus on the West Side of Manhattan and has 12,000 employees in the city.

#google-inc, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial

Google Blocks More Anti-Kremlin Content as Vote in Russia Winds Down

The search giant agreed to Moscow’s requests to restrict access to online videos and documents being used by allies of the imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, activists said.

#communist-party-of-the-russian-federation, #elections, #google-inc, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zyuganov-gennadi-a

Google and Apple Remove App Aimed at Spurring Protest Voting in Russia

The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-russia

The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #chrome-browser, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #innovation, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #privacy, #small-business, #software, #web-browsers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

What the Privacy Battle Upending the Internet Means for You

Get ready for more random ads online, higher prices and subscriptions galore. But your privacy concerns may still not fade.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #software, #web-browsers

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.

#dictionaries, #english-language, #google-inc, #language-and-languages, #merriam-webster-inc, #wikipedia

How Apple’s Changes to Its Store Could Benefit App Developers

After a judge opened up a way to avoid Apple’s commission on their sales, companies big and small are seeing dollar signs.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #google-inc, #iphone, #match-group-inc, #mobile-applications, #sweeney-tim-1970

Google Could Be Violating Labor Laws With Pay for Temp Workers

The company realized months ago that it could be running afoul of pay laws in a number of countries but has been slow to fix the problem, according to internal documents.

#adecco-sa, #alphabet-inc, #australia, #brazil, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #outsourcing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #temporary-employment, #wages-and-salaries

If You Never Met Your Co-Workers in Person, Did You Even Work There?

As the pandemic drags on, more people are beginning and leaving new jobs without once seeing their colleagues face-to-face, leading to an easy-come, easy-go attitude toward workplaces.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dapper-labs-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #pricewaterhousecoopers, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Meet the Freedom Phone, a Smartphone for Conservatives

A 22-year-old Bitcoin millionaire wants Republicans to ditch their iPhones for a low-end handset that he hopes to turn into a political tool.

#apple-inc, #bitcoin-currency, #censorship, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservatism-us-politics, #finman-erik, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gab-ai-inc, #google-inc, #parler-llc, #politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Is Said to Accelerate Google Advertising Inquiry

The moves may result in a second antitrust lawsuit against Google before the end of the year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Phone Upgrade Guide: Should You Buy Now or Wait?

Apple, Samsung and others want us to replace our phones constantly, but many of our problems with current devices can be fixed.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #batteries, #cameras, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #data-storage, #google-inc, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #samsung-group, #smartphones, #software

Apple and Google’s Fight in Seoul Tests Biden in Washington

A proposal in the South Korean legislature is an early test of how forcefully the Biden administration will defend the companies abroad while trying to trim their power at home.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #south-korea, #united-states-international-relations

Workers Can’t Wait to Return, but Delta Variant Upends Plans

As coronavirus cases rise and companies keep workplaces closed, frustrated employees can’t wait to return to their cubicles.

#blackveatch, #coronavirus-reopenings, #google-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

Who Gets the L.L.C.? Inside a Silicon Valley Billionaire’s Divorce.

A couple are heading to court to decide who is entitled to a fortune, started in the earliest days of Google, that includes valuable California real estate and stock holdings.

#allison-huynh, #alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #google-inc, #marriages, #scott-hassan

The Illusion of Privacy Is Getting Harder to Sell

The illusion of privacy is getting harder and harder to maintain.

#apple-inc, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #nso-group, #privacy

Meet the Man Who Wants You to Give Up Google

Sridhar Ramaswamy ran the tech giant’s lucrative ad machine. Now he’s betting on a new business model for search.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #neeva-inc, #ramaswamy-sridhar, #search-engines

Tech Workers Who Swore Off the Bay Area Are Coming Back

Critics said the pandemic would make the industry flee San Francisco and its southern neighbor, Silicon Valley. But tech can’t seem to quit its gravitational center.

#austin-tex, #bay-area-rapid-transit, #cisco-systems-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #google-inc, #hewlett-packard-company, #musk-elon, #oracle-corporation, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #twitter

Trump Announces Suit Against Facebook, Twitter & Google Over Bans

Speaking about “freedom of speech” and the First Amendment — which applies to the government, not to private-sector companies — Mr. Trump called his lawsuit a “very beautiful development.”

#facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #twitter