The Summer of NIMBY in Silicon Valley’s Poshest Town

Moguls and investors from the tech industry, which endorses housing relief, banded together to object to a plan for multifamily homes near their estates in Atherton, Calif.

#affordable-housing, #andreessen-marc-l, #apple-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atherton-calif, #benchmark-capital, #city-councils, #computers-and-the-internet, #draper-timothy-c, #electronic-arts-inc, #felicis-ventures, #google-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #johnson-ronald-b-1959, #kordestani-omid-r-1963, #meta-platforms-inc, #netflix-inc, #palo-alto-networks-inc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #venture-capital, #whetstone-rachel-1968, #wilson-andrew, #zoning

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can’t think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

#altman-samuel-h, #artificial-intelligence, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only, #lemoine-blake, #mitchell-margaret-researcher

Recession? Not for Big Tech.

Many companies are navigating tough times better than investors had feared.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #microsoft-corp, #recession-and-depression, #science-and-technology, #united-states-economy

The Word of the Year Is ‘Uncertainty’

Did tech win the pandemic or not? We likely won’t be able to tell for a while.

#amazon-com-inc, #chen-brian-x, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #netflix-inc, #shopify-inc, #snap-inc

Big Tech Is Proving Resilient as the Economy Cools

Tech companies are slowing their frenetic hiring, but a combination of dominance and diversity is turning out to be — yet again — an overwhelming asset.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #pichai-sundar

The Tech Magic That Unleashed Your Best

Our readers tell us about the surprising ways in which tech has helped them discover new worlds.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mobile-applications

The Google One-Star Review Scam Targeting Restaurants

Emails sent to dozens of restaurants, including those with Michelin stars, threaten a barrage of one-star reviews unless owners pay.

#cyberharassment, #e-mail, #google-inc, #restaurants

Why South Korea Can’t Quit Internet Explorer

Why a country known for blazing broadband and innovative devices remains tethered to a browser abandoned by most of the world long ago.

#chrome-browser, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #software, #south-korea, #web-browsers

Google Says It Will Delete Location Data When Users Visit Abortion Clinics

Under pressure from employees and supporters of reproductive rights, the company announced privacy changes for the post-Roe era.

#abortion, #google-inc, #privacy, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision

Google Says It’s Time for Longtime Small-Business Users to Pay Up

Google is charging some small businesses for email and other apps after more than a decade of free use. Business owners say Google is being callous.

#cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-mail, #google-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #small-business

It’s Not the Future We Can’t See

Possible U.F.O. sightings, A.I. breakthroughs and the Jan. 6 hearings all help us understand how hard it to grasp what is happening right in front of us.

#artificial-intelligence, #google-inc, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #kelly-kevin-1952, #news-and-news-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo

How a Religious Sect Landed Google in a Lawsuit

A video producer claims he was fired after he complained that an obscure group based in the Sierra foothills dominated a business unit at Google.

#computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #google-inc, #kelly-services-inc, #religion-and-belief, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Google Sidelines Engineer Who Claims Its A.I. Is Sentient

Blake Lemoine, the engineer, says that Google’s language model has a soul. The company disagrees.

#artificial-intelligence, #blake-lemoine, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #lecun-yann, #mitchell-margaret-researcher, #research, #walker-kent

What Sheryl Sandberg’s Exit Reveals About Women’s Progress in Tech

Silicon Valley is losing one of its most visible, outspoken and powerful women. Any gains have been incremental at best.

#metoo-movement, #advanced-micro-devices-inc, #all-raise-nonprofit, #alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #autodesk-inc, #bartz-carol-a, #boards-of-directors, #brougher-fancoise, #burns-ursula-m, #california, #carta-inc, #catz-safra, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #fiorina-carleton-s, #friar-sarah, #gadde-vijaya, #google-inc, #herd-whitney-wolfe, #hewlett-packard-enterprise-company, #hiring-and-promotion, #hood-amy, #hyman-jennifer, #instacart, #international-business-machines-corporation, #lake-katrina, #mayer-marissa, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #nextdoor-com-inc, #olivan-javier, #oracle-corporation, #pao-ellen, #pinterest, #project-include, #realreal-inc, #reddit-inc, #rent-the-runway, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #simo-fidji, #social-media, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #stitch-fix-inc, #su-lisa-1969, #twitter, #venture-capital, #wainwright-julie, #wojcicki-susan, #women-and-girls, #xerox-corporation, #yahoo-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

‘Allinllachu.’ Google Translate Adds Quechua to Its Platform.

The addition of one of the most widely spoken Indigenous languages in the Americas could help public servants and health workers connect with their communities. (And by the way, ‘allinllachu’ means hello.)

#andes-mountains, #google-inc, #language-and-languages, #peru, #quechua-language, #translation-and-interpreters

How Illinois Is Winning in the Fight Against Big Tech

In the absence of federal privacy legislation, the state’s law is considered among the nation’s strongest.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #biometrics, #clearview-ai-inc, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #google-inc, #privacy, #social-media

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #austria, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #enterprise-computing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #france, #germany, #google-inc, #great-britain, #india, #kazakhstan, #kenya, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #south-africa, #spain, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications

Russian-Speakers in Tech Rebuild Their Lives in San Francisco

They moved from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries for jobs in the technology industry. Now they are joined by friends fleeing war and repression.

#belarus, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #ukraine

Big Tech Is Getting Clobbered on Wall Street. It’s a Good Time for Them.

Flush with cash, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are positioned to emerge from a downturn stronger and more powerful. As usual.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #chambers-john-t, #cisco-systems-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp

Google’s I/O Conference Offers Modest Vision of the Future

Artificial intelligence is being woven into an array of the company’s products. But the change — for now — is subtle.

#artificial-intelligence, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #san-francisco-calif, #tablet-computers

I Think It’s Fine to Say ‘I Feel Like.’ I Reckon Others Do, Too.

Leaving room for disagreement is gracious, not timid.

#amazon-com-inc, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #pizza

Another Firing Among Google’s A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord

The researchers are considered a key to the company’s future. But they have had a hard time shaking infighting and controversy over a variety of issues.

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #dean-jeff-1968, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #mitchell-margaret-researcher, #pichai-sundar, #research

As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind

Federal privacy bills, security legislation and antitrust laws to address the power of the tech giants have all failed to advance in Congress, despite hand wringing and shows of bipartisan support.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #social-media, #states-us

E.U. Takes Aim at Social Media’s Harms With Landmark New Law

The Digital Services Act would force Meta, Google and others to combat misinformation and restrict certain online ads. How European officials will wield it remains to be seen.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #youtube-com

Obama Calls for More Oversight of Social Media in Speech at Stanford

Tech companies’ power has “turbocharged” political division and requires government scrutiny, the former president said in a speech at Stanford University.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #google-inc, #obama-barack, #palo-alto-calif, #politics-and-government, #project-democracy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #speeches-and-statements, #stanford-university, #tiktok-bytedance, #youtube-com

Barack Obama’s New Role: Fighting Disinformation

The former president has embarked on a campaign to warn that the scourge of online falsehoods has eroded the foundations of democracy.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2016, #project-democracy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #twitter

U.S. Tries New Tactic to Protect Workers’ Pay: Antitrust Law

The Justice Department is using antitrust law to charge employers with colluding to hold down wages. The move adds to a barrage of civil challenges.

#adobe-systems-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #duke-university, #google-inc, #heather-sean, #intel-corporation, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #mekki-doha, #penguin-random-house, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #simonschuster-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-economy, #university-of-north-carolina, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

In a First, Google Goes After Puppy Fraud in Court

The company’s first consumer protection lawsuit, filed Monday, claims a Cameroon man tricked would-be buyers using Gmail and other services.

#aarp, #better-business-bureaus, #california, #cameroon, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #e-commerce, #elderly, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #google-inc, #pets, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Welcome Back to the Office. Isn’t This Fun?

Tech companies really want their employees to be happy — or at least less annoyed — about returning. So they’re providing concerts, food trucks and other perks.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #facebook-inc, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #qualcomm-inc, #workplace-environment

Four-Year College Degree Requirements in Hiring Are Slowly Easing

New research finds companies are starting to rely less on the college filter in hiring. But it remains an obstacle to opportunity for many.

#accenture-ltd, #community-colleges, #google-inc, #hiring-and-promotion, #international-business-machines-corporation, #labor-and-jobs, #microsoft-corp

‘La French Tech’ Arrives Under Macron, but Proves No Panacea

The president has brought innovation, jobs and growth. Still, resentments fester on the eve of the presidential election.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #deliveroo-roofoods-ltd, #e-commerce, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #foreign-investments, #france, #google-inc, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #start-ups, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

How You’re Still Being Tracked on the Internet

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pinterest, #small-business, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Canada to Require Tech Giants to Compensate News Publishers

The bill aims to compensate struggling news organizations, and follows similar moves by Europe and Australia.

#alphabet-inc, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #software

E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power With Landmark Digital Act

The European Union is expected to finalize the Digital Markets Act, the most sweeping legislation to regulate tech since a European privacy law was passed in 2018.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #android-operating-system, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

Toronto’s Tech Industry Is Quietly Booming

For all the excitement around places like Austin and Miami, the biggest tech expansion has been in Canada’s largest city.

#colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hinton-geoffrey-e, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #research, #toronto-ontario, #twitter, #uber-technologies-inc, #university-of-toronto, #university-of-waterloo, #urtasun-raquel

Brazil Bans Telegram Over Disinformation Concerns

The Brazilian Supreme Court has vowed to fight disinformation ahead of this year’s presidential elections. Banning the popular messaging app is its most drastic step yet.

#apple-inc, #brazil, #censorship, #google-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #telegram-llc

Ukrainian Minister Has Turned Digital Tools Into Modern Weapons of War

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s youngest minister, has turned technology, cryptocurrency and social media into modern weapons of war.

#apple-inc, #cancel-culture, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-and-military-forces, #enterprise-computing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #kyiv-ukraine, #meta-platforms-inc, #mykhailo-fedorov, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #software, #ukraine, #virtual-currency, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia, Blocked From the Global Internet, Plunges Into Digital Isolation

Russian authorities and multinational companies have erected a digital barricade between the country and the West, erasing the last remnants of independent information online.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #enterprise-computing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #netflix-inc, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #search-engines, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #youtube-com

A Paranoid Person’s Guide to Preparing for Digital Danger

Russia’s attack may have you wondering what will happen if the conflict spills into cyberthreats beyond Ukraine’s borders. Here’s what you can do to ease your mind.

#content-type-service, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #data-storage, #google-inc, #personal-finances, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Ukraine War Tests the Power of Tech Giants

Google, Meta, Twitter, Telegram and others are levers in the conflict, caught between demands from Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the U.S.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #twitter, #ukraine, #youtube-com

A Fraudster Who Just Can’t Seem to Stop … Selling Eyeglasses

Consider the case of an online retail bully who appears to keep harassing his customers.

#borker-vitaly, #bullies, #counterfeit-merchandise, #customer-relations, #decormyeyes-com, #frauds-and-swindling, #google-inc

Say Hello Again to the Office, Fingers Crossed

Antsy executives have a message for their employees: Plans to return to in-person work are real this time.

#american-express-company, #bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #chevron-corporation, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #express-employment-professionals, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #gorman-james-p, #intuit-inc, #jefferies-group-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #morgan-stanley, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment, #wylde-kathryn-s

Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #duckduckgo, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #search-engines, #social-media

Big Tech Makes a Big Bet: Offices Are Still the Future

Even as they allow some employees to change how often they come into the office, tech companies are rapidly buying and leasing properties around the country.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #salesforce-com-inc, #wework-companies-inc, #zynga-inc

The Rise of Big Tech May Just Be Starting

Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft are expanding their reach over the rest of the economy.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #social-media

Google Plans Privacy Changes, but Promises to Not Be Disruptive

It says it will give other companies plenty of time to adapt to changes to its Android software. Similar changes made by Apple affected big internet companies.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #chrome-browser, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #smartphones

House Passes Bill to Nullify Forced Arbitration in Sex Abuse Cases

The bill would ensure that victims have the option of suing in federal, state or tribal court, depriving perpetrators of a secretive process that can weigh heavily in their favor.

#metoo-movement, #ailes-roger-e, #airbnb, #arbitration-conciliation-and-mediation, #buck-ken, #bustos-cheri, #carlson-gretchen, #facebook-inc, #fox-news-channel, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #google-inc, #graham-lindsey, #law-and-legislation, #microsoft-corp, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wells-fargocompany, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Chip Errors Are Becoming More Common and Harder to Track Down

As the largest computer networks continue to grow, some engineers fear that their smallest components could prove to be an Achilles’ heel.

#advanced-micro-devices-inc, #computer-chips, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-centers, #defective-products, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #intel-corporation, #research

6 Reasons Meta Is in Trouble

The company formerly known as Facebook has hit major turbulence as it suffered its biggest one-day wipeout ever.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Meta Says Apple’s Privacy Changes Could Cost the Company $10 Billion

After Apple made it harder to track people on the internet, even tech giants felt the effects.

#apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #iphone, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #online-advertising, #privacy, #snap-inc, #social-media, #software