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Google to ditch mandatory-arbitration policy after mass protest

Forced arbitration is a corporate practice whereby employees waive their right to take some employer disputes to court and instead must settle the matters privately.

Google wants to develop and tax 350 acres of Toronto

Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit is proposing it get a share of property taxes, development fees, and the rising value of Toronto city land as part of a deal to build a smart city, according to the company’s slide presentation made public on Friday.

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Sydney - The head of Australia's competition watchdog warned Monday that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism.

Google to help users spot 'dodgy websites'

Google is to do more to help users of Chrome to spot websites that are set-up to trick people into handing over personal information. These types of websites often seek to impersonate another brand by using certain letters and numbers.

Google seeks reversal of Oracle’s Android copyright ruling

Google has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court reverse a ruling that has resurrected a billion-dollar copyright case brought by Oracle that dates to 2010. Nine years ago Oracle filed suit claiming Google infringed its Java intellectual property.

Google to appeal 50-million-euro French data consent fine

Paris - Google said Wednesday it would appeal a record 50-million-euro fine imposed by France's data regulator for failing to meet the EU's strict new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Aussie businesses complain Google sending outback tourists off the map

Sydney - Tourism operators in Australia's vast outback say wild inaccuracies in Google Maps are making remote hot spots appear out of reach, deterring people from visiting the region.

Google's two-story theme park ride triumphs at CES 2019

There were many ways the companies tried to attract attention at CES. However, the crowning glory was a specially constructed theme park ride from Google.

Op-Ed: How artificial intelligence will redesign the world

Sydney - The mega-hype surrounding artificial intelligence includes geopolitical, social, economic and many other factors. It's starting to look, however, like artificial intelligence will spring more than a few unexpected surprises on the world, and soon.

From 'world cup' to 'Meghan Markle' — Google top trends for 2018

Google, as it does each year, has revealed the top search words and phrases of 2018. This is a mix of global trends and country specific preferences. Globally the 'world cup' topped both the overall searches and news categories.

Google 'must scrap censored Chinese search plans': NGOs

Fpo - Google must abandon its development of a censored search engine for China, dozens of NGOs demanded Tuesday, warning personal data would not be safe from Beijing authorities.

Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

Washington - Google said Thursday it was tweaking its translation application with the goal of reducing gender bias.The move comes amid criticism that Google Translate often defaulted to masculine names when it converted text to another language.

Google employees ready to strike over China censorship deal

A number of Google employees are building up a strike fund in preparation for industrial action should Google continue to push ahead with a search engine for China that will be equipped with censorship features requested by the Chinese government.

Google agrees to tighten up on political adverts

To address criticism and suspicion in relation to online advertising, Google is to tighten its political advertising policies ahead of 2019 European Union elections.

EU turns eye to 'fake' Google shopping rivals

Apo - The EU's top competition enforcer said Brussels was taking a closer look at allegations that Google had helped introduce false price comparison sites to answer a historic ruling against the search engine giant.

Fresh concerns with Google’s health app

London - A health app called Streams, that was built by artificial intelligence company DeepMind, is to be operated by Google. This has sparked new data privacy concerns.

Google workers walk out in global protest over harassment

San Francisco - Thousands of Google employees joined a coordinated worldwide walkout Thursday to protest the US tech giant's handling of sexual harassment as the chief vowed "concrete steps are coming" in response to the concern.

Another exec out amid sex harassment tension at Google

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Wednesday confirmed that an executive accused of sexual harassment left the company without an exit package as tension over its handling of such matters heightened.

Google abandons plans for Berlin campus after protests

Berlin - Internet giant Google confirmed Thursday morning it is abandoning plans to establish a campus for tech startups in Berlin after protests from residents worried about gentrification.

Google makes it easier to delete search history

When you delete your search history on Google you don't delete the searches from Google's servers. Moreover, when you sign into your Google account your deleted searches are still there. Google has now introduced a change.

Sundar Pichai spoke about Google's China plans for the first time

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai commented publicly for the first time on the company's efforts to launch a censored search engine in China.

Op-Ed: Google the censor? The internet vs free speech?

Sydney - Google’s role as top dog comes with a few lead weights. One of the big issues is growing disquiet about the power of big platforms. A strange tale has unfolded after a leak of Google internal documents defining the big problems.

Google's new phone software aims to end telemarketer calls

The feature lets you use Google Assistant to answer phone calls — it instantly transcribes the phone call and lets you choose if you want to pick up.

Google+ to be shut down after data breach

Google+, Google's attempt to create a social media network to rival Facebook, is shutting down. This comes after users' data has been reported to have been exposed, an incident that dates back to March to 2018.

Google, Facebook agree EU 'fake news' code of conduct

Apo - Major tech companies including Facebook and Google agreed Wednesday on a code of conduct to combat online disinformation in the European Union, although critics said the commitments were too weak.

Google to use AI to predict natural disasters

Google has announced plans to work with the Central Water Commission of India. For this Google will use artificial intelligence to alert people in India about impending floods.

Google started logging people into Chrome without their consent

A security expert has discovered that Google had quietly made important changes to Chrome's login requirements. Matthew Green spotted that Google was logging users into Chrome without their knowledge.

Google ex-CEO Eric Schmidt says Internet to split in two by 2028

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that he believes the internet will split in two within a decade. He told an audience at a private event in San Francisco that he foresees a break between the Chinese-led internet and the non-Chinese led internet.

Google staff discussed ways to fight Trump travel ban: WSJ

Washington - Google employees discussed how to counter President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban by modifying search functions to help people contribute to immigration advocacy groups and contact lawmakers, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

IKEA and Accenture are following in Google's footsteps

Home Depot, IKEA, and Accenture are examples of major companies with innovation labs. Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a famous innovation lab called X.
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