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August 13, 2019

Over these past three years of backlash against Silicon Valley’s platform giants, Facebook has absorbed most of the heaviest blows. The tide of public scrutiny has taken a lot longer to catch up with Google. And in a few ways, that’s strange. It is Google that orders the world’s information, commanding an incredible 90 percent share of the search market. It is Google that runs one of the most potent engines of radicalization in the world, YouTube. And in terms of sheer scale, Google puts Facebook in the shade...

August 12, 2019

Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel has reiterated his stance on Google’s presence in China, saying that it is “unprecedented” for a company to refuse contracts with the US military while seeking greater interaction with China.

August 04, 2019

In a scathing New York Times editorial on Friday, Thiel attacked Google for establishing an AI lab in Beijing in 2017 while ending its AI contract “Project Maven” with the Pentagon, after Google employees complained about the use of their research for defense purposes. “Perhaps the most charitable word for these twin decisions would be to call them naive,” Thiel wrote in the New York Times.

July 31, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accuses search giant Google of censoring her message when it briefly suspended her campaign advertising account following the first Democratic presidential debate.

July 24, 2019

The Justice Department is launching a sweeping antitrust review into whether the nation's biggest online platforms are reducing competition or stifling innovation, a development that threatens to heighten the risks for Silicon Valley in the ballooning Washington scrutiny of the power wielded by companies like Google and Facebook.

July 21, 2019

Google’s privacy policy and privacy pages for its home devices do not describe how the company uses workers to review audio. The company’s privacy pages for Google Home say that the company “collects data that's meant to make our services faster, smarter, more relevant, and more useful to you.” Under the heading “Is Google Home recording all of my conversations?” those pages say that no information leaves the device until its wake word is detected--obscuring the fact that the system can mistakenly detect it.

July 15, 2019

Thiel, who supported Trump in 2016 and Facebook board member, made the comments during a speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington. He said the FBI and CIA needed to ask Google three questions to determine if the tech giant had been compromised by Chinese intelligence...

June 04, 2019

The U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential probe of Apple Inc as part of a broader review of whether technology giants are using their size to act in an anti-competitive manner, two sources told Reuters. The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.

May 30, 2019

You're probably aware that Google keeps tabs on what you're up to on its devices, apps, and services--but you might not realize just how far its tracking reach extends, into the places you go, the purchases you make, and much more. It's an extensive set of data, but you can take more control over what Google collects about you and how long the company keeps it. Here's how.

May 15, 2019

There’s a common theme running through the spring season of developer conferences and tech events: trust and privacy. With the tech industry facing a backlash from consumers and regulators, tech giants including Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft are looking to assure everyone that they’re listening. But each company is approaching the issue in a very different way, and with a very different track record on the topic.

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