Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare PushTim Pannell/Corbis/Getty ImagesAlphabet’s London-based AI lab DeepMind made history in 2016 when its AlphaGo software defeated a champion at the complex board game Go. On Tuesday the company said it was handing off a seemingly much simpler software challenge: a healthcare app for hospital staff called Streams being tested by UK hospitals.That project and its staff will be transferred to DeepMind’s much larger sister Google.

Google Internet Traffic Wasn't Hijacked, But It Was Out of Control

Google Internet Traffic Wasn't Hijacked, But It Was Out of Control

On Monday, a Google spokesperson said that the company didn't see signs of malicious hijacking, and instead suspected that the Nigerian ISP Main One had accidentally caused the problem."The problem here is a failure to apply basic best current practices to these routing sessions."Roland Dobbins, NetscoutThere are minimum best practices that ISPs should implement to keep BGP routes on the up and up.

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

The new firms were instead devoted to spreading sweetness and light, goodwill toward all men—whether access to information (Google), good books for cheap (Amazon), or the building of a global community (Facebook).Not only did they not charge high prices, sometimes they didn’t even charge at all.

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

For Republicans, it’s an opportunity to press forward on reforms to healthcare and tax policy that evaded them in the first two years of the Trump presidency.This election also comes at a critical time for the tech industry, when members of both parties are beginning to challenge the dominance of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

How Elvis Introduced Paul McCartney to the Remote Control

How Elvis Introduced Paul McCartney to the Remote Control

But McCartney says it was the King's TV he remembers best."I think the most amazing thing besides actually just meeting him was he had the first remote television channel changer that we'd ever seen, 'cause you know, it was that year when they came out," McCartney remembers."He was just aiming it at the TV, and the channels were changing and we go 'Whoa!

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

In our research, we used Google search histories to measure the climate change awareness in different communities, and to show how awareness maps (like the one below) can help better target funding and resources.

Everything You Should Do Before—And After—You Lose Your Phone

Everything You Should Do Before—And After—You Lose Your Phone

You can use both Find My Device and Find My iPhone to remotely wipe your smartphone too, however, which can help protect your data whether your handset has gone missing or been deliberately snatched.Protect the Lock ScreenThink about all the apps you're automatically signed into on your phone: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, perhaps, plus your email accounts and maybe even a shopping account or two as well.

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Security News this Week: IBM Made Cops a Tool to Search Surveillance Video by Skin ColorCasey Chin/Getty ImagesTech went to Washington this week, and their biggest problems followed them.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faced Congress, and though Google CEO Larry Paige was invited, he declined to make the trip—a move that didn’t ingratiate him with Congressional watchdog Mark Warner.

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and YouTube may have kicked Jones off their platforms (and tanked his traffic in the process), but they still can't seem to shake the toxicity he propagates and personifies.'There's no clear and easy path forward.'Senator Richard BurrMembers of Congress mostly ignored the sideshow swirling around the internet trolls in the audience, instead questioning Dorsey and Sandberg on the fine line between allowing free speech and preventing harassment and disinformation campaigns.

Facebook's Conservative Watchdog Will Take McCain's Senate Seat

Facebook's Conservative Watchdog Will Take McCain's Senate Seat

In late August, The New York Times reported that an extremely small group of Facebook employees have internally argued that the company isn't welcoming to conservative viewpoints.In recent months, a number of conservative lawmakers, including President Trump, have also accused tech companies like Google and Facebook of suppressing right-wing content, and have questioned whether they should be regulated as a result.Kyl’s appointment comes just one day before representatives from Twitter, Google, and Facebook are set to testify again before the Senate.In April, for example, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, half a dozen Republican lawmakers questioned whether the social network had suppressed content produced by conservative commentators Diamond and Silk.

Google Wants to Kill the URL

Google Wants to Kill the URL

And the group won't offer any examples at this point of the types of schemes they are considering.The focus right now, they say, is on identifying all the ways people use URLs to try to find an alternative that will enhance security and identity integrity on the web while also adding convenience for everyday tasks like sharing links on mobile devices."I don’t know what this will look like, because it’s an active discussion in the team right now," says Parisa Tabriz, director of engineering at Chrome.

How Google Chrome Spent a Decade Making the Web More Secure

How Google Chrome Spent a Decade Making the Web More Secure

So the original design of Chrome had two big pieces: auto-updates to make sure you always had the most updated version, and the Chrome sandbox to make sure that if there was a vulnerability that could be exploited we could confine that within the sandbox."'I will be very, very upset if three to five years from now password phishing is still something that we don’t feel we’ve largely solved.'Justin Schuh, Chrome EngineerThese features that set Chrome apart in 2008 are now an industry standard, but at the time Google received criticism for its new browser's big bets.

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

That background has served the senator well since news broke that Facebook, Google, and Twitter all enabled foreign influence campaigns during the 2016 election.Warner, who acts as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has driven much of the conversation around what to do with these giants' unimaginable and unchecked power.