Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

As part of this internal advocacy work, Fong-Jones had become attuned to the way discussions about diversity on internal forums were beset by men like Cernekee, Damore, and other coworkers who were “just asking questions.” To her mind, Google's management had allowed these dynamics to fester for too long, and now it was time for executives to take a stand.

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Using Streams, physicians could be alerted to predictions of acute kidney injury, says Dominic King, a former surgeon who leads DeepMind’s health effort—and eventually other conditions as well, like sepsis or pancreatitis.

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

New Google Gestures, the Capital One Hacker, and More News

The touchless phone-gestures of the future are here, the Capital One hacker didn't cover her tracks, and we've got some suggestions for cleaning up your air.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Well, we have some new details on Google Stadia 's approach to the cloud, a look at Nintendo's evolving customer service procedures, and a very good game recommendation. Remember last week, when I talked about Joy-Con drift, a huge problem affecting a lot of people's Nintendo Switch controllers?

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism.

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News. Canine cancer research could also help humans, there's an Amazon phishing scam to watch out for, and Facebook gets hit with a record settlement.

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News. Amazon makes an expensive pledge to its workers, a hacker group hits 17,000 domains, and butt plugs are being used for scientific research. A card-skimming hacker group hit 17,000 domains and counting.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Now Nokia is launching a new version of the router, one that’s supposed to appeal to more cost-conscious people who don’t need a bunch of beacons in their home.

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

The Simple Way Apple and Google Let Domestic Abusers Stalk Victims

With a few seconds of physical access to a phone, even apps as common as Google Maps and Apple's Find My Friends can be tweaked to persistently share a user's location with another contact while offering the phone's owner no notification or warning, the researchers told me.

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

"The net result is that we can perform this computation without exposing any individual data and only getting the aggregate result," says Amanda Walker, a privacy tools and infrastructure engineering manager at Google.

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News. There's a new scam getting after your Google Calendar, you can now control TVs with your eyes, and it's time to get your smorgasbord of cell phone photos organized.

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

A Tour of How We clean stuff .The advanced features inside Google Photos leverage Google's computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to automatically organize your photos, bridling the never-ending torrent of images like Kahleesi taming the Dothraki horde.

Tricky Scam Plants Phishing Links in Your Google Calendar

Tricky Scam Plants Phishing Links in Your Google Calendar

Scammers are taking advantage of default calendar settings to try to trick users into clicking malicious links. "For the calendar attack, the scammers use a prepared email list to send their fraudulent invitations," says Maria Vergelis, a security researcher at Kaspersky who has been following the method.

How Kevin Durant Got Hurt, Why Coffee May Soon Be Gone, and More News

How Kevin Durant Got Hurt, Why Coffee May Soon Be Gone, and More News

We talked to medical experts about what really happened with Kevin Durant's Achilles tendon, we learned what foods you can kiss goodbye thanks to climate change, and we put together a list of Father's Day deals you can still get before Sunday.

Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide

Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide

At the same time, corporations like Google have built programs that make it easier to access online content in different languages, like Google Translate.

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Which means that today, when you register a site through Google that uses ".app," ".dev," or ".page," that page and any you build off of it are automatically added to a list that all mainstream browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, check when they're setting up encrypted web connections.

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

The point of a Pixel device has never been how it looks, but the features it packs in.“What they’re doing is leaking a design,” says Tuong Nguyen, a tech industry analyst for the research firm Gartner.

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Another issue is that antitrust laws are intended to address competition problems, not some of the other concerning practices of big tech companies, like how they handle consumer data . To comprehensively regulate companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the government needs to pass new laws.

More Trouble for Huawei: No More Facebook on New Phones

More Trouble for Huawei: No More Facebook on New Phones

Facebook's decision is the latest fallout from the US government's decision last month to add Huawei to a list of companies that, due to national security concerns, must get permission to buy US-made technology, including software.

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

In those moments, Google has to triage among not just user traffic but also the network’s control plane, which tells the network where to route traffic, and management traffic, which encompasses the sort of administrative tools that Google engineers would need to correct, say, a configuration problem that knocks a bunch of the internet offline.

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Why Google Would Drop $2.6 Billion on an Analytics Company

Today the company's cloud computing division announced that it will pay $2.6 billion for the business intelligence/analytics company Looker. Vesset says business intelligence software is a $12.7 billion market that IDC expects to continue growing.

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's New Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News. Google is taking preorders for its wireless gaming service, a new report shows our elections could be in trouble, and Dark Phoenix apparently sucks. The new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix is apparently terrible.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

Apple and New York Are Changing the Privacy Game, and More News

Apple and New York Are Changing the Privacy Game, and More News

Apple (the company) is rolling out a new sign-on feature, the Big Apple (the city) is pushing a groundbreaking privacy law, and Hot Wheels cars are being put to the test. New York is set to pass a landmark privacy law.

Apple’s Biggest WWDC Announcements in Two Minutes or Less

Apple’s Biggest WWDC Announcements in Two Minutes or Less

iOS 13: New and faster phone operating system with dark mode, redesigned reminders and Maps, and a new "sign in with Apple" option that won't share your personal data like signing in with things like Facebook or Google might.

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

Also on the show, the hosts cover the latest news about products from Amazon and Google, and also give a preview of what to expect from Apple’s WWDC developer conference that takes place next week.

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago. Emily Dreyfuss covers the intersection of tech and culture for WIRED.Of course, it wouldn’t be a week in security news if there wasn’t an update from Robert Mueller.

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