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I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.
A highly placed, long-term leader within Google speaks out about why he felt it has lost its way ethically so badly that he was forced to resign.
google  ethics  via:reddit 
12 weeks ago by mcherm
Google Terminated My 5 Years Old AdMob Account - Venkatramanan Ramasubramanian - Medium
Another developer who spent years developing on Google's platform and was eliminated in an instant with no explanation and no (real) chance to appeal.
google  appstore  via:reddit 
december 2019 by mcherm
Google Just Terminated My Google Play Publisher Account In One Hour After 10 Years Of Loyal Service
Apps he had written years ago violated a brand new policy. He received a series of warning emails in the middle of the night, and less than an hour later his account was permanently closed. Of course all appeals were rejected.
appstore  google  evil  via:reddit 
november 2019 by mcherm
No more google for console junkies
This blind user complains that Google supporting the headless lynx browser
google  browsers  disabilities  via:HackerNews 
november 2019 by mcherm
DNS Wars - ISP Column - November 2019
A pretty good overview of the history of DNS privacy issues, and a summary of what is going on right now (2019).
history  internet  dns  privacy  google  via:HackerNews 
november 2019 by mcherm
Google Just Announced a Major Search Algorithm Change That Users Will Probably Love, and Some Businesses May Absolutely Hate |
Google is now using it's groundbreaking work in natural language processing (Bert) to process (at least some of) its search requests.
search  google  ai  via:GoogleNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
Quantum supremacy: the gloves are off
Scott Aaronson explains why Google has a genuine achievement in quantum computing, despite the objections from IBM.
quantumcomputing  ScottAaronson  google  via:HackerNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Fed wants to know
Perhaps the current unexplained economic expansion is due to GDP failing to count the value of free internet services. Surveys of people rank search as the most valuable by FAR.
economics  google  search  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
Less than Half of Google Searches Now Result in a Click | SparkToro
Google doesn't exist to send people to other sites. 50% of "searches" do NOT result in any next click. (And many others lead or other Google-owned sites.)
google  search  internet  via:HackerNews 
august 2019 by mcherm
Bing is (unexpectedly) aging well – FutureSin – Medium
Apparently Microsoft's Bing search engine isn't a failure and is actually making lots and lots of money. And has >5% of US searches.
search  google  microsoft  via:HackerNews 
june 2019 by mcherm
Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users - 9to5Google
An example of the problems you get when one company effectively controls the browser market. Remember, due to video DRM, Chrome effectively ISN'T open source.
opensource  google  evil  advertising  web  browsers  chrome  via:reddit  firefox 
may 2019 by mcherm
A Conspiracy To Kill IE6
How a couple of Google programmers working on YouTube decided on their own (without permission) to deprecate IE6 for the good of web developers around the world.
history  easteregg  browsers  web  via:HackerNews  security  google 
may 2019 by mcherm
Former Firefox VP on What It's Like To Be Both a Partner of Google and a Competitor via Google Chrome - Slashdot
The perspective of one Firefox employee on what it was like when Google was sponsoring them while also taking over with Chrome. Some conspiracy theory thinking.
personal_net  firefox  google 
april 2019 by mcherm
Google wrongly terminated our new business via our Google Play Developer Account
Google's App Store killed my company because of an unappealable "association" with some other individual and a complete inability to communicate with them.
appstore  google  customerservice  via:HackerNews 
february 2019 by mcherm
Blackmailers use false copyright claims to shut down victims' Youtube accounts, offer to lift them in exchange for Bitcoin / Boing Boing
This is what happens when Google provides no meaningful due process for their copyright violation reporting: blackmailers can threaten to destroy your account (and can do so successfully through submitting false claims).
law  philosophyOfLaw  google  via:boingboing 
february 2019 by mcherm
Apple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be next | Ars Technica
Facebook was using Apple's certificate for distributing beta copies to internal company users in order to distribute (to end customers) an app that spied on them. Apple cut off their cert for misuse. Google may have used their cert similarly, but they immediately apologized and ceased the usage. Tightly controlled appstore - can it protect your privacy?
appstore  apple  facebook  google  privacy  security  ios 
january 2019 by mcherm
Google just terminated our start-up Google Play Publisher Account on Christmas day
5-person development company terminated for no reason by a bot without any recourse to contact a human.
appstore  google  customerservice  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
Company Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview — Patent Pandas
The author successfully prevented a patent from being issued for pop-up books using electronic displays by submitting prior art. They also claim Google effectively stole their idea.
law  ip-law  patent  google  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Goodbye, EdgeHTML - The Mozilla Blog
Microsoft is going to base their browser on Chrome. That really reduces the number of browsers in wide use and is unhealthy for the web (in my opinion).
browsers  microsoft  google  internet  webdevelopment  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Lost in occupation: How Google Maps is erasing Palestine | +972 Magazine
Maps and politics. Google maps guides people down roads that are legal for Israeli citizens but not for Palestinians. US laws prohibit using good quality satellite photos of that region.
via:HackerNews  maps  google  politics 
october 2018 by mcherm
Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play | Ars Technica
One game developer attempts to bypass the 30% cut that Google's app store takes. (Apple's app store can't be bypassed.)
appstore  google  mobile  mobiledevelopment  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2018 by mcherm
Google Maps Says ‘The East Cut’ Is a Real Place, but Locals Aren’t So Sure | Hacker News
Article is a bit misleading but the topic is interesting: Google maps is so widely used that the boundaries and names they use quickly take hold.
maps  google  via:HackerNews 
august 2018 by mcherm
Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository | July 2016 | Communications of the ACM
Detailed description of the advantages of Google's approach to using a version control system. They use one big repo for everything. Frankly, I think that is the best approach.
google  versioncontrol  via:HackerNews 
july 2018 by mcherm
Google worker rebellion against military project grows
A bunch of Google workers object to the company working on building software to allow US military drones to distinguish targets without human intervention.
google  robots  ethics  via:HackerNews 
may 2018 by mcherm
Improving URLs for AMP pages – Accelerated Mobile Pages Project
Google says they'll alter AMP (their own proprietary way to serve web pages fast) to allow the pages to appear to come from the site that actually wrote the content.
google  webdevelopment  via:HackerNews 
march 2018 by mcherm
Why I Quit Google to Work for Myself - Silly Bits
An example (from Google, which since this time has changed their process) of how the process for employee promotion can completely change people's experience of a company.
google  softwaredevelopment  management  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
Google Maps’s Moat
A really detailed analysis of how Google Maps is getting data and why they are years ahead of the competition. They combine street-view and satellite data and some algorithms to get surprisingly useful data for their maps.
maps  google  apple  via:HackerNews 
december 2017 by mcherm
US judge says “global de-indexing order” against Google threatens free speech | Ars Technica
Canadian courts ordered Google to remove links to something throughout the entire world. Google went to court in the US for an order allowing them to NOT remove it in the US... they were unopposed, so they won.
law  censorship  google 
november 2017 by mcherm
Did Google Really Lose on Its Original Motorola Deal? -
Maybe Google buying Motorola wasn't as much of a loss as is often said to be.
business  google  motorola  via:HackerNews 
september 2017 by mcherm
New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites | MR Online
Google is (partially) blocking socialist websites in the interest of avoiding extremist propaganda and "fake news".
google  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
august 2017 by mcherm
I decided to disable AMP on my site
This explains why Google's "AMP" program isn't good for publishers and is only of dubious use to readers.
internet  AMP  google  via:HackerNews 
june 2017 by mcherm
Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads - Bloomberg
Google will no longer scan the contents of your emails. Apparently this new policy was pushed by the folks who run the Google Cloud division.
google  privacy  email  via:reddit 
june 2017 by mcherm
The secret lives of Google raters | Ars Technica UK
Work rating things for Google -- like Amazon Turk, but slightly more pleasant and pays better. Oh, and now because Google is afraid of being stuck with the bill for health care, you can't work more than 26 hr/week.
google  jobs  ArsTechnica  via:boingboing 
may 2017 by mcherm
Awesome Google Doodle
I noticed this when Google used it, and was intrigued enough to look it up. I never expected it would be a 15-yr-old artist.
art  google 
april 2017 by mcherm
Google’s featured snippets are no always accurate
Despite clickbait headline, the article points out that Google's excerpts from web pages sometimes source from really unreliable places and then give bad answers.
google  fakenews  via:HackerNews 
march 2017 by mcherm
Google Report: 99.95 Percent Of DMCA Takedown Notices Are Bot-Generated Bullshit Buckshot | Techdirt
Apparently (wait, really?) Google claims that 99.95% of all takedown requests they receive (from the "Trusted Copyright Removal Program") are for URLs that they don't even index.
DMCA  google  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
february 2017 by mcherm
API Design Guide  |  Cloud APIs  |  Google Cloud Platform
Google's API Design document. Their section on Resource Names and Standard Methods, in particular, are a pattern I strongly endorse.
google  APIDesign  via:HackerNews 
february 2017 by mcherm
Google Spreadsheets and Python – Twilio Cloud Communications Blog
There's an API (with nice Python bindings) to programmatically access a Google Docs spreadsheet.
serverless  google  GoogleDocs  via:HackerNews 
february 2017 by mcherm
Google reveals secret test of AI bot to beat top Go players | Hacker News
Google's Go bot played online under an alias and beat a bunch of professional level humans. People on Hacker News speculate on what this means for AI in general.
ai  go  google  via:HackerNews 
january 2017 by mcherm
FIDO Alliance » Case Study Series: Google Security Keys Work
Google thinks "Security Keys" (a standard for a hardware dongle reusable across multiple login systems) is a better solution than passwords or SMS messages.
security  via:HackerNews  google 
december 2016 by mcherm
Adding a phone number to your Google account can make it LESS secure.
We have to stop treating SMS as a way of authenticating people because it is absurdly easy to spoof. Yet my company does this today.
security  google  via:HackerNews 
october 2016 by mcherm
Introducing Deliberate Protocol Errors: Langley’s Law | Hacking for Christ
Similar to chaos monkey, Google apparently is testing their protocol by introducing a small portion of malicious requests into the system to ensure that clients write the code defensively.
via:reddit  google  standards  chaosmonkey 
september 2016 by mcherm
How Google obliterated my 4 year old Chrome extension featuring 24k+ users
I agree with the authors conclusion. Anyone running an app store needs to provide some kind of direct to a human communication, even if only through paid support.
appstore  google  via:reddit 
september 2016 by mcherm
Google's QUIC protocol: moving the web from TCP to UDP
Google has an experimental (but in use in the real world) protocol for sending HTTP traffic (encrypted) over UDP instead of TCP with 10% of bandwidth reserved for filling in for missing packets. It's designed to be faster than TCP, especially when loading multiple resources in the same stream (like web pages).
networking  http  web  google  via:HackerNews 
august 2016 by mcherm
Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI - Bloomberg
This is a good example of how AI can (already!) optimize companies in ways that mere humans aren't capable of.
google  ai  via:HackerNews 
july 2016 by mcherm
Police are filing warrants for Android’s vast store of location data | The Verge
Some law enforcement agencies are now subpoenaing location history from Google.
law  privacy  android  google  via:reddit  4thAmmendment 
june 2016 by mcherm
HTTPS Results in 7% Google AdX Revenue Drop | Rome2rio Blog
Some advertisers don't support HTTPS so ad revenue dropped 7% when they switched to https-only.
advertising  google  ssl  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
What Happened to Google Maps? — Justin O'Beirne
Google maps was way more readable in 2010 than 2016. They removed cities and added roads. Probably done for the sake of mobile, but it makes it worse.
maps  datavisualization  google  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps
The local neighbors persuaded Google maps and other mapping companies to give incorrect directions to the famous Hollywood sign in order to avoid having lots of tourists parking on their streets. They are now pestering bloggers who post about how to get there. Open Street Map has correct and accurate directions.
maps  censorship  privacy  via:HackerNews  google  opensource 
november 2015 by mcherm
Google Online Security Blog: Sustaining Digital Certificate Security
Symantec produced fake certificates for opera,, and others. Thousands of fake certs, and they "have no idea how that could have happened". As a result, Google Chrome will stop trusting Symantec unless they take certain transparency measures.
via:boingboing  ssl  security  google 
november 2015 by mcherm
How I Ended Up Purchasing & Owning via Google Domains | Sanmay Ved | LinkedIn
He found Google offering "" on their domain sale site. He was even able to make the purchase go through although Google then reverted it a few minutes later.
google  security  internet  via:reddit 
october 2015 by mcherm
Give Google Contributor a try
There's a way you can pay Google to replace ads for yourself with something else of your choice; the money still flows to the websites. I should try it (and look at the report afterward).
google  advertising  internet 
september 2015 by mcherm
My app was rejected from Google Play because of Intellectual Property infringement but I actually talked to a PERSON at Google about it and got it back! : Android
His app was rejected from the Google App Store for a really stupid reason but in the end he got a human to review it and it was fixed.
appstore  google  via:reddit 
september 2015 by mcherm
Link your phone to Google - Search Help
This is away to set alarms and reminders on the phone from a browser as well as send Google Maps from a browser to your phone.
android  google  via:reddit 
august 2015 by mcherm
Official Google Blog: Time, technology and leaping seconds
Google is taking leap seconds a little bit at a time so they won't have a discontinuity.
google  time  technology 
july 2015 by mcherm
YouTube Silences Six Hours Of DARPA Robotics Finals... Because Of One Song Briefly In The Background | Techdirt
An excellent example: apparently the audio of the whole 6-hour video of the event is blocked because at some point one could hear bits of a copyrighted song running in the background. YouTube's process should allow for fair use counterclaims.
copyrightabuse  google  youtube  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2015 by mcherm
Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger | Technology | The Guardian
Google had announced they would ban all sexually explicit images from Blogger. A day or two after announcing it, they backed down.
google  censorship  freespeech  via:TheGuardian 
february 2015 by mcherm
How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web | Ars Technica
Google has built (and released as open source) tools so you can write the core (not UI) of your app once and have it run on Android, Web, and iOS.
mobile  mobiledevelopment  google  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
february 2015 by mcherm
Feds Gagged Google Over Wikileaks Warrants Because They Were 'Upset By The Backlash' To Similar Twitter Warrants | Techdirt
The US government used a gag order to silence Google about emails they had subpoenaed because they were worried about the public reaction if it got out.
via:Techdirt  techdirt  secrecy  censorship  google 
january 2015 by mcherm
Why Google Gave Up [on Cheap, Clean Power]
They couldn't find ways to generate power cheaper than coal and even if they did it wouldn't be enough to stop runaway global warming.
globalwarming  environment  google  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
january 2015 by mcherm
Just had my app which I have been working on for the last 6 months suspended WHILE IN APLPHA (not published) and FOR NO REASON. : androiddev
Another example of Google's app store failing. Blocking things without saying why and then refusing to communicate is a bad practice.
appstore  google  evil 
january 2015 by mcherm
Google search gets 100-150ms faster
They send a prefetch hint to the browser to start fetching the slowest resources on the page the link goes to. Requires them to on w the slow resources for every page on the web. The hinting only works in chrome on mobile.
javascript  webdevelopment  performance  google 
december 2014 by mcherm
Why Eric Schmidt doesn't know how Google works | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Tom Cheredar
Comparing some major tech firms in interesting ways to make the point that Google's success is based on their monopoly not on the way they are run.
google  investing  amazon  apple  facebook  via:HackerNews 
december 2014 by mcherm
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