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Experts react to Google's Brexit-driven decision to move UK data to the US - Business Insider
- also probably Google trying to avoid double-jeopardy between EU and UK law presented by UK consumers being out of the EU
alphabet  uk  privacy  legal 
5 weeks ago by renaissancechambara
A new way to find clothes, shoes and more on Search
- bringing back Froogle, I suspect this is to counteract Amazon in product search and advertising
10 weeks ago by renaissancechambara
Google acquires Pointy, a startup to help brick-and-mortar retailers list products online, for $163M | TechCrunch
built hardware and software technology to help physical retailers — specifically those that might not already have an extensive e-commerce storefront detailing in-store inventory — get their products discoverable online without any extra work - reminds me of the kind of thing you'd expect Tencent or Alibaba to do as China has led in O2O e-tailing
onlinetooffline  webofnoweb  e-tailing  retailing  alphabet 
10 weeks ago by renaissancechambara
Sonos hits Google with lawsuit over wireless speaker patents
“Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology” for years. Sonos and Google collaborated in 2013 to add the Play Music service to Sonos speakers, and more recently, the two worked to bring Google’s digital assistant to Sonos speakers, alongside Amazon’s counterpart, Alexa.

“Despite our repeated and extensive efforts over the last few years,” Spence told the Times, “Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate,”
alphabet  ip  legal 
11 weeks ago by renaissancechambara
I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.
My solution was to advocate for the adoption of a company-wide, formal Human Rights Program that would publicly commit Google to adhere to human rights principles found in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, provide a mechanism for product and engineering teams to seek internal review of product design elements, and formalize the use of Human Rights Impact Assessments for all major product launches and market entries.
But each time I recommended a Human Rights Program, senior executives came up with an excuse to say no. At first, they said human rights issues were better handled within the product teams, rather than starting a separate program. But the product teams weren’t trained to address human rights as part of their work. When I went back to senior executives to again argue for a program, they then claimed to be worried about increasing the company’s legal liability - Good Google seems to have a right dumpster fire going on in the reputation space
alphabet  ethics 
12 weeks ago by renaissancechambara
CMA lifts the lid on digital giants - GOV.UK
- interesting points: Each year, about 15% of queries on Google have never been searched for before. Other search engines like Bing will not have the same access to these queries, putting Google in a powerful position of being able to better train its algorithms and provide more accurate search results than its rivals. The CMA has also found that the default settings people are faced with online have a profound effect on choice and the shape of competition. Last year in the UK, Google was willing to pay around £1 billion – 16% of all its search revenues – where it was the default search engine on mobile devices such as Apple phones.
alphabet  Facebook  uk  advertising  online 
december 2019 by renaissancechambara
Facebook and Google Balance Booming Business with Censorship Pressure in Vietnam — The Information
- learning from China experience. No staff in-country, payments routed through Singapore and Ireland subsidiaries. People stationed in the country would be vulnerable to pressure for information about the identity of users posting content and they worry that staffers could be arrested or the offices raided
vietnam  online  facebook  alphabet 
december 2019 by renaissancechambara
Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice - The Globe and Mail
The community Alphabet sought to build when it launched Sidewalk Labs, she said, was like a “for-profit China” that would “use digital infrastructure to modify and direct social and political behaviour.”

While Sidewalk has since moved away from many of the details in its book, Prof. Zuboff contends that Alphabet tends to "say what needs be said to achieve commercial objectives, while specifically camouflaging their actual corporate strategy.”
alphabet  analysis 
november 2019 by renaissancechambara
Opinion | Why Google’s Quantum Supremacy Milestone Matters - The New York Times
- In everyday life, the probability of an event can range only from 0 percent to 100 percent (there’s a reason you never hear about a negative 30 percent chance of rain). But the building blocks of the world, like electrons and photons, obey different, alien rules of probability, involving numbers — the amplitudes — that can be positive, negative, or even complex (involving the square root of -1). Furthermore, if an event — say, a photon hitting a certain spot on a screen — could happen one way with positive amplitude and another way with negative amplitude, the two possibilities can cancel, so that the total amplitude is zero and the event never happens at all. This is “quantum interference,” and is behind everything else you’ve ever heard about the weirdness of the quantum world.
quantumcomputing  alphabet 
november 2019 by renaissancechambara
Google accused of secretly feeding personal data to advertisers | Financial Times
- what Google involved in subverting privacy, who would have thought that would happen? Do no evil my ass
alphabet  privacy  totwitter 
september 2019 by renaissancechambara
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