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Employee Says Google Fired Her For Notifying Colleagues About Their Labor Rights

A former Google employee is accusing the tech company of firing her for notifying her fellow colleagues about their right to organize. Kathryn Spiers said in a Medium post Tuesday that the Silicon Valley giant terminated her after she created a tool letting her fellow employees know about their rights. Google fired four employees in November for organizing, according to ...

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United Launch Alliance Set to Launch the Starliner Capsule on the Orbital Flight Test

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Dec. 17, 2019) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch Boeing’s Starliner capsule on the Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is planned for Dec. 20 at 6:36 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The ...

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Nearly 30K Facebook Employees’s Bank Info Compromised After Thief Steals Hard Drives From Employee’s Car

A thief swiped a bag from a Facebook employee’s vehicle in November that contained private information of more that 30,000 of the tech company’s employees, Bloomberg reported Friday. The stolen hard drives included the bank account numbers and portions of employees’ social security numbers, among other highly private information, Facebook told staff members Friday, the report noted. The employee who ...

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DoD Officials: Artificial Intelligence to be Used for Charting, Intel Collection

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Nautical, terrain and aeronautical charting is vital to the Defense Department mission. This job, along with collecting intelligence, falls to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Two senior DOD officials think that artificial intelligence will aid NGA’s mission. Mark D. Andress, NGA’s chief information officer, and Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer from DOD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, spoke yesterday at the AFCEA ...

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Here’s Twitter’s Plan To Create A World Where Censoring Conservatives Is Unnecessary

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey proposed a plan Wednesday night that could potentially make moderating the giant company’s enormous platform a relic of the past. The tech giant is spearheading a coalition of researchers to construct an open and decentralized network that would, if successful, make Twitter one of several clients for the standard. Dorsey, for his part, said the network ...

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Apple Has ‘Deep Concerns’ That Two Ex-Employees Accused Of Stealing Tech Plan To Flee

Apple is worried that two of the company’s ex-employees who were born in China and are accused of stealing trade secrets from the company could flee to their native countries before the trial. Prosecutors for Apple argued at a court hearing Monday that Xiaolang Zhang and Jizhong Chen are flight risks and should be monitored, Reuters reported. Zhang worked on ...

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Why You Should be Skeptical About Man-Made Climate Change

Climate change refers to a change in global or regional climate patterns. Since the mid 20th century, scientists have attributed it to factors such as increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. These gases are produced by human activity, through the use of fossil fuels. Despite its seemingly simple definition and correlation between fossil fuel usage and rising CO2 levels, there ...

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Google Co-Founders Step Down

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced Tuesday they are stepping down from roles at the tech giant’s parent company. The announcement came in a letter on Google’s blog, where the two added that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take over as CEO of both Google and Alphabet. Page was the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Brin was ...

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Echo Chamber: Twitter Is Changing Policy To Allow Users To Hide Replies

Twitter announced a new policy Thursday that will allow accounts to hide replies from trolls who are either trying to derail conversation or post irrelevant information. The massive social media platform initially beta-tested the policy in Canada in July before ultimately allowing every user to take part. Twitter laid out the details in a blog post Thursday, adding that the ...

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REPORT: Google Asked Texas AG For Docs Revealing Info About The Tech Giant’s Chief Critics

Google wants Texas’s attorney general to provide information that the company’s fiercest critics gave regulators as the state’s top law officer investigates the tech giant, CNN reported Tuesday. The company asked Texas AG Ken Paxton for all records related to the anti-trust investigation levelled against Google, according to the report, which was based on public requests CNN made. Google’s public ...

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How Social Media Changed the Democratic Process

Think back to the tragic day of 9/11. One video clip immediately comes to mind. An image of the second plane hitting the south tower, viewed from a south-facing perspective. All around the world, people can replay that clip in their heads. It was shown on news outlets for months after the event. Now, Imagine if 9/11 happened today. What ...

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Report Shows How Google Promoted Amazon Over Smaller Competitors

Google makes algorithmic changes to help larger corporations over smaller ones and the mega search engine boosted Amazon and Facebook, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing inside sources. The company made algorithmic changes to its search results that favored fellow big tech giants, according to the report, which relied on an analysis of the company’s system and interviews with ...

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Google’s Not-So-Secret Health Data Collection Project Under Federal Investigation

Google is now facing a federal investigation after a report that revealed the tech giant was working on a secret project to collect health data on millions of Americans. The Wall Street Journal first reported Monday on Google’s partnership with Ascension, the second-largest health care system in the U.S., in its effort to create software using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to analyze ...

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Google Responds To Reports Of Its Not-So-Secret Health Data Collection

Google responded to a report that revealed the tech giant was working on a secret project to collect health data on millions of Americans. The Wall Street Journal first reported Monday on Google’s partnership with Ascension, the second-largest health care system in the U.S., in its effort to create software using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to analyze patient information and ...

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Google Is Working On Secret Project To Collect Personal Health Data On Millions Of Americans: Report

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Google is reportedly partnering with Ascension, the second-largest health care system in the U.S., to collect health data on millions of Americans, according to people familiar with the matter. The partnership with Ascension to collect health data is part of a secret project by the tech giant called “Project Nightingale,” The Wall Street Journal reported citing those familiar with the ...

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