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Google Will Begin Allowing Some Advertisers To Run Ads Related To Coronavirus

Google will begin allowing advertisers to run advertisements that address coronavirus, or COVID-19. Axios reported Thursday, citing Google documents. The tech giant will begin phasing in the advertisements after previously banning such content, according to a memo Google’s Head of Industry Mark Beatty gave to political advertising clients. Google will prioritize medical practitioners and groups that work directly with the ...

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Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules Facebook, YouTube Are Not Bound By First Amendment

Facebook, YouTube and other big tech companies are not bound to abide by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a court ruled Wednesday, dealing a blow to conservatives online. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Appeals decision came in a case brought by Prager University, a nonprofit that produces videos promoting conservative positions on politics. PragerU sued YouTube in 2017 ...

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Conservative Group Opens Up A New Line Of Attack On Google Over Fair Use Law

Conservatives are opening a salvo against Google as the tech behemoth beats back claims that it stole thousands of lines of code from Oracle.  One conservative group seeking to hold Google accountable for supposedly targeting conservatives filed an amicus brief supporting Oracle’s copyright claim against Google.  If Oracle wins and the Supreme Court in March decides that Google did violate ...

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Nevada’s Democratic Party Is Recruiting Google To Help The State Avoid Another Iowa Caucus Debacle

Nevada’s Democratic Party is soliciting help from one of the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley to help party officials steer clear of repeating the drama that tossed the Iowa caucus into disarray. Officials are relying on a so-called caucus calculator accessed through a Google portal to crunch numbers to help them determine which Democratic presidential candidate will win the ...

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REPORT: DOJ Turns Up The Heat On Google, Will Investigate Tech Giant’s Ad Tools

The Department of Justice is reaching out to dozens of Google’s largest rivals to determine how the tech giant’s advertising business model is impacting the industry, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. DOJ officials are asking Google’s rivals about how the company’s third-party advertising model affects advertisers, the report noted, citing sources familiar with the probe. The agency is homing ...

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Dem Lawmaker Gets Pushback After Asking YouTube To Stop Spreading Climate Skepticism

Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor is getting pushback from climate skeptics after she asked Google Monday to nix content on YouTube that takes a skeptical approach to United Nations’ climate models. Castor asked CEO Sundar Pichai in a Jan. 27 letter not to incentivize “climate misinformation content on its platform.” She made the request after a Jan. 16 report from a ...

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How Google’s New Weather AI Will Make Sure You Never Get Caught in the Rain

Among the many things we’ve become addicted to on our smartphones is checking the weather. If you’re anything like me, you open a weather app at least twice a day: in the morning to know what to expect for the day ahead, maybe before your commute home so you can prepare for possible rain or snow, and sometimes before bed ...

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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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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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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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Google Favors Planned Parenthood Results More Than Twice As Much As Other Search Engines Do, Report Finds

Google favors Planned Parenthood results for “abortion” more than twice as much as other search engines do, a Wall Street Journal report released Friday found. The Wall Street Journal conducted tests searching the word “abortion” over 17 days in  July and August. The tests found Planned Parenthood‘s hostname www.plannedparenthood.org contained in 39% of organic search results on the first page ...

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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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