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‘When Is 4th Of July?’: Here Are The Top 5 Google Searches Asking About Independence Day

Google revealed the top five searches and questions people are asking about July 4 when they visit the company’s platform ahead of Independence Day. “Independence Day is upon us, and that means searches for fireworks, sparklers and tons of delicious recipes are on the rise,” Google Trends noted Tuesday three days ahead of Independence Day. Along with the greeting, the ...

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Google’s Digital Ad Revenue Expected To Fall, Marketing Research Agency Says

Google’s advertising revenue is expected to drop in 2020 amid pandemics and a lull in international travel, according to a report from marketing research agency eMarketer. The drop is due in part to Google’s core search product’s reliance on the travel industry, which took a hit after the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down travel, according to a forecast from eMarketer, ...

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ANALYSIS: DOJ Investigators Involved In Antitrust Probe Don’t Appear To Be Scrutinizing Claims Of Bias In Google’s Search

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Investigators with the Department of Justice involved in an antitrust probe targeting Google do not appear to be scrutinizing claims that the company manipulates its search feature, leaks of the investigation and a source with knowledge indicate.   Researchers and critics argue Google’s search feature is subject to manipulation and can potentially impact a national election or direct less traffic ...

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Media Outlets Band Together, Give AG Barr A Roadmap Showing How Google Is Allegedly Crushing Journalism

A group representing thousands of media outlets wants the Department of Justice to consider Google’s negative impact on journalism as the agency continues its antitrust investigation targeting the tech giant. The News Media Alliance gave Attorney General William Barr a report Thursday highlighting how Google is allegedly using its dominant position online to hollow out the news industry. Google allegedly ...

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Massive Plot Stole Data From Google Users Who Downloaded Free Add-Ons To Chrome Web Browsers: Report

A massive spyware effort targeted users of Google’s Chrome web browser extensions downloaded tens of millions of times, Reuters reported Thursday. The people responsible for the spyware attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s web browser, and collected browsing history and other user data, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters. Google removed more than 70 malicious extensions ...

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Google Bans Ads On The Federalist After NBC News Raises Concerns About George Floyd Protest Articles

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Google will no longer run ads on The Federalist and Zero Hedge after NBC News raised concerns to the tech giant about articles that the conservative websites published regarding rioting and looting that occurred alongside the protests over the death of George Floyd. According to the NBC report, Google banned the websites from its advertising platform, Google Ads, after the ...

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Facebook, Their Bully Narrative, and COVID-19

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST “Facebook announced Thursday that it will start warning users if they have liked, reacted or commented on harmful Covid-19 posts that the company has found to be misinformation and removed. The feature will roll out in the coming weeks… “‘These messages will connect people to COVID-19 myths debunked by the World Health Organization including ones we’ve ...

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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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