Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

July 12, 2018

At 6:40 in the morning, a klaxon horn sounds three times. “Gas! ” a mortal in a hard hat and fluorescent vest screams out. There’s a hissing noise, and the helium starts flowing. From the containers stacked like cordwood on a nearby truck, the gas moves through a series of hoses until it’s 55 feet up, then through a copper pipe and into the top of a plastic tube that…


Encyclopdia Britannica Wants to Fix False Google Results

June 24, 2018

In January 2014, Google made a fundamental change to its investigation product: It started demonstrating answers to user queries directly in so-called snippets , no farther clicks expected. But what started out as a time-saver has morphed into a repeated informant of misleading and outright false information, thanks to Google’s frequent reliance on untrusted sources. The product has, among other things, declared that Barack Obama is the “king” of the…


A friendly reminder: Dont put passwords in Trello

June 14, 2018

A brand-new chip of studies from David Shear at security firm Flashpoint found that there are hundreds if not thousands of open Trello committees containing passwords, login credentials, and other potentially sensitive stuff including employee on-boarding documents. He and Brian Krebs reported the members of the security council to Trello although some folks have already been notified by well-meaning hackers who wrote” Change your password” on some of these public…


Google is banning Irish abortion referendum ads ahead of vote

June 7, 2018

Google is suspending adverts related to adequate referendum in Ireland on whether or not to overrule a constitutional clause censoring abortion. The election is due to take place in a little over 2 week time. ” Following our update around election integrity endeavors globally, we chose to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the eighth amendment, ” a Google spokesperson told us. The spokesperson replied enforcement of…


Google and the Rise of ‘Digital Well-Being’

May 16, 2018

On a recent vacation, Sameer Samat was settling into his hotel when his partner asked to see his telephone. As he handed it over, she promptly marched to the inn safe and locked it inside. Then she appeared him straight-shooting in the eyes. “You get this back when we leave in seven days.” At first, Samat experienced indignant. Is person or persons without telephone calls even a person, or only…


Unilever warns social media to clean up toxic content

February 20, 2018

Consumer goods giant Unilever, a producer of branded soaps, foodstuffs and personal care items and also one of the world’s biggest online advertisers, has fired a threat shoot in all the regions of the bowings of social media monsters by threatening to pulling ads from digital platforms if they don’t do more to mitigate the spread of what it dubs “toxic” online content — be it fake news, terrorism or…


YouTube will remove ads and downgrade discoverability of channels posting offensive videos

February 19, 2018

After barring Logan Paul earlier today from serving ads on his video channel, YouTube has now announced a more formal and wider specified of sanctions it’s prepared to degree on any inventor that starts to post videos that are harmful to onlookers, the other members of the YouTube community, or advertisers. As it has done with Paul( on two moments now ), the locate said it will eliminate monetization alternatives…


James Damore’s Lawsuit Is Designed to Embarrass Google

February 9, 2018

Last August, Google fired James Damore shortly after the engineer’s internal screed against affirmative action at the company went viral. Monday, Damore sued Google for illegally discriminating against lily-whites, males, and reactionaries, has proved that the company cannot rid itself of its controversy-courting former employee so easily. Damore’s complaint includes 86 pages of screenshots from internal Google discussion meetings, presented as evidence of alleged “anti-conservative” and “anti-Caucasian” bias, or Google’s…


MartinLutherKing.Org is Owned by Neo-Nazis

February 6, 2018

In the week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in-house task force called Project Owl working to prevent sites peddling this sort of disinformation from gaming the system. ” Our objective is to provide people with better access to relevant information from the most reliable sources available , not content the hell is blatantly misleading, low quality, or offensive ,” said Google’s spokesperson.” We regularly make improvements to ensure that…


State Attorneys General Are Google’s Next Headache

November 29, 2017

European regulators have come down hard-handed on Google for squelching tournament. The US Federal Trade Commission let the company off relatively easy in 2013. Antitrust exponents have predicted that the next threat would come from state attorneys general. Monday, that forecast came true, when Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said he is investigating whether Google transgressed Missouri’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws. Hawley’s investigative subpoena challenged information about Google’s alleged manipulation…


Security News This Week: Android Tracks Your Location Even When You Ask It Not To

November 27, 2017

As you emerge from your turkey-induced coma, take a moment to reflect on the past week in protection, which despite the vacation was chock-full of wonderments. From Uber shadiness to Android location-tracking, it was quite the whirlwind. Uber built headlines midweek when it came out that the company had not only been breached a year ago–coughing up the personal info of 57 million users–but paid the hackers $100,000 to keep…


Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies

November 16, 2017

At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook’s youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 seminar, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network’s go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to rift the secondary school sell with apps like the now defunct Lifestage. But in August he switched sides, leaving…


Trump and Clinton spent $81M on US election Facebook ads, Russian agency $46K

November 5, 2017

Russian info troll farm the Internet Research Agency expended just 0.05 percent just as much on Facebook ads as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaigns combined in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, yet still reached a massive audience. While there might have been other Russian disinformation groups, the IRA spent $ 46,000 on pre-election period Facebook ads compared to $81 million are spending Clinton and Trump together,…


Googles probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

October 31, 2017

Google has unveiled evidence that Russian spies exploited its platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Washington Post. It says tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents “whos” aiming to spread disinformation across Google’s products — to be incorporated video content platform YouTube but likewise via publicize links with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network….


Google shuts YouTube channel implicated in Kremlin political propaganda ops

October 28, 2017

A YouTube channel that had been implicated in Russia disinformation activities to target the U.S. 2016 election has been taken down by Google. Earlier this week The Daily Beast claimed the canal, run by two black video bloggers calling themselves Williams and Kalvin Johnson, comes within the framework of Russian disinformation activities — saying this had been confirmed to it by investigates examining how social media platforms had been are…


Google acquires Relay Media to convert ordinary web pages to AMP pages

October 26, 2017

AMP — Google’s collaborative project to speed up the loading period for mobile web pages — is get an interesting acceleration of its own today. Relay Media, a company founded by an ex-Googler that had developed engineering to help covert web pages to the AMP format, has been acquired by Google. The company announced the news on its home page, to its customers( one of whom, Russell Heimlich, lead developer…


Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter

October 6, 2017

The spread of rightwing blogs, claiming the shooter was an anti-Trump liberal, on to mainstream platforms is the latest example of hyper-partisan trolling after a tragedy Facebook and Google promoted false-hearted news stories claiming that the crap-shooter who hundreds were injured at a festival near the Mandalay Bay casino, the most recent example of fake report polluting social media amid a violate news story. The flow of misinformation on Monday…


Surprise: Google doesn’t make the top 10 best companies for gender diversity in tech

August 13, 2017

Not on the roll. Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/ EPA/ REX/ Shutterstock It’s been a tough week for diversity in tech. Former Google engineer James Damore’s memo has ignited a meaningless debate about whether or not ladies are inherently less capable of vocations as software engineers. With the memoranda treated among many as a legitimate article of scientific analysis, it can be deterring for the persons who see it as manipulating science…


Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

August 6, 2017

Ideological diversity is all that matters, right ? Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/ EPA/ REX/ Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s official documents circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard , the 10 -page Google Doc allegedly highlights the fact that biological different in men and women account for “womens representation” crack in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented…