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  • Google chief denies political bias claims

    12/11/2018 9:27:14 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th December 2018 | BBC News
    Google chief Sundar Pichai has faced accusations of political bias from US politicians. Mr Pichai was being quizzed by members of the House Judiciary Committee about the way his tech firm runs it business. Google was accused of having "programmed" bias against conservative views into its algorithms. Mr Pichai denied the accusation saying he had "issues" with studies that claimed to show the firm's search results excluded right-wing views. Privacy protectionRepublican committee member Lamar Smith said conservative voices were being "muted" via Google's search results. "Such actions pose a grave threat to our democratic form of government," he said. "This...
  • Monopoly Man in the Google hearings right now

    12/11/2018 8:24:05 AM PST · by struggle · 23 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 12/11/2018 | struggle
    Check out the Monopoly man three rows back!
  • We are NOT biased against conservatives and we DO care about privacy, says Google's CEO

    12/11/2018 7:33:18 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 December 2018 | Emily Goodin
    We are NOT biased against conservatives and we DO care about privacy, says Google's CEO, as he prepares to be quizzed by Congress for first time ever Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in his first formal appearance before lawmakers It comes after he was criticized for skipping a September hearing that featured top executives from Facebook and Twitter He is expected to be questioned on Google's handling and protection of user data, privacy practices, disinformation campaigns, and its plans for China Republicans are expected to ask about concerns that conservative voices are...
  • We are NOT biased against conservatives and we DO care about privacy, says Google's CEO, [tr]

    12/11/2018 5:46:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2018 | Emily Goodin
    Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said Monday that the internet giant steers clear of 'political bias,' arguing that this is a core principle of its business to maintain trust of users. Pichai also said privacy and security are essential parts of Google's mission, and that the company is committed to working with the US government 'to keep our country safe and secure.' The prepared remarks released Monday, a day ahead of Pichai's appearance at the House Judiciary Committee, come with Google under fire on several fronts, on issues around political bias, data security and its domination of internet search. Pichai...
  • GOOGLES ANTI-BREITBART PLOT: Employees Targeted Sites Ad Revenue in 2017

    12/10/2018 9:33:59 AM PST · by ptsal · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2018 | Allum Bokhari
    Emails leaked exclusively to Breitbart News reveal that a group of Google employees, with encouragement from the tech giants director of monetization, began plotting the downfall of this website shortly after the 2016 election. The group sought to strike at Breitbart News revenue by kicking the site off Googles market-dominating ad services. Although their efforts ultimately failed, the discussion featured senior Google employees speaking frankly about their reasons for targeting the site. These included unfounded allegations of hate speech and fake news. In the leaked emails, Google employee Richard Zippel advised a fellow employee that Google would act against Breitbart...
  • Google Approves App For Muslims To Report People Who Commit Blasphemy

    12/09/2018 7:40:07 PM PST · by MNDude · 72 replies
    A new Android app has launched with the focus of allowing Muslims to report individuals who commit blasphemy, or insult Islam. No, this is not a joke. The app, Smart Pakem, which launched in Indonesia last month at the request of the Indonesian government, will allow users and government officials to uphold Sharia law and target and report people who hold misguided beliefs in violation of Islamic law, which forbids insults of Islam, insults against the Prophet Mohammed, or the recognition of any other religion besides Islam.
  • Ocasio-Cortez Vows to Get Revenge on Trump Jr. [semi-satire]

    12/07/2018 9:52:22 PM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-MY) vowed to "mete out sweet revenge" in response to Donald Trump Jr. sharing a meme predicting that if her socialist views are implemented Americans would end up eating their dogs. "He may think he's clever mocking me," Ocasio-Cortez said, "but in another month I'll have the subpoena power I need to make his life a living Hell. On the specific topic of eating dogs, though, Junior is overlooking the positive impact that would have on mitigating global warming. So really, the joke is on him." In related news, Google advised journalist John Stossel that...
  • No More Google (A list of all kinds of alternatives to Google / NSA services)

    12/07/2018 7:44:04 PM PST · by vannrox · 28 replies
    No More Google ^ | 8DEC18 | editorial staff
    No More Google Privacy-friendly alternatives to Google that don't track you Like this? ❤️ Tweet me a thank you at 👉 @levelsio or vote for this on Product Hunt Add alternative Google Chrome ⟶ 8080 pts👍 Firefox     2384 pts👍 Brave     2310 pts👍 Vivaldi     2245 pts👍 Safari     1254 pts👍 Opera     737 pts👍 Ungoogled Chromium Google Search ⟶ 6182 pts👍 Duck Duck Go     1315 pts👍 Qwant     1241 pts👍 Startpage     789 pts👍 SearX Google Chrome Passwords ⟶ 2452 pts👍 KeePass     2269 pts👍 1Password  ...
  • Leave Gmail in 10 steps

    12/07/2018 7:37:54 PM PST · by vannrox · 33 replies
    Adrien Di Pasquale ^ | 2DEC18 | Adrien Di Pasquale
    In exchange for free mails, would you let your postman open your letters, read them, and insert ads related to their contents? This is a common analogy for Gmail’s model. The privacy implications of using Gmail actually go much farther than that, because Gmail is not only your postman (with Gmail), it also owns your car ( your web browser), your address book (with Search), your TV (with YouTube), it’s a great land owner (with AdSense)… And there are many reasons not to trust Google, especially with your privacy. Migrating away from any email service, like changing addresses in...
  • American Entrepreneurs Who Flocked to China Are Heading Home, Disillusioned

    12/07/2018 10:47:41 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/07/2018 | James T. Areddy
    Fifteen years ago in California, a tall technology geek named Steve Mushero started writing a book that predicted the American dream might soon be found only in China. Before long, Mr. Mushero moved himself to Shanghai and launched a firm that Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. certified as a partner to serve the worlds biggest internet market. These days, the tech pioneer has hit a wall. Hes heading back to Silicon Valley where he sees deeper demand for his know-how in cloud computing. The futures not here, said the 52-year-old.
  • Santa kneeling before Jesus 'too violent' for Facebook

    12/07/2018 11:19:00 AM PST · by antidemoncrat · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 12/6/2018 | WND
    Facebook censored an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the baby Jesus, deeming it violent or graphic content.
  • Google's project to aid China monitoring its citizens needs explaining: Varney

    12/07/2018 11:14:01 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | December 6, 2018 | Stuart Varney
    I found thisvery hard to believe: A giant company, whose code of conduct used to be "Don't be evil, is now working on acensorship and surveillance projectfor the Chinese government. The communist Chinese government. The company is Google. Once the darling of technology. Now helping tocreate China's version of Big Brother. I'll explain. Its called Project Dragonfly. Its a search engine designed especially for China. It would allow the authorities there to exercise strong censorship power. If, for example, someone searched for "human rights" or "protests, the authorities would be alerted and no search results would be shown. Thats exactly...
  • Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

    12/07/2018 7:36:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Google said Thursday it was tweaking its translation application with the goal of reducing gender bias. The move comes amid criticism that Google Translate often defaulted to masculine names when it converted text to another language. [] Up to now, the translate program provided only one translation for a query, often choosing the masculine word for terms like doctor, and the feminine word for nurse, for example. Now youll get both a feminine and masculine translation for a single word like surgeon when translating from English into French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish, [product manager James Kuczmarski] said.
  • Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    12/06/2018 9:25:36 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Got a Surface Book 2 on 1803? You should probably uninstall last week's update Users of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, rejoice! Microsoft has slung out a hefty patch to, er, fix a whole bunch of stuff that was broken in the Update of the Damned.Released last night, KB4469342 is packed full of updates, with two notable changes lurking at the end of the list of tweaks. The failure of mapped drives to reconnect after starting and logging into a Windows device which was a showstopper for many enterprises and consumers with home servers has been fixed,...
  • It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

    12/06/2018 9:19:13 PM PST · by dayglored · 67 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Thomas Claburn
    RIP: The Edge is dead... as in the EdgeHTML layout code Microsoft on Thursday said it intends to use the open-source Chromium browser engine in the desktop version of its Edge browser, promising the two per cent of global internet users who favor Edge an improved web experience.Joe Belfiore, corporate veep of Windows, announced the plan, which was reported earlier this week. "Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences," he said. One of those audiences may be macOS users, who despite not clamoring for Edge should have access to Microsoft's browser at some point:...
  • The Creepy Line

    12/05/2018 1:35:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 5, 2018 | John Stossel
    This morning Google told me that it would not allow my YouTube video "Socialism Leads to Violence" to be viewed by young people. It violates "community guidelines," said the company in a computer-generated email.Anti-capitalist bias? Or just an algorithm shielding children from disturbing violence in Venezuela? I don't know.But a new documentary, "The Creepy Line," argues that companies like Google and Facebook lean left and have power they shouldn't have.The title "Creepy Line" refers to a comment by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who said when it comes to issues like privacy, Google policy "is to get right up to...

    12/05/2018 11:55:37 AM PST · by V K Lee · 57 replies ^ | 12/5/18 | Self
    Have any noticed that today GOOGLE is not your normal, colorful page? Very bland with grey and white. A particular reason for this? BTW - for those who might say "the funeral"; my answer would be to say why this Republican and why now?
  • democrat researcher proves google's anti-trump bias

    12/03/2018 4:25:46 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02 DEC 2018 | Art Moore
    To anyone who insists that the left-leaning, anti-Trump bias reflected in the latest leak of internal Google communications has no bearing on the way the tech giant builds or operates its products, there is hard evidence that proves otherwise, contends a Harvard-trained researcher who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Robert Epstein who was famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinners last Ph.D. student at Harvard told WND in an interview that the revelation Friday of a Google engineers vow in an email to reverse things politically in four years confirms his extensive, peer-reviewed research over the past half decade....
  • Cryptocosm: George Gilders Life After Google Shows How Blockchain Will Transform Your World

    12/02/2018 4:13:05 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 02, 2018 | Ralph Benko
    Blockchain technology has been the talk of the tech world for the last several years. That said, it is also something of a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. There are plenty of great books that effectively promote it, such as Don and Alex Tapscotts nearly canonical Blockchain Revolution, published in 2016. Fast forward the revolution by two years. Theres more to say. George Gilder, in the most important recent book on blockchain, is here to say it. He not only dazzles but demystifies the blockchain, making vivid exactly how it is going to transform the internet and...
  • My DNS settings were changed to use Google's DNS without my knowledge.

    12/01/2018 4:05:59 PM PST · by dhs12345 · 39 replies
    Hi Fellow Freepers, I just noticed that all of my computers on my network have had their DNS settings changed (hijacked?) to use Google's DNS servers and I am a little annoyed by this because I did not authorize this change nor did I know that it had happened. It must have happened within the past couple of days because my DNS service software/app was complaining that it was broken. Especially annoying because I have to manually change all of my computers settings back to the default/automatic passed down by the router. Also, this is a hardware setting....