Google-related news and commentary:
Launches New Badge For Black-Owned Businesses. Google has introduced a new feature that will allow businesses
to label themselves as "black-owned" through the company's Maps and Search listings. The new feature is part of
Google's promise to support the Black community with "initiatives and product ideas that support long-term solutions." The
badge that represents Black-owned businesses is a black heart over a three-striped orange background. It will not only
indicate that a business is "black-owned" but also help filter results and make it easier to find them online.
Data Analysis Exposes
Google Search Censorship. As the debate over Big Tech censorship rages, one of many conservative news sites
that has faced censorship at the hands of Google and their search policies has come forward with new evidence.
Massively Misleading Answers from Big Tech CEOs to Congress. Yesterday [7/29/2020], the CEO's of major American
tech firms Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook appeared before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel to discuss the
market dominance of their firms and issues relating to censorship on their platforms. During the hearing, the CEOs made
a number of claims relating to their platforms and the competition they face. Each of the CEOs made extremely
misleading statements, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai regularly misrepresenting how Google operates or the competition the
tech giant faces. [...] Google's search dominance is one of the reasons that the company was able to suppress the search
results of Breitbart News and other conservative news websites, essentially "purging Breitbart content from search results
since the 2016 election," according to Breitbart News' reporter Allum Bokhari.
Tech, Establishment Media Crush Free Speech Through a Form of Prior Restraint. Big tech and mainstream media
have joined forces to crush free speech and press freedom. Not only are they censoring alternative medical views on
coronavirus, but they are also censoring news outlets that happen to cover those views. On Monday night [7/27/2020],
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (owned by Google) took down video from a Facebook live stream of a press conference on
coronavirus in Washington, DC, by a group of doctors that was covered by Breitbart News that day. The press conference
was held by a group called America's Frontline Doctors, which was organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.
The press conference featured doctors talking about their own views about the treatment of coronavirus or COVID-19, sometimes
presenting perspectives that are not featured by the "experts" making policy for the country. Some talked about
hydroxychloroquine; others touted the scientific case for reopening schools.
Jordan explodes at Big Tech hearing, drags Jamie Raskin's wife for unmasking Flynn. Rep. Jim Jordan,
R-Ohio, had a fiery clash with his Democratic colleagues at Wednesday's congressional hearing with tech giants. Jordan
grilled Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai over Google's alleged search engine bias against conservatives and whether Pichai could
commit that Google will not interfere in the upcoming election to benefit Joe Biden. However, Rep. Mary Gay
Scanlon, D-Pa., appeared to dismiss Jordan's concerns as "fringe conspiracy theories." "Mr. Chairman, we have the
email," Jordan responded, referring to an email written by a Google staffer that suggested that the tech giant aided Hillary
Clinton's campaign in 2016.
Limbaugh: Google 'Essentially Trying to Erase Breitbart'. Rush Limbaugh spoke on his radio show on
Wednesday [7/29/2020] about the House oversight hearing that took place yesterday focused on high tech monopolies and
highlighted how Google has censored content from the Breitbart News website.
Rep. Matt Gaetz Calls Out Google for Censoring Websites. Representative Matt Gaetz called out Google for
censoring conservative news sites like the Gateway Pundit, Daily Caller, Breitbart, Western Journal and the American
Spectator. Of course Google's Head denied any such thing. If you go to Google and search for top stories in
various categories where the Gateway Pundit has led in the news cycle you won't find Gateway Pundit included in the list of
related articles on the subject. This happens over and over and over and today Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida asked
Google's Head Sundar Pichai about it.
Interference: Google Purges Breitbart from Search Results. A few days after the 2016 election, at an
internal meeting later leaked to Breitbart News, top Google executives, including Sundar Pichai, Sergey Brin, and Kent
Walker, lamented President Trump's victory, comparing Trump voters to "extremists" and discussing their desire to make
Trump's election and the populist movement a "blip" in history. True to their word, four years later, Google is
deliberately working to interfere with the reelection of Trump in 2020.
Translate Lists 'Police Officer' as the Primary Definition of 'Demon'. Google Translate, the tech giant's
translation app, listed "a police officer" as the primary definition of "demon." The secondary definition of demon, according
to the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley, is "an evil spirit or devil." The web giant removed the definitions
altogether after Breitbart News requested comment on the company's strange definition. Users on reddit's /r/Conspiracy
subreddit were the first to recently notice that when the term "demon" was typed into Google's Translate system, the first
definition that the site returns is "a police officer."
Conservative Leaders Demand Answers From Google CEO After Blacklisting. On Monday, Media Research Center
Founder and President Brent Bozell and the MRC's Free Speech Alliance released an open letter to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai
ahead of Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee and the Antitrust Subcommittee hearing featuring Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff
Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The letter comes less than a week after major MRC's major
sites (including NewsBusters) and other conservative platforms were blacklisted from Google's search results.
Tom Cotton Presses DOJ to Investigate Google over Potential Antitrust Violations. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
is pushing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to probe whether search giant Google is in violation of antitrust laws on a number
of fronts, a new letter he wrote to Attorney General Bill Barr provided to Breitbart News exclusively shows. "In recent
weeks, news outlets have reported that the Department of Justice is nearing a decision about whether to take enforcement
action against Google for anticompetitive behavior that violates U.S. antitrust law," Cotton wrote to Barr, citing a recent
Politico report on looming DOJ action against Google.
blacklists American Thinker and reverses it after its blacklisting of conservative sites is exposed. Yesterday
[7/21/2020], what Google calls a "technical error" exposed a blacklist of multiple conservative sites, including American Thinker.
After the blacklisting became obvious and generated commentary among conservative publications (and crickets among the dominant MSM
propaganda organs), it appears to have been reversed. The blacklist became blatantly obvious when a Google search for "American
Thinker" revealed no items from our site, but rather articles elsewhere that mentioned us. [...] How this blacklist and reversal occurred
without manual manipulation is a mystery to me. At a minimum, Google should provide a comprehensive list of all sites that were
blacklisted, so the ideological content of the blacklistees can be independently evaluated.
seeks class-action status as it alleges Google broke federal wiretapping law. A lawsuit seeking class-action
status accused Google of violating federal wiretapping law and tracking users' app usage, communications and personal
information after users attempted to opt-out of giving Google permission. Google has been hit with an onslaught of
litigation alleging it is bypassing a series of privacy restrictions and is deceiving its users in recent months. Last
month, Google was accused of improperly collecting users' search history in a lawsuit seeking $5 billion in damages, and
Arizona sued Google in May for using deceitful tactics to access users' location data. The new lawsuit filed Tuesday
[7/14/2020] by attorneys from the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner in federal court in the Northern District of California
alleged that Google tracks activity on third-party applications that have no formal affiliation with Google. The suit
was brought on behalf of Google users in California and Florida.
Your Enemy: Undeniable Truths About the Left. [Scroll down] Google even controls what information
you have access to with a search and now is even manipulating stories regarding the uptick on positive cases of COVID-19.
Think I am kidding? Just enter any random number and "new COVID cases" and you will get a series of stories with the
numbers you entered. I tested this myself. I first entered "300 new COVID cases" and I got this. I then
entered "400 new COVID cases" and got these results. Just for absurdity sake I then decided to enter the random numbers
293 and 671 and surprisingly I got hits featuring those figures. Coincidence? Remember there is no such thing as
coincidence on the left. Manipulation is more like it, [...]
chess channel hit by YouTube's racial justice algorithm. Apparently, saying things like "white knight takes
black pawn" is now too racist for Google's artificial intelligence.
Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War. [#4] Google hates you, so stop using it. If things
like privacy and free speech are important to you, you might want to rethink how much you rely on Google products and
companies. Gmail, for example, tracks your purchasing history from the receipts in your Gmail inbox. YouTube,
which is wholly owned by Google, routinely censors conservative content under the guise that it's "hate speech." Google
of course has all kinds of double standards for conservatives. Earlier this month Google threatened to pull ads from
The Federalist — not for anything we wrote, but for our comments section, which — you guessed
it — violated their guidelines on hate speech. (The irony is that the comments section of YouTube is one of the
most vile, hateful places on the internet.) Also, you don't have to Google everything. You can use Bing, Yahoo!,
Searx, Qwant, DuckDuckGo, or any of the many other search engines out there.
collects a frightening amount of data about you. How to find and delete it now. Google collects a
staggering amount of personal data about its users — far more than you might even realize. The company
records every search you perform and every YouTube video you watch. Whether you have an iPhone ($699 at Apple) or an
Android, Google Maps logs everywhere you go, the route you use to get there and how long you stay — even if you
never open the app. When you look closer at everything Google knows about you, the results can be eye-opening, and
maybe even a little unsettling. Thankfully, there's something you can do about it. Starting in June, new Google
accounts will automatically delete private data for you. But only after 18 months by default. And only if you're
a brand-new Google user. That's great if you're just now deciding to create a Gmail address or you just got your first
Android phone, but if you're among the 1.5 billion people on Gmail or the 2.5 billion people using Android already, your
account is set to hold onto your private data forever unless you tell Google otherwise.
DOJ Preparing Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Google. CTH has discussed the likelihood of DOJ action against Google
previously. Yesterday [6/25/2020] AG Barr also mentioned in an interview with Senator Ted Cruz that he was likely to
have the final DOJ investigation on his desk for a decision within the next few months. Today Politico is reporting on
some of the background DOJ activity which aligns with Bill Barr's statements and our own research assembly.
Clergy of Color Rips Google Over 'Deliberate Censorship' of Conservatives. The Conservative Clergy of Color
took Google to task in a statement slamming the Internet giant over its "deliberate censorship" of conservatives. "As
pastors and leaders in our communities, we are appalled by the blatant bigotry and bias against conservative and Christian
voices in our country today. We are sickened by the dirty trick Google played against two conservative websites over a
simple difference of opinion," Conservative Clergy of Color leaders, which include Bishop Aubrey Shines, Rev. Derek
McCoy, Rev. MJ Reid, and Pastor Francisco Vega, said in a statement.
NBC News And Google. his week saw a depressing new low in the attempt by the left to silence voices with which
it disagrees when an NBC News "reporter" tried to enlist Google to block two conservative websites' ability to make
money. In a report on Tuesday [6/16/2020], NBC News' London-based Adele-Momoko Fraser claimed that Google had banned
The Federalist and Zero Hedge from its ad platform over articles that were "pushing unsubstantiated claims about the Black
Lives Matter protests." Google soon tried to correct the record, saying that "The Federalist was never demonetized." Google
had only threatened to blacklist the site from its ad network. (It did "demonetize" Zero Hedge.) What's more,
contrary to NBC News, Google's actions against The Federalist and Zero Hedge had nothing to do with articles they published,
but with reader comments on those sites.
NBC's Censorship 'Insanity'.
On Tuesday, NBC inaccurately reported that Google had blocked The Federalist from collective revenue via Google Ads for
violating "policies on content related to race" — a claim, blasts National Review's David Harsanyi (a former
editor at The Federalist), that's "utter nonsense." All of the site's content "falls well within the parameters of
contemporary political discourse." NBC's accusation is based on a Federalist piece criticizing Black Lives Matter, not "one
word" of which is racist. Plus, Google says NBC got the story wrong, that the tech giant had only warned it "could"
demonetize The Federalist. But NBC clearly wanted to see the publication squashed. "Where are all the other
journalists banding together to defend the ideals of free expression and the First Amendment?" asks Harsanyi.
"So far, nowhere."
Appoints Itself Internet-Speech Arbiter. Wow. I guess every day at the "NBC News Verification Unit" is a
game of "Two Truths and a Lie." Yesterday [6/16/2020] NBC News, the employer of Brian Williams and former employer of Matt
Lauer, Mark Halperin, and Chris Matthews, revealed that it has an obscure self-described "verification unit" that appointed
itself to police American political discourse, and initially reported that Zero Hedge and the Federalist had been banned from
generating revenue through widely used Google Ads, deeming their content to be racist. The report characterized those
sites as "far-right," even though the Federalist publishes a variety of right-of-center viewpoints and Zero Hedge is an
idiosyncratic libertarian-leaning financial and market news site.
News' Attempt to Demonetize the Federalist Is Illiberal Insanity. NBC News reported today that two sites,
ZeroHedge and the Federalist, had been banned from generating revenue through widely used Google Ads. A
Google spokesperson initially told NBC News that it "took action after determining the websites violated its policies on
content related to race." I don't know much about ZeroHedge, but the contention that the Federalist (where
I worked as a senior editor from 2013 to 2019) is "far-right," as reporter Adele-Momoko Fraser claims twice in her piece, is
utter nonsense. The Federalist publishes a wide variety of opinions. Some pieces are more provocative than
others. Some are very provocative. So what? NBC News is trying to make the site sound like the Daily
Stormer, when in fact it has contributions from well-known mainstream libertarians, social conservatives, and moderate
Republicans. All of the content falls well within normal parameters of contemporary political discourse —
which is exactly what outlets such as NBC News are trying to shut down.
NBC and Google engage in antitrust collusion against two conservative sites? Leftists cannot allow ideological
competition. If their ideas have to go head-to-head with conservative ideology, their ideas lose. Leftists and
other fascists win only by shouting more loudly and breaking things more aggressively than do people committed to individual
rights. Sometimes, though, if you're arrogantly confident that you have the upper hand, you get careless. That's
what happened with NBC and Google when they colluded to demonetize The Federalist and Zero Hedge. It's no
coincidence that the Department of Justice almost immediately afterward announced that it was going to end the immunity that
protected internet platforms from antitrust actions if they try to stifle competition — something that may save
American Thinker from a demonetizing attack. There's a lot to unpack here. First, under §230 of the
Communications Decency Act of 1996, the big platforms were made immune from liability for third-party content on the ground
that they were functioning as bulletin boards, not publishers. They're still protected even though they're now making
judgments about the content (usually in ways that hurt conservatives). They're also immune from antitrust actions if they
work with other parties' to silence the latters' competition.
Tries and Fails to Wreck a Conservative Website. Here's Why It's Deeply Problematic. If you value a
robust media offering a variety of voices, you should be troubled by a chilling incident that occurred this week.
Citing the work of two foreign-based activist groups, NBC News reported Tuesday that Google would demonetize a conservative
news and opinion outlet, The Federalist — meaning not allow it to carry Google Ads on its site. Why?
Because of The Federalist's coverage of the George Floyd protests. Later that day, Google clarified that its specific
issue was the comments section below articles on The Federalist, not the articles themselves. When The Federalist
removed its comments section, Google said it considered the issue resolved. This episode shows how a media outlet such
as NBC News apparently is willing to collude with radicals alongside one of the world's most powerful tech companies to ruin
The Federalist Caper.
So, Google was demonetizing the Federalist, and then it wasn't. NBC News has the story, or it doesn't. On
Tuesday [6/16/2020], NBC News published a story claiming that Google had "banned" the Federalist, a right-wing news
and commentary site, from its advertising platform. The Federalist, according to NBC News, was being
"demonetized." Google shortly thereafter asserted that no such thing had happened with the Federalist; Google took
issue with some of the content in the Federalist's comments section and worked with the publication to resolve the
issue. This was all generally related to criticism of the recent protests originating in Minneapolis and Black Lives
Matter, an organization of which the Left intends to permit no criticism. NBC News did what looks like some bad
News Reporter Thanks Foreign Groups for 'Collaboration' in Pushing Google to 'Defund' The Federalist. NBC News
reporter Adele-Momoko Fraser thanked two foreign non-profit organizations for their "collaboration" in urging Google to
demonetize The Federalist, a respected conservative American news website, on Tuesday [6/16/2020]. [...] The Federalist is a
conservative news and opinion site that features, among others, Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway. Zero Hedge,
another site targeted by the groups, is a blog featuring commentary on politics and economics.
Report Implicates Google in Antitrust Activity. NBC News is taking a victory lap after their successful efforts
to target their competition, The Federalist website, results in GoogleAds demonetizing the outlet. However, within the
article the NBC report also implicates Google in large-scale antitrust violations. According to NBC the outlet asked
Google to take action against the Federalist.
Google Financially Blacklists ZeroHedge, Threatens the Federalist over Comment Sections. Earlier today
[6/16/2020], NBC reported that Google confirmed it financially blacklisted two sites known for criticism of the left:
conservative commentary site the Federalist and alternative news site ZeroHedge. Following its publication, NBC amended
its article to state that the Federalist has been "warned" by Google of imminent blacklisting from its Google Ads service due
to "policy violations" in its comments section. ZeroHedge is also working with Google to resolve its blacklisting,
which is also based on its comments section. If the Federalist fails to remedy what Google considers to be violations
in its comments section, both websites will now be unable to generate advertising revenue using Google Ads, by far the most
important service for any website trying to generate digital advertising revenue.
Davis: Federalist Comments Section Will Return, Looks Like NBC Partnered with Left-Wing Group to 'Use Google to Go
After Us'. On Tuesday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the Federalist Co-Founder
Sean Davis stated that the Federalist never got any notice from Google over the threatened demonetizing of the site, it
appears NBC "partnered with a foreign left-wing group in Europe to go after us and to use Google to go after us." And vowed
that the site's comments section will return. Davis said, "We never got any formal notice from Google. We never
got any notice from their ad team. We learned about this from NBC News, from the reporter, Ms. Fraser, who emailed
a general info account at the Federalist. She didn't email me or my partners or my founders, saying hey, we heard that
Google demonetized you, what do you think about that?[...]"
Scramble Amid Backlash, NBC, Google Both Release Contradictory Messages. NBC News and Google had contradictory
messages Tuesday scrambling to address backlash resulting from a report about The Federalist that quickly fell apart.
NBC first claimed that The Federalist had already been demonetized from Google Ads, quoting a Google spokesperson in the
process. Shortly after publication, Google disputed the claim, saying that The Federalist had not yet been
de-monetized, but was rather given the chance to address issues regarding its comment section. NBC News then updated
the article with a contradictory statement. An on-the-record quote from a Google spokesperson saying "we've removed
both sites' ability to monetize with Google" remained as NBC added a note that The Federalist "has three days to remove the
violations before the ban goes into effect."
NBC News under
fire for apparently pushing Google to remove conservative sites from ad platform. NBC News is facing intense
backlash for apparently influencing Google to punish two conservative news sites over what was deemed offensive coverage of
the George Floyd protests. In a report published Tuesday afternoon, NBC News claimed Google "banned" The Federalist and
ZeroHedge from Google Ads for "pushing unsubstantiated claims" about the Black Lives Matter movement. Google later
pushed back, claiming that The Federalist "was never demonetized," and adding, "We worked with them to address issues on
their site related to the comments section." "We have strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on
and explicitly prohibit derogatory content that promotes hatred, intolerance, violence or discrimination based on race from
monetizing," a Google spokesperson initially told NBC News. NBC, however, did not link to the "derogatory content" from
The Federalist or ZeroHedge.
bans website ZeroHedge from its ad platform over comments on protest articles. Google has banned ZeroHedge, a
far-right website that often traffics in conspiracy theories, from its advertising platform over policy violations found in
the comments section of stories about recent Black Lives Matter protests. Google also issued a warning on Tuesday to
The Federalist over comments on articles related to recent protests. A Google spokesperson said in an email on Monday
that it demonetized the websites after determining they violated its policies on content related to race.
Goes After Google's Comment Section: Trump Admin To Propose Section 230 Rollback. The DoJ just escalated
its burgeoning feud with Silicon Valley by introducing a new legislative plan meant to make certain changes proposed in a
Trump executive order signed late last month permanent - including a measure to strip tech giants of "liability shields" for
activity and speech that happens on their platforms. In effect, the DoJ proposal would rollback protections centered in
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, something that's gaining bipartisan support (albeit for vastly
Google Demonetizes Zero
Hedge. As you may have read on NBC, Google has decided to suspend ad hosting on the "far-right" Zero Hedge
[...] along with The Federalist, a decision that would have a materially adverse impact for both websites. The reason
presented to us for this decision is far more mundane than what has been disclosed by NBC: we are currently appealing
it, and expect to remedy it. That said, we were surprised by the framing of the suspension by the NBC article, which
disturbingly appears to be another attempt at activist targeting of inconvenient media outlets, especially since the core
argument presented by the NBC employee is different than what Google actually has said. In fact, half the NBC article
just happens to be dead wrong.
The Federalist, ZeroHedge from advertising on platform over comment sections. Google blocked advertisements
from two right-leaning publications, online magazine The Federalist and financial blog ZeroHedge. The tech giant
confirmed the ban on Tuesday to FOX Business but the company pointed out that its rationale behind blocking ads from the two
publications was misconstrued by NBC News. Google said it banned ads from the publications after the company's review
teams found that statements posted in the websites' respective comment sections comments consistently violated Google's
dangerous and derogatory policy.
CEO: Feds & States Are Targeting Google's Search Monopoly in Antitrust Probes. According to a recent report,
search engine DuckDuckGo's CEO says that federal and state authorities are asking detailed questions targeting Google's
overwhelming dominance of the search market. Bloomberg reports that Google rival DuckDuckGo says that federal and state
authorities are asking detailed questions about the best way to limit Google's power in the online search market as part of
antitrust investigations into the firm.
The Editor says...
DuckDuckGo is The Editor's favorite search engine, because [#1] even though it's not aware of everything Google
knows about, it's adequate, and [#2] it's not Google.
faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use. Google was sued on Tuesday [6/2/2020] in
a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by
pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in "private" mode.
Lawsuit Exposes Google's Complicated Location Tracking Settings. Arizona state attorney general Mark Brnovich
filed a lawsuit against Google Wednesday, accusing the company of illegally collecting users' location data even after they
tried to stop the tracking by adjusting Google's privacy settings. The lawsuit alleges that Google's products and
software siphon location information and other data without users providing meaningful consent, and that Google's complicated
settings frustrate consumers' attempts to stop the data collection. The state argues these practices violate the
Arizona Consumer Fraud Act, which makes it illegal for companies to misrepresent their business practices.
sues Google over tracking user location data without consent. Arizona sued Google this week, alleging the big
tech company engaged in deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain users' location data for advertising purposes in
order to gain a profit. The 50-page complaint alleges Google tracks the location of its users even if the consumer had
disabled the tracker. After a roughly two-year probe, Arizona says Google also makes it confusing and increasingly
difficult for a consumer to opt-out of the tracking and information collection.
slaps down conservative sites reporting the truth on coronavirus. Google, the top search engine in the United
States, appears to be hitting conservative sites who are publishing articles that run contrary to the accepted narrative
surrounding the coronavirus. Multiple reports have come into NOQ Report concerned with major drops in traffic from the
search giant. So, we checked our own stats and realized it had started happening to us as well. We will not be
"outing" other conservative sites who may require Google traffic to function properly (our biggest search traffic source is
DuckDuckGo, which I highly recommend from a privacy perspective). I will not be disclosing the names or websites associated
with the people I talked to on this matter. Google's various teams, for their part, have not responded to requests for
Erases the Existence of Those Who Speak Unwelcome Truths. Daniel Greenfield, the peerless Shillman Fellow and
FrontPage writer, tweeted the news on May 7: "Google just erased my Sultan Knish blog and Front Page Mag articles from the
first pages of results for my name doubt very much this is accidental." I did too, so I checked for myself, and sure enough:
a Google search for "Robert Spencer" now does not bring up Jihad Watch, where most of my writing outside of books has been
published for the last seventeen years, but it does give you defamatory and distorted attack pieces from the far-Left
Southern Poverty Law Center and the Saudi-funded Bridge Initiative, and nothing that doesn't portray me and my work in the
most unfavorable possible light. This latest example of the tech giants' determination to silence all dissenting voices
reveals one often overlooked fact: they are desperately afraid. Google is so afraid of Jihad Watch, in fact, that it is
going to great lengths to make you think that the site (which you can find here)
doesn't exist at all.
DOJ, State Attorneys General Likely to Hit Google with Antitrust Lawsuits. The Wall Street Journal
reports that both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file an antitrust lawsuits
against Google and have already begun to plan litigation according to sources with knowledge of the matter.
Google is watching your children. Schools remain shuttered across the country, 30 million Americans are out of
work, and food banks are running low, but the edutech sector is booming. Silicon Valley companies are feasting on an
exploding client base of quarantined students held hostage to "online learning." Big Google is leading the way —
and that is not OK. Unsuspecting parents cheering all the software and hardware donations during the pandemic shutdown
have no idea the privacy price their children are paying. This isn't charity. It's big tech recruitment of
vulnerable generations of future Google addicts. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Google inked a deal to
provide 4,000 "free" Chromebooks to students, along with "free" Wi-Fi to 100,000 families. In Kentucky, the Jefferson
County public schools gave away 25,000 Chromebooks. In Philadelphia, public officials earmarked $11 million to purchase
40,000 Chromebooks for homebound kids.
The Editor says...
As I understand it, a Chromebook is a laptop computer that uses Google as its operating system.
I have one, and I presume that everything I do on my Chromebook is visible to somebody at Google.
A thousand Chromebooks is a terrible investment of public school funds, because they will be obsolete
in a few years, and most likely will have been paid for with borrowed money from school bonds.
Subpoenaed for Emails of Mystery Gmail Account Tied to Hillary Clinton. Judicial Watch served a
court-authorized subpoena to Google on April 15 requesting emails from a controversial Gmail account tied to Hillary
Clinton. The subpoena is part of a yearslong Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which has led to the discovery of
Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server to conduct government business during her tenure as the secretary of
state. Judicial Watch, a conservative government transparency group, requested the emails and metadata from the [...]
gmail.com account. Clinton IT aide Paul Combetta claimed to have used the account to transfer all of Clinton's emails
from a laptop to an email server.
Watch subpoenas Google in ongoing hunt for Hillary Clinton missing emails. Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch
has served Google with a subpoena for all emails believed to be linked to an account used by 2016 Democratic presidential
nominee Hillary Clinton during her tenure as President Obama's secretary of state. According to a press release, the
subpoena — which was authorized by a federal court in Washington, D.C. — Platte River Network IT
specialist Paul Combetta reportedly accessed the Google account to move Clinton's emails from a laptop to the firm's servers
before using a program called Bleachbit to destroy the emails and remove all traces of them the computer.
How Apple and Google Plan to Track the Coronavirus Through Your Phone. Do Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google
hold the key for tracking the spread of Covid-19 and possibly reopening the global economy? The tech giants on Friday
[4/10/2020] said they will release tools for software developers to create so-called contact-tracing apps that record when
smartphones come into close contact with each other. Such apps could warn users if they were nearby someone later
diagnosed as positive for Covid-19.
JV's Dystopian COVID-19 Tracker Could Be Straight Out Of Orwell's 1984. Apple and Google unveiled a rare
partnership to add technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a
person with Covid-19. People must opt in to the system, but it has the potential to monitor about a third of the world's
population. [...] In the coming months, the two tech giants will add the technology directly into their operating systems so
this contact-tracing software works without having to download an app. Apple's iOS and Google's Android have about
3 billion users between them.
to issue reports on users' location data to help governments enforce social distancing. Google said Friday it
will begin publishing reports created from Google Maps users' whereabouts to help governments make policy decisions regarding
social distancing measures enacted to fight coronavirus. Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer, said Friday the
company will protect individuals' privacy by not revealing any one user's location, contacts or movement at any point.
Dr. DeSalvo said the COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports will initially cover 131 countries and regions and they will
expand to cover additional countries and regions in the coming weeks.
Google - Are You Following Me During the Pandemic? Most people aren't thrilled with the idea of having their
whereabouts tracked — especially when they're not aware of it. But what if the likes of Google and others are doing it
in the interest of the greater good — to help curb the deadly spread of the coronavirus? Alphabet-owned Google is
indeed tracking your movements to see if you're going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or a neighbor's house, or if you're
doing what you're supposed to be doing and staying put amid one of the worst pandemics in more than 100 years. Google
this week released preliminary reports showing movements within communities not just in the U.S. but across the world during
the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the Community Mobility Report for the U.S., as of March 29, movement to
retail and recreation areas — restaurants, cafes, movie theaters and the like — had decreased by 47%.
Sues Google Over Children's Privacy Violations. New Mexico's attorney general sued Google on Thursday, saying
the tech giant used its educational products to spy on the state's children and families. Google collected a trove of
students' personal information, including data on their physical locations, websites they visited, YouTube videos they
watched and their voice recordings, Hector Balderas, New Mexico's attorney general, said in a federal lawsuit. "The
consequences of Google's tracking cannot be overstated: Children are being monitored by one of the largest data mining
companies in the world, at school, at home, on mobile devices, without their knowledge and without the permission of their
parents," the lawsuit said.
Supreme Court bid to legalize intellectual property theft. This month, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments
in Google v. Oracle — widely dubbed "the copyright case of the century." Let's hope the Supremes stop Google
in its tracks. Google is offering a dangerous legal argument that, if left standing, would directly abet China's
relentless theft of American intellectual property.
and YouTube are State Actors. The smoking gun can be found in the FCC Obamanet orders of 2010 and 2015.
The 2015 Obamanet Order, officially called Open Internet Order, has explicitly obligated all internet users to pay a tax to
Google and YouTube in their ISP and wireless data fees. The Order even mentions Google and YouTube by name. The
tax incurs tens of billions of dollars per year. More specifically, the Order said that by paying ISP fees (including
mobile wireless), each user also pays for the services that ISP gives to platforms and content providers like YouTube, even
if the user doesn't use them.
Shameless, Preening, Anti-Privacy, Self-Monopoly-Making Third-Party Cookies Ban. I don't like liars. I
really don't like liars who pretend they're doing the right thing — when they are doing no such thing. I
REALLY don't like liars who preen about doing the right thing — when all they're actually doing is helping
themselves do the wrong thing. Google has become a nearly $1 trillion company — by taking your digital
data and selling ads predicated upon it. Thus, anyone else collecting data — is inherently a Google
competitor. And Google doesn't like competitors — and will do anything they can to eliminate them.
Election: Gmail Favouring Certain Electoral Candidates Over Others, Research Suggests. Google may be
favouring certain US presidential hopefuls over others, according to an analysis of how Gmail sorts incoming emails.
The study, conducted by The Markup, suggested Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg received a significant boost compared to
other leading candidates, as his campaign emails were the most likely to be directed to Gmail's Primary inbox folder.
Other candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, had nearly all of their emails directed to either the Promotions or
Spam folder of Gmail.
Ties To Google. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is in hot water over a salacious affair allegation revealed by
an ex-business associate. While the gossip rags are having a field day with those allegations, the more important story
revealed in the leaks is Schmidt's ties to Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.
Censors Rand Paul's Speech Naming the Whistleblower. The Big Tech company Google, along with its video-sharing
subsidiary YouTube, has been banning videos of a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate where Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
named the whistleblower, according to Breitbart News. In the speech, Senator Paul highlighted the highly
questionable and suspicious interactions between a staffer on the House Intelligence Committee, Shawn Misko, and the
whistleblower, CIA operative Eric Ciaramella. Although numerous investigative journalists have speculated Ciaramella is
the whistleblower, Democrats and the media have been suppressing any mention of his name. As Breitbart notes, YouTube's
actions to censor the video in question constitute a direct censorship of the congressional and historical record, an
unprecedented act of censorship of public information.
Maps Hacks shows how 99 phones can change traffic flow. Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world
but its influence actually goes beyond just locating and navigating. A whole flood of new businesses, experiences, and
mentalities have grown up around the ability to zoom and pan around more than just a digital version of a map. But, as
the cliché goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and one "hack" showed just how easy it was to game
Google's system and literally change the flow.
A guy wheeled around 99 phones
in a cart to create traffic jams on Google Maps. Technology is not always foolproof and that's exactly what a
new Google Maps experiment tried to prove. Artist Simon Weckert has posted a video on YouTube showing how he managed to
"hack" Google Maps to create virtual traffic jams on the streets of Berlin. For his experiment, Weckert loaded 99
smartphones running Google Maps into a cart. He then had someone wheel that cart around various streets in Berlin,
including outside the Google office. The phones apparently fooled Google Maps into thinking that there was a high
concentration of users on those streets. Because the phones were in a cart, Maps was further tricked into believing
that the traffic was slow-moving.
Tech is worth over $5 trillion now that Alphabet has joined the four comma club. On Thursday [1/16/2020],
Alphabet topped $1 trillion in market value, becoming the fourth U.S. technology company to reach that level, after Apple,
Microsoft and Amazon, which has slipped back to about $930 billion.
[is] throwing Jussie Smollett under the bus. If alleged hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett thought his troubles
in Chicago were behind him he is likely mistaken. This case isn't over yet and a Cook County judge has appointed a
special prosecutor to look into the events leading up to the supposed hate crime involving the former Empire
actor. As part of that effort, the judge has ordered Google to turn over all of Smollett's emails, including any drafts
and deleted messages, as well as his phone records. The judge also ordered the release of the same records for the
actor's manager, an alleged witness to the events.
List of mergers
and acquisitions by Alphabet. Google has a lot of corporate cousins.
chief legal officer to step down WITHOUT an exit package amid investigation into his 'relationships with several women at the
company. The legal chief of Google's parent company Alphabet is stepping down following allegations of
inappropriate relationships with employees. David Drummond, who joined Google in 2002, said in company-wide email that
he was planning to leave at the end of the month.
Why Google Doesn't Respect Private Property. [Scroll down] This all started in 2010 when Oracle filed
suit against Google for copyright infringement on their in-house Java-related APIs, which Google used in part to create the
Android operating system. Google lost this first round. That decision was later overturned and at the subsequent
jury trial, Google won successfully, arguing their acquisition was one of "fair use," the legal doctrine that permits limited
use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. Oracle then appealed
that ruling, winning in turn in 2016. With a score tied up at two to two, a circuit split, the Supreme Court has agreed to
settle the matter decisively. Neither of the tech giants involved here has entirely clean reputations on any number of
issues. But in this case, only Google is credibly accused of stealing intellectual property actively under the
protection of copyright, a fact they hardly dispute.
Judge Orders Google To Hand Over Jussie Smollett's Emails. A Chicago judge signed off on a search warrant
seeking to obtain actor Jussie Smollett's Google account emails. Judge Michael Toomin ordered Google to turn over
Smollett's private messages, photographs, emails and location data as part of a special prosecution probe a month ago,
according to a report published Wednesday by the Chicago Tribune.
Smollett investigation: Judge orders Google to turn over a full year of the actor's data. A Cook County
judge has ordered Google to turn over Jussie Smollett's emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year
as part of the special prosecutor's investigation into the purported attack on the actor. Two sweeping search warrants,
obtained by the Chicago Tribune, provide the first public glimpse at the direction of the probe by special prosecutor Dan
Webb more than four months into the investigation. The warrants, filed last month in Circuit Court, sought a trove of
documentation from Smollett and his manager's Google accounts — not just emails but also drafted and deleted
messages; any files in their Google Drive cloud storage services; any Google Voice texts, calls and contacts; search and web
browsing history; and location data.
Cameras Show Images Inside Strangers' Homes. Owners of smart cameras linked to Google accounts have reported
seeing images from inside strangers' homes. One user shared still images online that were taken by other people's
cameras, including pictures of people sleeping, children playing with toys and even a baby asleep in a crib. "When I
load the Xiaomi camera in my Google Home Hub I get stills from other people's homes," a Reddit user by the name Dio-V
wrote. The images were shared on 1 January and appear to be taken on the same day. Google acknowledged
the issue and claimed it only affected cameras made by Xiaomi.
Bloomberg has spent nearly $15 million to be in your Google search results. The 77-year-old former New York
City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is running for president, on a centrist-friendly platform that's mainly premised on beating
incumbent Donald Trump. What makes Bloomberg's campaign stand out, however, isn't his positions: it's how much he's
spending to get his message out. Google "impeachment," for example, and you'll probably get an ad at the top of the
page that promotes Bloomberg's campaign. Same goes for "climate change" and "gun safety." It's all over the place, but
it does guarantee the eyeballs of people who are searching for answers related to ongoing political conversations brought up
in the race. And those ads aren't cheap.
Apple and Google join forces to make their home products 'speak to each other' to make smart homes a reality.
Amazon, Apple and Google will work together to create a new common standard that will make it easier for smart devices to
speak to each other. It is a move the technology giants hope will make it easier for consumers as they will be able to
use different devices from a variety of companies on the same network. 'We believe that the protocol has the potential to
be widely adopted across home systems and assistants', the new group said in a statement.
Supreme Court Must Not Let Google's Theft of Intellectual Property Stand. Big Tech has changed the way we live,
and no tech company has been more invasive about it than Google. From listening to our conversations to tracking our
movements to accessing our health data, Google is rapidly becoming omnipotent. As former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said,
"We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less
know what you're thinking about." What's more, Google has intentionally misled consumers: Recent reporting from
the Wall Street Journal revealed that the company does, in fact, change and editorialize search results —
something they have repeatedly denied for years.
the Supreme Court Make Google Too Big to Fail? It's practically a foregone conclusion that everyone uses Google
in one way or another. Now the company's reach has expanded even further, acquiring Fitbit in December for a whopping
$2.1 billion. Google products are in our homes, its software is on our phones, and its search engine answers over three
billion queries per day. Even the word "google" itself has become a fixture in the American lexicon. The tech
giant has become so ubiquitous, its influence so massive, that it's safe to say Google's effect on public discourse is
unparalleled in modern society.
Chrome update is 'catastrophe' as bug wipes data from Android apps. Google has been forced to pause the rollout
of the latest update to its Chrome web browser due to concerns that a bug is wiping people's data. Chrome 79 is the
latest version of the world's most popular web browser, which is used by more than 1 billion people. The bug appears to
only affect apps that use Android's built-in WebView — a feature that allows users to view web pages within an app.
Some apps, such as DuckDuckGo rely entirely on WebView in order to operate.
Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Step Down from Alphabet Inc. Google co-founder Larry Page has announced
he will step down as CEO of Alphabet, the umbrella company that owns Google, YouTube and other former Google subsidiaries.
His co-founder, Sergey Brin, will also step down from the company. Page's role will be filled by current Google CEO Sundar
Pichai, who will become CEO of both Google and Alphabet. Page and Brin co-founded Google in 1998, growing the company to
become arguably the largest and most powerful tech platform in the world. They will stay on as shareholders and as members
of Alphabet's Board of Directors.
'DOES blacklist sites, has targeted conservative news sites and changes its algorithms to favor big businesses,' claims new
report. Google is secretly blacklisting certain sites to prevent them appearing in search results — despite
publicly denying doing so — according to an investigation. The Wall Street Journal report claims that the search giant
has been blacklisting certain spam sites since the early 2000s, as well as those featuring child abuse or copyright infringement, to
prevent them appearing in search results. The newspaper also reported that conservative publications have been blacklisted in
Google News, and said that it had seen documents to support this claim, fuelling cries of political bias.
invasion into health records [is] more proof that Silicon Valley rules the world. In Big Tech's latest usurpation of personal
privacy, Google admitted this week that they've been secretly vacuuming up the detailed health records of at least 50 million
Americans in 21 states. This was not a voluntary confession. It wasn't until Monday [11/11/2019], after the Wall Street
Journal broke the story, that Google issued a typically infuriating statement. "We understand that people want to ask questions,"
it read in part. How benevolent. The Orwellian translation: We who rule Silicon Valley are exercising control over
everyone, everywhere, in ways you don't know, wouldn't understand and can't do anything about — and who's going to stop us?
is working on a top secret project with access to millions of Americans' health data including lab tests and diagnoses.
Google has been working on a top secret project with a leading healthcare company to gather millions of Americans' health data without
them knowing it. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday that the company has teamed up with Ascension, the second
largest healthcare services company in the country, for a project that was being code-named Nightingale. Within hours of the
Journal's report, the two companies announced the collaboration in a press release where they revealed that Ascension's data will
move onto Google's Cloud platform.
wants to create the ultimate medical record search tool for doctors. Google wants search to be the center of
everything you do. Now, in a logical next step to make its search products the access point for all content on the web,
the internet goliath is turning its focus to healthcare. David Feinberg, the recently appointed head of its Google
Health initiative, outlined plans to make it easier for doctors to search medical records, and improve the quality of
health-focused search results across Google and YouTube.
unload your Fitbits. News: Google to acquire Fitbit, valuing the smartwatch maker at about $2.1B. How
does this acquisition make your life better? What can possibly go wrong? "Nothing," based on this reassurance from
Fitbit's CEO: [...] Uh huh, just "trust me." All that history of personally identifiable information going into
Google's Big Data? "Can't wait" until we inevitably get fully-government-controlled healthcare (Elizabeth Warren must be
salivating over this acquisition). The federal bureaucrats will love this level of invasive information and will "find a
way" to get their hands on this data.
Featuring Dennis Prager Premieres Today As PragerU Goes to Court. [Scroll down] Only hours before the
premiere and approximately 700 miles northwest, lawyers for nonprofit group Prager University will face off against tech
behemoth Google in a California courtroom located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Their case, Prager University
v. Google, contends YouTube has exercised viewpoint discrimination against the nonprofit by restricting more than
200 of its short educational videos. "YouTube continues to restrict more and more PragerU videos, and they have never
given us a logical or rational answer as to why," said Craig Strazzeri, chief marketing officer for Prager University.
"It's obvious it's because of our conservative ideology. We've had more than 600,000 Americans sign a petition saying
they don't think our videos should be restricted."
Owners: Here's Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting Pictures of Your Firearms on Social Media. It's
no secret that technology plays an important role in our lives. Almost every single aspect of our life is ruled by
technology, from smart phones to computers and the internet. That's why it's not surprising to know that Google and
Facebook are keeping tabs on gun owners' firearms. According to The Firearms Blog (TFB), the two tech giants are
scanning users' pictures to look for serial numbers. They're then creating an index of every person's firearms based on
the image scans. If you've posted a picture of your firearm on a social networking site and didn't smear out the serial
number, chances are it's indexed on Google images. Simply type in the serial number in quotes and search images.
What comes up?
Executive: You Should Warn Guests About Smart Speakers in Your Home. BBC News reports that during a
recent interview, Google's devices chief Rick Osterloh was asked if homeowners should warn guests that smart devices such as
Google Home or Amazon Echo were in use. The Google executive seemed surprised by the question but eventually agreed
that they should indeed be informed.
Google News legally liable for bias against conservatives? I recently wrote that Google News should be sued for
bias against conservative sources, not regulated. Regulating Internet news aggregators is the last thing we want, but
Google News is clearly doing something wrong, that needs to be corrected. To further this line of thought, here is a
specific legal argument for the Courts to order Google News to stop discriminating. The Courts might even impose
penalties for past discrimination. The Federal Trade Commission could bring such a suit, as could the users of Google
News. Mind you I am not an expert on this stuff, hence the question mark in the title. We are looking for new law
so should look at first principles. I posit a variation on the product liability principle called the implied warrant
of merchantability. This says the product should work. It is a fundamental principle of product liability law.
Rules Google Must Face Hiring Discrimination Lawsuit Against Conservatives. In January 2018 James Damore, a
former Google engineer who was fired from the tech giant filed a class action lawsuit against Google in a Santa Clara
Superior Court in Northern California. Damore previously sent out a ten-page viewpoint diversity essay that made its
rounds online which ultimately led to his firing in early August of 2017. Demore claims Google discriminates against
white males with conservative political views.
targeted black people to test new facial recognition software but didn't tell them what the tests were for.
Google has been seeking facial scans of people with 'darker skin' as part of its efforts to improve the company's facial scan
software. The company has sent out teams of temp workers, hired through the staffing agency Randstad, to scan people's
faces in exchange for $5 gift cards. Workers for the program said they were directed to target homeless people and
Google Claims 'Quantum
Supremacy'. In what may be a huge milestone in computing, Google says it has achieved "quantum supremacy," an
experimental demonstration of the superiority of a quantum computer over a traditional one. The claim, made in a new
scientific paper, is the most serious indication yet that the promise of quantum computers — an emerging but
unproven type of machine — is becoming reality, including their potential to solve formerly ungraspable
mathematical problems. Essentially, Google purports to have pulled off a stunt on a quantum computer that no
classical machine — not even the world's most powerful supercomputer — can replicate.
and Its Pals Are Worse than Anyone Thought. [Scroll down] I have been warning my readers as to the
dangers of these Internet Gatekeepers for more than two years, but the recent revelation by Google whistleblowers exceeded
all my worries. The MSM-Gatekeepers collusion is illuminated by the indifference and hostility that MSM and tech news
media display toward Google whistleblowers. Instead of reporting on the bombshell material that Google whistleblower
Zach Vorhies released, they aggressively smeared him. Google has not disputed the authenticity of the documents
released nor anything Zach has said.
The United States
of Google? More than a year ago, columnist Michelle Malkin sounded the alarm, noting "the tech-industry-supported
Common Core 'standards,' tests, and aligned texts and curricula" promulgated in America's classrooms was ripe for exploitation.
[...] Google is one of the principal perpetrators. "With little public oversight, Google has infiltrated schools through
its 'free' Google Apps for Education suite," Malkin adds. "As I've reported previously, Google is building brand loyalty
through its questionable certification program that essentially turns teachers into tax-subsidized lobbyists for the company."
Google just can't
stop misbehaving. [Scroll down] Google offers a free search service, and monetises that through
advertising, so does it actually need to see more than a search term to place a relevant ad? No. But it has
learned how to multiply the value of those searches, tracking and profiling every user in nearly every commercial web
activity. Google doesn't just serve up searches — it serves up users, based on their searches, and tells us
that's all part of making the service better for those users. Poppycock. That makes the service better for
Google's shareholders, but it's based on Google's presumption that it can spy on this search information, weaponise it, and
sell it to advertisers. It needn't be that way, and — as these infractions multiply and amplify —
it will increasingly be seen that it mustn't be that way.
employees are 'manipulating people every minute of every day,' liberal researcher tells Levin. How much power
does internet search engine giant Google have to influence American elections? Research suggests that the company has
more sway at the ballot box than many realize. On Sunday night's [9/8/2019] episode of Life, Liberty & Levin, LevinTV
host Mark Levin sat down with Dr. Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for
Behavioral Research and Technology, to discuss the tech giant's bias and potential to affect election outcomes.
Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App. Own a rifle? Got a scope to
go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you. That's because
the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users
of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered.
newest smart home device is always listening and watching. Google's latest smart product has some users wary,
as concerns grow over the 'spying' abilities of internet-connected home devices. The firm launched the successor to its
Nest Hub (formerly called the Home Hub) on Tuesday, offering its Smart Display with Google Assistant and a bigger, 10-inch
screen. And, unlike those before it, the $229 Nest Hub Max has a built in camera that can recognize different faces.
Robert Epstein: Google Censored Search Content in Favor of Democrats in Orange County in 2018. Far left
Google has a history now of election interference. In June James O'Keefe and Project Veritas released alarming new
undercover video, leaked documents, and testimony from a Google insider revealing the tech giant's plans to meddle in US
politics and "prevent a Trump situation in 2020." The tech giants already pulled this off in 2018. In January
Dr. Epstein revealed that just one Google shift in search results on Election Day in 2018 shifted from 800,000 to
4.6 million votes to Democratic candidates.
faces a new antitrust probe by 50 attorneys. Fifty attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google
over possible antitrust violations, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the initiative's leader, announced Monday [9/9/2019].
The news confirms reports last week about the bipartisan investigation into Google's practices. The probe includes attorneys
general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. California and Alabama are not involved in the probe,
Paxton said at a press conference.
Attorneys General to Launch Big Tech Antitrust Investigation Monday. State attorneys general will launch one of
the largest bipartisan, multi-state antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google on Monday [9/9/2019]. State attorneys
general spanning across dozens of states will announce an antitrust investigation into Google and Facebook, and other technology
companies at the Supreme Court at 2:00 p.m. ET Monday [9/9/2019]. The investigation will investigate whether
America's largest technology companies have stifled competition, restricted access, and harmed consumers.
Robert Epstein: Study claims Google reflected 'very dramatic bias' in 2016 election search results.
Google allegedly offered search results during the 2016 election season that manipulated voters in Hillary Clinton's favor,
according to researcher Dr. Robert Epstein. The study looked into "politically oriented searches" from a "diverse
group of American voters," Epstein said in an interview airing Sunday [9/8/2019] on "Life, Liberty & Levin." "In 2016,
I set up the first-ever monitoring system that allowed me to look over the shoulders of a diverse group of American
voters — there were 95 people in 24 states," he said. "I looked at politically oriented searches
that these people were conducting on Google, Bing and Yahoo. I was able to preserve more than 13,000 searches and 98,000
web pages, and I found very dramatic bias in Google's search results... favoring Hillary Clinton — whom I
Google Censors Us Because We're Effective. PragerU Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri spoke to Breitbart
News on Friday [9/6/2019], where he talked about PragerU's struggles with Big Tech censorship, and the indoctrination by the
left on college campuses, which has weakened young people's belief in free speech.
Democrats Cared About the Environment, They'd Talk About China. Ask yourself, why is big tech so determined to
work with China, despite the political pitfalls? Did Google, which once boasted the hipster motto "don't be evil,"
really think they'd suffer no blowback for developing a censored search engine designed to appease Chinese state
censors? Or that working with the Chinese military but not the American one would somehow escape notice? Of
course not — but for all its professed "values," there's no way a profit-seeking multinational like Google can
resist the temptation of a 1.4 billion-person market.
of US states interested in probe of Google, other tech giants. The number of states interested in joining an
antitrust or privacy investigation of Google and other tech giants has significantly expanded in recent days, with a majority
of US states now signing on to the effort, MLex has learned. A bipartisan group of more than 30 states are discussing
a scenario in which one or a few states — possibly including Texas — would issue an initial civil
investigative demand to Google as soon this week.
will pay $170M in settlement over children's privacy on YouTube. The Federal Trade Commission announced
Wednesday [9/4/2019] that under the terms of the agreement, Google will pay $136 million to the commission and $34 million to
New York state for alleged violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a children's privacy law. In addition to
knowingly and illegally harvesting the information from kids without receiving parental consent, regulators said YouTube made millions
of dollars by using the data collected from children to deliver targeted ads to them.
trouble with Google's search dominance. Google's search dominance creates a positive feedback loop whereby competitors
are unable to gain a foothold. Advertisers, after all, want to place spots where the eyeballs are. And the eyeballs are
at Google. So, other search engines are unable to scare up enough revenue to challenge Google meaningfully.
Meanwhile, the company has gotten in trouble, notably in Europe, for favoring its own sites on its search engine.
concerns threaten Google's 8,000-mile undersea cable connecting LA to China ahead of its planned launch. A
Google-backed plan to connect Los Angeles and Hong Kong by an 8,000 mile undersea cable spanning the Pacific Ocean may now be
facing a major roadblock. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, US officials are seeking to block the
project due to national security concerns. Plans for the cable were first announced in 2016 and progress is now well
underway; the team had planned to lay the final segments this summer and begin operations by the end of the year.
engineer charged with stealing company's trade secrets for driverless cars. A former Google engineer spent
months downloading Google's secret files on self-driving cars before he abruptly quit the company in 2016 to run Uber's
autonomous vehicle program, federal prosecutors alleged on Tuesday [8/27/2019]. The engineer, Anthony Levandowski, has
been charged with 33 counts of stealing trade secrets. U.S. Attorney David Anderson said that a forensic investigation
revealed that Levandowski downloaded around 14,000 files belonging to Google on or around Dec. 11, 2015, and that he
later transferred those and other files to his personal laptop and then gave them to Uber.
The Google Social Credit System. I learned last week from a Silicon Valley whistleblower, who spoke with the
intrepid investigative team at Project Veritas, that my namesake news and opinion website is on a Google blacklist.
Thank goodness the Big Tech giant hasn't taken over the newspaper syndication business yet. Twenty years of column
writing have allowed me to break news and disseminate my opinions without the tyranny of social justice algorithms
downgrading or whitewashing my words. But given the toxic metastasis of social media in every aspect of our lives,
especially for those who make their living exercising the First Amendment, it may only be a matter of time before this column
somehow falls prey to the Google Ministry of Truth, too.
BANS employees from discussing politics because too many were 'disrupting the workday to have a raging debate'.
Stung by a slew of recent controversies, Google — which for so long prided itself on providing an open workplace
culture where workers are free to speak their minds and voice their opinions — published new employee guidelines
Friday [8/23/2019] appearing to attempt to rein in their freewheeling staff. The new rules discourage unnecessary
political debate and improper disclosure of company information. They also require Googlers to be respectful in all
internal communications, with fierce prohibition against trolling or making blanket statements against groups of people that
could make fellow employees feel unwelcome.
Leaders Call on Google to Explain Claims the Site Is Blocking Conservatives. On Tuesday [8/20/2019], Media
Research Center President Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders released a letter calling on Google to explain reports
and allegations that the search engine is attempting to block conservative sites and exclude voices that don't fit the
liberal narrative. (A similar letter has also been sent to members of Congress, asking them to investigate.)
Google Whistleblower Claims FBI, SWAT, Bomb Squad Appeared at His Home. On Wednesday [8/14/2019], former Google
employee Zachary Vorhies went public as the whistleblower who spoke with Project Veritas in June, revealing the political
bias in Google's "Machine Learning Fairness" program. He also told the story of police storming his home to perform a
"wellness check" after he was outed as a "leaker" and after Google had sent him a demand letter. Project Veritas
released its video with Vorhies (whose identity was masked), exposing the bias in the "Machine Learning Fairness" program and
its hidden camera interview footage showing a Google executive describing her work on algorithms to prevent "the next Trump
situation." Shortly afterward, the whistleblower received a demand letter from Google.
"Machine Learning Fairness" Whistleblower Goes Public. A Google insider who anonymously leaked internal documents to
Project Veritas made the decision to go public in an on-the-record video interview. The insider, Zachary Vorhies, decided
to go public after receiving a letter from Google, and after he says Google allegedly called the police to perform a "wellness
check" on him.
blacklists American Thinker. In a video and article published on Wednesday [8/14/2019], ex-Google employee Zach
Vorhies speaks with the antitrust investigators at Project Veritas about the thousands of internal Google documents he
recently released to the public. Among the cache of information is a list of sites that Google has blacklisted with an
algorithm developed to alter users' search results. American Thinker is one of them.
Whistleblower Goes Public: 'Something Dark and Nefarious is Going on with the Company'. A Google insider who
anonymously leaked internal documents to Project Veritas decided to go public after the San Francisco police, a SWAT team and
a bomb squad paid an unannounced visit to his home. Zachary Vorhies, who outwardly looks like your stereotypical,
liberal millennial Silicon Valley tech worker, said his decision to go public about Google's "algorithmic unfairness" was
"an act of atonement."
Comes Forward After Giving DOJ Evidence Of Big Tech 'Tampering With Elections'. Recent court rulings against
both Facebook for their use of facial recognition software, and Google for their bias against conservatives in the workplace,
along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joe Simons openly discussing the possible need to break up companies
like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple as their antitrust investigations into those companies continues, topped off with
the Trump administration preparing to share up to 15,000 complaints of political censorship by social media and big tech with
the FTC, all pales in comparison to what a Google whistleblower just handed over to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
This was published in 2006:
Google dumps news sites that criticize radical Islam.
[Scroll down] Newsbusters commented: "At first blush, one can easily ignore such business decisions by the most
powerful company on the Internet as being routine. However, on closer examination, such behavior could give one
relatively small technological corporation (when measured by the size of its workforce) a degree of political might that
frankly dwarfs its current financial prowess." The media watchdog noted columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin wrote in
February 2005 her difficulties in becoming part of Google News. Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs had a similar
complaint. When Google News launched its beta site in April 2002, it said its mission was to construct an unbiased news
engine free of human intervention using new methods of aggregating news from sources worldwide.
Veritas: Leaked Google Documents Prove Tech Giant is Censoring. In November 2018 The Guardian
reported on group of Google employees who published an open letter calling on their employer to cancel its plans to build a
censored search engine for China. Google employees were very upset that Google's Project Dragonfly would allow the
Chinese government to blacklist certain search terms. But their blacklist operations were not just in China. It
is obvious that Google, Facebook and Twitter are using their own political blacklists to censor and diminish traffic to
prominent conservative publishers and their supporters.
Role Reversal: Government
Searches Google. This month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will launch a wide-ranging probe into
possible antitrust behavior by social media and technology giants. Although no companies were specifically named, it's
not hard to guess which corporations will be in the limelight: Amazon, Facebook, and, of course, the mother of all
technology titans, Google. There is certainly a case to be made that these companies have been shady with private user
data, stifled competition, and manipulated the flow of information to their benefit. But it's worth considering whether
or not a federal government investigation and possible destruction of these influential companies is really necessary.
Favors CNN, Left Media in Biased Mass Shooting Search Results. AllSides, a media technology company that
provides media bias ratings and balanced news across the political spectrum, conducted an audit of Google's "Top Stories"
section following the two mass shootings that occurred in Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX last weekend. The findings reveal
a heavy preference for CNN and left-leaning media outlets overall, reinforcing previous audits completed by AllSides and
researchers at Northwestern University.
'ephemeral experiences' key to their election meddling in 2020. There have been a handful of undercover and
direct investigations into Google in recent months that specifically target their ability to manipulate elections. This
has sparked a lot of interest from conservatives across the country as the parent company, Alphabet, is led by people who are
avowed Democrats and progressive-minded activists. Some have gone so far as to say that 2020 cannot be like 2016,
indicating they do not want President Trump to win reelection.
Think Google Controls The News?
It's Worse Than You Think, Experts Say. As Silicon Valley seeks to enhance its control over the news consumers
are able to view in the lead-up to 2020, experts say many publications are actively shaping their coverage to stay in "Big
Tech's" good graces. Publications that please the companies are rewarded with more exclusive scoops, better technical
support and an elevated search-engine ranking, allowing them to reach more readers. "When is the last time you saw an
op-ed in The Washington Post that was deeply critical of Facebook or Google? When is the last time you saw Axios or
Politico quote a tech whistleblower in a favorable light?" one industry insider asked.
guests where Google hosted its star-studded bash [were] warned 'not to look out of their windows' by police.
Google's gala dinner saw the world's best and brightest descend upon an ancient Italian city. But it seems locals
hoping to catch a glimpse of the star-studded event have been told to mind their own business. Residents near the
archeological site of Selinunte, on the south-west coast of Sicily, have revealed they were even warned by police not to look
out of their windows.
Camp: Celebrities with huge carbon footprints talk environment. What do former President Barack Obama,
Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Katy Perry have in common? All of them are famous, extremely wealthy, and
environmental scolds. They talk a big game about saving the planet and fighting global warming but then they travel to
Google Camp and just like that their hypocrisy is exposed. The A-list of the rich and famous have gathered in Sicily,
Italy at the personal invitation of the billionaire creators of Google, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, for a three-day party
known as Google Camp. The main focus of the exclusive gathering is global warming, which is ironic given the huge
carbon footprint created by their modes of transportation produced to get there.
Eco-Warrior Elite Turned Up at the Secret Climate Change Google Camp in 114 Private Jets. A host of A-list
celebrities faced an angry backlash today after they travelled to a climate change conference in Italy in a fleet of
supercars, expensive yachts and more than 100 private jets. Guests at the secretive Google Camp were accused of
hypocrisy after they gathered this week to discuss the environment while leaving a considerable carbon footprint of their
own. Prince Harry is understood to have given a passionate barefoot speech about saving the planet, although Buckingham
Palace has refused to confirm his attendance or whether he too travelled by private jet.
Harry 'gives barefoot speech' at secretive Google Camp climate change conference in Italy. Tech giants and
celebrities flocked to Sicily to show off their green credentials for the camp that focuses on global warming, but many
failed to leave their private jets at home. More than 110 fuel-guzzling planes are scheduled to land at Palermo, the
nearest airport, between now and August 4, reports Giornale di Sicilia. Others brought their super yachts to the
three-day conference which has A-lister attendees including Harry Styles, Katy Perry and Bradley Cooper. Buckingham
Palace refused to confirm Prince Harry's attendance at the event or how he travelled to Sicily.
flock to Google summit in private jets, mega yachts to talk climate change. The world's rich and famous have
flocked to a posh Italian resort to talk about saving Mother Earth — but they sure are punishing her in the
process. The billionaire creators of Google have invited a who's who of A-list names — including former
President Barack Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — to the Sicilian seaside for a mega-party
they've dubbed Google Camp. The three-day event will focus on fighting climate change — though it's unknown
how much time the attendees will spend discussing their own effect on the environment, such as the scores of private jets
they arrived in and the mega yachts many have been staying on.
Algorithms Threaten Free and Fair Elections. Last week, mostly lost in the news cycle of Trump versus "the
squad" and the anticipation of the Mueller hearings, was the testimony of Dr. Robert Epstein in front of the Senate
Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding the power of Google to manipulate elections. Epstein, a Harvard
Ph.D. in psychology and behavioral sciences, is a Democrat who voted for Clinton in 2016. Yet what he testified to should
be troubling to every American who is concerned about election integrity and the threats of manipulation by powers both foreign
and domestic. Epstein testified, based on 13,000 saved search results of American citizens and dozens of controlled
experiments in the United States and abroad, that the power of the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) generated by
Google's search algorithm likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary
Clinton in 2016.
Works on AI With Top Chinese University That Has Ties to Chinese Military. Google has been cooperating with a
leading artificial intelligence (AI) research body at Tsinghua University, a prestigious Chinese academic institution that
also conducts AI research for the Chinese military. The American internet giant has been collaborating with Beijing's
Tsinghua University since June 2018, when it launched a new AI research body, the Tsinghua University Institute for Artificial
Intelligence (TUIFAI). Earlier that month, it was revealed that the university received significant funding from the
Chinese military to work on an AI project aimed at advancing the military's AI capabilities.
Google Engineer: Big Tech Has Merged with Democrat Party to Sway Political Elections. Another Google
whistleblower has come forward to ring alarm bells about how the left-leaning tech industry uses algorithms to manipulate the
masses. For the past year, Project Veritas has been investigating political bias at big tech companies like Google,
Facebook, and Twitter. Greg Coppola, a senior software engineer who works on artificial intelligence at Google's New
York office, said he contacted Project Veritas out of concern that Big Tech and the media have merged with the Democrat party
to sway political elections. Coppola, a rare Trump supporter in Big Tech, said Google's political bias is obvious.
retaliates against whistleblower who called attention to massive election meddling scam. As our entire media
world moves ever further into the newfound and ever-expanding digital realm, there are concerns over just how powerful some
corporations are becoming online. In the realm of social media and search engines, this worry is well founded:
Facebook, Twitter, and Google have all been outed as biased against conservatives — often from the inside.
The latest strike against Google, in particular, came in the form of a recent interview between investigative journalists at
Project Veritas and an engineer for the company, in which the latter explained how algorithmic adjustments are being made for
the purpose of swaying the public political opinion.
Gabbard Cites Breitbart Scoops in Anti-Google Lawsuit. Presidential candidate and military veteran
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is suing Google after the tech giant blocked her ads account shortly after the first Democrat
presidential debate. The complaint cites Breitbart News' work in exposing Google's election meddling. The lawsuit
cited two bombshell Breitbart News scoops about Google, both showing the company's political bias: the Google Tape, a 1-hour
recording of Google executives' dismayed reaction to the 2016 election result, and leaked emails showing senior [G]oogle
employees trying to remove ad revenue from Breitbart.
To Curb Google. Recently, Peter Thiel, one of big tech's few prominent conservative-libertarians, began gunning
for Google. The billionaire PayPal founder recently gave a speech in D.C. branding the tech giant "treasonous" and
calling for a criminal investigation over its work with the Chinese military. Thiel is not alone — Google's
list of prominent critics is growing. It includes President Donald Trump, who Thiel supported in 2016. It includes
large sections of the conservative movement, who have witnessed the company's efforts to suppress and censor non-progressive
viewpoints over the past two years — thanks in large part to leaks published by Breitbart News. It also
includes Google's numerous competitors, who have long accused the company of anti-competitive practices.
Democrats' Blueprint To Steal 2020 From The Voters Of America. Senator Ted Cruz opined in a Senate hearing he
chaired this past week that he hoped journalists would catch the biggest take away of the day. According to one of the
day's most credible contributors, Robert Epstein, in 2016 Google alone likely manipulated 2.6 million to as high as
10 million voters to choose Hillary Clinton. In 2018 using his perfected methods of monitoring search activity and
effective responses with permission-granted use, Google alone may have influenced upwards of 78.2 million votes to be directed
to a single party. His concern in 2020 is that upwards of 15-20 million votes may be directed to a single candidate.
The Banality of
Google's Wokeness. Last month, details of Google's newsletter, "Yes, at Google," leaked and revealed a series
of itemized incidents of "microaggressions" and "micro-corrections." Employees at Google are not yet required to report such
occurrences nor are they forced to subscribe to the newsletter, the sole purpose of which is "to anonymously report complaints of
inappropriate behavior by co-workers." But its existence tells us something important about the culture and direction of the
company. You may wonder what Google means by "inappropriate," but judging from the list of grievances, the world of
microaggressions is a labyrinthine and very much real at Google. Some of them deal with day to day operations and work
relations between employees, but they reveal much of the bigger problems at hand.
Project Dragonfly is terminated. Promise. Lost in the kerfuffle over Houston Congressman Al Green's
failed attempt to get an impeachment vote on President Donald Trump and the "send her back" chants is a rather interesting
piece of news regarding Google's censored search engine for China. It's deader than Jacob Marley.
finds cheap way out of multibillion-dollar 'wi-spy' suit. Google is poised to pay a modest $13 million to end a
2010 privacy lawsuit that was once called the biggest U.S. wiretap case ever and threatened the internet giant with billions
of dollars in damages. The settlement would close the books on a scandal that was touched off by vehicles used by
Google for its Street View mapping project. Cars and trucks scooped up emails, passwords and other personal information
from unencrypted household Wi-Fi networks belonging to tens of millions of people all over the world. The debacle
became known as "Wi-Spy," and it caused almost as much of an uproar as Facebooks's more recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.
censored video on Ten Commandments, conservative producer tells Congress. Google denies viewers access to
educational content on its YouTube subsidiary without explanation, radio host and commentator Dennis Prager testified Tuesday
at a Senate hearing. "Google, which owns YouTube, has restricted access to 56 of our 320 five-minute videos and other
videos we produce," Prager, co-founder of Prager University, told the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
YouTube now promoting pedophilia with its new "fairness" algorithms. A big priority for YouTube right now
involves tagging conservative videos as "hate speech" and pushing them to the bottom of users' search results. But the
Google-owned visual content empire apparently sees nothing wrong with algorithmically steering its pedophile contingent
towards videos of young children. It was none other than the The New York Times, believe it or not, that recently
exposed YouTube's automated video recommendation system for populating pedophile accounts with children's videos. Not
only that, but YouTube's system is further categorizing some of these videos as "sexually-themed content," when in fact
they're just innocent representations of kids being kids.
caught in yet another blatant lie, claims it doesn't blacklist websites from its search results. In predictable
fashion, one of the world's largest tech platforms and most profitable Internet advertising companies continues to have a
problem with honesty when it comes to questions over its manipulation of search data. And ordinarily, while lying about
such a thing wouldn't necessarily be a problem for the company, a Google representative recently told the lie in Congress —
under oath — which is a violation of the law.
Epstein: Big Tech Will 'Go All Out' with Election Meddling in 2020. Professor Robert Epstein told Senator
Ted Cruz (R-TX) that Google is manipulating voters "on a massive scale," using tools that it has at its disposal exclusively,
and that "no one can counteract them." Epstein warned the Senator of big tech election meddling that he called
"invisible," "subliminal," and more powerful than anything he's seen in 40 years of behavioral sciences.
Epstein — who said that he personally supported and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — testified
before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [7/16/2019], where he told Sen. Cruz that Google election meddling
gave Hillary Clinton at least 2.6 million additional votes in the 2016 election.
To 'Social Government' - Privatizing Tyranny. [Scroll down] How about YouTube? How does Laura
Southern's documentary about the border get removed from YouTube within 24 hours of posting without any reason or
explanation? What if I told you a Policy Manager at YouTube, before becoming a Policy Manager at YouTube, was employed
by Hillary for America and was a manager in Obama's campaign before that? What if I told you YouTube's Global Content
Policy Lead previously worked at the DNC? Did you know the person responsible for "growing the next generation of stars" on
YouTube worked in the Office of Digital Strategy at the White House under Obama?
Thiel Questions Google Loyalty — Potentially Working for Chinese Interests. Peter Thiel has a rather
alarming concern surrounding the possibility that Google Inc. is working with China, specifically to the intended detriment
of the United States. Given the political ideology of the 'Big Club'; and their severe aversion to U.S. President
Donald Trump, well, it wouldn't be surprising to discover a Google-China alignment. [Video clip]
Thiel: FBI and CIA Should Investigate Whether Chinese Intelligence Infiltrated 'Seemingly Treasonous' Google.
Billionaire tech investor, Trump supporter, and Facebook board member Peter Thiel sent shock waves throughout the tech industry on
Sunday [7/14/2019] when he called for the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Chinese intelligence has infiltrated "seemingly treasonous"
Google. According to Axios, Thiel made the comments on Sunday at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C.
His speech focused on three questions he said the FBI and CIA should ask the tech giant. "Number one, how many foreign intelligence
agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?" Thiel reportedly asked. "Number two, does
Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?" Thiel also accused the
Alphabet-owned Google of working with the Chinese military.
Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google. Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and Facebook board member, on Sunday
night said that Google should be federally investigated for allegedly aiding the Chinese military. [...] Thiel is the tech
industry's highest-profile Trump supporter, and one of the most powerful players in Silicon Valley.
Social Media summit reveals the liberal bias of old media - big tech. In an effort to alter uncomfortable
reality, Google's soulless A.I. purposefully distorts user's search engine results to better reflect what the company's
programming minions believe to be "fair and equitable." And reality has no place in Google's brave new world. For
example: when the term "men can..." is entered into Google's search field, the first result to pop up is, "men
can have babies." That is most certainly a biological impossibility, but its answer provides proof that the fairytale
left's ideas of fair and equitable outcomes are as reality-based as Google's algorithms are intelligent. A search inquiry of
the name "Trump," provides an interesting glimpse into the growing symbiotic relationship between fake news and fake algorithms.
In Stores, Secret Surveillance Tracks Your
Every Move. I worked as a senior software engineer for a year for one of these companies, on the core product.
[...] This really is the bigger story, but the article has missed it. Apps really are random bits of software strangers
run on your phone. Users have no idea which sketchy friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend has just managed to get his API
running on their phone. Simple solution to this: do not install apps on your phone. I'm not kidding.
People have the expectation they are buying a phone — paying a lot of money for a phone — to put
apps on it and use them, and that it must be possible to do this, because they've spent a bunch of money on it. This is
not the case. The time when apps could be used on phones has passed. You cannot now buy a phone to run apps,
because it is not safe to do so. This means phones no longer make sense. It is in fact I would say a tragedy of
the commons. If you are going to do this [...] silly thing, don't do it in this [...] silly way. Root your
phone first and get a firewall installed — and don't log into Google on your phone, not ever.
are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you. Google's operating system manages access to your
personal information. But what happens when apps refuse to play by the rules?
drivers followed Google's detour down a dirt road. A crash on the main road to Denver's airport led to hour-long delays
this week. When Google Maps offered a quick detour, nearly a hundred drivers were led into trouble. [Video clip]
says leaked assistant recordings are a violation of data security policies. Earlier this week, a report from
Belgium-based VRT NWS revealed that Google employees had been "systematically listening" to audio files recorded by Google
Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app. The report detailed how employees were listening to
excerpts of recordings that are captured when a user activates the device by the usual "Okay Google" or "Hey Google"
commands. After obtaining copies of some recordings, VRT NWS reached out to the users and had them verify their voice,
or those of their children, talking to the digital assistant.
Veritas: 1,000 Google Employees Signed Internal Anti-Breitbart Petition. An internal Google petition "to end
Google's business with Breitbart" was recently leaked to Project Veritas. The petition — which over 1,000
Google employees have signed — calls for labeling Breitbart News as "prohibited content" to block the news outlet
from "all Google-served ads." A Google insider says that a petition has been circulated among Google employees, calling
on banning Breitbart News from Google's advertising networks, in order to cut off the news platform from ad revenue,
according to a recent report by Project Veritas.
Google Android Lets Apps Track You Regardless of Permissions. According to a recent study, Google's Android
operating system is allowing more than 1,300 apps to bypass system permissions controlling access to user data to track users
without their knowledge. ZDNet reports that a recent study by the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
claims that as many as 1,325 Android apps installed across 500 million Android devices have found methods to bypass the
Android operating systems permissions system to continue to track users without their knowledge or consent.
Dhillon Launches 'Publius Lex' Legal Fund to Fight Antifa and Big Tech. Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, known for her
work defending Andy Ngo and James Damore, launched a new legal nonprofit, Publius Lex, aimed at protecting civil rights for
all Americans, including conservatives who are the frequent target of far-left activists and corporations. Dhillon is
the attorney for Andy Ngo, the journalist who was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage by extremist "Antifa" activists in
Portland two weeks ago. Her firm is also waging a class-action lawsuit against Google on behalf of former employees who
allege the company discriminates against non-progressives and against white and Asian males.
keeps track of anything you've ever bought using Gmail, even if you delete emails. Google and other tech
companies have been under fire recently for a variety of issues, including failing to protect user data, failing to disclose
how data is collected and used and failing to police the content posted to their services. Companies such as Google
have embedded themselves in our lives with useful services including Gmail, Google Maps and Google Search, as well as smart
products such as the Google Assistant which can answer our questions on a whim. The benefits of these tools come at the
cost of our privacy, however, because while Google says that privacy should not be a "luxury good, " it's still going to
great lengths to collect as much detail as possible about its users and making it more difficult than necessary for users to
track what's collected about them and delete it.
cranks up some Soviet-style propaganda in today's women's soccer doodles. [Scroll down] It gets worse
when you look at the calculated identity-politics composition of the women watching. One old white lady. One
fragmented image of a middle-aged lady (she has pointy facial features so she is probably white). One dark haired younger
woman in the middle, indeterminately Latina or Asian. One black girl in braids. One Muslim in a veil. One
of each, perfect box of chocolates. Everybody represents. That's not exactly how soccer audiences look as they
watch television. But who cares, the message being stomped in is diversity. Counting heads for skin color and age
ratios. That's the Google argument. Race uber alles, never mind the sport thing. What it looks like is
Soviet or Chinese propaganda, where images come in perfect affirmative action measurements.
censors "white couples" from image search as part of racist, anti-white "fairness" initiative. We've uncovered
yet another social justice scheme being perpetrated by Google that involves censoring images of white people from search
queries for "white couples." To go along with the company's nefarious efforts to steer people away from eating organic
food and taking dietary supplements, Google is now trying to memory hole the existence of white couples by populating its
image archive with images of interracial or even black couples when searching for "white couples." Try it for yourself,
as you're sure to pull up pages and pages of non-white couples when searching for "white couples" on Google Images. On
the flip side, if you search for "black couples," you'll immediately pull up countless pages of actual black couples.
Google Engineer: CEO Sundar Pichai Lied to Congress About Blacklists. Former Google engineer Mike Wacker
claims that CEO Sundar Pichai lied to Congress when claiming that the company does not manually intervene on users search
results. In a Medium blog post titled "Google's Manual Interventions in Search Results," former Google engineer Mike
Wacker alleges that Google CEO Sundar Pichai lied to Congres when he stated "We don't manually intervene on any particular
search result." Wacker notes that Pichai's comment was in answer to a question from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who
asked why photos of President Trump were returned under image searches for the term "idiot."
Google Teaching Artificial Intelligence To
Attack Conservatives. Jen Gennai is the head of "Responsible Innovation" at Google Global Affairs. She
determines policy and ethics for machine learning, or artificial intelligence. What we've learned from the latest
report from Project Veritas is that AI is increasingly what Google Search is all about. And Google's machines
are not learning to be nice to conservatives, Christians, white people and anyone else Google's "woke" staff decide they
don't like. Project Veritas also received a trove of confidential documents from within Google. One
document is about algorithmic unfairness.
UChicago, Google SUED in 'greatest heist' of
patient health data 'in history'. A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit
against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private
patient information to the tech giant without patients' consent. About two years ago, the university medical center
partnered with Google with the hope of identifying patterns in patient health records to help predict future medical
issues. Now, former patient Matt Dinerstein is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the medical center's patients, alleging
that the university violated privacy laws by sharing sensitive health records with Google from 2009 to 2016, aiding Google's
goal of creating a digital health record system, according to the Chicago Maroon.
tech test-marketing censorship of Trump. It looks like the nation's largest news gathering organization, the
Associated Press, is test marketing the public's reaction to Big Tech actively suppressing President Trump's ability to reach
voters directly. Given the shocking revelations of the Project Veritas recordings of Google executives and their memos,
and Twitter's banning of conservative, it is not paranoid to worry about Big Tech trying to define Trump and conservatives as
"hate speech" ... "because that's how Trump won," and limiting his ability to be heard.
Veritas Sends Google Letters to Congress. Project Veritas sent a letter to several Members of Congress
informing them about Project Veritas' investigation of Google that raises some concerns regarding Google's possible improper
intervention in Federal elections which may violate laws like the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The letter is a
follow up to Project Veritas' latest investigative report which includes undercover video of Google officials, leaked
internal Google documents and emails, and statements provided by a Google insider.
No. 1 Haven for Sex Scams; Possible Islamic State Conduit. Google Hangouts, the Internet giant's answer to
Facebook and other social media outlets, is a fertile hunting ground for organized crime groups that could be fronts for the
Islamic State. They are using the service to con tens of thousands of dollars from unwitting users through blackmail
and sex and marriage scams, a special IM investigation has learned.
Our Evil Tech Overlords.
Project Veritas is the investigative organization started by James O'Keefe and helped along by the late Andrew
Breitbart. James has broken multiple dramatic stories recently, but his Google story is the most concerning
yet — if only because the pervasive implications and sheer massive influence of Google. Working undercover,
the Veritas journalist exposes the Head of Responsible Innovation for Google, Jen Gennai. Even her title is
Orwellian. Gennai decried the results of the 2016 election, and so Google decided to change their Artificial
Intelligence algorithm, which determines what a reader might be interested in reading or, in the case of YouTube, watching.
[...] The problem, here, is that anyone using Google believes he is receiving unbiased, automated search results based on the
subject he is searching.
Bans Project Veritas Over Google Video. On Monday [6/24/2019], Project Veritas unveiled a new investigative
video of a Google employee describing how the company wants to stop a "Trump situation" in 2020. YouTube removed the
video, but Vimeo went one step further. The company chose to ban Project Veritas from its platform for uploading a
video with "hateful, defamatory, or discriminatory" content.
Left is accumulating hellish power over us. Project Veritas's latest work of investigative journalism has captured video
of Google executive Jen Gennai expressing the company's effort to "prevent the next Trump situation." She goes on to talk about
her job, in drafting fairness algorithms to serve a community of people, "not those who voted for our current president." Jen
Gennai then decries Elizabeth Warren as being "misguided" in suggesting that the industry might be better served by breaking up
large "monopolistic" companies like Google.
The Google Fascists. Project
Veritas and founder James O'Keefe have scored a scoop from an identified Google whistleblower, replete with video and inside
documents. [...] The anonymous Google insider, whose identity and voice were shadowed and changed to protect him, also said
in his detailed interview with O'Keefe that the Google-owned YouTube has deliberately targeted Dennis Prager's "Prager U"
and conservative talker Dave Rubin for content suppression because they are "right-wing."
York Times guy can't quite figure out why O'Keefe's Google revelations are a story. It's often said that the
denizens of the New York Times live in a bubble, and nowhere is it more obvious than at the Times' editorial page on the
matter of James O'Keefe's undercover reporting revealing how Google intends to skew the 2020 election in favor of Democrats.
[...] Google, by way of contrast, could see an issue, and the Google official in question deleted or privatized her social
media accounts as a result. Google also removed O'Keefe's YouTube presentation about the matter, since they own
YouTube. And Google itself is known to be under fire for this very issue of censorship anyway. They have been
facing talk of anti-trust action in Congress for months, and have signaled that they know they've got a problem, based on
their bland denials of any bias in Google algorithms.
Loses His Patience With Google Exec During Hearing On Big Tech. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday
[6/25/2019] grilled Google UX Director Maggie Stanphill about Project Veritas' recent investigation into the tech company's
desire to stifle conservatives. A whistleblower stepped forward to make people aware of Google's plans to affect the
outcome of the 2020 elections and "prevent" the next "Trump situation." The video features Google's Head of
Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai, talking about those very moves. According to Project Veritas, Gennai's department
"monitors and evaluates the responsible implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies."
Veritas' Bombshell Video Ruffles Some Feathers. James O'Keefe's explosive video exposing Google's political
agenda appears to have ruffled some feathers in the media world. Jen Gennai, the Google executive seen talking to
Project Veritas undercover journalists about Google's plans to prevent "the next Trump situation," has already published a
response complaining that she was taken out of context. And the bombshell video didn't last even a full day on YouTube
before it was removed from the platform.
The Google Fascists. [Scroll down]
Jen Gennai is the head of "Responsible Innovation" for Google, a sector that monitors and evaluates the responsible implementation
of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. In the video, Gennai says Google has been working diligently to "prevent" the
results of the 2016 election from repeating in 2020: [...]
Executive: Breaking Up Google Will Make It Harder 'To Prevent The Next Trump Situation'. We've all known
that Big Tech has a liberal bias. [...] Well, Project Veritas decided to dig into this bastion of liberalism. After
all, its reach to the public with their products is how millions get the news. It's also a medium that Donald Trump
harnessed expertly to outmaneuver the Left in the 2016 election. Liberals know it. Over at Google, one executive,
Jen Gennai, is working hard to ensure that its AI feature and associated algorithms work hard to pretty much help alter
Google Doc Describes Shapiro, Peterson, PragerU As 'Nazis Using The Dog Whistles'. A Google recently uncovered
document shows Google employees plotting how to make certain figures they've termed Nazis — or at least figures
considered a gateway to Nazism — be less visible on their platforms such as YouTube. According to Project Veritas,
the document was part of an email sent between the "transparency-and-ethics" group as part of their internal communications.
Within, they label people such as Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson, Prager U, et al as Nazis with dog whistles.
Exec Decries Trump's Election: 'How Do We Prevent It from Happening Again'. Undercover videos recorded by
Project Veritas reveals that Google is determined to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump in 2020, and is altering its
products with this aim in mind. The report includes undercover footage featuring a top Google executive, Jen Gennai,
discussing how Google might prevent an electoral outcome like 2016 from happening again.
is NOT Google's To Win. If Google couldn't stop Donald Trump being elected in 2016 (and [...] they tried!),
how can they can stop Trump's re-election in 2020? We all know that it wasn't just Google, but Facebook, Twitter
and all social media that pitted their considerable strength against Trump in 2016, but that they all failed —
and failed abysmally. Google employees were embedded right in the White House during the entire 8-year-long Obama
regime, having easy access to all the Deep State leakers, swamp creatures, plants and moles.
Google doing all it can to 'prevent' a Trump repeat in 2020. An undercover video just released as part of a
report on one of the largest technology companies in the world indicates the corporate Goliath is bent on never letting
somebody like Donald Trump come to power again.
Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It's time to switch. You open your browser to look at the
web. Do you know who is looking back at you? Over a recent week of web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google
Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my
browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the web. This was made possible by the web's
biggest snoop of all: Google. Seen from the inside, its Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software.
Under Democrats: Forcing Americans To Pay For Abortion And Banning Chick-Fil-A. We're learning that
conservatives must often hide their political and religious views to protect their jobs. A Google engineer, Michael
Wacker, recently published an essay on Medium exposing the restrictions Republicans and Christians must follow, or risk
getting fired at this major global tech company. According to Wacker, "these outrage mobs will hunt down any
conservative, any Christian, and any independent free thinker at Google who does not bow down to their agenda."
Claims Google Stole Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code. Lyrics website Genius has accused Google of
stealing lyrics from its site and reposting them in search results without permission, with Genius claiming they caught the
search engine "red handed" thanks to Morse code embedded in their lyrics. [...] Starting in 2016, Genius positioned both
"straight" and "curly" apostrophes in their lyrics which, when converted into dots and dashes like Morse code, spelled out
the words "Red Handed." Genius added that, using these apostrophes, they found over 100 instances of Google using
Genius' own lyrics in the Google search results.
Integrates Cryptocurrency Project With New Blockchain Oracle. Google announced in a blog post Thursday
[6/13/2019] that ethereum app builders using Google software will be able to integrate data from sources outside the
blockchain through a partnership with Chainlink, a company that provides on ramps and off ramps for information necessary to
run self-executing code called smart contracts.
Collusion Between Twitter, Google in Silencing the Pinterest Investigation is Cartel Behavior. Pinterest had a
covert policy of censoring conservatives. The policy was exposed by Live Action, a pro-life group that was a target of
Pinterest censorship, and by Project Veritas. Since then, YouTube (Google) and Twitter have shut down Veritas efforts
to broadcast material about the investigation.
Can't Dodge Conservative Employees' Discrimination Lawsuit, Court Says. Google must face a class-action lawsuit
brought by Republican attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon on behalf of the tech giant's conservative employees, according to a
California court. Current and former Google employees say in a lawsuit that the company discriminates against
non-progressives on the basis of their viewpoint, and against whites, Asians, and males on the basis of sex and race.
Google attempted to have the case dismissed. But a judge in California, where political discrimination is illegal,
ruled against the company.
This Way Comes. [Scroll down] Big Tech duct-tapes a mouth more effectively than the government.
Consider the report this week that Americans, for the first time in history, spend more time on their devices than watching
television. This is how we communicate to a mass audience in 2019. Google enjoys a 92 percent share of the
search-engine market. YouTube's market share exceeds three quarters. Facebook's market share reaches 70 percent.
At its peak, Standard Oil's domination of the American oil refining market did not match Google's domination of the worldwide
search engine market, and by the time the government splintered John D. Rockefeller's creation into Esso, Arco, Chevron,
and other entities, Standard Oil's market share did not approach the current market share of Google, Facebook, or YouTube.
Another Study Reveals Bias in Google's News Search. The evidence that verifies allegations of Google's search
bias against conservative resources continues to accumulate. Two researchers, Daniel Trielli and Nicholas Diakopoulos
at the Computational Journalism Lab at Northwestern University, examined results from a large sample size they extracted from
Google News in November 2017. They searched on 200 current news terms of the time (such as "Colin Kaepernick" and "tax
reform") and accumulated 6,302 links to articles shown in the search engine's "Top Stories" box — the most
desirable outcome for Web publishers, to gain traffic from curious readers. The results: Only 20 news organizations'
sites were represented in more than half of "Top Stories," according to Diakopoulos's explanation in the Columbia Journalism
Review, and 86 percent of article impressions in those results came from just the top 20 percent of sources.
cracks down on misleading anti-abortion ads with new policy. Google is changing its policy for abortion-related
ads after it received backlash for allegedly giving free advertising to a pro-life group putting out misleading information.
The tech giant said in a blog post ads related to getting an abortion will need to be reviewed before being placed on the search
engine in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. "Depending on how you're certified, Google will automatically
generate one of the following in-ad disclosures for your abortion product or service ads: 'Provides abortions' or
'Does not provide abortions,'" the company said.
Has A Secret Page That Records All The Things You've Bought Online. Google has a page, tucked away deep in your
settings, where all your receipts from shopping online are sorted and saved. Ordered sushi on Seamless? Not only
is the receipt there, but it lists out the California rolls and edamame. It doesn't stop at Seamless either; it includes
anything else you might have bought online too (in which a receipt was sent to your Gmail): Amazon, prescriptions, movies,
stuff you paid for using Square. And there are the orders placed using Google services, like Google Play Store, Google
Express, or through the Google Assistant.
rolls out new data-reliant ad spots — including on its homepage — days after pledging more
privacy. Just a week after introducing new privacy controls for its billions of users, Google has a different
message for data-hungry advertisers: We have your back. At its annual exposition for advertisers here, the search
engine giant on Tuesday [5/14/2019] rolled out several new ways for marketers to hawk their wares on Google's products, all based
on the reams of data it collects about users. And it is even putting personalized ads on its iconic white Google homepage for
users of its mobile app.
Gives Left-Wing Websites Preference Over Conservative Ones, Audit Finds. Google is one of the largest traffic
drivers for news websites and, according to the Columbia Journalist Review, its influence is growing as Facebook's traffic
referrals decline. "But for all the influence Google has in directing attention, we know painfully little about how its
algorithm selects and curates news. Which sites does it direct traffic toward? And how does Google's news
curation impact the diversity of information found?" wrote researcher Nicholas Diakopoulos.
Audit suggests Google favors
a small number of major outlets. In the last week of April, nearly 23 percent of all traffic to news sites
tracked by web analytics firm Parse.ly came from search engines. Google alone accounts for nearly half of external
referral traffic — traffic, that is, that comes from platforms, apps, and other outside sources — to
news sites. Together with the fact that Facebook referral traffic is on the wane, this means that Google's search
algorithm is now perhaps the most powerful mediator of online attention to news. But for all the influence Google has
in directing attention, we know painfully little about how its algorithm selects and curates news.
It's Easier to Track One
Man Through His Cellphone Than a 110,000-Ton Aircraft Carrier. Recently the New York Times described how
not just criminals but everyone is being tracked by Google. "Google is a dragnet for the police," wrote the NYT.
"The tech giant records people's locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses
near crimes". [...] It turns out that people have been sending out tracking beacons for years. Google has "been
tracking the location of almost every Android device owner for over a decade," according to ZDNet.
Google Favors A Small Number Of Left-Leaning News Outlets. Google provides a significant percentage of the
incoming traffic which many news sites get, but the algorithms that determine which sites get that traffic are proprietary
and not widely understood. Academics at Northwestern University decided to attempt to quantify how those algorithms
work by looking closely at search results for news related queries for one specific month, November 2017. The researchers
identified 200 search terms related to hard news events and then ran those terms once for each minute of each day. What
they found after collecting all of this data is that Google's top story search results are concentrated on a small handful of
the Media is Pushing to Break Up Facebook, Not Google. Google's dominance of search has locked down the
internet. Combine that with its mobile power and growing strength in the assistants market gives it a virtual
strangehold. Its future is far less fragile than that of Facebook which is extremely dependent on public whims.
Hardly anyone under 40 even uses Facebook anymore. So why is the media aggressively pushing to sanction Facebook,
Censors the Claremont Institute. Last week Facebook kicked Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan and
Paul Watson off of their platform because of their extremism. While I have no brief for any of these individuals, I
agreed with the critics who said "don't think it will just stop with them." Sure enough, it appears Google is censoring
the Claremont Institute.
Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off. Over the last two decades, cell
phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without
question, consumers have chosen to carry these increasingly smart devices with them everywhere they go. Despite
surveillance revelations from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, the average smart phone user continues to carry the devices
with little to no security or protection from privacy invasions. Americans make up one of the largest smartphone
markets in the world today, yet they rarely question how intelligence agencies or private corporations might be using their
could be planning to get your smartphone to talk for you. [I]t sounds like Project Euphoria could be the latest
accessibility feature to hit Android, perhaps with the Android Q roll out: and it's potentially going to get your
smartphone to talk for you.
H&R Block hid free filing option from Google so customers couldn't find it. TurboTax and H&R Block deliberately
hid their free tax filing options from Google results which forced many low-income tax filers to pay for expensive,
unnecessary tax filing. Intuit, the company that operates TurboTax, accomplished this by adding code to its free filing
site that essentially told Google and other search engines to not list the site in search results. The code needs to be
added manually, Pro Publica reports.
knows everywhere you go — here's how to stop it from tracking you and delete the logs. Google knows
a lot about you and, if you use Google Maps or other Google apps, it stores a copy of everywhere you go. [...] Google says it
uses location history to "create a private map of where you go with your signed-in devices even when you aren't using a
specific Google service." It also says the "map is only visible to you." The data, it says, provides "improved map searches
and commute routes, as well as helping you to rediscover the places you've been and the routes you've traveled." I don't
really care about that information. I know the roads I drove on April 16, and I can't see any reason why Google should
store it, even if it's only for my use.
I Used to Work
for Google. I Am a Conscientious Objector. "We can forgive your politics and focus on your technical
contributions as long as you don't do something unforgivable, like speaking to the press." This was the parting advice
given to me during my exit interview from Google after spending a month internally arguing, resignation letter in hand, for
the company to clarify its ethical red lines around Project Dragonfly, the effort to modify Search to meet the censorship and
surveillance demands of the Chinese Communist Party.
Steven Crowder has been tried and convicted by YouTube of being a conservative. Conservatives fell for a trap.
[...] The trap was to believe that even hyper-leftists in the tech industry would be fair when it came to the use of their
platforms. By "fair," I mean they would accept that there are views that differ from their preferred progressive
standpoints and those views are worthy of being expressed on their platforms. For a time, this was true. But as
the giants such as Google in search, Facebook and Twitter in social media, and YouTube for video grew to the point that
they're essentially unchallenged and virtually invincible, they've now changed their tune. The worst crime anyone who
uses their services can commit is to be conservative.
by Google for Opposing Infanticide. America's PAC is a conservative political action committee run by Tom
Donelson. It produces, among other things, radio and television advertising on behalf of, and in opposition to,
politicians. Today America's PAC revealed that it has been permanently banned from advertising by Google.
to protect your kids from Google predators. The world's top browser is Google Chrome. But spying on our
purchases is the least we have to worry about with Google and its $800 billion parent company, Alphabet. It's bad
enough that the company's executives match your offline credit card purchases to your online user profile without full
disclosure, employ mobile tracking apps that collect location data even if users have turned off location tracking, hide and
downplay massive security breaches (like the photo-sharing "bug" and hacker-friendly browser "flaws" revealed this past
week), bow to Chinese communist censors and exhibit explicit bias against conservatives. No, it's much worse.
Google's predation starts early, often with the most vulnerable members of society: our children. The Silicon
Valley giant has hooked legions of children and teachers into its data mining products through lucrative partnerships with
public schools across America. Learning no longer starts with A, B, C but with G, G, G:
G Suite, Gmail, Google Cloud, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Hangouts, Google Vault,
Google Jamboard, Google Chromebooks and Google Classroom.
Marks Pro-Life Film 'Propaganda,' But Labels Literal Nazi Propaganda Film 'History'. A Google search for the
new movie, "Unplanned" returned results labeling the film "Drama/Propaganda," while other films that are actual propaganda
material do not receive the same designation. "Unplanned" is the story of a Planned Parenthood director who became
pro-life after witnessing an abortion. Kelsey Bolar, a Daily Signal writer and Federalist contributor, captured a
screenshot of the search result below on Thursday [4/11/2019]. By Friday, the label had been removed.
of Android Apps Track Children, Break Federal Law. With almost no public oversight, Google quickly took over
America's classrooms by developing the "free" Google Apps for Education suite (GAFE) and circumventing administrators, opting
to go straight to teachers. Rather than pushing specific products, Google convinced educators that students' college
and career prospects could be improved by the creative use of online tools. Google creates brand loyalty through
training and certifying teachers on Google products so they can set up their own consulting services — code for
lobbyists — and hawk Google products to their school districts "for the children" at the expense of
taxpayers. Recently 23 parent and watchdog groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleging
that Google has violated child protection laws that regulate online data mining of children under 13.
Blacklisting of The American Spectator. "Apparently Google wants to protect the American people from our
polysyllaborated words and occasional long sentences. and in the course of doing so, they lied to Congress. And we may
be looking into them in the near future." So spoke R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. on learning that The American
Spectator had been blacklisted by Google. Bob Tyrrell is the founder of the now-52-year-old conservative magazine
that is well in the mainstream of center-right, Reagan-conservative thought. It has, over the decades, been home to
prominent conservative writers who have gone on to journalistic celebrity of their own.
I wanted to help Google make AI more responsible. Instead
I was treated with hostility. Google decided this year to create an advisory council that would help guide the
company in the responsible development of artificial intelligence. When the company asked me to join, I agreed,
welcoming the opportunity to contribute my perspective as a conservative leader — and to test my thinking with
council members who might not necessarily agree with me.[...] It was reassuring to be invited to participate in the AI
advisory council — a sign that Google wanted to treat a wide range of viewpoints fairly as it develops new
technology. Given the massive control exerted by social media and Internet companies over the information Americans use
every day, such broadmindedness is essential.
Detailing Google's 'News Blacklist' Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Results. Google does manipulate
its search results manually, contrary to the company's official denials, documents obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller
indicate. Two official policies dubbed the "misrepresentation policy" and the "good neighbor policy" inform the
company's "XPA news blacklist," which is maintained by Google's Trust & Safety team. "T&S will be in charge of updating
the blacklist as when there is a demand," reads one of the documents shared with The Daily Caller.
Google Is Blacklisting The American Spectator. The American Spectator is on a list of sites
"blacklisted" in Google search results, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller. Google created an
"XPA news blacklist" to suppress "fake news, hate speech [and] conspiracy theories" in its search results, the Daily
Caller's J. Arthur Bloom reported in an exclusive Tuesday [4/9/2019]. This practice, approved by Google's
Trust & Safety team, contradicts congressional testimony by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who denied that the company manipulates
its search results.
Bigots and the High-Tech Lynching of Kay James. Friday [4/5/2019], at four o'clock in the afternoon. Kay
Cole James, the president of the Heritage Foundation, steps to the podium of the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in
suburban Harrisburg and gives the startling update. Ms. James, at a laughing, self-admitted 70 and famously one of
the best known, longtime conservative leaders in the country, announces to the PLC crowd (the PLC is the Pennsylvania version
of CPAC and was celebrating its 30th anniversary) that this was her first public comment since she had learned only hours
earlier that she had been removed as a recent appointee to Google's Advanced Technology External Advisory Council. [...]
Among other things the outrage mob of over 2000 Google employees accused Kay James of being a "white supremacist." Kay
is an African-American. With a gay son. But Google quickly caved to the mob, dismissing Kay and then dissolving
the board entirely.
treatment of Kay Coles James is shameful, misguided. It was bound to happen. In fact, I'm surprised it
took this long for leftists to viciously attack Kay Coles James. The general strategy since she became president of The
Heritage Foundation seems to have been to largely to ignore Mrs. James in an attempt to keep the masses unaware of her
effective advocacy of conservative principles. It was only a matter of time that they no longer would be able to bite
their collective tongue and launch an all-out attack on Mrs. James' voice of reason. But their plan backfired.
Left Again. Google has done away with its Artificial Intelligence Ethics Board, apparently because leftists at
the company objected to inclusion of Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James on the board. [...] Bottom line is that
Google and other left-wing tech companies should not be ceded control over public discourse in America.
pulls gay conversion therapy app from Play Store following outcry. Google has pulled a controversial conversion
therapy app from its Play Store following an outcry from LGBTQ groups. Google has been coming under pressure from
several LGBTQ groups to remove the Living Hope Ministries app from the Play Store for Android apps. A petition
demanding that Google remove the app also garnered more than 140,000 signatures on Change.org.
tyrants at Google do their best to obscure no indictments of Mueller Report. If the internet search monopolists
at Google are trying to build a case that they are a dangerous threat to democracy in need of antitrust remediation, they are
doing a good job of it. We already know that Google is run by leftists for leftists and fired software engineer James
Damore for political reasons — because he dared question P.C. orthodoxy. But there is an accumulating body
of evidence that Google attempts to manage the public's access to information so as to bias it in favor of Google's friends
and against those Google decides are its enemies.
and Facebook Fell for Invoice Scam That Cost the Companies $100M. Evaldas Rimasauskas, a Lithuanian citizen, concocted
a brazen scheme that allowed him to bilk Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million. The crime defrauded Google of
$23 million and Facebook of $99 million. Rimasauskas committed the crimes between 2013 to 2015, an indictment was
issued in 2017, and he was formally indicted Wednesday [3/20/2019] in New York after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated
identity theft, and three counts of money laundering.
VP Stepped In After Employees [were] Offended By [a] Christian Video On Marriage. Google banned a video
explaining Christian teaching on same-sex marriage from advertising on YouTube after backlash from upset employees, according
to internal Google communications reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The video was flagged in June 2018 in
an internal listserv, "Yes at Google," which is run by Google's human resources department, according to those communications
and other internal documents, which a source shared with TheDCNF on the condition of anonymity. The listserv has more
than 30,000 members and is devoted to policing "microaggressions" and "micro-corrections" within the company, according to
its official internal description.
U.S. General: Google's Work in China Is Directly Benefitting China's Military. The nation's top military
officer slammed Google for working with China, which he said benefitted its military, during a hearing on Capitol Hill
Thursday [3/14/2019]. "The work that Google is doing in China is ... indirectly benefitting the Chinese military,"
Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the 2020 defense budget.
Manager: 'Fake News and Hate Speech' Are 'How Trump won the Election'. On Monday [3/11/2019], Google software
engineer Mike Wacker published an email he received from a fellow Google employee. That employee recounted a discussion
with his manager in which the manager said Donald Trump won the 2016 election thanks to fake news and hate speech.
Audio: Google Discusses 'Steering' the Conservative Movement. Google's senior director of U.S. public
policy, Adam Kovacevich appeared to describe the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a "sideshow Circus," in a
leaked audio recording in which he also argued that Google should remain a sponsor of the conference to "steer" the
conservative movement "away from nationalistic and incendiary comments." The comments came to light in leaked audio
files allegedly of a company-wide meeting at Google, part of which is now exclusively reported by Breitbart News.
wallet caught sending user passwords to Google's spellchecker. The Coinomi wallet app sends user passwords to
Google's spellchecking service in clear text, exposing users' accounts and their funds to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks
during which attackers can log passwords and later empty accounts. The issue came to light yesterday after an angry
write-up by Oman-based programmer Warith Al Maawali who discovered it while investigating the mysterious theft of 90 percent
of his funds.
Plans To Ban Political Ads Before Canada Election. Alphabet Inc's Google will ban political advertising on its
platform before the Canadian federal election, after the country introduced stringent transparency rules. The Bill
C-76, which was passed in December, requires online platforms to keep a registry of all political and partisan advertisements
they directly or indirectly publish.
Refuses To Remove Saudi Arabia App Which Tracks Women. A few weeks ago, the existence of an app called
'Absher,' used by Saudi Arab men to control and track the movements of women in the country, came into light. Following
which, Apple and Google were criticized and accused of helping gender apartheid by hosting such an app on App Store and Play
Store respectively. Finally, Google has spoken up on this matter and declined to remove the app from Play Store on the
grounds that the app meets all the terms and conditions of their platform. The search giant says that it reviewed the
Absher app and concluded that it does not violate any agreements. Therefore, it can remain on the Google Play store.
of death revealed for Google engineer found dead at his desk. A Google software engineer found dead inside the
tech giant's Chelsea headquarters back in December died of abnormal heart rhythm, officials said Friday [3/1/2019]. A
janitor found 22-year-old Scott Krulcik unconscious at his work terminal on the sixth floor of the building on Eighth Avenue
near West 16th Street around 9 p.m. Dec. 7, police sources said at the time.
says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'. In early
February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the
company said, could now enable its virtual-assistant technology, Google Assistant. The problem: Nest users didn't
know a microphone existed on their security device to begin with. The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard,
which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the
product material for the device.
says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'. In early
February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the
company said, could now enable its virtual-assistant technology, Google Assistant. The problem: Nest users didn't
know a microphone existed on their security device to begin with. The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard,
which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the
product material for the device.
to Google: Stop revealing the location of police checkpoints. The NYPD is calling on Google to yank a
feature from its Waze traffic app that tips off drivers to police checkpoints — warning it could be considered
"criminal conduct," according to a report on Wednesday [2/6/2019]. The department sent a cease-and-desist letter over
the weekend demanding Google disable the crowd-sourced app's function that allows motorists to pinpoint police whereabouts,
StreetsBlog reported. "Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since
such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant
criminal and traffic laws," wrote Acting Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Ann Prunty in the letter, according to the website.
If you don't own a mirror...
may be developing 'smart shoes' that warn when you're getting fat. Google is reportedly taking another giant
step in its mission to take over people's lives — by developing "smart" shoes that can warn the wearer if they are
getting fat. The search engine's health division Verily is said to be designing footwear embedded with sensors that can
tell how much the user weighs and monitor their activity. Parent company Alphabet has been showing off prototypes of
the "lace-age" shoes as developers search for a partner to build and market them, according to CNBC.
Google+ pages will
shut down on April 2. Originally, Google said the service would close in August 2019, but it announced last
month that the date had been moved up to April after a new bug revealed further vulnerabilities in the platform.
removes pro-life content from top ten search results. YouTube announced Friday [1/25/2019] that it will
intervene in recommended videos — the content that is recommended to viewers of a video on the right-hand
sidebar. Previously a mix of content tailored to users' viewing history, YouTube says it will now intervene to remove
"content that could misinform users in harmful ways" from recommendations. The change came just a day after BuzzFeed
published a major article attacking the video hosting platform for recommending conservative and populist content to
viewers. The videos identified by BuzzFeed as "hyperpartisan" include Dinesh D'Souza and Bill O'Reilly videos.
simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation. A bug that anyone can
easily exploit in Google makes it easy to kick out manipulated search results that look entirely real. The search
manipulation bug was documented by Wietze Beukema, a London-based security specialist, who warned that a malicious user could
use this bug to generate misinformation. This is done by splicing together values from a Google search result's
"knowledge graph," the cards that pop up in search results to supplement the search query with visuals and quick facts.
Anything from countries, planets, tech news sites and more have cards that appear on the right-side of Google's search
results, displaying other nuggets of information at a glance.
Spent $21 Million Lobbying an Increasingly Tech-Nervous Washington in 2018. Google set a record for annual
lobbying in 2018, spending more than $21 million to influence Washington in a year when its chief executive officer made his
first appearance in Congress and scrutiny of Big Tech intensified. The total beats the Alphabet Inc. unit's record set
in 2017, when it spent more than $18 million, according to federal disclosures. Google, which spent $4.9 million
in the last three months of the year, according to a Tuesday [1/22/2019] filing, usually leads the tech sector in lobbying outlays
and often is among the top-spending companies overall in Washington.
Kurdistan from maps in compliance with Turkish government. Google incorporation [sic] removed a map outlining
the geographical extent of the Greater Kurdistan after the Turkish state asked it to do so, a simple inquiry on the Internet
giant's search engine from Wednesday [12/26/2018] on can show. "Unavailable. This map is no longer available
due to a violation of our Terms of Service and/or policies," a note on the page that the map was previously on read.
Google did not provide further details on how the Kurdistan map violated its rules.
stashed billions in offshore tax haven. Tech giant Google shifted nearly $23 billion to an offshore tax
haven in 2017, according to a Reuters report on Thursday [1/3/2019]. Securities filings with the Dutch Chamber of
Commerce show Google funneled $22.7 billion through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in an effort to trim its foreign
tax bill. According to Reuters, the company used Google Netherlands Holdings BV to legally shift revenue on royalties
earned outside of the U.S. to Google Ireland Holdings — based in Bermuda — where there is no corporate
Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars. The assailant slipped out of a park around noon one day
in October, zeroing in on his target, which was idling at a nearby intersection — a self-driving van operated by
Waymo, the driverless-car company spun out of Google. He carried out his attack with an unidentified sharp object,
swiftly slashing one of the tires.
Blocks Gateway Pundit from News Search Results. Google has rejected an application from conservative website The
Gateway Pundit to appear in Google News search results. In an email to the Gateway Pundit, Google claimed that it could
not provide specific reasons why the site had been rejected. Instead, the tech giant provided two "common reasons for
rejection," although it would not say if they were the actual reasons the conservative website was rejected. Per
Google's rules, publishers must submit an application to have their site appear in Google News search results. Once
rejected, a publisher must wait 60 days before applying again.
Why I'm done
with Chrome. A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in
experience. From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign
the browser into your Google account for you. It'll do this without asking, or even explicitly notifying you. [...]
From my perspective, this comes down to basically four points:
[#1] Nobody on the Chrome development team
can provide a clear rationale for why this change was necessary, and the explanations they've given don't make
[#2] This change has enormous implications for user privacy and trust, and Google seems
unable to grapple with this.
[#3] The change makes a hash out of Google's own privacy policies for
[#4] Google needs to stop treating customer trust like it's a renewable resource, because they're
screwing up badly.
Google Knows Where You Sleep.
Trusting any internet service or company with your data is always, at best, a calculated risk. On the one hand, the
temptation of certain services, or the need for access to some information, or the lure of personal convenience, can loom
large in the mind of the consumer. On the other hand, your data can get highly personal and if you trust the wrong
person with it, you can suffer all sorts of negative consequences. You may get hacked. You may have your data
used for the purposes of political propaganda, sometimes in service of causes you find abhorrent. You may even be
politically targeted for what you share with companies that are supposed to be neutral, in theory, but in practice are
anything but. The risk varies across companies, of course, and some are worse than others. Unfortunately, one of
the worst and least secure companies currently operating — Google — has just been exposed for
vacuuming up your data whether you know about it, or want them to, at all.
Break Up Google for the Public Good.
It's time for all of us to admit that Alphabet, Inc. is the 21st century equivalent of Ma Bell: it is an almost
all-controlling monopoly that restricts consumer choice in order to maximize profit for the company. We all know what
Ronald Reagan did to AT&T. He broke up that monopoly so Americans could have real choices and the free market
could actually work. So it's time for the Trump Administration to break up the Alphabet, Inc. monopoly. But
unlike the Ma Bell monopoly, Alphabet, Inc.'s monopoly — which includes the search-engine behemoth
Google — isn't just about greater competition and more choices for the American people. It's about so
much more: free political discourse and our privacy rights as citizens.
Times Google's Far-Left, Anti-Trump Bias Was Exposed. The far-left mainstream media is dutifully defending its
ideological allies in Silicon Valley, arguing that President Trump's criticism of bias in Google's products is a "conspiracy
theory." The mainstream media may have formed a defensive barrier around Google in response to the President, but there
are many examples of Google expressing its political bias in ways both big and small. Breitbart Tech has collected ten
popular examples of Google's left-wing bias in action.
Provides Example of Google Bias After Being Called a Liar. During Obama's presidency, Google put his State of
The Union addresses on the front page of their site every year, while Trump's have never been featured. Meanwhile, CNN
said Trump propped up a "false claim" that big tech is censoring conservatives and called it a conspiracy.
Google bias in search results; 40% lean left or liberal. In order to assess how fairly search engine results portray
political candidates and controversial issues, we collected over 1,200 URLs ranking highly in Google.com for politically-charged
keywords such as "gun control", "abortion", "TPP", and "Black Lives Matter". Each URL was then assessed for political slant
by politically active individuals from both the left and right. Finally, we used CanIRank's SEO software to analyze how each
URL compared in dozens of different ranking factors to determine whether Google's algorithm treated websites similarly regardless
of their political slant. Among our key findings were that top search results were almost 40% more likely to contain pages
with a "Left" or "Far Left" slant than they were pages from the right. Moreover, 16% of political keywords contained no
right-leaning pages at all within the first page of results.
Whoppers Google CEO Sundar Pichai Told Congress. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified on Tuesday before the House
Judiciary Committee. Despite testifying under oath, Pichai's statements were riddled with demonstrable falsehoods —
here are some of Pichai's biggest whoppers. [#1] The Google CEO leads the company "without political bias" [...]
CEO Lies to Congress: Says No Bias in Search Results But 13 of 15 Top Images for "Idiot" are Pictures of President
Trump! On Tuesday [12/11/2018] Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee.
Pichai was called into Congress to explain Google business practices including data collection and targeting of conservative
voices. During the hearing, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain how a picture of
Donald Trump comes up when looking up the term "idiot" under images.
skates again. The scene was the House Judiciary Committee. Waiting to testify was the CEO of Google,
where for at least the last five years, conservatives have been attacked, marginalized, removed, defamed, harassed, and
demonetized — all to the sounds of glee if not ecstasy from purple-haired Google engineers. At least the
ranking Democrat — soon to be chair — Congressman Nadler, figured it out right away. He attacked
conservatives for objecting to Google's heavy-handed and deceptive treatment as "conspiracy theorists." Nadler knew that
the real issue was Google's hostility to conservatives and how the search engine titan is working to remove them from the
public stage. Nadler said none of that is really happening, and even if it is, that is OK with him.
Jordan Questions Google CEO About Specific Example of Overt Political Bias. When see the executive leadership
of Google crying over their inability to influence the 2016 election; and when you hear them say they will double their
efforts to make sure it doesn't happen in 2018; everyone should be alarmed. Google co-founder Sergey Brin, CEO Sundar
Pichai, Senior VP for Global Affairs, Kent Walker, CFO Ruth Porat and Eileen Naughton, VP of People Operations talk about
their horror and sadness over the outcome of the 2016 election.
Engineer: Company Blacklisted Dissident to Please Chinese Government. A Google software engineer revealed
concerning details about the company's efforts to please the government China before it launched its latest entry into the
country — the censored Chinese search app "Project Dragonfly" — which allegedly included the company
blacklisting Chinese dissidents from its buildings for fear of upsetting the Chinese government. In a series of Twitter
posts, Thursday [11/6/2018], Google software engineer Mike Wacker discussed Project Dragonfly — Google's
controversial censored Chinese search app — and claimed Google refused to allow Chinese artist and dissident Ai
Weiwei on the company's New York City campus for fear of upsetting the Chinese government.
Robert Epstein: Research Documents Google Search 'Irregularities' in 2018 election. On the topic of a
recent report which claimed Google employees spoke about burying conservative websites such as Breitbart and the Daily Caller
in an effort to "reverse things in four years," Epstein declared, "It's just another indication, Amanda, of what a lot of us
have suspected for a long time. It just confirms based on actual communications within the company that Google has the
power to shift the votes and opinions on anything, and they discuss the power. They wouldn't discuss it if they didn't
have it, and they exercise the power. There's simply no question about that."
Dangerous Drift Toward Censorship. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site, recently got its hands on an
internal email exchange where Google employees lamented Donald Trump's election victory and discussed burying conservative
news sites in search results to "make sure that we reverse things in four years." "I think we have a responsibility to
expose the quality and truthfulness of sources — because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,"
one Google engineer said, after complaining that stories from the Daily Caller and Breitbart, another conservative site, were
showing up "next to legitimate news organizations."
Google Employees Debated Burying Conservative Media in Search Results. Google employees debated whether to bury
conservative media outlets in the company's search function as a response to President Donald Trump's election in 2016,
internal Google communications obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal. The Daily Caller and Breitbart were
specifically singled out as outlets to potentially bury, the communications reveal. Trump's election in 2016 shocked
many Google employees, who had been counting on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win.
Of Google Employees Tell Bosses To Cancel Censored Search Amid Worldwide Protests. More than 240 Google
employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to abandon its plan for a censored search engine in China, as
protesters took to the streets in eight cities to condemn the secretive project. The letter was published Tuesday
morning, signed by a group of 11 Google engineers, managers, and researchers. By early evening, a further 230 employees
had added their names to the letter in an extraordinary public display of anger and frustration with Google's management over
the censored search plan, known as Dragonfly.
Google Unit Tasked To Bury Conservative
Search Results To Ensure Trump Isn't Reelected. With news that Google launched a massive project to create
programs to suppress all conservative media sources on customer searches, here we have yet another tech giant proving that
their chief goal is to further left-wing policies, not honestly serve their customers. According to a big report from
the Daily Caller, Google created a special unit inside the company and tasked it with creating programs to bury any
conservative search results off the first page of searches no matter what was searched.
20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree. On Nov. 1, 20,000 Google
employees and contractors walked out of the company's offices around the world, one week after the New York Times reported
that Google had protected three executives accused of sexual misconduct, including Android founder Andy Rubin. But the
protests were about more than just how Google handles harassment. On the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara
Swisher, six of the walkout organizers — Erica Anderson, Claire Stapleton, Meredith Whittaker, Stephanie Parker,
Cecilia O'Neil-Hart and Amr Gaber — explained that employees' grievances included a history of pay discrimination,
systemic racism and the unequal treatment of contract workers.
Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children's Behavior at Home. Patents recently issued
to Google provide a window into their development activities. While it's no guarantee of a future product, it is a sure
indication of what's of interest to them. What we've given up in privacy to Google, Facebook, and others thus far is
minuscule compared to what is coming if these companies get their way. These patents tell us that Google is developing
smart-home products that are capable of eavesdropping on us throughout our home in order to learn more about us and better
target us with advertising. It goes much further than the current Google Home speaker that's promoted to answer our
questions and provide useful information, and the Google-owned Nest thermostat that measures environmental conditions in our
home. What the patents describe are sensors and cameras mounted in every room to follow us and analyze what we're doing
throughout our home.
Wants To Data Mine Your Home And Kids' Bedroom. New patents show Google is quietly developing a smart-home
automated system that will routinely eavesdrop on your daily life. The patents describe how cameras and sensors will be
mounted in almost every room of the house, scanning and analyzing every movement a human makes. According to the patent
description, the smart cameras could recognize Will Smith's face on a T-shirt. After cross-referencing this data
against the human's browser history, the smart-home might announce or send them a message, "You seem to like Will Smith.
His new movie is playing in a theater near you."
A moral crisis at Google.
Google is facing a worldwide staff rebellion over its handling of sexual harassment cases, said Daisuke Wakabayashi at The
New York Times. Holding signs such as "Don't be evil, protect victims," 20,000 of the tech giant's 85,000 employees
around the globe protested the company's mishandling of charges against senior executives. In one instance, Google paid
$90 million to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android operating system, who the company determined had been credibly accused
of coercing an employee into sex. Rubin denies the charges. By paying executives multimillion-dollar exit
packages, Google "avoided messy and costly legal fights, and kept them from working for rivals."
The Editor says...
Seems like that's exactly the kind of person you'd want to work for your rivals.
algorithm can monitor searches for 'diarrhea' and other symptoms of food poisoning in real time to warn you of unsafe
restaurants. Google may soon tell you which restaurants could give you food poisoning. The tech giant is
working with Harvard University to develop an algorithm that analyzes Google searches to spot which restaurants might have
food safety issues. Researchers say it's capable of flagging possible offenders in 'near real time.'
Hard Left. Last week, around the world, Google employees staged a walkout to demand social justice. Think
about it, employees of one of the world's largest corporations, a beacon of capitalist innovation, have been sucked up into
the new quasi-socialist call for more diversity... and for less sexual harassment in the workplace. We are all for
reducing sexual harassment in the workplace, but the call for social activism rings slightly hollow in a company that
excelled without diversity. Silicon Valley tech behemoths are not diverse. They are anything but diverse.
They are largely run by white and Asian males. So, the larger issue is not merely sexual harassment, but the
radicalization of capitalist titans.
Employees Walk Out To Protest Treatment Of Women. Google employees around the world walked out of their offices on Thursday
[11/1/2018] in a global protest over how the company deals with sexual harassment. The demonstrations, dubbed "Google Walkout,"
follow an outcry over a New York Times investigation that detailed years of sexual harassment allegations, multimillion-dollar
severance packages for accused executives, and a lack of transparency over the cases.
employees begin walkout over handling of sexual misconduct by executives. Employees in Google offices around
the world staged a walkout on Thursday to protest the company's handling of senior executives accused of sexual misconduct.
The demonstration was scheduled by organizers to begin at 11:10 a.m. local time for each office, with a Twitter account
set up by protest organizers featuring walkout photos from Singapore, Tokyo, London, Dublin and other locations.
Google Is Trying
To Censor Marsha Blackburn Campaign Ads. Google Ads informed Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign Tuesday that
her advertisements including video footage of protestors interrupting her moment of silence for victims of the recent deadly
mass shooting of a synagogue were disapproved because they contained "shocking content." Google Ads, an online
advertising platform, would not allow the Tennessee Republican's campaign for Senate promote two campaign videos as search
ads because the content doesn't meet Google's standards, according to an email sent to the campaign.
fired 48 people for sex harassment in last two years. Google revealed on Thursday that the tech giant has fired
48 employees for sexual harassment over the past two years. Google CEO Sundar Pichai disclosed the information in
response to a New York Times report that claimed the company had "protected" a former Android executive accused of sexual
misconduct. Pichai said in an email to employees that 48 employees had been fired and those former workers did not
receive a severance package from the company. The Times reported on Thursday that Andy Rubin, the executive in charge of
Android software, was dismissed for sexual misconduct in 2014 and is still receiving a $90 million package from the company.
Employees Second Largest Donors to Beto O'Rourke Campaign. Big Tech company employees are pouring money into
Democratic candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke's senate campaign in an attempt to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), with
employees from Google parent company Alphabet listed as the second largest donating force. According to CNBC, employees
at Google parent company Alphabet were the second largest contributor to O'Rourke's campaign overall, and came first on the
list of Big Tech contributors, with Alphabet employees donating $157,189. Overall, Alphabet was only beaten in donations
to O'Rourke's campaign by employees of the University of Texas, who donated $296,123.
CEO defends potential China-compliant search engine. Google's chief executive defended his company's plan to
explore a search engine tailored for users in China despite concerns that would mean complying with the country's strict
internet censors. In his most extensive public remarks on the topic, Sundar Pichai said entering China in some ways
aligns with the company's mission to provide information to the world's population, since one-fifth of those people reside in
China. Even complying with China's censors, he said, Google would be able to deliver search results to more than 99% of
queries and in some cases deliver more helpful results than users currently get from local search engines.
Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for 'Safety And Civility'. An internal company briefing
produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election
of President Trump, the "American tradition" of free speech on the internet is no longer viable. Despite leaked video
footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a
"blip" in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.
Google+ shutting down after users' data
is exposed. Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google+, after user data was left
exposed. It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third
parties. Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected.
exec slams GOP over Kavanaugh nomination. A design lead at Google has slammed Republicans in an angry Twitter
rant over the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. [...] Hogue's LinkedIn entry describes him as Google's UX design
lead. He has been at the search giant since December 2013, according to the entry. On Sunday [10/7/2018], Hogue
confirmed that he had deleted the tweet.
Knows Where You've Been, but Does It Know Who You Are? In August, The Associated Press published an
investigation into how Google handles the data it collects, following a curious discovery by a graduate researcher at U.C.
Berkeley. For years, the company has allowed users to control their "location history," which stores a detailed record
of where they've been, based primarily on their activity in Google Maps. This, the researcher suggested —
and The A.P. confirmed — did not work as advertised. "Some Google apps automatically store time-stamped
location data without asking," the reporters found. The revelation has since resulted in at least one lawsuit, as well
as renewed public criticism from lawmakers.
is hiding a secret game in plain sight. A Reddit post made headlines this week for uncovering a fun feature: a
text adventure game inside the search engine. "Found a crazy Easter egg," the Redditor wrote on a Google subreddit on Sept. 19
before revealing how to find the challenge. "Search for text adventure and open up the dev console," the Reddit user explained.
"It's [sic] asks if you want to play a game." Sure enough, Google sleuths can find the game by looking up the phrase "text adventure."
Google's World: We Just Live In It. Google's August search market share in America stood at 84%. That
means it defines the internet. Its secretive algorithms determine what people see when they search. It can unilaterally
redefine an issue, such as when it shifted the search results for "Jihad" away from counterterrorist sites to favor Islamist and
pro-Islamist media sites. It shapes how political leaders, including President Trump, are seen, and manufactures an ongoing
consensus by simply choosing one set of results over another. (During the election, its search engine provided more positive
results for Democrats than Republicans.) And then there are the constant privacy scandals.
political bias remains a concern. Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy,
R-Calif., National Economic Council head Larry Kudlow and about two dozen Republican members of Congress on Friday to discuss
numerous concerns that the GOP has with the tech giant, including political bias against conservatives. Google
seemingly made the case that while it may need to make some internal improvements, the tech giant has the right motives at
heart, improves the lives of millions of Americans annually, and is willing to work with both sides of the aisle to change
for the better. Unfortunately, we've seen this movie before.
to beat Google's personalized ads. Google has created its own universe. If you wanted to, you could use
nothing but Google products, and you could live a very fruitful digital life. You could buy a Chromebook, use Gmail and
G Suite, post your videos to YouTube, and save every last bit of data on Google Drive. You could make all your
appointments on Google Calendar, download all your media from Google Play, and tell the world about your amazing Google
experience on Blogger. And of course, have Google search answer your questions.
Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell's 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is no longer
fiction. We are living it right now. Google techies planned to massage Internet searches to emphasize correct
thinking. A member of the so-called deep state, in an anonymous op-ed, brags that its "resistance" is undermining an
elected president. The FBI, CIA, DOJ, and NSC were all weaponized in 2016 to ensure that the proper president would be
elected — the choice adjudicated by properly progressive ideology. Wearing a wire is now redefined as simply
flipping on an iPhone and recording your boss, boy- or girlfriend, or co-workers.
A map chock full
of surprises. Google's offer 'free' service on close inspection reduces to Tim Cook's observation that "you are
the product" they can sell to companies and governments who are the real customers. What's free is your data. In
the centralized world you don't even own yourself. Users only have a fragmented view of their own information, unable
to see what they've left scattered among dozens, perhaps hundreds of sites with each behind its user name and password
combination. Even at your sites ownership is illusory. Hollywood actor James Woods with 1.7 million followers
found Twitter could suspend his account simply because they didn't like what he said. By contrast big silicon has a
seamless view of the user's information.
and Privatized Authoritarianism. Tech giants get a lot of well-deserved flack for playing at partisan politics,
picking sides in policy disputes, and suppressing speech and ideas that don't fit well with their dominant political
ideology — or promoting those that do. Even some of the companies' employees' find the internal culture
stifling, such as the Facebook workers who recently derided the social media behemoth for "a political monoculture that's
intolerant of different views." But for a glimpse of real danger, consider what happens when Google, the dominant
search-engine company, teams up with a regime it apparently finds agreeable, and lends its considerable clout to reinforcing
authoritarian rulers' control over their suffering subjects. Google left China in 2010 after realizing that there was
no end to the demands and intrusions the government would make, no matter how the tech firm tried to comply. But now
the company appears willing to do almost anything asked to win access to the vast market. And what's being asked of the
company is that it help the government control its people.
Google Staffers Claim Rigging Was
Not Implemented. [T]his has been going on for quite some time, as it is virtually certain that Google wasn't
skewering the results only about Islam and jihad in July 2017. Only now is it being discovered by the general public.
Claims It Didn't Manipulate Search Results for "Islam" and "Muslim". Now that even President Trump has
complained about Google manipulating its search results, the social media giant's underhanded practices are finally getting
some attention. A Fox News report Friday [9/21/2018] noted that at Google, "internal emails show conversations between employees
highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump's controversial travel ban in order to mute
conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the ban." Google claims that this remained on the level of discussion, and
wasn't implemented, but there is considerable evidence to the contrary.
you thought what Google was doing to conservatives was bad, look at what it is doing in China. Google has drawn
a lot of scrutiny, and not in a good way, for biasing search results against conservatives, artificially promoting leftists
and leftwing causes, and smearing and blacklisting conservatives. This 2016 account by psychologist, artificial intelligence
maven, and tech whiz Robert Epstein gives a superb point-by-point breakdown of what Google's been up to so far.
(Epstein is the same guy in the news two days ago who said there is credible evidence that Google manipulated search results
to swing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.) So much for not being evil. But all of this is nuisanceware
compared to what the people at Google have been caught doing in China and are now trying to cover up.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai to Attend Congressional Hearing AFTER the Midterms. Google CEO Sundar Pichai will
appear at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, but only after the midterm elections on Nov 6, according to a report in the
Wall Street Journal. The WSJ reports that Pichai will meet privately with Republican lawmakers this Friday [9/28/2018]
to address concerns about the company's market power and bias against conservatives. In the past month, Google has been
rocked by a series of bias scandals, including Breitbart News' publication of a 1-hour leaked video featuring the dismayed
response of Pichai and other executives to the election of Donald Trump.
staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump's travel ban, emails show. Google is in the
spotlight after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on
the heels of President Trump's controversial travel ban in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push ways to combat the
ban. Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are
condemned from within. But internal company emails made public by Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Thursday [9/20/2018]
appear to show employees wanted to curate Google's algorithm to boost left-leaning political views on immigration.
Employees Debated Tweaking Search Results to Counter Trump Travel Ban. Google employees discussed how to tweak
search-related functions to combat the Trump administration's controversial travel ban, according to internal company
emails. The leaked emails, obtained Thursday [9/20/2018] by both Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the Wall Street Journal,
date back to January 2017, days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricted travel from several
majority-Muslim Middle Eastern and African countries deemed a security risk. Google employees discussed ways to alter
search results to favor anti-travel ban organizations, like the ACLU, and get information to immigrants, while disfavoring
results considered prejudicial. One employee in the Search Product Marketing division wrote that their department had a
"large brainstorm" on how to respond to the travel ban.
Google documents reveal discussions of biasing search results against Trump travel ban. It must be heady to be a senior executive
at Google, the fabulously profitable king of Silicon Valley, and the biggest source of information in the world. Tucker Carlson calls it
"the most powerful company in the history of the world". Google can control what information becomes available to those searching for it,
so it is not an exaggeration to suggest that it can heavily influence voting behavior, and therefore influence decision-makers in democratically
elected governments. Thus, any systematic effort on the part of Google to bias search results is of great concern, placing substantial
political power in the hands of an entity that can serve its own interests — for example, the availability of work visas for foreign
nationals it would like to employ for lower compensation than Americans might demand.
employees considered manipulating search results to help protest Trump's travel ban. An undisclosed number of
Google workers considered ways to use the company's powerful search engine to assist in a protest against the travel ban
implemented by the Trump administration in January 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday evening [9/20/2018].
The Journal said it reviewed emails that show Google employees proposed several ways to "leverage" the company's search engine
to direct users to pro-immigration organizations and contact government agencies, especially when searching for terms like
"Islam" or "Muslim." Those Google workers involved considered the existing search results for some of those terms to be
"Islamophobic," according to the report. Late on Thursday evening, Google sent a response to the Journal's story to
China create search engine that tracks, censors searches and links them to users' phone numbers. A prototype of
a censored search engine that links users' queries to their personal phone numbers is the result of a collaboration between
Google and China. This technology would make it easier for the Communist Party of China to monitor people and what they
are searching, the Intercept reported Friday [9/14/2018]. Dragonfly, the code name for the new search engine, was designed
for Android devices.
Google's Unstable Empire.
[Scroll down] This is the heart of the Google empire, which today is worth almost $800 billion (the valuation of
Google's holding company, Alphabet), putting it only a couple of hundred billion dollars behind Apple Inc. and Amazon.
As George Gilder notes in his new book, "empire" is a fitting word to describe Google. The size and reach of the
company is unprecedented in the history of computing. Its ability to process an ever-growing database consisting of
thousands of petabytes ("peta" meaning 1 quadrillion, or a million billion) and handle 1.5 trillion searches every year means
that it powers large sections of the U.S. economy. It also shapes our culture and mindset — and increasingly
our political system. Yet Google itself, Gilder argues, isn't best understood as a business at all. It's a
utopian cult, powered not by technology but by a philosophy — one could even say a theology — that is
about to meet its nemesis.
is 'threat to the Republic,' says Trump campaign manager. President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager
blasted Google after an internal video recording of company executives lamenting the 2016 presidential outcome was leaked to
the media on Wednesday [9/12/2018]. Brad Parscale, the campaign manager, called the content in the video a "threat to
the Republic," and demanded that Google's leadership testify before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Senior Google scientist resigns
over censorship. Senior Google scientist resigns over plan to launch censored search engine in China. "I
view our intent to capitulate to censorship & surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a
forfeiture of our values," he says.
World's Most Important Funeral: Google's Answer to Trump. Forget the lamentations for John McCain.
Ditto the wailing for Aretha Franklin. This week, we just learned about the biggest and most significant funeral dirge
in the history of the world: the private and confidential gathering of tens of thousands of Google employees to mourn the
election of Donald Trump. And their plans to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. All led by the people
who run Google — i.e., the world. Thanks to Breitbart.com, who brought this 45-minute dirge of constant
sorrow to our attention, we now know there was not a dry eye in the house. [...] In the aftermath of the great Google
sorrow-fest, we do know a few things: Google and YouTube simply cannot pretend they are not doing everything they
can to stifle conservative speech — even altering their algorithms to control the flow of information to
promote their worldview. They did not just confess it; they bragged about it, several times.
McCarthy: 'It's Time for Google to Answer Some Questions'. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated
in a recent tweet that tech firm Google must answer some questions and that an "invite will be on its way." In a recent
tweet, GOP House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy stated that tech giant Google will have to answer a number of questions about
its operations before Congress as Facebook and Twitter did recently. In the tweet, McCarthy noted left-leaning bias
from Google who gave a "silent donation" to a left-wing anti-Trump group and Google's work with China and Russia to censor
the Internet in certain parts of the world.
Leaked Video That Shows The World What Google Is. News virtually impossible to suppress: Even with all
its political power and might over largely unsuspecting masses, Tech giant Google cannot steal elections. That is what
the recorded video gone viral is now showing the entire digital world. [...] Not only did Google fail, and fail bigly at
handing the 2016 presidential race to their heroine Hillary Clinton, they failed for the almost two years that followed by
not being able to "thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the world". Google failed
in Hungary, Google failed in Poland, Google failed in Britain. Google failed in Austria, in Germany and Italy.
Official: Google is a Democratic Party Front. Someone leaked to Breitbart an hour-long video of an "all
hands" Google meeting that was held just after the 2016 election. The video features Google's co-founder, Sergei Brin,
its CEO, Sundar Pichai, and numerous other high-ranking "Googlers" speaking in turn about the election's tragic
outcome. It is stunning. All of the speakers express grief over Donald Trump's election. All of the
speakers assume that every Google employee is a Democrat and is stunned and horrified that Hillary Clinton — the
worst and most corrupt presidential candidate in modern history — lost. There is much discussion about what
Google can do to reverse the benighted world-wide tide exemplified by Brexit and Trump's election. The insane doctrine
of "white privilege" rears its head.
Google Scientist Resigns Over "Forfeiture of Our Values" in China. A senior Google research scientist has quit
the company in protest over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. Jack Poulson worked
for Google's research and machine intelligence department, where he was focused on improving the accuracy of the company's
search systems. In early August, Poulson raised concerns with his managers at Google after The Intercept revealed that
the internet giant was secretly developing a Chinese search app for Android devices. The search system, code-named
Dragonfly, was designed to remove content that China's authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about
political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.
York Times Covered Up Google Tape's Most Newsworthy Details. The New York Times reported on the
explosive Google Tape back in March but chose not to informs its readers of virtually all the key details revealed during
this company town hall. On Tuesday [9/11/2018], Breitbart News obtained video of an hour-plus long company meeting at
Google that took place shortly after the 2016 presidential election. You can watch the full video to judge the context
of these individual quotes for yourself — but in my view, what you have here is a smoking gun proving the biggest
Internet search engine in the world (by far) intends to abuse its corporate power to affect the outcome of elections, to
manipulate searches in a way that will result in political outcomes desired by a multinational corporation and Silicon Valley.
Google employee's email reveals effort to boost Latino vote, surprise that some voted for Trump. A Google
executive's leaked email reveals efforts to increase Latino turnout prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the
executive's "surprise" at Donald Trump's performance among Latino voters. The 675-word email, first obtained
exclusively by Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," was written by the tech giant's former head of multicultural
marketing and details a range of efforts to increase Latino turnout, including the support of a partner organization that
helped to drive voters to the polls.
Leadership's Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election. A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016
presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant's leadership, coupled with a
determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe. The video is
a full recording of Google's first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the
company as "TGIF" or "Thank God It's Friday" meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features
co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It
can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the
meeting and the statements made.
Google employee's email reveals effort to boost Latino vote, surprise that some voted for Trump. A Google
executive's leaked email reveals efforts to increase Latino turnout prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the
executive's "surprise" at Donald Trump's performance among Latino voters. The 675-word email, first obtained
exclusively by Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," was written by the tech giant's former head of multicultural
marketing and details a range of efforts to increase Latino turnout, including the support of a partner organization that
helped to drive voters to the polls.
executive clearly wanted Hillary elected in 2016 — What is big tech planning now? For two years, the
alleged threat that Russia poses to our elections has been official Washington's obsession. The usual business of
government has come to a halt as Democrats and their allies in the press fret that Russian agents may be interfering with our
democracy. The root of these fears? A handful of Russian ads on Facebook that almost nobody saw and a small
number of efforts to hack Democratic Party email accounts.
Carlson Reveals Google Exec's Blatant Effort To Help Hillary In 2016. We're told the companies like Google are
unbiased but we don't believe them. Now we're finding out just how biased they are with recent revealing information
from former Facebook employees and now with an email from a Google exec who did everything she could to elect Hillary.
The blatant effort to get Hillary elected is just the beginning[. ]What could Google do this election to push
Carlson busts open Google conspiracy to swing election to Hillary. Last night [9/10/2018], Tucker Carlson broke
an explosive story featuring internal Google documents indicating that the company made a "silent donation" — its
own term — to the Hillary Clinton campaign by using its information channeling might to mobilize voters it thought
would cast ballots for the Democrats' candidate. The move was unsuccessful, but it illustrates the enormous power to
shape elections by bringing some information to the voting public while suppressing other information. As Carlson
points out, if Russian purchases of a hundred thousand bucks' worth of Facebook ads is supposed to be worrisome, the power of
Google, which is the information funnel for about 90% of the public, is catastrophe once the giant decides to use its power
to control elections.
Report That Google Influenced the 2016 Election. A shocking report by Tucker Carlson exposed an email obtained
from a Google insider that proves they influenced the 2016 election to steer voters to Hillary Clinton. "An email
obtained exclusively by this show reveals that a senior Google employee deployed the company's resources to increase voter
turnout in ways she believed would help the Clinton campaign win in the last election." It was written on November 9,
2016, by Eliana Murillo, the former Head of Multicultural Marketing at Google. "In her email, Murillo touts Google's
multifaceted efforts to boost Hispanic in the election," Carlson said. "She knows that Latinos voted in record-breaking
numbers, especially in states like Florida, Nevada, and Arizona."
Google May Be Biased,
But Regulation Isn't the Answer. On August 28, President Trump tweeted that his administration is considering
regulating Google out of concern that the search engine is prioritizing liberal news sites over conservative alternatives.
Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said that the administration is "taking a look" at the possibility of regulating
Google's search results. Google represents a huge source of information for Americans, so conservatives are justified to
worry about liberal bias in the search results. But regulation isn't the answer.
pushes physical security key. The internet's biggest search engine is going low-tech for its latest product,
aimed at helping you secure your files on the Google cloud — and beyond. Following a recent trend of users
demanding more physical reassurances that hackers can't access their files or sensitive data, Google is introducing Titan.
The device is a physical security key that allows users to perform a 2-step verification before accessing data and other
files. While it was originally only available to Google Cloud Customers, as of last week the key is now available
to all Google users in the form of a USB.
Google Pushes Liberal News in Top 5 Search Suggestions. A new study about Google News shows that while everyone
gets the same results, five liberal news organizations "alone" made up 49 percent of the total recommendations from the
respective experiments. The five were The New York Times, CNN, Politico, Washington Post HuffPost. The
study, written by Columbia University PhD candidate Efrat Nechushtai and University of Oregon Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging
Media chair Seth Lewis, set to be published in the journal "Computers in Human Behavior," stated only 14 news organizations
"made up 79% of the total number of news recommendations suggested to searchers."
'paid millions to Mastercard to track credit card spending' to find out whether people are being successfully influenced by
its online ads. Google holds a secretive deal with Mastercard that enables it to track whether the adverts it
shows people online lead to purchases in high street shops, a new report claims. The purported multi-million dollar
agreement allows the Californian search company to link the purchases of Mastercard customers to their email addresses.
These addresses are used to identify customers' online activity and track the adverts they have seen on webpages and inside
mobile apps. Google uses this information to determine whether the adverts successfully influenced their shopping
habits in the real-world.
sued for tracking you, even when 'location history' is off. Google now faces a potential class action lawsuit
over the revelation that it continues to store users' location data even if they turn off Location History. The lawsuit
was filed on Friday [8/17/2018], the day Google updated its help page to clarify that with Location History off it still
stores some location data in other services such as Google Search and Maps. Until then, Google's help page on Location
History stated that "with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored". However a report by the
Associated Press found this statement wasn't true.
Criticism of Firm, Hatch Wants Google Investigated. Capping off a week of attacks on the company,
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) called Thursday for an investigation into search giant Google's possibly anti-competitive
practices. Hatch expressed concern in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that Google was abusing its dominant
market position by excluding competitors from its search advertisements. Google controls about 90 percent of
global searches, a position it could potentially leverage to exclude would-be competitors from the market. Central to
Hatch's criticisms are Google's data collection and privacy practices, which he claimed exacerbate the firm's potential to
crowd out components. Several of Hatch's Senate colleagues, he noted, have previously expressed concern to Google over
its data collection practices, including giving actual content of Gmail emails to third-party developers.
threatens action against Google for 'rigged' search results. President Trump, chafing against news coverage he
says is unfair, accused search-engine operator Google of suppressing positive stories about him and threatening a government
response. "This is a very serious serious situation — will be addressed," he wrote on Twitter, the social
media platform where he has more than 50 million followers. The president and congressional Republicans have all
accused tech companies based in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley of suppressing news favorable to them, a claim that firm
executives have denied in a number of hearings. What action the president might attempt wasn't immediately clear.
Constitutional guarantees bar the government from restricting freedom of speech or the press, but those don't apply to the
actions of private companies or individuals. Google, Facebook, and Twitter have all denied presenting content in a way
that favors either end of the political spectrum.
Responds To Trump Vowing Action Against 'RIGGED' Search Results. President Trump vowed to take action against
Google early Tuesday morning in response to a report suggesting that the search engine's algorithm was suppressing
conservative outlets' coverage of Trump.
Criticize Google CEO for Declining to Testify. Google's Sundar Pichai is facing bipartisan criticism for
refusing to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing next week, but the panel's chairman signaled he's unlikely to
issue a subpoena to force the chief executive officer to appear. "I don't normally subpoena people to be part of the
solution," Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina said Tuesday [8/28/2018] when asked if he's considering such a step.
"Google chooses not to participate and being part of the solution. That's a decision they made."
Chickens Coming Home to Roost. This week, President Trump openly accused Google of manipulating search results
in a manner detrimental to him, which commenced a firestorm of controversy and focus upon Google's behavior. Regardless
of whether Google is guilty of the particular behavior that President Trump alleges, it's beyond dispute that Google-owned
YouTube has censored even such mainstream and well-mannered conservatives as Dennis Prager and his popular Prager U
brief video tutorials.
for unbiased news: Trump rips Google as 'rigged'. It seems like just about everyone is unhappy with
Google at one time or another, given its dominant role in helping the world sort through the endless flood of online
information. Politicians, journalists, entertainers, business owners and others all want their names, links, articles
and videos to come up higher in the searches. For some, it's a matter of political life and death; for others, a matter
of business survival; for still others, a question of sheer ego. If you're pushed way down in the rankings, then as a
practical matter, you don't exist. President Trump has loudly added his voice, taking to Twitter to attack the search giant.
Percent of Google Search Results for 'Trump' News Are from Liberal Media Outlets. Is Google manipulating its
algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump? It sure looks that way based on
recent search results for news on the president. Conservatives and Trump supporters have for the last several years
questioned whether Google was deprioritizing conservative news sites, hiding them from users who utilize their search
engine. Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported
reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized.
Google's high-profile firing of conservative James Damore, purportedly over his conservative political views, only reinforces
the idea that Google is picking winners and losers.
Google applies yet another method of manipulating public opinion. Google has introduced a practice nicknamed "expulsion
to the 101st kilometer," referring the Soviets forcibly evicting dissenting citizens 100 kilometers or more from
Moscow. That was the twentieth century. Now, in the 21st century, Google decided to manipulate the results of
internet searches in an analogous way. As a result of these manipulations, Google shows links to leftist political
sites at the top of the results page, and links to conservative sites are artificially moved beyond the first hundred
links. Google knows that people, as a rule, scan just the first ten to twenty links. Consequently, Google creates
an impression that the whole world is full of leftist ideas only. Professor Robert Epstein believes that the Google
algorithm gifted Hillary Clinton in 2016 with at least 2 million votes.
Percent of Google Search Results for 'Trump' News Are from Liberal Media Outlets. Conservatives and Trump
supporters have for the last several years questioned whether Google was deprioritizing conservative news sites, hiding them
from users who utilize their search engine. Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but
nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content
creators have been banned and demonetized. Google's high-profile firing of conservative James Damore, purportedly over
his conservative political views, only reinforces the idea that Google is picking winners and losers.
Ugly Truth About Google is Oozing Out. Though I have been an outspoken critic of Google for a long time —
dating back more than 10 years — I figured out only last year that what I call the "Speech Code Cartel" of
Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Apple, along with other tech companies, represents the gravest threat to
American liberty in the history of the country. Unlike weapons of mass destruction that kill us all, this is another
kind of WMD — a weapon of mass delusion — one that stealthily kills our freedom and the individual
spirit that made America great.
admits to secretly working on a search engine for China with built-in censorship features. Amid growing
concerns about online censorship, Google is secretly working on a search engine product for China with built-in censorship
features. Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees on Thursday [8/16/2018] that the company is working on a censorship called
Dragonfly and it is still in an "exploratory" stage, The Intercept reported. The revelation has stunned many people,
including the majority of Google's 88,000 employees. Only about several hundred of them were aware of the project, the
report stated. Pichai pledged to be more transparent with employees as plans are closer to being finalized, the news
CEO to Employees: 'We're Not Close to Launching Search in China'. Following complaints from employees about
launching a censored search feature in China, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has assured employees that the company is "not close"
to launching in China. CNN reports that during a town hall meeting on Tuesday [8/14/2018], Google CEO Sundar Pichai
assured many worried employees that the company is "not close" to launching a censored search product in China. "We are
not close to launching a search product in China," Pichai said, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.
might be tracking your location. Here's how you can turn it off. Google may be tracking your location,
even if have some location tracking turned off on your account. An investigation by the Associated Press found that
simply turning off location history on an account does not completely prevent the tech giant from tracking your movements.
Google accounts also have a "Web & App Activity" section which also tracks a user's location when Google apps and other
services are used. That option is turned on by default and must be manually paused by the user.
Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies? Type the word "dog" into Google Translate 19
times, request that the nonsensical message be flipped from Maori into English, and out pops what appears to be a garbled
A veteran Republican
senator reminded Google that he's not dead. When Republican senator Orrin Hatch Googled his own name in the
early hours of Tuesday morning [7/24/2018], he was in for a nasty shock. According to the search engine, he had died last
September. The very-much-still-alive Hatch tweeted a screenshot this discovery to Google on Tuesday, saying: "We
might need to talk."
retracts some big talk. As corporate mission statements go, Google's is simple enough: "Don't be
evil." This isn't asking much from its employees. It's vague and meaningless, as most corporate mission
statements are. It's a mantra only suitable until the going gets tough. Who applauds evil, anyway? This
week Google, by far the most popular search engine and with a history of saying how devoted it is to the free flow of
uncensored information, is preparing now to get in bed with the Chinese Communist Party. So much for shunning evil.
Declares Angela Merkel 'Leader of the Free World'. Thanks to its reliance on information from Wikipedia, the
top Google search result for "leader of the free world" is not the President of the United States, with whom the term is
normally associated, but crisis-engulfed German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Searches for the term currently return a
picture of Merkel as the top result, and two links to the Wikipedia page on "free world." Immediately following those
results is a CNN opinion piece stating that President Trump is "no longer leader of the free world."
plans return to China search market with censored app: sources. Alphabet Inc's Google plans to launch a version
of its search engine in China that will block some websites and search terms, two sources said, in a move that could mark its
return to a market it abandoned eight years ago on censorship concerns.
What Does Google Know About
You: A Complete Guide. Thanks to the data the tech giant collects in order to sell ads, Google has a
wealth of information on you — from what you look like to where you live and where you've traveled. The
corporation may even be able to guess your favorite food. [...] Although "Google it" has officially entered the cultural
lexicon, the mega-corporation is much more than a search engine. It's through its apps, internet-related services,
acquired companies and more that the technology company collects data on you.
Google's not-so-secret quest to reinvent its mobile OS. For many people, fuchsia is just a color that they
can't quite explain. If you're a hardcore Android fan or a tech enthusiast though, you know that Fuchsia is the Google
dream. It's the secret-but-not-so-secret-anymore operating system that Google is building to replace Android, Chrome
and every other type of OS that Google may be using on its products. Fuchsia is the fresh start Google needs for its
mobile OS. One that will propel the company into the next decade of smartphone and post-smartphone innovation. It's the
OS that will make possible the development of true iPhone equivalents, whether they're Pixel- or Galaxy-branded. But
Fuchsia has a big problem to overcome before battling the iPhones of the future, and that's Google itself.
said to be fined record $5 billion by EU over Android, report. Google will reportedly be fined around 4.3 billion
euros ($5 billion) by the European Union over Android apps on Wednesday [7/18/2018], according to Bloomberg. That would
set a record for antitrust penalties, according to a person familiar with the EU decision. The fine would end an EU probe
into Google's contracts with smartphone manufacturers and telecoms operators.
is training machines to predict when a patient will die. [Scroll down] The harrowing account of the
unidentified woman's death was published by Google in May in research highlighting the healthcare potential of neural
networks, a form of artificial intelligence software that is particularly good at using data to automatically learn and
improve. Google had created a tool that could forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay
in hospitals, their odds of readmission and chances they will soon die. What impressed medical experts most was
Google's ability to sift through data previously out of reach: notes buried in PDFs or scribbled on old charts.
The neural net gobbled up all this unruly information then spat out predictions. And it did so far faster
and more accurately than existing techniques.
Attempts to Restructure the Tech Sector by Fining Google. In a much anticipated, but not surprising decision,
the European Commission just announced that Google has been fined $5 billion for abusing its market power in the Android
world in order "to cement its dominant position in general internet search." Perhaps the magnitude of the fine was
alarming, but the EC's action is just the latest in its fusillade against American tech companies that thrive by providing
consumers the products they want. Despite the aggressive actions against Google, there is scant evidence of consumer
harm. To the contrary, smartphones have become ubiquitous, and provide consumers a wide range of choices when it comes
to the apps they use, including search engines.
I learned: Duck.com redirects to Google, much to DuckDuckGo's annoyance. Until today [7/20/2018], if you
typed duck.com into your browser right now and smacked the enter key, you'd see google.com appear. Weird, huh?
Particularly considering that there is a search engine known for ducks, and it's not Google at all — but rather,
its privacy-first rival DuckDuckGo, which you'll find at duckduckgo.com. Only on Friday afternoon, Google decided to
relent, giving DuckDuckGo a shoutout.
hit with record $5 billion fine. The European Union hit Google with a record $5 billion antitrust fine,
accusing the company of illegally using its Android mobile operating system to cement its dominance over other online
services. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission's competition chief, said that Google's arrangements with phone
manufacturers suppressed competition. "In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of
its search engine," Vestager said.
Trump is the first result if you Google Image search 'idiot'. Despite Donald Trump declaring that his IQ is
'one of the highest', internet users have discovered that a picture of the US President is the first result when you Google
Image search the word 'idiot'. This revelation emerged soon after a social media campaign to push the 2004 Green Day song
American Idiot up the charts in the United Kingdom to reach the top spot, ahead of Trump's UK visit. Trump is currently
under fire for his comments about Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir
Putin, but why is Trump the first result for 'idiot'?
Gmail controversy is everything people hate about Silicon Valley. When news broke this week that Google was
letting Gmail app developers scan and even read your email, we heard what's become Silicon Valley's usual excuse: This
is what you signed up for. Don't like how Facebook shares your data with third-party developers? Too bad, it's
spelled that out in its data policy. (What? You didn't bother reading it?) And maybe you were upset when you
learned last year that Unroll.Me was selling information taken from your email inbox. The company's CEO found that
"heartbreaking," but that's how businesses make money from a free service. Privacy advocates have been pushing back
against the industry's way of doing business for years.
turn Amazon Alexa, Google Home into secret eavesdroppers. Oh, goody, Amazon Alexa and/or Google Home could be
hit with remote, large-scale "voice squatting" and "voice masquerading" attacks to steal sensitive user information or
eavesdrop on conversations. Third-party skills are what make virtual personal assistants like Alexa so handy; by
enabling skills, your interactions with Alexa can be more relevant to your life and what you like. Skills are also what
the group of researchers exploited to come up with voice squatting attacks. It's doubtful that you'd even notice if you
were hit with such an attack; unlike the researchers, adversaries are unlikely to have the skill tell you about the hack.
Started a Political Storm Because of Its Over-Reliance on Wikipedia. As VICE News reported earlier Thursday
[5/31/2018], a Google search for "California Republican Party" resulted in Google listing "Nazism" as the "ideology" of the
party. This happened because of Google's "Featured Snippets" tool, which pulls basic information for search terms and
puts it on the front page. These are also sometimes called "Google Cards" and "knowledge panels." The information
on these cards is often taken from Wikipedia entries, which is what seems to have happened here. Six days ago, someone
edited the Wikipedia page for "California Republican Party" to include "Nazism," something that wasn't changed until Wednesday,
Wikipedia's edit logs show. Google's artificial intelligence pulled that data, displayed it under search, and now
Republicans have more ammo in their ongoing Google-is-biased crusade.
The Editor says...
Since Google algorithms are some of the most closely-guarded secrets in the world, one can only rely on anecdotal evidence
of Google's behavior (and occasional leaks) to make a determination about Google's political bias. And yes, in
my opinion, Google is biased.
to remove "secure" indicator from HTTPS pages on Chrome. As part of its push to make the web safer, Google on
Thursday said it will stop marking HTTPS pages as "secure." The logic behind the move, Google explained, is that "users
should expect that the web is safe by default." It will remove the green padlock and "secure" wording from the address bar
beginning with Chrome 69 in September. Google previously announced that it would mark HTTP pages as "not secure" beginning
with Chrome 68 in July.
say Google Plus ignored flagged posts of extremist content. Google has ignored warnings about pro-ISIS content
on its social media platform, Google Plus, according to users who flagged posts to the company and an expert who said he
flagged the content directly to Google. Despite those actions, a trio of pro-ISIS communities were active on Google
Plus on Wednesday after the company was notified of them more than nine months ago. The company removed the groups from
Google Plus between Wednesday and Thursday [5/31/2018] after The Hill asked about them.
is struggling to hold onto black and Hispanic employees as report reveals 'dismal' improvement in hiring minorities and
women. Google is struggling to retain their black and Hispanic employees, a 2018 diversity report
reveals. The fifth annual diversity report also shows 'dismal' improvement in hiring minorities and women. For
the first time, Google's report provided data on attrition, or how many people left the company, with rates for black and
Latinx [sic] employees being the highest in 2017.
America to survive, Google must be defeated. The radical Left — which now controls tech giants like
Google and Facebook — can't win any debate (or elections) based on facts or logic, so they resort to brazen
censorship to silence all opposing views in the hopes of dominating the culture by cheating. [...] In fact, it's now clear
that Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have all decided to ban all the speech they oppose in the hopes of achieving a
kind of "cultural coup" that silences any views they oppose, including biological science facts such as the fact that there
are only two genders, not an infinite number of imaginary "gender fluid" delusions.
Google And Twitter All Work With Left-Wing SPLC. Four of the world's biggest tech platforms have working
partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative
organizations as "hate groups." Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law
Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms for "hate speech" or "hate groups," a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation
found. The SPLC is on a list of "external experts and organizations" that Facebook works with "to inform our hate
speech policies," Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told TheDCNF in an interview.
shareholders vote down diversity proposals. Alphabet's shareholders, including top executives, voted down
several proposals on Wednesday [6/67/2018], defeating campaigns to tie pay to diversity goals and to get the Google parent
to provide more data about efforts to moderate user-generated content.
Will Not Renew Pentagon Contract That Upset Employees. Google, hoping to head off a rebellion by employees
upset that the technology they were working on could be used for lethal purposes, will not renew a contract with the Pentagon
for artificial intelligence work when a current deal expires next year. Diane Greene, who is the head of the Google
Cloud business that won a contract with the Pentagon's Project Maven, said during a weekly meeting with employees on Friday
[6/1/2018] that the company was backing away from its A.I. work with the military, according to a person familiar with the
discussion but not permitted to speak publicly about it. Google's work with the Defense Department on the Maven
program, which uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images and could be used to improve the targeting of drone
strikes, roiled the internet giant's work force.
New Slogan: Don't Fight Evil. CBS News reported that the petition also said, "We believe that Google
should not be in the business of war." In other words, to the heads of Google and thousands of its elite employees, it
is immoral to aid in the defense of their country, and all war is immoral. Google and these 4,000 employees embody two
terrible traits: moral idiocy and ingratitude. Moral idiocy is the ability to be brilliant in any area of life except
the single most important area of life, morality. With regard to morality, such people are fools.
As Host Of Democratic Fundraising Event. Google was set to rent out its D.C. headquarters to a progressive
group running a fundraiser for top Senate Democrats, but canceled it Friday [6/1/2018] just days before. The group "Run
For Something" cultivates up-and-coming Democrats for all levels of government. Its event, "Party For Something," was
supposed to occur June 6 at a location only disclosed if tickets ($100 to $1,000) were purchased.
Google Labeled GOP
Lawmaker a 'Bigot'. Google labeled Republican North Carolina state Sen. Trudy Wade as a "bigot" in its
"knowledge panel" for the pro-Trump lawmaker. According to Vice News Friday, searching for Wade on Google would show
users an image of the state senator with "BIGOT" in bright red letters displayed at the bottom. [...] Wade is currently in a
tough reelection battle. It's likely not helpful for her campaign to have the image as one of the first things voters
would see if they Google her.
shot husband in head over a Google search: cops. A Florida couple's feud over a Google search quickly escalated
to violence when the wife reportedly shot her husband in the head, according to police. Tony Brown, a prominent
businessman, was discovered in a pool of blood Monday [5/28/2018] at his Fernandina Beach home after his 57-year-old wife,
Lawanda Brown, allegedly wounded him, news station WPTV reported.
under fire for listing 'Nazism' as the ideology of the California Republican Party. Google came under fire on
Thursday after an error in its Knowledge Panel listed "Nazism" as the ideology of the California Republican Party. The
error, which was first spotted by political strategist Eric Wilson, showed "Nazism" alongside other ideologies such as
"Conservatism," "Market liberalism," "Fiscal conservatism," and "Green conservatism." The error showed up in Google's
Knowledge Panel, which pulls information from various sources from across the web, including Wikipedia.
Google does it
again. Efforts by the companies that dominate public discourse — Google, Facebook, Twitter and
YouTube — to privilege the Left at the expense of conservatives have been in the news for a while. I was one
of 63 conservatives who signed a letter to social media companies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, calling for
transparency, equal treatment, and free speech. Not that I expect it to do much good. Today [5/31/2018] Google
informed anyone who searched for information on the California Republican Party that its political philosophy is "Nazism."
California GOP With ... Nazism. On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shared a
screenshot of Google listing "Nazism" as the "ideology" of the California Republican Party. "Dear Google, This is a
disgrace. Stop The Bias," McCarthy tweeted. According to the screenshot, Google described the California
Republican Party as "the California affiliate of the United States Republican Party. The party chairman is Jim Brulte,
and is based in Burbank, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. The CRP also has a headquarters in Sacramento." So far,
so good. Then, Google listed "ideology." Along with "Conservatism, Market liberalism, Fiscal conservatism, [and] Green
conservatism," the search giant added, "Nazism." Yep, National Socialism, the ideology of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party.
Memorial Day doodle praises Bin Laden sympathizer, not fallen heroes. Memorial Day is the day the United States
has set apart to stand in remembrance and reverence for those men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our
freedoms. So why would a tech giant choose to use a terrorist sympathizer for its Google doodle on such a special day?
[...] Google has already earned plenty of criticism for not having Easter on its home page for the last eighteen years in
addition to the rumours that its algorithms downgrade certain conservative searches.
Again, The Google Doodle ignores Memorial Day in favor of honoring an Osama bin Laden admirer. The infamous
Google Doodle displays its far-left radical ideology by choosing to highlight a terrorist sympathizer who hates America on
Memorial Day, while ignoring the millions of fallen American heroes who gave their lives so that Google could behave like the
repugnant lowlifes they are.
there really were a plot to take over the world. Facebook and [six other] companies aim to bring the world aordable Internet
access with a catch. The Free Basics program will let consumers access certain websites that meet the Facebook's criteria, a kind of
closed garden, for cheap. [...] Ironically Big Silicon clearly stands to gain a lot from "free". First they can potentially listen
to everything you post or say and understand it all on a scale that only computers can achieve. Mark Zuckerberg told US Congress that
Facebook would increasingly rely on artificial intelligence to catch hate speech spread on the platform. But it can only do this by
understanding speech in general. With the 10 year plan they can do it to the whole world.
Plus hosting scores of pro-ISIS accounts, including overt calls to violence. Scores of pro-ISIS accounts and
communities have found a home on Google Plus despite being purged from other social media platforms like Twitter and
Facebook, according to a review by The Hill. The Hill found dozens of pages across Google's social media platform that
explicitly show Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propaganda, give news updates directly pulled from ISIS media, spread
messages of hate towards Jews and other groups or show extremist imagery. The Google Plus accounts and communities
sharing ISIS-linked content did little to hide their affiliation. Many openly professed their support of the terrorist
group. In many cases, accounts featured the ISIS flag and pictures of ISIS fighters.
Blames Wikipedia for GOP 'Nazi' Label. Google blamed "vandalism" at Wikipedia for inaccurate search results on
their platform, which claimed the California GOP promotes Nazism, however Google failed to note that they prioritize results
from Wikipedia as an authoritative source of information. "We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it
impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that's what happened here," claimed Google in a statement.
"This would have been fixed systematically once we processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the vandalism we
worked quickly to accelerate this process to remove the erroneous information."
Exodus At Google As Company Contracts With Pentagon On Controversial AI Drone Program. Last month, The Free
Thought Project reported that thousands of Google employees were speaking out about the company's close relationship with the
Pentagon, and their involvement in the business of war. Initially, 3,100 Google employees signed a letter to Google CEO
Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company cancel an ongoing contract with the Pentagon that supported a drone program called
"Project Maven." As expected, Google has not backed down, and at least a dozen of the employees who signed the letter
are now resigning from the company in protest.
'don't be evil' motto. "Don't be evil." The three words that have been part of Google's motto for the last
17 years also encapsulate how much of Silicon Valley sees itself — doing what is right and just, but a bit edgier
than previous stodgy titans of capitalism. However, the ubiquitous search engine has now removed "Don't be evil" from
its official code of conduct. According to a Gizmodo reporter who used the Wayback machine to check time stamps, at some
point between late April and early May, references to the slogan in the document were removed except for one brief mention.
Video Leaked, and It Is Creepy. The Google video is called The Selfish Ledger and it seems to be exploring a
dystopian nightmare of humanity being controlled through data collection. [...] Though Google claimed the video, which was
never supposed to be viewed outside the company, was completely hypothetical, this isn't plausible because why would a
company make a video about data use that it wasn't considering trying to implement? [Video clip]
'Selfish Ledger' vid reveals creepy concept to use data like 'genetic code' to program future. A recently
surfaced Google video discusses a creepy concept for collecting vast quantities of user data that could span generations.
The video, which was obtained by The Verge, paints an unsettling picture of how data could theoretically be harnessed on an epic
scale. The Verge reports that the video was produced in 2016 by X, a research and development subsidiary of Google's parent
company Alphabet. X, formerly known as Google X, describes itself as a "moonshot factory" focused on developing technologies
to make the world "a radically better place."
Google and YouTube Blocking Searches for Red Pill Videos? A year or so ago, there were a spate of articles
about the red pill videos on YouTube — millennials turning off to the bullying by feminists and race hustlers,
thinking for themselves, becoming conservative, and posting a video of their personal journey from blue to red online.
I googled 'red pill' and had a cheerful time following links. I learned about Candace Owens at that time, and a lot of
other black and white millennials who had posted articulate, heartfelt, intimate, sometimes funny YouTubes explaining why
they'd become conservative. For months afterward, when I was sick of all the bad news about millennials becoming little
fascists, I would turn to the red pill videos and cheer myself up. And then I found I could no longer find them.
When I went to YouTube and searched for red pill, all I got was the documentary by that name (worth seeing) available for
$3.99. The most famous videos are still there. But even they are hard to find.
sells the future, powered by your personal data. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stood on stage at the company's
yearly developer conference on Tuesday [5/8/2018] and rolled out some of its most advanced technology: an assistant that can
schedule appointments for you over the phone, customized suggestions in Google Maps, and even a new feature that can help finish
your sentences as you type an email. It's all underpinned by the same thing: the massive trove of data that Google is
collecting on billions of people every day. Until recently, most users may have either been unaware their data was
being used like this or were fine with the tradeoff.
Insane Campus Is What Happens When You Politicize Everything. [Scroll down] "Such is the climate inside the tech giant, where
fractious groups of employees have turned the workplace into a virtual war zone of debate over all manner of social and political beliefs," wrote
the [Wall Street] Journal. "Google has long promoted a work culture that is more like a college campus — where loud debates and doctrinaire
stances are commonplace — and today its parent, Alphabet Inc., is increasingly struggling to keep things under control."
Assistant can now control more than 5,000 smart home devices. Google Assistant is gaining ground in the smart
home. The search giant said on Thursday that its artificial intelligence-infused voice assistant now works with more
than 5,000 smart home devices. That's up from just 1,500 devices in January, according to Google.
Maps is being abused by scammers. Last month, Google announced that it would be shutting down the goo.gl URL
shortening service and replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links. But before those short links disappear, scammers
continue to take full advantage of them with a little help from Google Maps. Security company Sophos discovered that
scammers are using a vulnerability in Google Maps URLs. It's known as an open redirect vulnerability and allows an
otherwise safe link to redirect to another page without the user's knowledge. It also bypasses all the safety checks
Google performs when creating a new short URL.
Google Search Manipulation Can Swing Nearly 80 Percent of Undecided Voters. By inserting negative search
suggestions under the name of a candidate, search engines like Google can shift the opinions of undecided voters by up to
43.4 percent, according to new research by a team at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and
reported exclusively by Breitbart News. The lead author of the study, Dr. Robert Epstein, has previously conducted
research into what he calls the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME). This research showed that the manipulation of
results pages in search engines can shift the voting preferences of undecideds by anywhere between 20 and 80 percent,
depending on the demographic.
Calls Out Google And Twitter By Name: They Take Your Private Info Too. Facebook specifically named fellow
tech giants Twitter, Google and Amazon in a blog post discussing how and why it uses people's personal information —
an apparent attempt to pull the ostensible competitors into the arena of cacophonous public backlash.
Video/Audio of Silencerco Maxim 9
on new Video platform GunStreamer.com. [Here] is
a link to a video/audio of the Silencerco Maxim 9 from the industry day at the range at the Shot Show in 2017. The video is on a new platform
GunStreamer.com, to compete with Youtube. Youtube is actively demonitzing and marginalizing gun videos and gun writers. This
amounts to private censorship. It has become particularly bad since Youtube was acquired by Google. Google motto "Don't be Evil"
seems particularly ironic. The insurrection is going to have to find ways to get the message out against the forces of the
empire/establishment. Google is clearly one of the prime movers in the Establishment/empire.
of Google employees call for company to cancel Pentagon work. Specifically, Google's working with the Pentagon
on Project Maven, a pilot program to identify objects in drone footage and to thereby better target drone strikes.
Google, as in, the company whose motto is Don't Be Evil. A vocal and large group of Google employees are outraged
that the company's working on what they call the "business of war."
at Masters of the Universe Town Hall: Everything that Goes Through Gmail Is Monitored by Google. At the
Breitbart News "Masters of the Universe" town hall event on big tech on Thursday evening, psychologist Dr. Robert
Epstein explained how Google reads everything that goes through Gmail — including deleted drafts and incoming
emails from non-Google email clients. He also explained how Google has access to the email servers of multiple
mainstream media outlets — but not Breitbart's!
nightclub attack survivors sue Google, Facebook, Twitter over 'material support' to ISIS. Survivors of the
Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., perpetrated by a supporter of the Islamic State terror group, are suing Google,
Facebook, and Twitter, alleging that the tech firms allowed the group to proliferate and spread propaganda. In a lawsuit
filed Wednesday [4/4/2018] in Orlando's federal courthouse, 16 victims of the June 12, 2016 shooting — the
second deadliest in American history — claim that the three tech giants were responsible for letting ISIS disseminate
propaganda on their platforms, thus providing "material support" to the terror group, in violation of the Justice Against Sponsors
of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
Will Social Media
Be the Death of Us — Literally? Google used to brag "First do no harm," but they did that big
time just the other day — inadvertent though it may have been. Their acquisition YouTube inspired an obvious
sociopath — Nasim Naja Aghdam, 39, of San Diego — to act out wildly, killing one individual and severely wounding
several others. [...] The police have said she was angry at YouTube's policies, which are, despite claims to the contrary,
largely autocratic and self-interested. But that law-enforcement view is legalistic and perforce overly simple.
It is only the most superficial part of the story
Town: Facebook, Google Creating Planned Communities in California with Homes, Bridges, Stores. Facebook
and Google are both moving into the creation of real-life communities, complete with houses for employees, parks, bridges,
and even stores. In Menlo Park, California, Facebook is planning a 59-acre site called Willow Village. [...] The
"village" is set to feature 1,500 apartments, 225 of which will be offered "at below-market rates," while the "most likely
tenants of the full-price units are Facebook employees, who already receive a five-figure bonus if they live near the
office," according to the [New York] Times, who added that in a decade, Facebook "will have space for 35,000"
employees, which is "slightly more than the city's current population."
Social Media Purge: No One Is Safe. Social media is often abuzz with politics — from
immigration and gun control to infrastructure and tariffs. Rarely is the social media itself the topic of
discussion. But now is long past time for that discussion. It is certainly no secret that social media companies
are overwhelmingly left-wing, fueling the fake "Russia" conspiracy theory, and endlessly bashing President Donald
Trump. But now, the social media giants of the Internet — Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (one of the main
subsidiaries Alphabet, which is the corporate parent of Google) — have been preparing their next big, heinous
move: an attempt to ban right-wing voices outright from their platforms.
The Great Information War
is Here. A few days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, many
conservative commentators began to notice they were also being targeted. They were not being "flamed" by bloggers or
online trolls but instead were simply erased from social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube by the Big Tech
companies. Some of them were little known, while others were popular media figures such as Dennis Prager and Mike
Cernovich. In some cases, their videos were taken down on YouTube without warning; or their Gmail accounts were
terminated without explanation; or their Twitter pages were shadowbanned. Much of the censored material had nothing to
do with the Parkland tragedy. It was simply a moment for the Left to flex its muscles.
YouTube Stopped Hiring White And Asian Males To Improve Corporate Diversity. According to claims made in a
lawsuit filed by a former recruiter for Google's YouTube video site, the company instructed staff to stop hiring white and
Asian men last year in an attempt to improve corporate diversity. The Wall Street Journal reports that the freeze on
hiring whites and Asians was confirmed by others familiar with the company's hiring practices.
Embroiled In Lawsuit Over Refusing To Hire White Or Asian Men. Google's adherence to its social justice creed
has led it down a dark path. One where they fire employees for stating biological facts, and practice censorship based
on how right-wing your ideological stances are. But according to one lawsuit, Google's hiring practices are replete
with racism and sexism against white or Asian men. According to the Wall Street Journal, former Google employee Arne
Wilberg claims that the company set a diversity quota in terms of hires, and was told to reject males based on their skin color.
disturbing acceptance of Google's new 'smart' camera. The pitch for the Google Clips is it's a camera that sits
off to the side in a room and automatically captures the kinds of candid shots that one never really plans for —
the most common examples cited being some random happening involving one's kids or pets. Instead of mere serendipity,
however, the camera uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to try and guess when to best take a shot.
Appears to Remove All Shopping Search Results for Guns — Even Water Guns, 'Guns and Roses,' 'Burgundy'.
Google has removed search results for any product that contains the word "gun" in it, including water guns, toy guns, the band
"Guns and Roses," and even "burgundy" from its shopping section. Google has removed results in its shopping tool for a wide
range of terms related to firearms, unwittingly censoring completely unrelated items such as music groups and movies whose
titles matched filtered terms.
Shopping Bans 'Gun' Searches, But Not For Machetes, Pipe Bomb Materials, Rocket Launchers. On Twitter early
this morning [2/27/2018], Ryan Fitz flagged something weird: Google Shopping returns no results for any search containing
the word "gun." [...] After some of my own searching, I found that Google Shopping would return results for search terms in which
"gun" is a longer part of a word, such as "Gunsmoke" and "The Last Gunslinger." But absolutely nothing for any search
containing "gun." Not even toy and recreational guns such as Airsoft.
warming search bias. The rumor that Google has tuned its search algorithm to work against the skeptics of
climate change alarmism appears to be true. Searches on prominent skeptics systematically yield more negative attacks
than positive information. This cannot be an accident. It may well be illegal, given Google's deep financial
interest in alarmism. It all started when I did a Google search on myself. This is not something that I usually
do, but I was dealing with some new people and I figured they might look me up, so I looked to see what they would see.
What I found was startlingly negative.
global warming search bias — Part 2. In my previous article I found that Google search results for
prominent skeptics of climate change alarmism included a lot of negative material. Four or five negative items out of
ten or twelve on the first page of results were typical. This raises the question of whether Google's search algorithm
is tuned to find and present negative items on skeptics. Another possibility is that these search results merely
reflect the fact that there is a lot of negative material on both sides. The climate change debate is indeed
acrimonious and feelings run high. To test this alternative I did Google searches on a number of prominent
alarmists. What I found was that there were very few negative items, in fact in most cases there were none at
all. This clearly suggests that Google's search algorithm likes climate alarmists and dislikes climate skeptics,
which has been rumored for some time.
To Get Date Timestamps Accurate In Search Results. Last night, when people were searching about the horrible
news in Florida, some noticed that some of the recent articles covering the news were labeled by Google has being written
days before the event. Obviously, something that happened hours ago, written potentially minutes ago, should not be
labeled in the Google search results as being written 2 or 3 days ago. Danny Sullivan at Google was doing some
damage control for Google explaining that sometimes getting the date right, can be hard. One because sometimes the publisher
themselves labels their dates incorrectly and sometimes because of timezone issues. Either way, it really should be
something Google does get right.
turns on default adblocker within Chrome. Users of latest Chrome browser on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android
will have some of most intrusive types of ads blocked automatically[.]
hijacks Google Chrome browser, tries to get your personal data. Scams that hijack the world's most popular
browser, Google Chrome, are making the rounds again. It starts with a fake error message. For computer users,
this is a vexing problem because the underlying malicious code locks up the browser. "The bug that it triggers is more
than just an annoyance in the sense that it will render your Chrome browser unresponsive," Jerome Segura, Lead Intelligence
Analyst at Malwarebytes, told Fox News. "In our tests, it also caused the operating system (Windows) to become unstable
if we let it run for a certain amount of time," Segura said, adding that Google is looking into the issue.
Tucker Reveals How Google
Spies On You Constantly Through Your Phone. Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed another exclusive report on Google's
surveillance Wednesday [2/7/2018], and the new details are seriously creepy. In the investigation, Fox News' Brett Larson
travels around Washington, D.C., with two cellphones in his pocket, one of them on airplane mode. Neither of the phones
have SIM cards or Wifi connections. The phones tracked Larson's locations as he traveled, getting such information as
when he got out of the car thanks to a time log that records your movements down to the second.
Urgent Case for Legislation against Facebook and Google. Having been one of the early targets of social media
censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. It is
good to see establishment outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and National Review coming to the same conclusion,
or at least asking the same questions. Just this week, Facebook launched its latest of many attacks on my news site, the
Geller Report. It labeled my site as "spam" and removed every Geller Report post — thousands upon thousands of them,
going back years — from Facebook. It also blocked any Facebook member from sharing links to the Geller Report.
The ramping up of the shutting-down of sites like mine is neither random nor personal. The timing is telling. The
left is gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections, and they mean to shut down whatever outlet or voice that helped elect President
Trump, the greatest upset in left-wing history. In fighting this shutdown, we had to go back to the drawing board in our lawsuit
against these social media giants.
employees say the company's not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats. The firing of Google
engineer James Damore for suggesting men are more suited to technical roles than women has triggered a culture war inside the
Internet giant, with some Google employees saying the company is not doing enough to protect them from a harassment campaign
that has subjected them to hateful comments and violent threats. These employees, many of whom volunteer as diversity
advocates, say they've been targeted by some of their own coworkers for fighting to bring greater diversity to Google's
78,000-plus staff of mostly white and Asian men.
hypocrite George Soros makes a fool of himself in Davos. Liberal billionaire George Soros grabbed headlines at
the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday by attacking internet giants Google and Facebook.
Conveniently ignoring his own investment in these companies, Soros branded them a "menace to society." "They
deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide," Soros said.
Google Home Devices Are Programmed To Recognize Muhammed and Buddha, But Not Jesus. Jillian Blackwell
videotaped a little experiment with her Google home device and shared the results with her friends on Facebook. Her
video went viral, and here's why... [Video clip]
Home Assistant Refuses to Define Jesus Christ, but No Problem with Muhammad, Buddha. Google's Home A.I.
assistant refused to define Jesus Christ in an experiment recorded by television producer David Sams, but happily defined
Muhammad and Buddha. When asked who Jesus Christ is, the Google Home replied, "Sorry, I'm not sure how to help" or "My
apologies I don't understand." Sams posted a Facebook video of the test on Wednesday [1/24/2018].
Google Must Be Destroyed.
Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are amassing hundreds of billions of dollars in profit by brokering information
and distorting reality. These modern companies are just as threatening to our freedom as Hannibal's elephants were to
the Romans'. Unless we recognize the existential threat we face and act soon our freedom will be lost forever.
Lawsuit Reveals Google as Intolerant Race Cult. Congratulations on finding this article if you used Google. A
civil rights lawsuit filed this week revealed its search engine blacklists authors and ideas distasteful to the company. Google
engineer James Damore's class action complaint describes a creepy cult-like orthodoxy at Google, where dissent is smashed, and the
color of your skin is far more important than the content of your character. Reading the complaint is a deep dive into wicked,
racial groupthink, and a frightening reminder that it really can happen here. At Google, it does. I met James Damore at
a conference last November after he received an award for speaking out against Google's race obsession and cultish orthodoxy.
The poor fellow seemed bewildered, still stuck in those good old-fashioned American notions of free speech, tolerance, and
color-blindness toward other people. Damore didn't seem to understand the Left has big plans for America. His experience
at Google should make clear to every American that this gang is playing for keeps.
Trillion-dollar Chameleon. Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which
existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general. Cellphones were
still simply mobile, small and expensive telephones. There was no concept of a phone as a handheld computer.
Today, five companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet (Google's parent company) —
have a collective worth of more than $3 trillion. Yet such transnational companies remain mostly exempt from
the sort of regulations and accountability faced by most other industries.
Leftward Lurch: A Sign of Things to Come? [Scroll down] What happened? I think the answer is
that the text in the "knowledge graph," as Google apparently calls it, comes from the Wikipedia page on the subject of the
search. Wikipedia entries can be edited by various people authorized to do so, most of whom are on the left. I
suppose some lefty Wikipedian inserted the "lying, unscrupulous politician" in Perdue's Wikipedia entry and it was picked up,
perhaps by a mechanical process without human intervention, on Google's search page. If that is the case, the Wikipedia
entry has now been scrubbed; likewise the Google search page, which now looks like this: [...]
Google tell Congress they're fighting extremist content with counterpropaganda. Facebook, Google and Twitter
told Congress Wednesday that they've gone beyond screening and removing extremist content and are creating more anti-terror
propaganda to pre-empt violent messages at the source. Representatives from the three companies told the Senate
Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that they are, among other things, targeting people likely to be swayed by
extremist messages and pushing content aimed at countering that message. Several senators criticized their past efforts
as not going far enough. "We believe that a key part of combating extremism is preventing recruitment by disrupting the
underlying ideologies that drive people to commit acts of violence. That's why we support a variety of counterspeech
efforts," said Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, according to an advance copy of her testimony
obtained by CNBC.
reaches a whole new depth of EVIL by keeping "black lists" of white, conservative employees to deny promotions.
Evidence that the world's largest social media and media conglomerates and platforms are completely biased against
conservatives and Trump supporters continues to grow by the day, with Google now being outed as the latest abuser. As
reported by The Daily Caller, former Google engineer James Damore and other right-leaning Google workers have filed a class
action lawsuit against their employer alleging a climate of censorship and discrimination against them. The suit claims
that Google managers discuss openly the existence of blacklists "meant to encourage and coordinate the sabotage of
promotions, performance reviews, and employment opportunities for those with conservative viewpoints."
Be Evil'? Google Is Becoming A Police State. Google's internal culture has been laid bare by James Damore's
lawsuit alleging employment discrimination. The picture we get is a corporate culture of lockstep ideological
uniformity, enforced by censorship, badgering, and blacklisting. Damore furnishes one note from a Google manager in
2015, addressed to "hostile voices." [...] Another manager proposed creating a "public-within-Google" document that "calls
out those googlers who have made public statements that are unsupportive of diversity." Other admit to maintaining their own
blacklists based on "opinion[s] about religion, about politics, or about 'social justice.'" While conservatives were regarded
as "bad apples" to be excluded, other Googlers were recruiting or advocating for violent leftist "antifa" groups, with no
Valley Will Pay the Price for Its Lefty Leanings. James Damore is gone from Google. But he will not soon be forgotten. He's
joined with a conservative lawyer to bring a class action against the company, accusing it of discriminating against conservatives, Caucasians and men.
The lawsuit, just filed in a California court, certainly offers evidence that things were uncomfortable for conservatives at Google. And especially,
that they were uncomfortable for James Damore after he wrote a memo suggesting that before Google went all-out trying to achieve gender parity in its
teams, it needed to be open to the possibility that the reason there were fewer women at the firm is that fewer women were interested in coding.
emails reveal Google's toxic culture. Employees at Google used internal company message boards to advocate
political violence, recruit for a hard-line left-wing activist group and even propose public "trials" for ideological
opponents, documents filed in court suggest. The nearly 100 pages of internal emails and message board postings are
contained in a class-action lawsuit filed by former employee James Damore in California on Monday [1/8/2018], accusing Google of
discriminating against white people, men and conservatives. Mr Damore was the author of a controversial internal memo
criticising the tech giant's "politically correct" diversity policies. He was sacked last year for "perpetuating gender
stereotypes" after the memo was leaked to the media and went viral. Screenshots of messages attached to the complaint
show Google employees attacking conservatives and white people, advocating political violence and even sharing "how-to" guides
to join Antifa, a violent left-wing anarchist group reportedly classified as "domestic terrorists" by US Homeland Security.
Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It. So, why would
Facebook want to kill extremely successful Facebook pages that its users enjoyed? One of the reasons goes back to
something I told multiple reporters during the 2016 election. I believe that all of the thriving right wing Facebook
pages activated large numbers of what I like to think of as "instinctive conservatives." You know, the sort of people
who love God, guns and America, but who don't follow politics day to day, read National Review or consume any of Milton
Friedman's books. From what I could see on Facebook, that group of people [loved] Donald Trump and I believe they were
responsible for getting him the GOP nomination and probably even got him over the hump in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania
and Wisconsin. I think the liberals that run Facebook came to that same conclusion.
"Fact Checks" the Right. [Scroll down] There is no doubt that Google is a liberal organization that
ruthlessly enforces leftism, where it can. Liberal companies that largely control the internet, like Google and
Facebook, are obviously gearing up to meddle in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles on behalf of the Democratic Party.
They are doing this by using "fake news" hysteria — even though that term has been almost entirely co-opted by
President Trump — as an excuse to steer people away from conservative web sites, and toward liberal ones. I
suspect we will revisit this topic more than once between now and November.
New 'Fact-Checker' Is Partisan Garbage. In the midst of the "fake news" hysteria last year, Google launched a
project to help curate reliable information for its readers by identifying articles and sites that need fact-checking.
And this may come as a surprise to some of you, but it looks like the tech giant's truth project is imbued with a tiny bit of
ideological and political bias. Eric Lieberman at The Daily Caller recently found that the fact checks displayed in
Google's search engine results are targeted almost exclusively at conservative publications. You can test it out yourself.
Google Search Results Now Feature Propaganda Undermining
Conservative News Sources. Instead of a "Reviewed Claims" section, liberal establishment sites well known for
imparting a heavy spin on the news like the New York Times and the Washington Post get a special column showcasing awards
they have been bestowed, presumably by their fellow progressives. The supposed fact checking is a form of propaganda,
sometimes disputing claims that had not even been made. It is carried out by partisan entities like WaPo, PolitiFact,
Snopes, and Climate Feedback.
Fired Conservative For Questioning Muslim's Anti-Trump Rant. The James Damore lawsuit describes the horrifying
and insane conditions at Google in great detail. To no one's great surprise, Google is run by lefties like a radical
campus. The lawsuit comprises over 160 pages. But the other individual suing Google, David Gudeman also has an
interesting story. [...] Notably, the lawsuit contains multiple examples of employees making racist comments, regarding white
people, and even issuing death threats, with Google HR giving them a pass.
caught in the censorship cookie jar again? The Daily Caller reports that Google has taken to throwing shade
almost exclusively on conservative websites through its search engine mechanism, using a sort of "fact-checking" system to
discredit certain news-providers so no one will want to click on them. Kind of an odd thing for a search engine company
to do, given that its business is built around gaining clicks. But it's not the first time the Silicon Valley giant has
been accused of disguised censorship against conservative news outlets under the guise of the war on fake news.
New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites. Google, the most powerful search engine
in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site
receives the same treatment. And not only is Google's fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the
sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made "claims" they demonstrably never
made. When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on
the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled "Reviewed Claims." Vox,
and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the same fact-check treatment.
Damore sues Google, claims tech giant discriminates against white conservative men. James Damore, the onetime
Google employee who was fired after he wrote a memo criticizing the firm for pushing diversity, has filed a class action
lawsuit against the tech giant. The suit was filed Monday [1/8/2017] in Santa Clara Superior Court. Damore is
joined in the lawsuit by another former Google engineer, David Gudeman. "Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were
ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances
of being Caucasians and/or males," the lawsuit alleged.
Home Is Leaving Elderly and Disabled Users Behind. You cannot install or routinely maintain Google Home units
without a smartphone and the Google Home smartphone app. There are no practical desktop based and/or remotely
accessible means for someone to even do this for you. A smartphone on the same local Wi-Fi network as the device is
always required for these purposes. This means that many elderly persons and individuals with physical or visual
disabilities — exactly the people whose lives could be greatly enhanced by Home's advanced voice query, response,
and control capabilities — are up the creek unless they have someone available in their physical presence to set
up the device and make any ongoing configuration changes.
bigwig Eric Schmidt shocks with surprise resignation amid reports his personal life is being eyed. In a
surprise move, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of the search giant's parent company
Alphabet amid reports his personal life is being scrutinized. One of the highest profile figures in Silicon Valley,
Schmidt attracts plenty of media attention. Citing unnamed current and former employees, The Wall Street Journal
reports that the executive's personal life has been the subject of interest within Alphabet.
Is Using Its Immense Power To Censor Content That Doesn't Fit Its Political Goals. The Daily Caller released a
funny video Tuesday of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defending the commission's upcoming net neutrality rollback. Through
Wednesday and Thursday, liberals and others who dislike Pai's political position lost their minds. And by Friday
morning [12/15/2017], Google, one of the most powerful companies on the planet, had censored the video based on a bogus claim
from a politically motivated man. It took seven crucial hours and the full force of our news site to push Google and YouTube
to reverse this political censorship. We were able to prevail because of the sizable contacts and resources of TheDC.
An average citizen showcasing a political viewpoint Google and the left disagreed with would almost certainly have had a far more
difficult — and fruitless — time fighting back.
assigns 10,000 employees to censor videos. Google will assign 10,000 staff members to eliminate what the
company regards as extremist content on YouTube next year. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote at Britain's Daily
Telegraph that some YouTube users were exploiting YouTube to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm." Google owns
YouTube. She wrote that YouTube is using "computer-learning" technology to find extremist videos. Since June,
more than 150,000 of these videos have been removed, she said.
How Google Skews Autocomplete to Protect Democrats. Google's "Autocomplete" function has operated since 2008 to
assist users in searching for the right phrases. How does it work? [...] Well, it's based on actual searches, so long
as they don't negatively impact Democrats.
question Google over location data. Google is facing scrutiny for reportedly collecting data about the location
of smartphone users without their knowledge. Regulators in South Korea summoned Google representatives this week to
question them about a report that claimed the company was collecting data from Android devices even when location services
No Longer Be Trusted With Private Data. The facts are as follows: In the past week, multiple
journalists — ironically, not conservatives — reported that they'd gotten locked out of projects they
were working on using Google Drive, Google's cloud storage service. Mark DiStefano of Buzzfeed UK reported the
news, and later reported on Google's "apology" for it, via Twitter. Google explained, "This morning, we made a code
that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically
blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have access to their docs." Now, there are numerous things wrong
with this statement, so let's go through them one by one. First of all, and this is a general point, which just happens
to be illustrated beautifully by this latest debacle: Google needs to stop treating its users like lab rats for its
terror is not a law enforcement puzzle, it's a war. Google announced earlier this year that it can track your
online browsing and your movements in the real world by combining credit card data with data from your smartphone and
services like Google Maps. But when the authorities ask tech firms to help in the fight against terror, suddenly
they're all about privacy.
Ditched Autopilot Driving Feature After Test User Napped Behind Wheel. Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit
stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said Monday
[10/30/2017], as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to maneuver. The decision
followed experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that showed test users napping, putting on makeup and fiddling
with their phones as the vehicles traveled up to 56 mph.
Messes Up Yet Another Epidemic. America's tech companies have a problem: Their leaders fancy themselves visionary, untouchable
geniuses who can remake the world into the stuff of utopian fantasy through the power of algorithms, software, and technology, and are surrounded
by sycophants willing to offer them endless theoretical proof of this fatal conceit. In practice, however, this conceit actually can become
fatal. The truth is, tech's robber barons know precious little about the world beyond their lines of code, and rely on the insular priests
of political correctness in media and academia to keep them informed.
Preaches 'Net Neutrality,' Then Censors Conservative Videos? YouTube promises that it is "a community where
everyone's voice can be heard." But that promise doesn't seem to apply if the voice espouses conservative viewpoints.
The latest evidence of this comes from Dennis Prager, a conservative talk-show host whose syndicated column appears regularly
in IBD and who also runs Prager University. PragerU produces hundreds of educational videos from academics and other
experts on various topics, ranging from the history of the Korean War to Israel's founding. There's no profanity, no
nudity, no calls to violence. But the videos do give conservatives a voice.
Political Questions? Google Will Guide You More Left than Right. Google's search engine is more powerful
in shaping politics than the tech company claims. Researchers found that the algorithm used by the leading search site
in the world heavily favors Democratic candidates and the programming of the algorithm is a trade-secret. Robert
Epstein and Robert E. Robertson, a researcher at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and a professor at
Northeastern University respectively, conducted an experiment in the months before the 2016 election. What they found
was "stunning," according to The Washington Times: "Google searches returned twice as many pro-Hillary Clinton news
articles as Yahoo searches."
a new Trojan Horse to get inside every aspect of your life. Google hinted at why it's putting so much effort
into hardware at its press event earlier this month when it introduced the new Pixels and showed off its other upcoming
products. The underlying theme of that event was Google Assistant, the company's voice-assistant technology that
competes with Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri.
Secretly Recorded A User And Uploaded Audio Files To Its Servers. Google, in an attempt to compete with
Amazon's Alexa/Dot and Apple's Siri, developed a voice assistant speaker that was scheduled to go on sale yesterday.
They sent test units around to reporters before the speakers hit shelves. One of those reporters discovered that the
$50 mini speaker was surreptitiously turning itself on, recording him, and then uploading audio files to Google servers
without his knowledge or consent.
ignorantly exploits Selena as an emblem for illegals. Selena was far more American than she is given credit for
by Google. Her first language was English, and she didn't even learn Spanish (probably incompletely at that) until she
began singing and generating hits in Spanish, her music first catching on to fans in Mexico. So it was Selena
transcending boundaries, all right — by bringing her American Tex-Mex or Tejano sound south of the border.
uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms. Google for the first time has uncovered
evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company's platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according
to people familiar with the company's investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of
dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google's many products, which include
YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company's DoubleClick ad network, the people
said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters that have not been made public. Google runs the world's
largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world's largest online video site.
Google Domains Go Live
in India — The Best Place to Buy Domain Names. Google Domains, if you are new, is a domain
registration service where you can buy new domain names or transfer your existing domains from another registrar into the
Google service. There's no official announcement yet but Google Domains are now available in India without you having
to use any hacks or proxy servers.
6 Dangerous Electronics
& Apps Secretly Spying On You In Your Home. [#3] Google: When it comes to spying, the least said about
Google, the better. The Internet search engine is secretly recording everything you do; it records your voice, texts
and videos you send. You could literally read all of the texts you sent years ago, and even listen to the conversations
you've had. The company also tracks every move you make on a daily basis.
Orwell to Understand Our Times. Just two or three generations ago, most Americans understood that George Orwell's classics Animal
Farm and 1984 were written to explain how freedom is lost to totalitarianism and the intolerance that accompanies it. "Big Brother,"
a term still casually used to describe an all-knowing governing authority, comes right out of 1984. In the society that Orwell describes,
everyone was reminded that "Big Brother is watching you," by way of a constant surveillance through the pervasive use of "telescreens" by the ruling
class. [...] Orwell's Big Brother has become a reality in the NSA's tracking and recording of all email, text, and telephone communication in the United
States. But Big Brother has a new dimension with social media and consumer giants, Google, Facebook, and Amazon knowing almost everything about
people's preferences through their artificial intelligence peering into people's "telescreen" computers and smartphones.
Google attempting to cover up an inconvenient hurricane truth? Is Google, a propaganda apparat of the
Democratic Party, not about to buck the party commandment that white males are evil personified? Perhaps they simply
can't allow that to happen, so once again, the truth and reality of America and its good people smack Democrats square in the
face, and it looks like they're doing their best to exercise their control over the media to suppress it.
Ominous, Growing Power of Google. Google, which was founded in 1996 by Stanford researchers Sergey Brin and
Larry Page, was originally based on the novel premise of using "page ranking" technology to order results based on relevance
versus mere repetition, allowing the search of the world's Internet data to take place in revolutionary new ways. Using
linked, dedicated multiprocessor computer clusters, such searches could be conducted with lightning speed and
versatility. Very rapidly, the company overtook all of its competitors in the search engine field —
AltaVista, Excite, Yahoo, Infoseek and others — and today, most of these other players are corporate corpses,
having been bankrupted or bought out in the wake of the Internet boom of the late 1990s. While some people in the
business world might think that having one company that's a monopoly in the search engine field makes it much easier in terms
of producing results that can direct customers, the control that monopoly power has given Google is enormous.
Confirmed: Google Systematically Suppresses Conservative
Thought on Internet. Anyone running a site like this one can give you anecdotal evidence. Now we have
mathematical evidence. Google — Number One Gateway to the Internet — is using its alarming power
to suppress traffic to conservative websites.
search bias against conservative news sites has been quantified. The percentage of domain traffic, referred by
Google Search, net of brand searches (PGSTN), tends to be in or around the range 25%-30% for a broad class of web
domains. This hypothesis is tested by calculating the correlation between the popularity of news/opinions websites and
their PGSTN, and finding it to be near zero. Thus, PGSTN can be used rigorously to detect and even quantify Google
Search intentional bias. Intentional bias is the bias that has been introduced by internal Google decisions, and
unrelated to external factors, such as the dominance of particular viewpoints on the web. Here, the PGSTN method is
applied for intentional bias detection about climate debate and in general political discourse. Google Search is found
to be extremely biased in favor of climate alarmism and against climate realism.
Search Bias Paper Published. My new research paper A Method of Google Search Bias Quantification and Its
Applications in Climate Debate and General Political Discourse is published in WUWT. Most people observe that Google search
results on political topics are left leaning. But it was hard to determine whether such leaning was a simple reflection
of the left/liberal cultural dominance on the web, or Google search team intentionally (or "artificially") biased
rankings. This paper demonstrates and even quantifies such intentional or artificial bias.
Doubles Down on Purging Conservative Speech. Google announced that their monopolistic search engine that
controls 87 percent of page views will use its machine learning tool set to assist liberal groups in doubling down on purging
conservative speech they consider hate. TechCrunch blog reported that Google has partnered with ProPublica coalition
and Pitch Interactive to create a data visualization tools that leverage the Google Cloud Natural Language API analytic
algorithm to extract geographic and contextual information to provide journalists with a 50-state 'Hate News Index.'
Google is secretly recording You through your mobile phone. Did you know that Google has been recording you
without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening
devices that can capture intimate conversations — even when they aren't in the room.
Tough or Shut Up': The Malicious Spirit Loose in the Land. Our political culture is losing any sense of
proportion. Political rage is transcending basic human decency, any semblance of tolerance, and even faith
itself. It's a general truth in politics and culture that a nation is defined by those who care the most, and
increasingly, those who care the most have lost their moorings. There is a malicious spirit loose in the land.
We've certainly seen it on the left. Google's recent decision to fire an employee for wrongthink is all too indicative
of a progressive political culture that's not content merely to disagree with dissenters. People in error have to be
called out, investigated, shamed, and punished. The deeper you move into the ideological cocoon, the less tolerance
there is for debate.
Google Working with Liberal Groups Snuff Out Conservative Websites? Google revealed in a blog post that it is
now using machine learning to document "hate crimes and events" in America. They've partnered with liberal groups like
ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to make information about "hate events" easily
accessible to journalists. And now, there are troubling signs that this tool could be used to ferret out writers and
websites that run afoul of the progressive orthodoxy.
NLRB Will Smash the Google Guy. Curiously enough, nearly every person's opinion about the correct application
of underlying speech principles in this case can be predicted by their substantive political orientation rather than their
views on liberalism per se. The same of course was true in the Kaepernick case before this one, or the Duck Dynasty
case before that, or the Dixie Chicks case before that. If you were inclined towards cynicism, you might even conclude
that nobody actually cares at all about abstract procedural liberalism, that society is simply an unending power game, and
that nobody is actually motivated by the arguments they write for publication. Thankfully, we don't even have to
consider any of that here because this post is not about that. It is about the Google Guy's chances at the NLRB, a
topic I have been urged to write about by multiple people.
CEO Alleges Google Employee Tampered With Search Results. Google has been hard hit with negative publicity
following the release of the leaked "Internal Echo Chamber" memo this past week. Amid conversations about the tech
giant's internal practices, a prominent software developer alleges that a Google employee tampered with his search results.
Women. Why aren't there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1.
We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn't fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must
be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real differences between genders. After
all, Google fired engineer James Damore for daring to suggest that there is a biological reason men dominate tech
leadership. Google's CEO said: "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically
suited to that work is offensive." Then the media lied about what Damore wrote.
There A Way Out Of Google's Diversity-Memo Crisis? In the course of 30-plus years in crisis management, I have
come to define a "crisis" as an organization's perceived failure to live up to its own values — or those generally
accepted in its field: such as a pastor caught in sin, or a financial institution like Wells Fargo — which claims
to "value what's right for our customers in everything we do" — setting up fake accounts and unauthorized
insurance policies. Diversity is both the value that Google cited in firing Damore, and one shoal it foundered
on. Whether the company's definition of diversity is right or wrong, it is at wide variance with how the term is
viewed by much of America.
Lied About The Leaked Google Memo. If all you do is get your news from the establishment media, you'd be under
the impression that former Google engineer James Damore is a dangerous bigot who hates women and minorities. As reports
of the so-called "anti-diversity" leaked memo from Google surfaced on the Internet, journalists exposed their preconceptions
and bias with misleading headlines and equally biased stories.
Must Regulate Google And All of Silicon Valley Into Submission. Google's fascist witch-burning of an honest
engineer for refusing to bow down at the altar of politically correct lies was the final straw, an unequivocal warning to
conservatives that there's a new set of rules, and that we need to play by them. First they came for the tech geeks;
Rebels Of Google: 'Constant Abuse, Sneers, Insults
and Smears ... Sometimes You Get Punched'. As part of our "Rebels of Google" series, Breitbart News is anonymously interviewing current and
former Google employees who are speaking out against partisan bias and discrimination at the company. This is a full transcript of our interview
with a former Google engineer (alias "Emmett"). [...]
The reason Google is useless
for conservative searches. Following the firing this week of a valued employee for the thoughtcrime of questioning gender quotas, Breitbart
is running a series called "Rebels of Google." Whistleblower employees are exposing the purposeful censorship by Google — not only of free
thought within the company, but on the internet. Political intimidation within the company is a daily barrage of SJW postings mixed in with
company business, so they cannot be deleted or ignored. Those who answer back are threatened, sent to H.R. for indoctrination and thought-policing,
fired, and also blacklisted. Here is what it is like to work at Google: [...]
Why I Was Fired by Google. I was fired by Google this past
Monday [8/7/2017] for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how they cloud our thinking about
gender diversity at the company and in the wider tech sector. [...] My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith
argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company's "ideological echo chamber."
My firing neatly confirms that point. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and
intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?
Damore: I was
fired because of 'ideological echo chamber' at Google. This is a case that should be studied by social scientists. The gap in
understanding between what Damore wrote and how the left chose to interpret it is astonishing. I don't think there's any doubt that few on
the left bothered to read the entire ten-page Damore memo. And if they did, they saw what they wanted to see, picking and choosing the
parts that transgressed against the overpowering groupthink present in Google corporate culture. This selective interpretation allows
that dominant ideology to flourish and smack down dissenters without having to address the valid points made.
Of Memos and Pitchforks. James Damore had to be
fired. There was no way around it. He spoke out, eloquently, against orthodoxy and if history is any guide, he'll be lucky to
escape with merely a loss of employment. I'm less disconsolate about his ouster — as that was a foregone conclusion — as
I am troubled by the cultural tempest surrounding it and what it portends for the future of substantive discussion of the important issues
that affect all our lives. From the moment the internal memo leaked it was obvious that the "anonymous Google employee" would be
unmasked and fired. There was no way an internal Google memo could stay anonymous — we all knew that. The question
became: for how long?
The Snowflakes of
Google. [Scroll down] Those opinions, of course, are pretty much those that got Larry Summers in trouble at Harvard back in
2005 — that there were biological reasons that women, in general, did not excel at science as often as men. It's important to
underscore that Damore, like Summers, made it very clear these were generalizations with many exceptions. In fact, in
Damore's case he offered several good-hearted suggestions for how to overcome this that were, obviously, ignored by Google and
its PC-at-all-costs CEO.
Cancels Diversity Town Hall Due to Leak Fears. Google has canceled their diversity-focused town hall meeting this week
due to fear that details of the meeting may be leaked online. Shortly after the firing of Google engineer James Damore and
subsequent Breitbart News exclusive Rebels of Google interview series with a number of Google insiders, Google has canceled their town
hall meeting this week. Business Insider reports that Google CEO Sundar Pichai allegedly called off the town hall meeting just
two hours before it was set to go ahead, citing fears that employees could be "outed" online.
As a Woman in Tech, I Realized:
These Are Not My People. [Scroll down] Thinking back to those women I knew in IT, I can't imagine any of them would have spent a weekend
building a fiber-channel network in her basement. I'm not saying such women don't exist; I know they do. I'm just saying that if they exist in
equal numbers to the men, it's odd that I met so very many men like that, and not even one woman like that, in a job where all the women around me were obviously
pretty comfortable with computers. We can't blame it on residual sexism that prevented women from ever getting into the field; the number of women working
with computers has actually gone down over time. And I find it hard to blame it on current sexism.
The Google Gulag. James Damore is
an FIDE chess master who studied at Princeton, MIT and Harvard. He had been working as a software engineer at Google for four years. [...] Damore
was fired for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes". What were these stereotypes? That the gender gap in coding could be explained because
women are more interested in people and men are more interested in things. Women were more cooperative and he suggested and that the gender gap
could be reduced by making "software engineering more people-oriented with pair programming." Google could have disagreed with him. And
left it at that. Instead it was, "Off with his head."
'tolerance' requires repression. In your own life, you may have observed that few occupational categories — certainly
not that of Google engineers — have such gender and ethnic percentages. You probably guessed that this results in part from
people with different characteristics tending to have different interests, talents, and goals. But you're not allowed to say that
out loud, as Google engineer James Damore did last month in an internally circulated ten-page memorandum entitled Google's Ideological
Echo Chamber. He cited the conclusions of neuroscientists and psychologists that measurable differences between male and female brain
structure result in different behavior and preferences.
Internal Messages Reveal Co-Worker Support For Fired Google Engineer's Controversial Memo. James Damore, now a
former Google employee, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday [8/4/2017], complaining about Google's "ideological
echo chamber" alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious. The chess
master, who studied at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and worked at Google's Mountain View HQ, was fired on Monday after the
search giant's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of Damore's 10-page memo "violate our code of conduct and cross
the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes" despite saying in the same memo that Google employees shouldn't be afraid
of speaking their minds. But, according to screenshots obtained by Wired, internal discussions that followed Damore's
memo and its fallout show Google employees both embracing and advancing its views.
The Latest Social Justice Outrage in Tech. A new martyr for free speech has been born, and his name is James Damore.
Damore's offense is that recently he authored an internal memo at his workplace — Google — that appears, more or less,
to have triggered the entire staff. His argument, essentially, is there might be more to "gender gaps" than pure sexist oppression,
and he thinks it might be worthwhile to treat differences of opinion as a form of diversity worth protecting. The horror!
Google Just Choke On Its Woke? A 10-page weekend memo by a former Google engineer called for a rethinking of
the company's "extreme and authoritarian" culture of "diversity and inclusion." His reward? He was fired, of course,
proving his point. If you need any further proof that what software engineer James Damore said was true it was in the
immediate reaction on Monday by Google to his screed. Damore said he had been fired for "perpetuating gender
stereotypes." In making a plea for being treated as an individual, Damore wasn't ranting, calling anyone names or making
claims that couldn't be sustained by simple recourse to a biology text or, even, to personal experience. Even so, his
anodyne comments were treated as extreme ideological anathema, and he was instantly banished from the company for making
Google Memo Author To Explore Legal Action Against Company. Google engineer James Damore, who penned the
now-viral memo on Google's intolerance of conservative viewpoints, has been fired from his job and plans to explore legal
action against the company. He was allegedly fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes." Damore recommended that
tech hubs like Google: 1) stop demoralizing diversity, 2) stop alienating conservatives, 3) to confront
Google's bias, 4) to "stop restricting programs and classes to certain genders or races," 5) to "have an open and
honest discussion about the costs and benefits of our diversity programs," 6) to also focus on "psychological safety, not
just race/gender diversity," 7) to de-emphasize empathy, 8) to prioritize intention, 9) to embrace the science
of human nature, and 10) "reconsider making Unconscious Bias training mandatory for promo committees."
Engineer Who Spoke Out Against P.C. Totalitarianism Fired for Being a Thought Criminal. Google has predictably fired James Damore,
the software engineer who expressed some common sense opinions regarding supposed gender disparities in technical fields and spoke out against
totalitarian political correctness. [...] Damore was fired explicitly for not conforming to deranged far-left orthodoxy. (Specifically,
he was found guilty of "advancing harmful gender stereotypes.") It won't be easy finding another job in the tech industry, which is rigidly
intolerant of any deviance from leftist ideology.
Google Gets Blasted for Intolerance, Media Covers For Them With Lazy Dishonesty. One of the arguments I've
encountered from people who support management's decision to fire James Damore is that he embarrassed the company publicly,
so of course they had reason to dismiss him. But he shared his ten-page analysis within the confines of private,
in-house forums encouraged by Google as a means of critiquing policy and challenging leadership without 'going public.'
In other words, in theory, he was taking advantage of a space specifically designed for this sort of thing. People who
took offense leaked what he wrote, likely in an effort to build external pressure to punish the wrong-thinker.
Fires Author of Divisive Memo on Gender Differences. Alphabet Inc.'s Google has fired an employee who wrote an
internal memo blasting the web company's diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore,
the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for "perpetuating
gender stereotypes." He said he's "currently exploring all possible legal remedies." The imbroglio at Google is
the latest in a long string of incidents concerning gender bias and diversity in the tech enclave.
Burns A Heretic. James Damore is fortunate that we don't burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed.
The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world's largest companies
embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable — blinkered, intolerant and authoritarian.
Senior Engineer FIRED for diversity memo. A Senior Software Engineer at Google wrote an internal memo
questioning the assumption of discrimination as the explanation for why women are underrepresented in High Tech (which he
defined as Software Engineering). [...] This is a pretty chilling development. It completely proves the Senior
Engineers point about the shaming and shut-down culture that surrounds discussions of discrimination and diversity.
Fires Viewpoint Diversity Manifesto Author James Damore. The Google employee behind a ten-page viewpoint
diversity manifesto that went viral online has been fired. James Damore, whose manifesto criticizing the politically
correct corporate culture at Google prompted outrage from left-wing employees and social justice warriors online, revealed
that he had been fired in an email to Breitbart Tech on Monday evening [8/7/2017]. In his email to Breitbart Tech,
Damore claimed, "They just fired me for 'perpetuating gender stereotypes.'"
Google Sacks Diversity
Heretic. When Google sacks an employee for embarrassing the company, I am not too outraged because companies
have to discourage employees from hurting their reputations. But Google claimed that the opinions this employee
expressed perpetuated gender stereotypes. In other words, Google is anti-science and anti-free-speech. They
acknowledge that not many women, compared to men, go into tech field. But they assert the reason for that inequality is
the patriarchy. It is forbidden to even contemplate that there might be a neurological reason for the difference.
Reader Explains Why The Google Dude Wasn't Fired Immediately — He Had To Train His H-1B Replacements. Here's
why they didn't fire him immediately: he had to train his H-1B replacements, a Chinese man and an Indian man.
Tracking Of Offline Spending Sparks Call For Federal Investigation. Google recently announced a suite of new
tools for advertisers, allowing them to link a customer's offline credit card purchases with the things they look at
online. Shockingly, some privacy advocates think this sort of tracking goes too far and have called on the federal
government to investigate. The Electronic Privacy Information Center this morning filed a complaint with the Federal
Trade Commission, asking the agency to investigate Google's Store Sales Management consumer profiling technology and stop
the company from tracking customers' in-store purchases.
'Left-wing bias has alienated its own workers'. Internet giant Google has been accused by one of its own
employees of 'alienating conservatives' with its politically correct left-wing bias. A senior software engineer at the
company claimed in a document that was distributed to colleagues that right-wing employees were forced to keep their views
'in the closet' to avoid hostility.
Burger King Ad Forces Your Google Home Device To Tell You About Whoppers. You might think you're the master of
your own home, controlling all the internet-connected devices within it and bending them to your will with the touch of a
button or an uttered command. But Burger King is trying to sneak into your home through the TV with a new ad that tries
to trigger the voice-activated Google Home. This week, the fast food chain launched a new 15-second TV commercial that
attempts to wake up any Google Home devices that may be in the room and thus, continue the ad after it's technically over.
battles Google News over 'snippet tax' proposal. A major battle is brewing in Brussels over an EU reform plan
that would force internet aggregators such as Google News to pay newspapers for displaying snippets of their articles
online. Google is furious at the reform idea, but powerful publishers, including Axel Springer in Germany or Rupert
Murdoch's Newscorp in the UK, affirm that a tax is the only hope to save a news industry starving for revenue.
Google Hit With Record
$2.7 Billion Fine in EU Antitrust Case. EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro
($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday [6/27/2017], indicating they will likely take a tough line with the company in two other ongoing
cases. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own
shopping service or face a further penalty of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.
Censors Popular Pro-Life Page With Extensive Abortion Information. The Abortions in America page, which
displays graphs and data about a wide variety of abortion facts, had been receiving an average of about 16,000 views per
month — all with virtually no promotion. Since the fact page was created in October 2012, web stats show the
page steadily increased in popularity. The page's views peaked in January 2017, at 37,111 views, and was well on the
way to a record-breaking year. Within the month of May, views mysteriously decreased by more than half over the
previous month. In June, it received only 1,512 views. During the last seven days of June, it only received 307
views. It appears that OperationRescue.org has been singled out by Google for discrimination.
Almighty Algorithm — "fake news" and other consequences of Google, Amazon and Facebook's relentless focus on
quantity over quality. For example, an independent assessment found that in 25,000 random Google searches, ads
for Google products appeared in the top slot 91 percent of the time. Fascinatingly, all 1,000 searches for laptops
started with an ad for Chromebook — a cool 100 percent of the time — lo and behold, after the results
became public, and the embarrassment became palpable, the Google ads occupied 19 percent of the top slots. What does
that tell us about the manipulability, the pliability of algorithms?
Google to stop reading private
emails. Is it the end of Google's 'big brother' policy? The software giant announced that it will stop
scanning users' private e-mail addresses, as it has done until now to tailor personalized advertisements to anyone on the
Internet. Google Cloud senior vice president Diane Greene said that Google's free Gmail email service will continue to
offer personalized advertisements, but said that it would switch to the less-intrusive method used in its corporate G Suite
Gmail, which it sells to businesses. "Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization
after this change," Greene said.
Google Caught Tampering
with Algorithm to Help Liberals. Given the stranglehold that Google has developed over media of all kinds,
thanks to their megalithic presence in the digital world, it comes as no surprise that the same molestation that occurred
within the mainstream media has also been committed against Google. Thanks to liberal media's omnipresent lording over
our every piece of information, Google has turned left in recent years, actively working against conservative viewpoints and
thinkers. Now, after evidence suggests that the search engine was manipulating its own results to deceive users, Google
could be facing a fine of up to $9 billion.
uses AI to pick out users' most boring photos. Google is using artificial intelligence to analyse your photos
and identify any boring ones you might not want to see. The company has just rolled out an update to its Photos app,
which now suggests which of your pictures you should keep and which you should dump in the new Archive folder. It's targeting
dull things like screenshots and photos of documents, notes and receipts, and will hide them from your main picture stream.
"Your knowledge gets in the way of their power. And they won't put up with that."
Knowledge Containment Protocols. Schools have always been devoted to passing knowledge forward to the next
generation. Not now. The Education Establishment treats knowledge as if it were a toxic spill that must be kept
away from students. [...] More recently, the Education Establishment has appropriated Google to create another absurd
sophistry. All information is on Google, so you don't need to bother knowing anything. A hundred years ago,
everything was in encyclopedias. Nobody thought to say students don't need to know anything in them. Now they say
that. [...] They are not going to take a chance that an American kid learns anything. A new tactic is to talk about
memorization as if it were an illness or malfunction.
Google Gave Hillary Clinton Her Popular Vote Victory. For all the talk about Macedonian teenagers and #FakeNews
(used exclusively to describe anything bad about Hillary Clinton) tilting the scales of the 2016 election, a new study by
four academics, Robert Epstein (American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology), Ronald E. Robertson (Northeastern
University) and Samantha J. Shepherd and Shu Zhang (American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology), finds something
completely different. Using a sample of "undecideds" selected before the 2016 election, the news that was generated for them
by Yahoo and Google was examined.
overhauls search algorithm in bid to fight fake news. Google has promised to alter its search results to punish websites promoting
extreme views, conspiracy theories and fake news. The internet giant said it would demote "low-quality" websites and let users report
offensive results after criticism that neo-Nazi groups and hoaxers were "gaming" the company's search engine.
Cloud Panopticon: Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance-Industrial-Complex. In June 2007, Privacy
International, a U.K.-based privacy rights watchdog, cited Google as the worst privacy offender among 23 online companies,
ranking the "Don't Be Evil" people below Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn, Facebook and AOL. According to the report,
no other company was "coming close to achieving [Google's] status as an endemic threat to privacy." What most disturbed the
authors was Google's "increasing ability to deep-drill into the minutiae of a user's life and lifestyle choices." The result:
"the most onerous privacy environment on the Internet." Indeed, Google now controls an estimated 70 percent of the online
search engine market, but its deep-drilling of user information — where we surf, whom we e-mail, what blogs we post, what
pictures we share, what maps we look at, what news we read — extends far beyond the search feature to encompass the kind
of "total information awareness" that privacy activists feared at the hands of the Bush Jr. administration's much-maligned
Total Information Awareness program.
can randomly share your search history with friends through its new messaging app. Worrying issues have been
discovered in Google's messaging app, Allo. It has been found to be capable of sharing users' past Google searches with
contacts, without being prompted to. The discovery was made by Re/code's Tess Townsend, who was using Allo to chat to a
friend. "In the middle of our conversation, my friend directed Assistant to identify itself," wrote Ms Townsend.
"Instead of offering a name or a pithy retort, it responded with a link from Harry Potter fan website Pottermore."
Neither Ms Townsend or her friend had mentioned Harry Potter in their conversation before Allo brought it up.
"But the response was not merely a non sequitur," continues Ms Townsend. "It was a result related to previous
searches my friend said he had done a few days earlier."
adds tool to flag 'offensive' search results. Google is now directing its review teams to flag content that
might come across as upsetting or offensive in search results.
Google is a monopoly —
and it's crushing the internet. Five to 10 years ago, independent bloggers used to be able to get by on
internet advertising, like the broadsheets of yore. But that changed quite quickly, and for two big reasons:
Facebook and Google. They now gobble up the vast majority of internet advertising dollars — about 85 percent,
as my colleague Jeff Spross writes — and a great many media outlets have been forced to move to direct subscriptions
or other business models. Google and Facebook manage this because they are platform monopolists. They can exert
tremendous influence through their control of how people use the internet — and crush productive businesses in the
process. Like any monopoly, it is long since time that the government regulated them to serve the public interest.
Home TV ad makes Google Home systems go crazy. Google Home is the search engine's answer to Amazon's Echo
system, in which users get it to respond by asking questions or giving orders starting with the name "Alexa." Both are home
systems that are dormant until a user calls out their name. Then they perform any number of functions — from
playing a musical selection to turning on or off the lights.
Redefines The Word 'Fascism' To Smear Conservatives, Protect Liberal Rioters. Has Google, the world's most popular search engine, changed the
definition of the word "fascism" to protect liberal mobs using violence to silence those who disagree with them politically? The evidence suggest they
have. You see it on signs at every protest or riot — liberals accuse President Donald Trump of being a fascist. The word's association with Adolf
Hitler and its use now is no accident, it's meant to strike fear in people's hearts of tyranny.
Organizes Rallies Protesting Trump Temporary Terror Travel Halt. Google employees and executives held rallies
at Google offices across the United States on Monday in protest of President Trump's temporary travel halt from nations
associated with terrorism. [...] Google's campus in Mountain View, California, hosted one of the largest protests, which featured
multiple speakers including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Google founder Sergey Brin, immigrants associated with the company.
told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling. A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over
emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a
domestic fraud probe. The ruling is notable because it goes against an appeals court judgement last year —
recently upheld — pertaining to Microsoft customer data held in servers outside the US. In that instance a
federal court ruled the company did not have to hand over data stored on its servers in Ireland to the US government, declining
to "disregard the presumption against extraterritoriality," as the judge put it.
New Public NTP Servers Provide Smeared Time. Google says it has built support for the leap second into the time
servers that regulate all Google services. An anonymous reader shares a blogpost by Google: ["]No commonly used
operating system is able to handle a minute with 61 seconds, and trying to special-case the leap second has caused many
problems in the past. Instead of adding a single extra second to the end of the day, we'll run the clocks 0.0014%
slower across the ten hours before and ten hours after the leap second, and "smear" the extra second across these twenty
hours. For timekeeping purposes, December 31 will seem like any other day. ... ["]
Google News Suppressing Center-Right News Sites? The big story this evening is the fact that President Trump
has fired the acting Attorney General, a far Left Obama holdover. Her dismissal was well-deserved, given the fact that
she ordered the Justice Department to ignore the Commander-In-Chief's entirely legal order, one similar to bans enacted by
Presidents Obama and Carter. But I was fascinated to see the Google News coverage of the event.
Academy Hosting 'Transgender 101' Training for Midshipmen. The U.S. Naval Academy is bringing in Google employees
to provide voluntary "Transgender 101" training to midshipmen this week as part of an ongoing "safe space" training series.
The academy's Center for Teaching and Learning is holding two events on Friday, one for faculty and staff and another for
midshipmen. The hour and a half-long workshops will be hosted by Marnie Florin and Kevin Perry, who are "transgender
trainers" for Google.
new tech partner in Cuba blocks email accounts of the Ladies in White. Google is very proud of its new
partnership with Cuba's ETECSA, the apartheid Castro dictatorship's telecom monopoly that has complete control over the
internet on the island. They must therefore be very proud that their new tech partners are using all this new
technology to continue censorship and the blocking of the free flow of information to and from the island.
Open Letter To Google.
Now, I've always had a good working relationship with Google, and I truly hope that continues. I have always gotten
good service from you, and I have made good use of your search engine. But I see that Google has taken steps to censor
news and views based on political proclivities.
Searches on Jeff Sessions Go Straight to the Leftist Fever Swamp. The establishment press wants readers,
listeners and viewers to believe that the search engines and social media are being overwhelmed by "fake news." Those making
such allegations are, with rare exceptions, thinking of conservative and center-right web sites which have been countering
their established wisdom and taking readers and dollars away from them. Well, if that's so, at least in regards to
Google and Donald Trump's nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, I'm having a hard time finding
evidence of that. Instead, auto-suggested search results provided by the world's dominant search engine on Saturday
took me straight to the leftist fever swamps and to a New York Times editorial which might as well have originated there.
Email Reveals Google Chairman Wanted To Be Clinton Campaign's 'Head Outside Advisor'. Eric Schmidt, executive
chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, wanted to be "head outside advisor" to the Hillary Clinton campaign, according
to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in an email released by WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has continued to reveal Schmidt's
cozy relationship with the Clinton campaign. In a previously leaked email, a memo showed that Schmidt was working directly
with the Clinton campaign on setting up various backend features to their website.
Clinton photo illustrates Google results for 'pathological lying'. For several hours starting about 10:30 p.m. Sunday
[10/30/2016], a Google search for the terms "pathological lying" was producing a picture of Mrs. Clinton. The picture appeared
as the illustration for what Google calls a special "featured snippet block" at the top of the page. The snippet quotes from, and
includes a link to, the Wikipedia article for "pathological lying." By early Monday morning, the image had been removed from the
of California is Hillary Clinton's top source of campaign cash. Individuals working for the University of
California were the biggest source of cash for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, according to the nonpartisan Center
for Responsive Politics. Individuals affiliated with the University of California system gave nearly $1.2 million to
Clinton's campaign committee, the largest bloc of contributions she received for her presidential run. The second
biggest giver to Clinton was another California entity, Alphabet Inc., the Mountain View-based parent company of
Google. Donors associated with Alphabet gave Clinton $1.1 million
Nothing to See Here!. Google "Voter Fraud" and notice how many articles are listed by left-wing "news
organizations" citing so-called experts saying that it is "rare", "overblown", or as the Huffington Post declares, "consistent
since 2000". The same is true for other, similar search terms on Google such as "Voter Fraud Cases" and "History of
Voter Fraud". If I lived in a cave, and only had Google to keep me company, I might believe it... but I don't. I
read and I know of the many claims that Google regularly alters its listings to favor left-wing messaging; that it censors
opposing views and the individuals that express them; that Eric Schmidt, who was the chief technology officer for Barack
Obama's 2008 campaign, and who is now the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet, is hard at work in a new
company Groundwork ensuring that Hillary Clinton gets elected.
Of Google's Parent Company Works Directly With Clinton Camp. Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google's parent
company Alphabet, is working directly with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to an email published by
WikiLeaks. Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, forwarded a memo detailing the "technical and digital priorities,"
for the 2016 presidential race to John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton 2016 campaign, and other top Clinton officials, in an
email. Teddy Goff, former digital director for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and current staff member
of the Clinton campaign, originally sent the memo to Secretary Clinton in October, 2014, around six months before Hillary
announced her run for the White House.
"Google Home" designed to spy inside our homes? Google Home (GH) is always listening to everything that goes on
inside your home. It's like paying the NSA, sorry I meant Google, $129.00 to bug your home. Click [elsewhere] to
find out about Google's close relationship with the NSA. GH does more than listen to music, it can control your lights,
thermostats, radios, TV's, refrigerators, smart plugs and more. GH has partnered with Nest, Phillips, IFTTT and Samsung
who also make the 'family hub refrigerator'.
Google's Eric Schmidt Working Directly With the Clinton Campaign. Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of
Alphabet, Google's parent company, is working directly with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, according to a memo
contained within an email released by WikiLeaks. "Discreet conversations" of forming "working relationships" with
companies such as Facebook and Apple were also facilitated as early as October 2014, the memo stated. This is
at least six months prior to when Clinton announced her candidacy for president.
Google boss Eric Schmidt revealed to have designed Clinton's website. When Hillary Clinton wanted a new
campaign website, she went to the top — enlisting former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to head up a technology effort,
hacked emails reveal. Schmidt oversaw an effort that involved developing the early 'back-end' stages of a web site that
would be a powerful tool to promote Clinton's message and harness the efforts of volunteers — while storing
information on supporters. The details of the effort are outlined in a strategy memo authored by Clinton digital
strategist Teddy Goff and sent to Clinton, according to documents posted on Wikileaks that were hacked from Clinton campaign
chair John Podesta's emails.
Google Play is tracking you — and that's just the tip of a very large iceberg. On Monday, a story
broke that Google Play — the near-ubiquitous service that Google uses to distribute software within
Android — was using GPS to track your every move, whether you enabled Google Maps to use location tracking or
not. The only way to completely disable this kind of location tracking is to disable Google Play. This is all
true, as far as it goes. But the conclusions are a bit less cut-and-dried than some publications like The
Register have made it sound.
Subverting Election for Hillary. Google/Facebook/Twitter and the mainstream media are using social engineering
on you to achieve their political goals. [Video clip]
Google News launches fact check label.
Google has launched a new feature, fact check, which will add a label next to news stories in search results. Fact check will
appear with other news organisations in Google News and will, Google says, "shine a light on its efforts to divide fact from
fiction". Richard Gingras, Google's head of news, added it will "help readers find fact checking in large news stories".
spin can't hide Hillary's Health, but Google Can 'Disappear' It. Hiding the health of a presidential candidate
which the media gleefully reports is leading in election polls has got to take the proverbial cake. But for the NYT and
Google there's this one little bugaboo: the myriad pictures which appear to show bulk other than flesh under Hillary
Clinton's outlandish clothes. With the rise of wearable medical technology, with room for drug packs, injections and
even internally inflatable vests on the market, health problems are your secret.
is manipulating searches about Hillary Clinton's health. [Scroll down] This isn't the first time Google
has been accused of bias in favor of Hillary Clinton. SourceFed originally reported that Google appeared to be burying
negative search terms about Clinton, and revealed connections between the tech company and her campaign.
Proves Google Manipulates Millions to Favor Clinton. In this exclusive report, distinguished research
psychologist Robert Epstein explains the new study and reviews evidence that Google's search suggestions are biased in favor
of Hillary Clinton. He estimates that biased search suggestions might be able to shift as many as 3 million votes
in the upcoming presidential election in the US.
York Times Tech Columnist Calls on Google to Hide Hillary Health Info. New York Times tech columnist
Farhad Manjoo is calling on Google to "fix" its search engine results to hide evidence of Hillary Clinton's failing
health. "Go online and put down, 'Hillary Clinton illness,' and take a look at the videos yourself," Rudy Giuliani
recently said on Fox News, during an argument about how sick Clinton really is. Manjoo of the Times called for
Google to "fix" the problem of search results possibly hurting the Democratic nominee.
Asks Google to Censor Search Results Related to Hillary's Health Problems and They Do It. Some radical nutjob
and New York Times reporter (but I repeat myself) recently called on Google to censor search results related to Hillary's
numerous health issues. [...] Based on my research, it would appear that Google is now obliging that request:
Curiously, Google's super-smart auto-suggest feature appears incredibly ignorant when it comes to matter of Hillary Clinton's
well-documented health problems.
will tell you how to vote in November. Google is pulling another lever on its influential search engine in an
effort to boost voter turnout in November's U.S. presidential election. Beginning Tuesday [8/16/2016], Google will provide a
summary box detailing state voting laws at the top of the search results whenever a user appears to be looking for that
information. The breakdown will focus on the rules particular to the state where the search request originates unless
a user asks for another location.
Funds Anti-Google Effort that Outs Hillary, Obama. The Oracle Corporation is using its deep financial resources
to fund the "Google Transparency Project," which has set up headquarters in Washington, D.C. with a mission to "out" Google's
dicey lobbying practices and expose crony relationships with President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary
Clinton. With Google demonstrating its political clout by essentially writing the "Net Neutrality" regulatory language,
Oracle and others are stepping up funding for a Silicon Valley attack dog to level the playing field.
My Activity shows everything that company knows about its users — and there's a lot. Google has
launched a new site that shows absolutely everything it knows about its users. And there's an awful lot of it.
The new My Activity page collects all of the data that Google has generated by watching its customers as they move around the
web. And depending on your settings that could include a comprehensive list of the websites you've visited and the
things you've done with your phone. Google has long allowed its users to see the kinds of information that is being
generated as people use the company's products, including letting people listen in on automated recordings that it has made
of its users. But the new page collects them together in a more accessible — and potentially more
terrifying — way than ever before.
Google Just Plugged
Into Japan With Its Own Undersea Cable. [Scroll down] Meanwhile, Facebook and Google are also buying up
"dark fiber" — unused fiber optic capacity throughout the US — to connect their various data centers on
land. In short, a handful of large tech companies are slowly eclipsing the bandwidth capacity of traditional telcos,
underscoring just how big these tech giants have really become. But Hjembo points out that there's no shortage of
capacity. The real point here is that companies like Google want to own their own cables. Or, as Facebook's vice
president of network engineering Najam Ahmad told us earlier this year, these projects allow the companies to control their
Military investigates who ordered
soldiers' Google formation. Israel's military said Wednesday it was looking into why soldiers at an air force
base were ordered to line up in a formation spelling out the word Google for a visit by the company's top gun. Video of
the formation that spread online led to criticism in Israel, and parents questioned why soldiers were made to stand in the
heat for what they saw as an inappropriate reason. The order was issued as Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's
parent company Alphabet, visited the Hatzerim Air Base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.
Claim Google Is Putting Trump Emails In Their Spam Box. Gmail users are claiming that Google is filtering
emails from Donald Trump's campaign into their spam boxes. There have been previous reports, denied by Google, that the
search engine was manipulating search autocomplete results in favor of Hillary Clinton. Julian Assange, founder of
WikiLeaks, has previously said, "Google is directly engaged with Hillary Clinton's campaign." In 2015, former Google
CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly funded a startup, "The Groundwork," with the objective of helping Hillary Clinton get elected.
Is About To Create A Link Tax: Time To Speak Out Against It. We've written plenty of times about
ridiculous European plans to create a so-called "snippet tax" which is more officially referred to as "ancillary rights" (and
is really just about creating a tax on Google). The basic concept is that some old school newspapers are so lazy and
have so failed to adapt to the internet — and so want to blame Google for their own failures — that
they want to tax any aggregator (e.g., Google) that links to their works with a snippet, that doesn't pay for the privilege
of sending those publishers traffic. As you may remember, Germany has been pushing for such a thing for many, many
years, and Austria has been exploring it as well. But perhaps the most attention grabbing move was the one in Spain,
which not only included a snippet tax, but made it mandatory. That is, even if you wanted Google News to link to you
for free, you couldn't get that. In response, Google took the nuclear option and shut down Google News in Spain.
Are 10 More Examples of Google Search Results Favorable to Hillary. "Crime" and "indictment" are not the only
terms Google is keeping hidden from searches of Hillary Clinton, a Washington Free Beacon analysis finds. Common
search terms associated with Clinton appear to have been scrubbed from Google as the tech giant has been accused of
manipulating its autocomplete results to favor the Democratic presidential candidate. Matt Lieberman of SourceFed
released a video showing examples of Google skewing its autocomplete results for Clinton, while other search engines simply
display the most searched terms.
digital wall will make Hillary Clinton inevitable as next president. No matter how hard they try to force it
into reality, Google will never make 'Crooked Hillary' straight. As people who have tried to get items removed from the
world's largest search engine already know, high-handed Google "is forever". Unfortunately so too are the lies that social
media is helping Hillary Rodham Clinton cover. Like the president who got there before it was "my turn", there's
nothing real about Hillary Clinton, save for her ongoing outrageous lies. Just like Obama, Hillary Clinton is a
completely re-laundered and re-cycled digitally social media-manufactured persona. You'd think from the whining of the
far left, the in-the-tank-with-the-Dems GOP and the embittered #Nevertrump that Election 2016 was in the bag for Donald J.
Trump. But most tragically for America and the West that depends on a stable US, Google's got it in the bag for Hillary Clinton.
black teenagers' Google search sparks outrage. Google image searches for "three black teenagers" and "three
white teenagers" get very different results, raising troubling questions about how racial bias in society and the media is
reflected online. Kabir Alli, an 18-year-old graduating senior from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., posted
a video clip on Twitter this week of a Google image search for "three black teenagers" which turned up an array of police
mugshots. He and friends then searched for "three white teenagers," and found groups of smiling young people.
The Editor says...
Maybe that's because black teenagers don't smile: If you smile for a photograph you are acting white.
Smiling is what weaklings and losers do, after all. Google can't find photographs that do not exist.
Is Google Manipulating Searches To Be Pro-Hillary? A newly-released YouTube video makes a compelling case that,
for unclear reasons, Google search results appear manipulated in favor of Hillary Clinton. The video is the work of
SourceFed, a channel with over 1.7 million subscribers that posts a variety of news, pop culture, and explanatory videos.
accused of fixing autocomplete results to be favorable to Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has responded after a
video went viral this week claiming to show Google has been fiddling with autocomplete results to suppress terms unfavorable
to Hillary Clinton. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told Business Insider that if the claim it is true,
'it is a disgrace that Google would do that,' adding 'very, very dishonest.' 'They should let it float and allow people
[to] see how crooked she really is,' he told the business site in a statement on Friday [6/9/2016].
surprisingly wins $9bn ruling over Oracle, fair use affirmed by court. It became a bad day for Oracle yesterday
[5/25/2016] as they lost a potential $9 billion court decision as a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of Google in the
long-running legal saga. Oracle has maintained that the search giant should compensate them for the license to use Java
in the programming of Android. The decision of the jury has put a dent to that contention. Google has constantly
argued that it used elements of Java under the fair use policy under the copyright law. Most people had pegged that
Google's argument was weak because of the obvious use of Java in Android, which is one of Google's hottest properties as of
the moment. In fact, this year's trial came about because an earlier jury had decided that infringement had indeed
happened, just that they were not sure if it could be considered legal under fair-use doctrines.
Are 10 More Examples of Google Search Results Favorable to Hillary. "Crime" and "indictment" are not the only
terms Google is keeping hidden from searches of Hillary Clinton, a Washington Free Beacon analysis finds. Common
search terms associated with Clinton appear to have been scrubbed from Google as the tech giant has been accused of
manipulating its autocomplete results to favor the Democratic presidential candidate. Matt Lieberman of SourceFed
released a video showing examples of Google skewing its autocomplete results for Clinton, while other search engines simply
display the most searched terms.
America at Google. Yesterday [5/19/2016], anyone who clicked on the Google home page saw a curious "doodle"
honoring someone who most users had probably never heard of. But rather than the usual anodyne historical figure or
celebrity, yesterday's honoree was a woman who Google identified as "one of the most overlooked and dogged civil rights
activists of our time." Her name is Yuri Kochiyama and yesterday was her 95th birthday, but anyone who clicked on the image
to learn more about her got an interesting introduction to a radical activist. If you went digging beyond that page, you
learned that Google was honoring someone who was not only a champion of a cause that most Americans ultimately supported —
reparations for Japanese-Americans interned during World War Two — but was also an associate of terrorist murderers and
anti-Semites and a fan of Osama bin Laden.
French police raid Google's Paris headquarters as part of £1.2 billion tax and money laundering investigation. A dawn
raid was launched on Google's office in Paris yesterday [5/23/2016] as part of a probe into 'aggravated tax fraud' and money laundering.
Around 100 police officers, five magistrates, 25 computer experts and around 100 tax officials entered the US internet giant's premises
in the French capital at 5am. Google is accused of owing the French government £1.2 billion in unpaid taxes.
Learn About Hypocrisy, Google 'Oregon Florist'. Google announced Wednesday [5/11/2016] it no longer would allow
online or payday lenders to advertise on its websites. Online loans join firearms, explosives and illicit drugs as
products the search engine giant refuses to tout. Facebook also bans selling ads to online lenders, but Yahoo and other
providers still do. It's a problem for the industry if it can't advertise on Google. It is by far the world's
largest search engine and the largest such collection of knowledge ever assembled. In the United States, Google
controls between 65 and 70 percent of search traffic, more than 75 percent of paid search advertising and
95 percent of mobile searches.
extraordinary access to Obama revealed. When top White House officials want to know what Google executives are
thinking, they don't need to go near a computer — since company officials have been hovering at the White House
about once a week through the course of the Obama administration, White House logs reveal. The tech giant's top
lobbyist, Johanna Shelton, has visited the White House a total of 128 times since President Obama got elected in 2009.
'pedestrian glue' for cars. If you're unlucky enough to be hit by one of Google's self-driving cars, the company wants
you to stay glued to the front of it, according to a patent that's dated May 17 — not April 1. The patent
describes an adhesive layer that "may be a very sticky material and operate in a manner similar to flypaper, or double-sided duct
tape," designed to prevent pedestrians from further injury, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
How can people safely take control
from a self-driving car? New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a
false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now
illegal. That was one surprising finding when researchers put Stanford University students in a simulated self-driving car to
study how they reacted when their robo-chauffer needed help.
Google says it bears 'some responsibility' after self-driving
car hit bus. Google said on Monday [2/29/2016] it bears "some responsibility" after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus
in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and the fault of the
staffers have had at least 427 meetings at the White House over [the] course of [the] Obama presidency. Newly
compiled data reveals Google and its affiliates have attended meetings at the White House more than once a week, on average,
since President Barack Obama took office. Numbers crunched by the Campaign for Accountability and the Intercept show
169 Google employees have met with 182 government officials in the White House. The meetings took place at least
427 times. The data used spans from Obama's first month in office in 2009 until October 2015, and includes
government meetings with representatives of Google-affiliated companies Tomorrow Ventures and Civis Analytics.
self-driving Google car pulled over for driving too slowly in California. The Mountain View Police Department
in the San Francisco Bay Area said an officer "noticed traffic backing up behind a slow moving car" on Thursday and pulled
over what turned out to be an unoccupied Google Autonomous Vehicle.
self-driving just car got pulled over for driving too slow. That's right, a Mountain View traffic cop this week spotted the
cute little pod puttering along the street at a speed presumably not much faster than a granny walking a dog, and decided to have a word.
How a track
stand can confuse Google's self-driving car. The Washington Post reports how a cyclist doing a track stand on
his bike confused an autonomous automobile into a stop-start pattern, and the cyclist himself recounted the experience on an
online forum. For the uninitiated, a "track stand" is where a cyclist balances on his or her pedals at a stop, moving
the bike every so slightly to keep balanced. It's this kind of small but perceptible movement that confused Google's
self-driving car, although no one was in any danger.
Deepest, Darkest Google Searches Are Being Used Against Them. Google knows the questions that people wouldn't
dare ask aloud, and it silently offers reams of answers. But it is a mistake to think of a search engine as an oracle for
anonymous queries. It isn't. Not even close. In some cases, the most intimate questions a person is asking —
about health worries, relationship woes, financial hardship — are the ones that set off a chain reaction that can have
troubling consequences both online and offline.
rule in favor of snooping by tech giants. Google, Facebook and other tech giants should remain free to spy on you,
regulators ruled on Friday [11/6/2015]. A petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission by the privacy group
Consumer Watchdog asked that such websites be forced to respect consumer requests not to have their online activity tracked.
The FCC dismissed the petition, stating that it has been "unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers."
Mr. Google[,] Eric Schmidt [is] dumping Hillary on unsuspecting
society. With just one year to vote time, it's Google, and not Donald Trump, that is running run away with the 2016 presidential
race. While folk hero Trump's goal is 'Make America Great Again', unfortunately for freedom and liberty worldwide, Google's is 'Return
Hillary Clinton' to the White House'. Undercover until Drudge gave oxygen to the story on Friday [10/9/2015] in short: "An
under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign,
underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics."
the NSA & DHS are creating a global DNA database. According to the Verge, Ancestry.com, is seeking permission
from the FDA to create a national DNA database. Ancestry.com claims they'll use your DNA to assess your families disease
risk. Would it shock you to know that Google, the NSA and DHS are using "front companies" to create a GLOBAL DNA database?
Cars Far More Likely To Get Into Crashes, Study Finds. There have been reports of some driverless cars getting
into crashes, but how do they compare with the real world of human-operated ones? Researchers at the University of
Michigan's Transportation Research Institute set out to answer that question. [...] They found that per mile driven,
driverless cars were actually far more likely to get in a crash than human-operated ones.
Lightning strike causes
Google data centre to lose power. Repeated lightning strikes have caused a Google data centre in Belgium to lose a small
amount of data after the company was unable to restore some information. Four successive strikes on the electricity grid that
powers facilities in Saint-Ghislain, near Mons, affected 5 percent of persistent, or non-virtual disks in the zone that powers
Google Compute Engine, its cloud computing platform. The problem was compounded when the data centre's battery backup failed,
although Google said the vast majority of the data was recovered between last Thursday [8/13/2015], when the strikes occurred, and Monday.
Apple And Google Pour Billions
Down A Green Drain. Business has been captured by climatism, the belief that humans are causing dangerous global
warming. Leading companies announce plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, purchase renewable energy, use vehicle
biofuels, and buy carbon credits. But there is no evidence that commercial policies to "fight" climate change have any
measureable effect on global temperatures. Apple and Google, the darling companies of the millennial generation, have
spent billions trying to halt global warming.
becomes part of a new company, Alphabet. Google, one of the best-known brands on the
planet, on Monday [8/10/2015] radically restructured itself under the corporate name Alphabet, an
almost unprecedented shift that reflects the company's far-reaching ambitions and the vast Web it
helped evolve. The move represents Google's biggest push yet to transcend its roots in the
simple but highly profitable business of Web search and turn the company into a multifaceted General
Electric for the digital age.
Google Could Rig the 2016 Election. America's next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or
speeches, but by Google's secret decisions, and no one — except for me and perhaps a few other obscure
researchers — would know how this was accomplished. Research I have been directing in recent years suggests
that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections — indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and
beliefs — than any company in history has ever had. Google's search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences
of undecided voters by 20 percent or more — up to 80 percent in some demographic groups — with
virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson.
Google Algorithm? Women Shown Fewer Ads For High-Paying Jobs, Study Finds. It's no
secret: Google has long been tracking our Internet searches to generate customized ads based on our
interests. But new findings from Carnegie Mellon University claim Google's targeted ad algorithm is
downright discriminatory, particularly for women.
what to takes to lay Google's 9,000km undersea cable. It takes a plow the size of a
small house, a robot the size of a truck and a purpose-built ship to install Google's latest oceanic
infrastructure project — a super-fast submarine Internet cable linking the U.S. and
Japan. The US$300 million FASTER cable system, backed by Google and East Asian telecom firms,
will have a peak capacity of 60 Tbps (terabits per second) when it's ready next year.
Google distorts your view of the world. MANY charges have been levelled at Google. It
steals your information, violates copyright, allows access to dangerous and illegal material and prioritises
its own sites while crushing any competition. But perhaps the most troubling accusation about the
search giant is that it distorts our view of the world, giving us a fatally flawed idea of what is going on
around us. This problem is known as the "filter bubble": as Google learns from your searches and
makes its results increasingly personalised and tailored to you, you stop seeing anything else.
Glass epic fail: What happened? Here we are in the summer of 2015 and hardly a peep
about a device that the media and public obsessed about for two years. So, what happened to Google
Glass and where's it going?
Show Hillary's State Department Communicating With Google About Blocked Benghazi Video. Emails among
State Department officials show the administration was in contact with Google regarding a blocked YouTube video
after President Obama conceded that the Benghazi attack was a preplanned act of terror. On Sept. 27,
2012, Nora Toiv, a special assistant to the counselor of the Department, sent an email to other State Department
officials with the subject line "RE: Google and YouTube." The email referenced a phone conversation with a
person named Sue who assured Toiv a block would remain on an unnamed video at least through Oct. 1, 2012.
"Sue just called back and the block will stay through Monday," Toiv said in the email. "They will not/not be
unblocking it before then."
under Benghazi and Hillary's
private email server.
YouTube win First Amendment fight over anti-Muslim video. Google and other online-content providers have
dodged what they considered a First Amendment nightmare. Weighing in on a global controversy, a federal
appeals court on Monday [5/18/2015] found that YouTube can't be forced to take down an anti-Muslim video that sparked
worldwide protests, finding that such an order tramples on free speech rights.
Tina Siegert; the Google Goliath's
David. Conservative websites like Canada Free Press (CFP) owe a debt of gratitude to
plucky 'Citizen Journalist', news researcher cum laude, Tina Siegert of News the Media Won't Show
You. Though some might not yet realize its full impact, all conservative websites are under
Google suppression now that Google has claimed rights as the Grand Central of Internet Truth.
Google will no longer drive traffic to Conservative websites. Internet traffic is what gets all
websites Internet advertising. Without advertising they will go under. Google, the world's
largest search engine, is gargantuan in size and clout, but still small enough to fit in Barack
Obama's back pocket.
most racist places in America, according to Google. Where do America's most racist
people live? "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.
The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the
incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes from data scientist
Senate Backs Bid To Force Google To Disclose Search Algorithm Workings. It's been a bad week
for Google in Europe, with the Competition Commission on Wednesday [4/15/2015] adopting a Statement of
Objections regard its shopping comparison service — marking an escalation of a five-year long
antitrust investigation. The Competition Commissioner also launched a parallel in-depth probe into
Google's mobile OS Android, following antitrust complains [sic]. Those high level processes could
last years, and have the potential to result in multi-billion-dollar fines if Google can't satisfy the EC.
Pretty Clear Evidence Of American Exceptionalism. A seemingly whimsical study of
Google searches tells a not-so-whimsical story about America. Cost-estimating website Fixr.com used
Google's auto-complete feature, which is based on popular searches, to see what showed when they
typed in "how much does a * cost in (country name)?" While those from other nations were
frequently searching the price of beer, or passports, or cows, or flying lessons, at the top of the
list for the USA was "patent." If that's not a loud signal of American exceptionalism, what is?
As reported Friday by the Daily Mail, Fixr.com created a map based these auto-complete results.
Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains. Google leaked the complete
hidden whois data attached to more than 282,000 domains registered through the company's Google Apps
for Work service, a breach that could bite good and bad guys alike. The 282,867 domains counted
by Cisco Systems' researchers account for 94 percent of the addresses Google Apps has registered
through a partnership with registrar eNom.
Government by Google.
It was a mainstream media asking no questions that inflicted a Marxist president on an unsuspecting
West in 2008, but it is Google that is keeping him there, and Google which is making the election of
Hillary Clinton in 2016 all but inevitable. As much as half of the U.S. population so fervently
wishes otherwise, America-hating Marxists in office are there to stay, courtesy of the airtight power
bestowed upon them by the most arrogant, powerful and influential company on earth: Google.
is endangering police officers. For the fifth year in a row in 2014, ambush attacks on
police officers were the No. 1 cause of felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of
duty. Nevertheless, Google continues to market a smartphone application that lets lawbreakers
pinpoint the location of police officers in the field. Google's executives won't even discuss the
subject with organizations representing law enforcement. Google's popular real-time traffic app,
Waze, uses GPS navigation and crowdsourcing to alert users to traffic jams, automobile accidents,
stalled cars, and through its "traffic cop" feature, the presence of law enforcement.
antitrust probe went away while Google snuggled with Obama. During this past week as
we've been swamped with bad news pouring out of every corner of the globe, it wouldn't be surprising
if you missed one of the more shocking revelations about White House actions that would make even
Richard Nixon blush. The Wall Street Journal revealed that it had obtained a 2012 Federal Trade
Commission report detailing the closeness of Google and the Obama administration while the FTC was
engaging in an antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. It's usually the case that you get
more interesting information when the details were supposed to remain secret, and that's the case here.
Clinton hires Google executive to be chief technology officer. Hillary Rodham Clinton
has hired a longtime Google executive to oversee her likely presidential campaign's technology
development and build new ways for Clinton to engage with voters, according to Democrats with
knowledge of the move.
Google/Dems deadly duo whitewashing
Hillary Clinton's Past. A whopping 60% of Democrats want Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC)
as their next president. They have decreed America has to have its first woman president "because
it's time". This time the Democrats, Marxist liars holding public office, have joined ranks with
the world's largest search engine, with intentions to foist upon a largely unsuspecting America, the
First GOOGLE Woman President. No other politician ever got off to a presidential run with a
scrubbed clean slate, but that's what Google — self-proclaimed owners of the truth —
will do for HRC.
controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama's policies. A former
Google officer is the president's chief technology adviser. Google employees contributed more to
President Obama's re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google
lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from
rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.
Oh, and on Election Night 2012, guess where Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt was? Working
for the president. In the president's campaign office. On a voter-turnout system designed
to help the president get re-elected.
Welcome to a surrealistic world run
by Google. The mighty corporate techie giant with assets of $131 billion has nestled
so long among us it is almost like family. Website owners tell people who want things removed off
the net: "No can do 'cause Google is forever". The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
rocked the online world world when its 313-page 'Net Neutrality' initiative was revealed last month.
But in reality, Net Neutrality was devised not by FCC but by Google.
Lee wants to investigate Google's frequent meetings at the White House. Has Sen. Mike
Lee (R-Utah) incurred the wrath of Google? On Monday [3/30/2015], Lee announced that he would
like to know more about Google's meetings with the White House while they were under a Federal Trade
Commission investigation for anti-trust violations. Lee, chairman of the Senate's antitrust panel,
suspects that Google and the White House may have improperly meddled with the FTC's decision.
digital search-warrant plan a 'monumental' constitutional threat, says Google. Tech giant Google submitted
court documents this week charging that a new FBI plan for obtaining digital search warrants is a "monumental" constitutional
threat. Richard Salgado, Google's director for law enforcement and information security, wrote Tuesday [2/17/2015] that
the Justice Department's plans for remotely accessing computer files "raises a number of monumental and highly complex
constitutional, legal, and geopolitical concerns that should be left to Congress to decide."
Odds With Google, US Seeks New Rule on Computer Access. A Justice Department proposal
that could make it easier to locate and hack into computers that are part of criminal investigations
is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have
Leaks Identities of Over 280,000 Customers Who Were Paying to Stay Hidden. If you want
to figure out who owns a website, it's pretty easy: You simply punch the URL into a "whois"
database, and up pops the info of the person who registered that domain. Unless, of course, that
person has paid their hosting service extra so that you can't find out who they are. Yesterday
[3/12/2015], a group of security researchers from Cisco revealed that Google had been slowly
de-anonymizing its customers who were buying domain names through Google. Due to a problem with the
way Google's system interacted with the third party registrar service eNom, customers for whom identity
protection is a part of the "Google App" services were not, in fact, given that protection.
30 vulnerabilities found in Google App Engine. Serious vulnerabilities exist in Google App Engine
(GAE), a cloud service for developing and hosting Web applications, a team of security researchers has found.
The vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to escape from the Java Virtual Machine security sandbox and execute
code on the underlying system, according to researchers from Security Explorations, a Polish security firm that
found many vulnerabilities in Java over the past few years.
alerts FBI to Colorado threat against police. A Colorado man is facing federal charges
Wednesday [12/24/2014] after he allegedly posted threats against police in YouTube's comment section
under the username, "Vets Hunting Cops." 9News.com reported the police identified the man as
Jeremiah Perez, a 33-year-old Air Force veteran from Colorado Springs.
demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government. Google took almost
three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and
other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search
warrant issued by a federal judge. WikiLeaks has written to Google's executive chairman, Eric
Schmidt, to protest that the search giant only revealed the warrants last month, having been served
them in March 2012. In the letter, WikiLeaks says it is "astonished and disturbed" that Google
waited more than two and a half years to notify its subscribers, potentially depriving them of their
ability to protect their rights to "privacy, association and freedom from illegal searches".
Google knows about you (and how it knows it). According to Google, I am a woman
between the ages of 25 and 34 who speaks English as her primary language and has accumulated an
unwieldy 74,486 e-mails in her life. I like cooking, dictionaries and Washington, D.C. I own a Mac
computer that I last accessed at 10:04 p.m. last night, at which time I had 46 open Chrome tabs.
And of the thousands and thousands of YouTube videos I have watched in my lifetime, a truly embarrassing
number of them concern (a) funny pets or (b) Taylor Swift. I didn't tell Google any of these
things intentionally, of course — I didn't fill out a profile or enter a form. But
even as you search Google, it turns out, Google is also searching you.
Energy: So Useless That Even Greenie Google Gave up on it. Some people call it
"renewable energy" but I prefer to call it "alternative energy" because that's what it really is: an
alternative to energy that actually works (eg nuclear and anything made from wonderful, energy-rich
fossil fuel.) Now a pair of top boffins from uber-green Google's research department have reached
the same conclusion. [...] In a nutshell, renewable energy is rubbish because so much equipment is
needed to make it work — steel, concrete, copper, glass, carbon fibre, neodymium, shipping and
haulage — that it very likely uses up more energy than it actually produces. Yet our political
class remains committed to the fantasy that the emperor's green clothes are perfectly magnificent.
exec to head up Democrat midterm review panel. How cozy is the Democrats' relationship
with the media and technology worlds? Close enough for Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to
head up a panel convened by the Democratic National Committee to figure out why they got creamed in
the midterm elections, as CNN reports: [...]
largest solar plant applying for federal grant to pay off federal loan. After already
receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors
of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal
loan. [...] The Ivanpah solar electric generating plant is owned by Google and renewable energy
giant NRG, which are responsible for paying off their federal loan.
The Editor says...
It will be interesting to see where the left-wing anti-capitalist troublemakers stand on this issue.
The tree-hugging hippies who tout solar panels as a "clean" energy source are the same people who rail against
"Wall Street" — by which they mean successful and profitable businesses with plenty of available cash,
of which Google is a prime example. Where are the "corporate social responsibility" people now?
ordered to pay a woman $2,250 for Street View image showing cleavage. Earlier this
month [10/2014], a Quebecois court in Montreal decided that Google owed a woman $2,250 for picturing
her with "part of her breast exposed" in a Street View image. The woman was sitting in front of her
house, and although her face was blurred out, she was still identifiable by her coworkers, especially as
her car was parked in the driveway without the license plate blurred out.
Day Celebrated By Leasing Moffett Naval Air Station To Google. With a new Cold War is
ramping up, and as Americans gathered across the country to honor our veterans, the U.S. government's
NASA Ames Research Center announced that is is leasing the 1,000 acre Moffett Airfield in Silicon
Valley to Google for the next for the next 60 years. The former naval air station is located
near the south end of San Francisco Bay.
Study: How Users View Google Search Result Pages Has Changed Significantly. The report
was based on data from an eye-tracking study of 53 participants who were asked to complete 43 common
search tasks, such as looking for an apartment to rent in a particular neighborhood. All searches
were conducted on desktop computers in Canada using the Google search engine.
Chairman: 'We're Going to End Up Breaking the Internet'. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
warned Wednesday that the Internet will soon undergo massive upheaval if governments refuse to alter
the way they spy on other countries. Speaking at an event in California hosted by Sen. Ron Wyden,
Schmidt said the Internet will splinter into walled-off fragments unless digital surveillance
practices of the National Security Agency and foreign intelligence agencies are reformed.
Climate Name-Calling. Eric Schmidt always seemed a decent guy but we never had reason
to ask if he was especially brave. Then came his long interview on a Washington radio show late
last month, the closing minutes of which featured a caller's inquiry whether Google was still
"supporting ALEC, which is that fund lobbyist in D.C. that are funding climate change deniers."
'America' Filmmakers Demand to Know Why
Google is Getting Their Search Results Wrong. Lawyers representing Dinesh D'Souza's newest film, America, have fired
off a letter to Google demanding that the search engine correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to figure
out where the movie is playing. The letter claims that Google has been confusing America with 2016: Obama's America,
which was D'Souza's first movie and has been out of theaters for two years, while Lionsgate released America on July 2 and
it is currently playing in about 1,100 theaters nationwide.
How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy
a Business at Will. [Scroll down] Only later did [Rene] Bertagna come to suspect that he was the
victim of a gaping vulnerability that made his Google listings open to manipulation. He was
alerted to that possibility when one of his regulars phoned the restaurant. "A customer called me
and said, 'Why are you closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday? What's going on?'" Bertagna says.
It turned out that Google Places, the search giant's vast business directory, was misreporting the Serbian
Crown's hours. Anyone Googling Serbian Crown, or plugging it into Google Maps, was told
incorrectly that the restaurant was closed on the weekends, Bertagna says. For a destination
restaurant with no walk-in traffic, that was a fatal problem.
wraps its trans-Pacific fiber cables in Kevlar to prevent against shark attacks. The
issue of sharks attacking underwater cables dates back decades. In 1989 the New York Times
reported instances of sharks showing an "inexplicable taste" for the then-new fiber optic cables
that lay between the U.S. and Europe. Last week at a Google Cloud Roadshow event in Boston Dan
Belcher, a product manager on the Google cloud team in an opening keynote said that Google goes to
great lengths to protect its infrastructure, including wrapping its trans-Pacific underwater cables
in Kevlar to prevent against shark attacks, he said. Google did not respond to a request for
Buying Satellite Maker Skybox For $500M. Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal
that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to
take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.
Google Plans Advertising
on Appliances, Including Nest Thermostat. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange
Commission, Google announced plans to place targeted ads on Google-controlled appliances. Google
wrote that "a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on
refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities."
The proposal raises significant privacy concerns for the "Internet of Things."
Court rejects appeal by Google over Street View data collection. In March 2013,
Google agreed to pay a $7-million fine for collecting personal data from millions of unsecured
wireless networks while operating its Street View fleet. The fine settled an investigation of the
data collection by 38 states and the District of Columbia. As part of that agreement, Google
promised to educate employees about the privacy of consumer data and sponsor a public service
campaign to teach people how to secure their wireless networks. Google also agreed to destroy the
data it collected. Google said its executives were not aware the Street View vehicles were
collecting other data, Connecticut Atty. Gen. George Jepsen said in a statement at the time.
Introduces Driverless Prototype Cars It Designed. Google Inc. has designed its own
self-driving vehicles that transport passengers at the push of a button as it aims to spread the
new automotive technology, co-founder Sergey Brin said. [...] The vehicles will initially have a
top speed of 25 miles per hour and won't have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake
pedal, the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post.
The Editor says...
A car with a top speed of 25 mph would be a public nuisance on almost any street. If you take
such a car out on the freeway, you could easily get somebody killed. What is to be gained from
Google Honors Rachel Carson, Who Helped Cause the Death
of up to 50 Million People. Yesterday Google barely acknowledged Memorial Day, with a
tiny little flag that contrasted sharply against the sea of flags on display on Bing's homepage.
But today is a holiday the Google people can get behind. It's Rachel Carson's birthday.
Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies. Just down the road from Google's main campus
here, engineers for the company are accelerating what has become the newest arms race in modern
technology: They are making it far more difficult — and far more expensive —
for the National Security Agency and the intelligence arms of other governments around the world to
pierce their systems. As fast as it can, Google is sealing up cracks in its systems that Edward J.
Snowden revealed the N.S.A. had brilliantly exploited.
Tells Conservative News Website to Take a Hike. The Conservative oriented website dedicated to aggregating news from
around the world-wide-interwebs, Weasel Zippers, has just lost its primary funding source because... Well... It's kinda hard to
say. According to the site, Google AdSense (an add [sic] generator produced by the infamously liberal corporation in Silicon
Google, the conservative news site has failed to produce an adequate amount of "original content" to continue utilizing the
internet advertising tool provided by Google. Of course, the claim seems mildly curious given the fact that news aggregators
around the world use AdSense for their primary, or supplemental, income.
Court: Google Must Yield on Personal Info. Europe's highest court Tuesday [5/13/2014]
gave people the means to scrub their reputations online, issuing a landmark ruling that experts say
could force Google and other search engines to delete references to old debts, long-ago arrests and
other unflattering episodes.
Does Google Have to be Berated into Recognizing Memorial Day? After making a
concession for a few years by running a small flag and yellow ribbon picture below its search bar,
the search engine giant which has a monopoly on conventional search went back to ignoring Memorial
Day. After protests mounted, the flag and ribbon were grudgingly restored. However unlike their
pictures for every other event, there is no link to "Memorial Day" meaning that if you know, you
know. If you don't, Google isn't about to inform you.
Something wrong with that?
Tycoon Accuses Google of Trying to Create a 'Digital Superstate'. One of Europe's most powerful media
tycoons has accused Google of seeking to create a digital 'superstate' outside the control of national regulators
and privacy laws. Mathias Döpfner, head of the giant German multi-media company Axel Springer, says Wir
haben Angst vor Google: "We are afraid of Google." "I have to say so clearly and honestly because
hardly any of my colleagues dares to do so publicly."
Google: the unelected superpower. Researchers
at Princeton and Northwestern universities have pored over 1,800 US policies and concluded that America
is an oligarchy. Instead of looking out for the majority of the country's citizens, the US
government is ruled by the interests of the rich and the powerful, they found. No great surprises
there, then. But the government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be
rigourously examined. Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is
aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check. It has cosied up to governments around
the world so effectively that its chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a White House advisor.
Launches Delivery Service in LA & NYC. Google is launching a same-day delivery service
called Google Shopping Express in both Los Angeles and New York City. Customers will be able to
order items from retailers like Costco, Walgreen and Target and it will arrive in a selected delivery window.
Ordered to Remove anti-Islamic Film from YouTube. A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday [2/26/2014] ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube
video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google's assertion that the removal of the film "Innocence of Muslims" amounted to a prior
restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.
Is Having Trouble Trying to Trademark the Word 'Glass'. Google is trying to register the
word "Glass" as a trademark for its computer-powered glasses. But so far, the company and the U.S.
trademark office aren't seeing eye to eye. Google, which has successfully trademarked the term "Google
Glass," submitted an application last year for a trademark on just the single word "Glass," displayed with
the same futuristic font used in its marketing campaign. But the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
is holding up the company's bid.
Google Maps marks Crimea as Russia... but only in
Russia. Crimea is now part of Russia, according to the Russian version of Google's map service.
The change was made to reflect in the latest update and did not affect how the online giant presents the peninsula
to the rest of the world.
uses Google cookies to track targets,' reveals latest Snowden leak. The National Security Agency has been accused of using
Google cookies to pinpoint targets the government wants to hack. In a NSA presentation slide released by Edward Snowden and seen by the
Washington Post, the agency appeared to be using internet tracking techniques usually used by advertisers.
The Tweetable Guide To Media Myths And Left-wing Violence. To this very day, if you type "John
Patrick Bedell" into Google, the very first autofill suggestion is "John Patrick Bedell tea party." That's not deliberate malice from Google. The
predictive search is based on how often a word or phrase was searched. In other words, folks were so desperate to find out if Bedell was a tea partier,
they taught Google to watch for it.
Google: Surge in pressure from
govts to delete chunks of the web. Today [12/19/2013], the advertising giant said that, in the first six months of 2013, it
received 3,846 demands from public officials to remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other pieces of content it hosts.
That's up 68 percent on the second half of 2012. And according to the web giant, which has just published its latest transparency
report, 93 requests focused on content that was critical of people in public office.
Nest and Makes a Giant Leap Into Your Home. The search juggernaut snapped up the maker of smart-thermostats and smart smoke
detectors for $3.2 billion. That's a lot of insight into your house.
Faux Outrage over NSA Spying. Google Inc. clearly does not have the coercive sovereign power that the NSA has. However,
the evidence shows that it has a similar spying habits, legal positions, and attitudes; and that it also has had a decade-long record of
cooperation with U.S. intelligence services.
IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers.
Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google Maps as part of their tool kit to audit taxpayers and organizations, The Daily Caller
has learned. A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS's examiners used photos of a property,
obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner's association.
wants to move into your Home: Giant plans to fit microphones in ceilings. Google is already heavily criticised for trying to
know almost everything about us, and now the firm wants to get inside our homes, literally. Engineering director Scott Huffman told
The Independent that in his vision of the future Google users would have microphones fitted inside their homes.
Google: Govt Requests for User Data Up 100+ Percent Since 2010.
Google today [11/14/2013] released its latest transparency report with details about government requests for user data, which the search giant said
have increased by more than 100 percent since it started releasing these reports in 2010. "This comes as usage of our services continues
to grow, but also as more governments have made requests than ever before," Google said in a blog post. "And these numbers only include the
requests we're allowed to publish."
private jets blow 100 million lbs CO2 into atmosphere with its government subsidized fuel. Google may tout itself as being a publicly
responsible, green fingered, all-things-good company that touts green technology, but the companies chief executives are not setting a good example
from on high. In fact, it would appear they're flying high whilst American taxpayers foot the bill. Despite lobbying the federal government
on environmental policy, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt have put 3.4 million miles on their private jets in recent years, polluting the
atmosphere with 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide according to The Blaze.
The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and Google is a private company, so I have no
problem with the company executives flying wherever they want. The objectionable angle to this story is that prosperous Google gets
a fuel subsidy from the taxpayers.
N.S.A. May Have Hit Internet Companies at a Weak
Spot. The recent revelation that the National Security Agency was able to eavesdrop on the communications of Google and Yahoo
users without breaking into either company's data centers sounded like something pulled from a Robert Ludlum spy thriller. How on
earth, the companies asked, did the N.S.A. get their data without their knowing about it? The most likely answer is a modern spin
on a century-old eavesdropping tradition.
Gmail scanning may violate federal
wiretapping laws, judge finds. A U.S. federal judge allowed a class-action suit against Google to proceed, saying the company's terms
of service are unclear when describing how it scans Gmail content in order to deliver advertisements. Google had filed a motion to dismiss the
suit, which alleges that the company intercepted and read email while in transit in order to deliver advertisements and create user profiles and
models since 2008. The plaintiffs alleged the company violated federal and state wiretapping laws.
Google's new plan for endorsement ads is all about your info. Google plans to launch new
product-endorsement ads incorporating photos, comments and names of its users, in a move to match the "social" ads pioneered by rival Facebook Inc that
is raising some privacy concerns. The changes, which Google announced in a revised terms of service policy on Friday [10/11/2013], set the stage for
Google to introduce "shared endorsements" ads on its sites as well as millions of other websites that are part of Google's display advertising network.
Google Sets Plan to Sell Users'
Endorsements. Those long-forgotten posts on social networks, from the pasta someone photographed to the rant about her dentist,
are forgotten no more. Social networks want to make them easier to find, and in some cases, to show them in ads.
snoops on your email. Microsoft has accused rival Google of using 'private information for profit' by snooping on people's emails. The
software giant has launched an advertising campaign warning people that Google reads every email sent by users, scanning for key words to target advertising.
A survey carried out by Microsoft found that 83 percent of people felt that this was an invasion of privacy, while 93 percent thought there should be
an 'opt out' option for Gmail users.
US won't let Microsoft,
Google reveal more data on FISA orders. Microsoft and Google have not been able to convince the Department of Justice (DOJ) to let
the tech companies reveal how many Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders they must comply with.
Google's Brin, Page lose
Pentagon fuel subsidy on private jets. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have lost a jet fuel perk, according to a new
report. Google and the Pentagon inked a deal, which started in 2007, that let Google purchase fuel for its entire fleet — seven
jets and two helicopters — at a discounted price from the US government, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Google Jet Fleet
Loses a Pentagon Fuel Perk. The agreement between the Google founders and the government, which started in 2007, ended Aug. 31
after officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — which sponsored the arrangement — opted not to
renew it, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password
in the world. If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the
Wi-Fi password. Considering how many Android devices there are, it is likely that Google can access most Wi-Fi passwords worldwide.
NSA disguised itself as Google to
spy, say reports. If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency — or its UK
counterpart — appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence.
Feds tell Web firms to turn
over user account passwords. The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according
to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to
an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user.
Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks,
Get a Visit from the Feds. Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame,
was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning [7/31/2013], six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists.
Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?
Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%.
Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% as Google services suffered a complete black-out, according to web analytics experts. The tech company
said all of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night. The reason for the
outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information when contacted by Sky News Online.
Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail.
Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and have
asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice.
Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more
face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks. Google. Apple. Facebook. Microsoft: they are the brands that want
the world to trust them with personal information, emails, photos, documents — yet they are now facing a battle to maintain
that trust after disclosures that the US government was given access to their customers' data online via the Prism programme operated by
the NSA. The companies involved — Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple —
vigorously deny giving the Obama administration backdoor access to users' internet information, but the potential damage to their brand
reputation has left the companies floundering for a way to respond.
wants to tell you more about the info spy agencies are seeking. Google is asking the Obama administration for permission
to disclose more information about requests it gets from national intelligence agencies for its users' emails and other online
communications. The technology giant made the request in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director
Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday [6/11/2013]. Google is trying to counteract damaging media reports that the company
allows the National Security Agency access to users' online communications.
Security-Enhanced Android: NSA Edition.
Tech giants listed as part of the National Security Agency's Prism spying program have gone to some lengths to convince the world they aren't in bed
with the U.S. government. Google has filed a request with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court asking permission to disclose
more information about the government's data requests. So there's a certain irony that NSA programmers are now refining code that Google has
approved for the company's mobile operating system, Android.
Department tries to force Google to hand over user data. A secret lawsuit in Manhattan filed last month asks judge to force
Google to cough up user data without a search warrant. A different court has already ruled that the process is unconstitutional.
Apple, Google Deny Giving NSA 'Back
Door' Access To Systems, Claim 'Never Heard Of PRISM'. In light of revelations about the top secret PRISM program used by the FBI and NSA to mine data
from users of nine of the largest American Internet companies, two of those companies are now denying any cooperation with the government on such a program.
Spokespeople for both Apple and Google have released statements that indicate if the government is obtaining data from their systems it is doing it without the
does anyone find time to do any work at Google HQ? With two swim-in wave pools, arcade games littering public spaces
and free gourmet food on offer, it isn't hard to see why a job at Google is so sought after. The internet giant allegedly
receives a resume every 25 seconds from eager job-seekers, and is expected to be deluged with 40,000-plus candidates wanting
How can Google (or anyone) prove something is not happening in the
super-secret NSA, or prove that the NSA can't do something extraordinary?
Google to DOJ: Let us prove to users that NSA isn't snooping on them. There is a "serious misperception"
about the National Security Agency's PRISM program, Google chief legal officer David Drummond said in an exclusive
interview with Fox News. On Tuesday [6/11/2013] the company pushed back against the layers of secrecy surrounding
the agency's alleged blanket snooping on American citizens. "We were as shocked about those revelations as anyone,"
Drummond told Fox News, in an interview with Fox News' Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge.
denies racial profiling via Gmail. Last year, a tech writer in the US launched an experiment to see if Google was
racially profiling users of its popular email service, Gmail. The experiment involved using totally clean email addresses
which had racially charged names, sending particular emails with common titles (e.g. "I Need Cash") and then looking closely at the ads
which each of different ethnicities were served. The experiment unearthed compelling evidence that Google's email service would
give radically different advertising to different people, based on them having an ethnic name.
Brazilian newspapers pull out of Google News. Newspapers accounting
for 90% of the circulation in Brazil have abandoned Google News. Brazil's National Association of Newspapers says all 154 members had
followed its recommendation to ban the search engine aggregator from using their content. The papers say Google News refused to pay for
content and was driving traffic away from their websites.
Requests for Google E-Mail Data in 2012, Most Without a Warrant. American government agencies — state,
local, and federal — made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google's
Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google. The total
number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first
year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes because government agencies request information on multiple
users or accounts at the same time.
engineers knew for TWO YEARS that the company's Street View cars were stealing emails and passwords via wi-fi. The
engineer behind Google's plot to steal personal information using the comapny's [sic] wi-fi cars shared his plot with others at
the company. Other engineers and at least one senior manager knew that the camera cars of their Street View project were
retrieving and storing data from private wi-fi networks. [...] The Los Angeles Times published the report in full, which was the
result of a 17-month long investigation by the FCC.
Google releases FCC report on Street View
probe. Google has released the full report of the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into the data it
collected and stored from millions of unknowing households across the nation while operating specially equipped cars for its Street
View service. The search giant released the report, which had had heavily redacted passages, after wrangling with the FCC over
which details could be publicly revealed.
FTC ramps up its probe of Google.
Escalating an antitrust investigation of Google Inc.'ssearch business, the Federal Trade Commission has hired an outside lawyer to
lead the probe and perhaps take the case to court.
Fortune Teller Used Google to Speak to the
Dead. Two of Romania's top fortune tellers have been exposed as fraudsters who used Google instead of a crystal ball to gather information on their clients
and trick them into parting with tens of thousands of pounds.
The Mounting Minuses at Google+.
It turns out Google+ is a virtual ghost town compared with the site of rival Facebook Inc., which is preparing for a massive initial
public offering. New data from research firm comScore Inc. shows that Google+ users are signing up — but then not
doing much there.
the tables on Big Brother. Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has unveiled a new add-on for the popular
web browser that gives web users an instant view of which companies are 'watching' them as they browse.
even more data for Google's $28 billion advertising business — despite concerns that the massive
harvesting of private data might be illegal in many countries.
Management Doesn't Use Google+. So how about Google CEO Larry Page? It's been over 3 months
since Google+ launched, and he's only made 7 public posts, including just one since mid-August.
Turns out that's still 7 more posts than Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has ever made. Since
Google+ launched, Mr. Schmidt has found time to retweet Ivanka Trump's promotion of "Snow Flower & The Secret
Fan", but apparently couldn't find time to even join Google+.
FCC fines Google $25,000
over Street View probe. The Federal Communications Commission has fined Google $25,000, saying the online search leader impeded
an investigation into how it collected data while taking photos for its "Street View" mapping feature.
Guru More Concerned Over Climate Change Than Internet Takedown. When asked his thoughts about
presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's concerns over electromagnetic pulses, Eric Schmidt, RHW executive chairman
of Google Inc. and member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, replied that he is
more concerned about climate change.
Big Problem They Don't Want You To Know About: Last week, [Google CEO Larry Page] crowed triumphantly
that Google+ had hit 90 million users with 60% engaging daily. Again, the problem is that Larry didn't
define his terms. If I'm forced to sign up for + as part of registering for Gmail, YouTube or search, should
that count as a registration? And if I then do a search or check my Gmail, should I be counted as engaging
with +? It's laughable.
Brock: Self-Styled Martyr of the Radical Totalitarian Left. It was a big photo in Esquire magazine,
accompanying Brock's "coming out" tell-all as a liberal. But try Googling it. It's nowhere to be found.
Now, Google is an amazing beast. There are pages and pages of image results for public figures, delving deep into the
embarrassing recesses of the past. But somehow the self-proclaimed political assassin's most embarrassing and telling
photo spread, from his most important article, conspicuously went missing. You might call it a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.
Google gives up on saving the
world from cheap coal energy. Google has announced that it's abandoning its plans to save the
planet by making renewable energy cheaper than coal. ... When the project was announced back in 2007, Google
was promising to spend tens of millions of dollars on making cleaner energy cheaper than traditional coal.
The truth about the Google-Motorola Deal.
Google deserves credit for a big, bold move. But let's be real: This deal could end up being
Caught with Hand in Cookie Jar. Google has been fined an incredible $500 million by the
Department of Justice for knowingly and illegally assisting Canadian pharmacies illegally importing drugs
into the United States.
turns right; starts donating to Republicans. It's long been the left-leaning search engine that
believed in supporting the Democrats and ignoring the right-wingers. But now Google is entering a
'bipartisan phase' as it recruits Republican operatives and donates to GOP groups, reported the Huffington
The Editor says...
This can only mean one thing: The forecasters at Google believe that the Republican nominee will win the
2012 election, and they're positioning the company to win the favor of the next administration.
Search Engine Has Apparently Decided Mitt Romney Can't Win. One of the most sought after secrets
of the 21st century is the inner-workings of Google's search algorithm. The company keeps it incredibly
private so that no one can discover how to game it and online searching will remain fair for all. However,
sometimes the algorithms mysterious process leads to some interesting quirks, especially when it helpfully tries
to fix what it views as users' typos.
Said to Be Possible Target of Antitrust Probe by FTC. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is
considering a broad antitrust investigation into Google Inc.'s dominance of the Internet-search industry,
two people familiar with the matter said. Before proceeding with any probe, the FTC is awaiting a
decision by the Justice Department on whether it will challenge Google's planned acquisition of ITA
Software Inc. as a threat to competition in the travel-information search business, said the people, who
spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is still confidential.
Into Global Warming Debate. Google is diving headfirst into the climate-change debate with
a "21 Club" of hand-picked experts that the search engine giant hopes will drive the conversation —
and guide investments — in climate change. But it's a discussion that even the club's members say
is meant to be one-sided. "If Google included people who challenged that debate, they would be wrong to
do so," said Matthew Nisbet, an associate professor for the School of Communication at American University
and one of the 21 Google Science Communication Fellows.
Google. Google Inc.'s "Don't Be Evil" slogan is seductive but misleading. It is the lowest
business ethics standard ever devised, excusing everything Google does short of evil. Google isn't
evil — but neither is it ethical.
View cars grabbed locations of phones, PCs. Google's Street View cars collected the
locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world, a practice
that raises novel privacy concerns, CNET has confirmed. The cars were supposed to collect the
locations of Wi-Fi access points. But Google also recorded the street addresses and unique
identifiers of computers and other devices using those wireless networks and then made the data
publicly available through Google.com until a few weeks ago.
and Motorola: Concentrating Attention on Concentrated Power. A company that becomes a
monopolist — even one that becomes a monopolist honestly, by providing consumers with a decidedly
superior service — finds itself relatively unconstrained. Neither effective competition nor
electoral realities can punish it, at least in the short term.
Google's Street View cars took emails and passwords from computers. Google was accused of spying on
households yesterday after it admitted secretly copying passwords and private emails from home computers.
The internet search giant was forced to confess it had downloaded personal data during its controversial Street
View project, when it photographed virtually every street in Britain.
Beck Declares He Won't Use Google Unless He Has To. This past week, as Glenn Beck railed
against Google employees Wael Ghonim and Jared Cohen, many wondered if he was setting up to declare a
boycott against the company. Tonight [2/16/2011], he clarified his statements. He doesn't want to call a
boycott. He just doesn't trust them, has decided he won't use their products unless he has to, and
thinks his viewers should look into them (not using Google, of course).
The Dirty Little Secrets of Search.
With more than 1,100 stores and $17.8 billion in total revenue in 2010, J.C. Penney is certainly a
major player in American retailing. But Google's stated goal is to sift through every corner of the
Internet and find the most important, relevant Web sites. Does the collective wisdom of the Web really
say that Penney has the most essential site when it comes to dresses? And bedding? And area
rugs? And dozens of other words and phrases?
Daily Kos' AstroTurf Program to Manipulate Google and Trash GOP Candidates. There is more than
one way to manipulate the public, and the progressive movement has turned it into an art form. Less than
one week after their AstroTurf rally in Washington DC, where unions and socialist organizations foot the bill
to bus people to the nation's capital city, the Daily Kos has developed a new AstroTurf program with the
objective to use Google to trash Republican Candidates.
Try to Rig Google. In accord with the elevated tone set by the founder, the Daily Kos openly
urges readers to rig Google rankings of articles, in order to make the most damaging material about Republican
candidates appear prominently when their names are searched.
Beware the Google Bomb.
Old-fashioned get-out-the-vote efforts are fine, says Daily Kos, but tech-savvy smear campaigns are a lot more
fun. The liberal blog is inviting its readers to "make a big difference in 2010" by taking part in a "very
different, but still very important, form of election activism." It's called grassroots-based search-engine
optimization, or Grassroots SEO. It's also known as Googlebombing, and the goal is to try to influence
undecided voters by overloading search-engine results with negative news articles about Republican candidates
in competitive districts.
Google's dangerous mission.
By purposely storing all of the world's information in one place, putting everyone's eggs in one basket,
Google exposes Internet users, content producers and even governments to huge and unnecessary risks. The
utopian vision behind Google's mission — that all information (including private property) should be
centralized in the hands of one unaccountable entity — can only lead to a series of disasters and
Raises Eyebrows With New Gay-Only Employee Benefit. A new Google policy is raising some
eyebrows after the company revealed it will be compensating employees for taxes paid on domestic
partners' health benefits — but only if they're gay.
The Google Algorithm. When
Google was a pure search engine, it was easy to appear agnostic about search results, with no reason to play
favorites with one Web site or another. But as Google has branched out into online services from maps
and videos to comparison shopping, it has acquired pecuniary incentives to favor its own over rivals.
The Tyranny of Google.
In an astonishing interview with The Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, has outlined what
he believes will be the future of web searches. His vision is nothing less than the etiolation of free will
by, and the surrender of individual autonomy to, the all-knowing, all-seeing priestly class at Google.
Hard-Coding Bias in Google "Algorithmic" Search Results.
I present categories of searches for which available evidence indicates Google has "hard-coded" its own links to appear
at the top of algorithmic search results, and I offer a methodology for detecting certain kinds of tampering by comparing
Google results for similar searches.
The Editor says...
The author of the article immediately above freely admits that he serves "as a consultant to various companies that compete
The Tax Haven That's Saving
Google Billions. The heart of Google's international operations is a silvery glass office building
in central Dublin, a block from the city's Grand Canal. In 2009 the office, which houses roughly 2,000 Google
employees, was credited with 88 percent of the search juggernaut's $12.5 billion in sales outside the
U.S. Most of the profits, however, went to the tax haven of Bermuda.
Data Heist? Google has built an empire by collecting, storing and using the personal data of their
users. Every email sent through Gmail; every document created with GoogleDocs; every purchase made with
Google Wallet; every thing users do is stored on Google's servers and used for whatever marketing purpose the
company sees fit.
Google money engine for Democrats only. With the Internet's
No. 1 search engine under fire for playing political favorites with content, a search of Google's political
contributions as recorded by the Federal Elections Commission shows a staggering $463,500 went to Democrats in the
last three election cycles with a paltry $5,000 going to Republicans.
Google Battles Charges Of Search Bias.
[Scroll down] Some regulators already believe that Google has behaved in an anticompetitive fashion: European
regulators are in the midst of an antitrust inquiry into Google's search business. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission
is doing likewise. The Texas Attorney General is also looking into Google's search business practices, and other
state-level investigations may be in the works. At the hearing, skepticism about Google was well represented.
Google gins search formula to favor its own
services. A noted Google-watcher has assembled a convincing argument that the site's search results highly
favor Google-owned services, despite repeated company claims that they are algorithmically generated and never manipulated.
Harvard professor Ben Edelman and colleague Benjamin Lockwood found that Google's algorithm links to Gmail, YouTube, and
other house brands three times more often than other search engines. Search terms such as "mail", "email", "maps",
or "video" all yield top results featuring Google's services, they found.
Google Bias: Time For A Conservative Search Engine? [Scroll
down] There is another bias out there that gets much less attention, and that is the apparent bias toward liberal
subject matter built in to the Google search engine. I encountered it while I was gathering information for the
previous post. This isn't the first time I had noticed it.
Is Google Purging Conservative News Sites? Something
frighteningly ominous has been happening on the Internet lately: Google, without any prior explanation or notice,
has been terminating its News relationship with conservative e-zines and web journals. At first blush, one can easily
ignore such business decisions by the most powerful company on the Internet as being routine. However, on closer examination,
such behavior could give one relatively small technological corporation (when measured by the size of its workforce) a
degree of political might that frankly dwarfs its current financial prowess.
YouTube, Google, and the Liberal
Bias Virus. Five months ago, the Internet's top search engine Google was accused of banning conservative
websites from its news crawl. Last week, the e-behemoth offered to purchase YouTube, the preeminent provider of
videos over the Web that has recently been implicated in censorship of its own. With their pending merger, serious
questions arise about the future of the most powerful telecommunications medium on the landscape, and who if anyone is
trying to control its content.
evidence of Google search bias. Does Google anti-competitively leverage its dominance in search to disadvantage
its competitors, including Google's media competitors? New evidence suggests yes.
Launches Campaign to Force Global Tolerance of Homosexuality. One of the most powerful and ubiquitous online entities in the
world is using its influence to try to force tolerance of homosexuality on the entire world. Google, which in June banned guns and
ammunition from its online shopping site as unsafe for families, announced the launch of its "Legalize Love" campaign July 7 to
pressure countries that either do not recognize "gay rights" or outlaw homosexual behavior altogether to change their laws. In its
rollout of the project, the Fortune 500 company attempted to frame its crusade as an attempt to promote safer conditions for
homosexuals in countries where Google has offices.
Shopping Site Bans Guns, Ammo as Unsafe for Families. Google has announced a ban on firearms, ammunition, and
other items its censors deem to be unsafe from its new Google Shopping site, initiated in early June. While most major
U.S. news organs appeared to have missed or ignored the announcement, which Google made in late May, foreign newspapers were
all over it.
Is Google Showing
Political Bias with Search Results? There are people who think Google is incorporating political bias
into search results. As examples they use misspellings of George Bush and Barack Obama. Are the results of
misspelled queries really something Google would take the time to specifically alter to inject their political beliefs
Google has a whopping 7,100 people working on Maps alone. Business
Insider reports that Google has roughly 7,100 people who are working on its maps application, including 1,100 full-time employees and
6,000 contractors who combine to work as "street view drivers, people flying planes, people drawing maps, people correcting listings, and people
building new products."
Someone In Detroit Pointed
A Gun At A Google Street View Car. Google captures its Street View images by literally driving a camera-equipped car down
the road while snapping photos. As such, the company tends to capture some weird images. [One image], captured by a Google car
in Detroit, clearly shows a group of people hanging out on a porch brandishing a gun. Another image clearly shows one of them taking
aim at the Google car.
The Editor says...
Yes, and if you drive through that neighborhood, they'll point a gun at you, too.
Can Google be trusted? Google got slapped with a
record $22.5 million fine Thursday [8/9/2012] for breaking a promise to stop snooping on its users — shocking
news to the average Internet user. But regulators across the globe weren't surprised because this isn't the first time the
search giant has been dinged for failing to keep up its end of the bargain with government enforcers.
fines Google $22.5 million for privacy violations. The US Federal Trade Commission fined Google $22.5 million for
violating the privacy of people who used rival Apple's Safari web browser even after pledging not to do so.
Gmail suffers international failure.
The problems struck just before 5pm GMT and appeared to affect Gmail users everywhere. Google's apps status dashboard, which tracks the
availability of its web services, did not register the outage for half an hour.
Revenues Sheltered in No-Tax Bermuda Soar to $10 Billion. Google Inc. avoided about $2 billion in worldwide income
taxes in 2011 by shifting $9.8 billion in revenues into a Bermuda shell company, almost double the total from three years before,
filings show. By legally funneling profits from overseas subsidiaries into Bermuda, which doesn't have a corporate income tax,
Google cut its overall tax rate almost in half.
Google's Eric Schmidt join the Obama administration? Schmidt's big role in the Obama re-election campaign, Google's
$1.9 million donation to Democrats during the race, and Washington's efforts to quiet a looming Federal Trade Commission
investigation into Google are key signs that the president wants Schmidt in his cabinet, insiders believe.
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Eric Schmidt declines Obama
cabinet post. Google chairman Eric Schmidt has publicly declined to join the Obama administration in the new year after a
rumoured offer for the post of Treasury Secretary.
News Reporter James Rosen's Private Emails Given To Justice Dept. By Google. As a result of Fox News Channel's State
Department reporter James Rosen's 2009 investigation into the government's response to North Korea's repeated provocations, it was
reported on Monday [5/20/2013] that the Department of Justice tracked Rosen's movements as well as subpoenaed telephone and email records.
According to the DoJ's subpoena, Google surrendered Rosen's emails, who is described as "an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator,"
to the government.
Google honors Cesar Chavez on Easter.
On Easter Sunday, Google is honoring the birthday of the late labor organizer Cesar Chavez by placing a Chavez portrait within the middle
"o" of the Google logo that appears on the homepage of the popular search engine. While Google frequently decorates its logo to
celebrate various holidays and special events, it is unclear why the company chose specifically to honor Chavez's birthday, instead of
Christian Soldiers Google's Smirking War on You. Hundreds of millions of Christians received the clearly intended message that
Google doesn't deign to wish them well on their sacred day. It would rather honor a liberal labor icon.
Are So Afraid Of Google Now": Here's Why. Google, pardon Alphabet's efforts to influence the American
political discourse (not to mention presidential election outcome) stretch far beyond the company's penchant for subtly
disadvantaging independent and conservative thinkers on platforms like YouTube. By financially supporting left-leaning
policy shops, Google's parent company has helped raise a liberal army intent on hashing out policy minutiae to help bend US
policy to their benefactors' advantage. But what happens when these supposedly "independent" think tanks publish
something that displeases their corporate master? As one researcher at the left-leaning New America think tank learned,
the punishment is swift and severe.
Goes From Left-Wing Hero To Goat Overnight. Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the left was cheering Google
for firing an employee who dared to question the company's liberal orthodoxy? Now the company is getting battered by
the same crowd for allegedly causing a critic to be fired from a think tank.
Issues Ultimatum to Conservative Website: Remove 'Hateful' Article or Lose Ad Revenue. On Tuesday evening
[8/29/2017], Google sent a conservative website an ultimatum: remove one of your articles, or lose the ability to make ad
revenue on your website. The website was strong-armed into removing the content, and then warned that the page was
"just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website." "Yesterday morning, we received
a very bizarre letter from Google issuing us an ultimatum," Shane Trejo, media relations director of the Republican Liberty
Caucus of Michigan, wrote on The Liberty Conservative. "Either we were to remove a particular article or see all of our
ad revenues choked off in an instant. This is the newest method that Big Brother is using to enforce thought control."
Google bends over backwards to avoid offending Muslims
Google News severs
ties with sites that criticize radical Islam. Newsbusters says it has observed a pattern of
intolerance toward conservative sites that deal with radical Islam and terrorism.
Google dumps news sites that
criticize radical Islam. Search engine giant Google has cut off its news relationship with
a number of online news publications that include frank discussions of radical Islam — the New Media
Journal becoming the latest termination, as its owner just discovered.
Google News Re-Defines
"Hate-Speech". When conservative news sites recently ran well researched and
fundamentally factual news stories about Jihadists seeking to further harm innocent Americans,
Google deemed those articles and the sites that ran them "hate speech" and is working to remove
them from the search results.
Search Engine Index. Google News and Google Search Engine are on a campaign of political
correctness that sees them denying access to their service to any website — be it news, opinion or
a hybrid of both — that dares to address the subject of radical Islam. This sets a dangerous
precedent. What will the next subject be that serves as a catalyst for Google to promote their unique
brand of corporate censorship?
The Editor says...
I invite the people at Google to remove any and all references to this web page from their search
engines, if they so desire. In operating and maintaining this web site, my goal is not to have
it become the most popular web site ever, but to be the most beneficial to those in search of the
truth. This page is here for the purpose of shining light on the evils of Islamic terrorism and
the transparent lie that "Islam is a religion of peace." The use of the term "hate speech" to
describe such criticism is a pernicious attempt to stifle the exchange of conflicting ideas.
When you use a search engine, you should expect it to produce links to a variety of web pages, including
some that contain statements with which you disagree. The decision to agree or disagree — to visit
or not to visit those sites — should be yours, not Google's. The term "hate speech", as I understand
it, is the use of dishonest verbal or written statements intended to be deliberately offensive or to
incite violence against a group of people merely because of race or religion. That is not the
purpose of this page.
One has to wonder if Google is equally vigorous in censoring "hate speech" critical of Christians
Google News Re-Defines
"Hate-Speech". The "new media" namely talk radio, TV punditry and the Internet, provide a vital
opportunity for the people to bypass the establishment press, search for and research their own facts and
develop their own individual opinions on the basis of truly independent information sharing.
Anti-Google Search Engine Index. A lengthy list of search engines that have one thing
in common: They aren't Google. There are almost 200 search engines — some better than others, of course.
The Race for the American Mind: It
doesn't take the prescience of Nostradamus to project into the future. If political correctness continues
to capture minds and hearts, the pressure — both governmental and social — to call
truth "hate speech" and censor it will continue to grow. What happens when search engines
not only purge traditionalist dissent from their news services, but also their search results?
Somewhat related ...
Journalist Who Exposes U.N. Corruption
Disappears From Google. How big do you have to be to earn the wrath of the United Nations and
Internet giant Google? If you're journalist Matthew Lee, all it takes are some critical articles and a
scrappy little Web site. Lee is the editor-in-chief, Webmaster and pretty much the only reporter for
Inner City Press, a pint-sized Internet news operation that's taken on Goliath-sized entities like Citigroup
I see a pattern developing here.
Angry Christians sue
Google over internet ad. Websites selling knuckle-dusters and ouija boards, as well as dating
sites designed for married people who want to have affairs, are advertised on Google. But the company
turned down the non-denominational Christian charity that wanted to pay Google so that whenever the word
"abortion" was typed in, its link would appear on the right hand side of the screen.
Apparently "knuckle-duster" is Australian slang for what we call "brass knuckles."
Earth: A New Platform for Anti-Israel Propaganda. Those wishing to explore Israel in
Google Earth are immediately taken to a politically motivated narrative unrelated to their quest. Google
should remove the narrative and treat Israel as it treats every other country on the globe. The core
layer of Google Earth should be ideology free and not serve as a platform for indoctrination or a campaign to
wipe Israel off the virtual map.
Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform. It looks like Google has officially joined the
Barack Obama campaign and decided that its contribution would be to shut down any blog on the Google owned
Blogspot.com blogging system that has an anti-Obama message.
Anti-Obama Bloggers Question Why Google Froze
Their Accounts. Some bloggers opposed to Barack Obama say they suspect Obama's
supporters — with the assistance of Google — may have tried to censor them when
the Internet giant froze their Web sites for five days last month.
What's Islam? Don't
Ask Google. Google's search engine returns common results to most queries as you type.
But the "don't be evil" company appears to be censoring its results when it comes to Islam.
Google jihad. Google
isn't carrying water for jihad. That's what the company says, and they're sticking to it.
Still, many Internet surfers wonder: Is there something bad about Islam the Google search engine doesn't
want you to know? Google has been accused of pandering to Muslims by censoring negative search
suggestions in its main search box. Type "Christianity is" in the search bar, and Google suggests
helpful endings to your query, such as "not a religion," "a lie," "a cult," and so on.
Google Goes Jihad.
Google, the Internet's ubiquitous search engine, is under fire this week for censoring negative search results
about Islam. ... Google, however, says it was all a mistake, and denies have done anything to favor Islam.
"This is a bug," insisted a Google spokesman, "and we're working to fix it as quickly as we can." Oddly
enough, however, even with all of Google's technical savvy, this "bug" persisted for days and continues
as of this writing...
Google blocks YouTube clip in Egypt and Libya; keeps it online. YouTube, the video
website owned by Google Inc, said on Wednesday [9/12/2012] it would not remove a film clip mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
that has been blamed for anti-U.S. protests in Egypt and Libya, but it has blocked access to it in those countries. The
clip, based on a longer film, depicts the prophet as a fraud and philanderer and has been blamed for sparking violence at
U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi.
Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.
Last week, we learned that the White House has been pressuring Google to censor a video about Muhammad because it has allegedly incited violence in
Libya. Google refused, but the very request is a useful reminder of the President's disdain for the democratic process and the principles of
free expression upon which it stands.
Denies White House Request to Censor Anti-Muhammed Film. Google stood up for artistic expression and to White House
pressure today [9/14/2012] when it rejected a request from the Obama administration to remove an online video that mocked Muhammed.
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