Google-related news and commentary:
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.
<-- glue -->
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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