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Alphabet’s Wing Lands ‘World-First’ Approval for Drone Deliveries of Food and Medicine in Australia

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing self-flying delivery drones in Australia for over a year. Read More >>

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Google Employees Call on Company to Kick Conservative Think Tank Head Off AI Ethics Board

Google announced the formation of a global council on technology ethics this week to some deserved trepidation. Sure, the company had amassed some highly qualified individuals to fill seats on this board—but Google’s track record of following its own internal ethics codes is less than spotless. Read More >>

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Accountants Hate Him: Man Admits to Tricking Google and Facebook in £92 Million Scam

A Lithuanian man faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting to his role in a scheme that bilked Google and Facebook out of $121 million (£92 million), Bloomberg reports. Read More >>

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Google Agreed to Pay Execs Accused of Sexual Harassment Over £100 Million

Following the revelations of a £70 million golden parachute to Andy Rubin, a former Google executive accused of sexually harassing a subordinate, a recently unsealed complaint shows the company approved a further £34 million send-off to Amit Singhal, the company’s former senior vice president. Read More >>

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Google to End Arbitration Agreements for Employees

After months of backlash, Google has reportedly agreed to end arbitration agreements in its employee contracts beginning 21 March. Read More >>

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On Second Thought, Be Evil

Google publicly supported tens of thousands of its employees walking out in November to protest working conditions, but weeks later the company pushed America's National Labor Relations Board to roll back a legal protection organisers relied on, Bloomberg reports. Read More >>

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Google Shareholders Sue Over Andy Rubin’s Reported £70 Million Golden Parachute

A bombshell report by the New York Times in October revealed that Google, like many companies, was willing to bury inconvenient sexual harassment complaints against its executives. In the case of Andy Rubin, a veteran associated deeply with the creation of the Android operating system, his fall from grace was reportedly eased by a $90 million (£70 million) golden parachute—something a number of Alphabet shareholders are now suing over. Read More >>

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Google Only Has to Respect Your ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ in the EU, Court Says

Google is not responsible for protecting people’s “right to be forgotten” in any countries outside of the European Union, according to a preliminary opinion from the European court of justice. Read More >>

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Google Claims It Wont Sell Face Recognition Tech – For Now

Google seems to be trying to distinguishing itself from the likes of Microsoft and Amazon with a recent statement claiming it will not sell its facial recognition technology until it figures out certain policy issues. Read More >>

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Google Employees Demand Company Kill Censored Chinese Search Product

Googlers have, over the past few months, been fighting for a louder voice and greater self-determination within a company that’s increasingly gone astray of its bare-minimum unofficial motto, “don’t be evil”—and more often than not, they’re winning. But there’s still one big fly in the ointment. Read More >>

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Alphabet Halts Project for Glucose-Sensing Smart Contact Lens

Alphabet has halted a project under its biotech division Verily that aimed to create smart contact lenses for people with diabetes. The ambitious, years-long endeavour aimed to measure glucose levels in tears using on-lens sensors. Read More >>

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Who’s Screwed, Who’s Not: The Tech Earnings Report Roundup

The unstoppable stock market has been experiencing some turmoil recently with the S&P 500 experiencing the most daily losses since 2008. Tariffs, interest rate hikes, and tech stocks are getting a lot of the blame from financial tea-readers. Here’s the good and the bad we saw from the earnings reports of the tech giants that showed their hands last week. Read More >>

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‘Thousands’ of Google Employees Expected to Walk Out Over Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases

“Thousands” of employees at Google offices around the world are expected to participate in a “women’s walk” protest today in response to the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and other tensions within the technology giant. Read More >>

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Waymo’s Automous Cars Are Coming to US Roads—Without Human Safety Operators

Drivers in the US state of California might want to watch out—Alphabet-owned autonomous vehicle firm Waymo won the right from the California DMV yesterday to deploy its cars to the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Palo Alto, without the characteristic human safety operators that have been a hallmark of AV testing. Read More >>

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Google Pledges $25 Million for ‘Good’ AI, Totally Isn’t Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff

Google has faced a lot of backlash since Gizmodo revealed in March that the company was helping the United States Department of Defense develop artificial intelligence that could be used to analyse drone footage as part of the Defense Department’s Project Maven. Internally, the program angered many Google employees and members of the AI community. Google ultimately decided against renewing its contract for Project Maven and released a set of principles to guide its use of AI. Read More >>