Alphabet’s Internet-Beaming Loon Balloons Now Providing Service in Kenya

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has deployed a fleet of internet-delivering, high-altitude balloons in Kenya, an initiative that the company’s CEO said will be “the first of many” future commercial deployments in other parts of the world. Read More >>

Alphabet May Be Buying Smart Glasses Startup North, But Don’t Expect New Google Glasses Any Time Soon

Tough times seem to keep rolling in for makers of augmented reality glasses. North, the Canadian startup behind the consumer-focused Focals by North smart glasses, is in the final stages of a $180 million (£146 million) sale to Alphabet, according to a Globe and Mail scoop. Read More >>

Alphabet’s Scrapping Its Smart City Dreams

For the past two years and change, Google’s smart-city-centric sister company Sidewalk Labs has put millions on the line to build what it called a model smart city in downtown Toronto, Canada. The planned neighbourhood, called “Quayside,” was supposed to be nothing short of utopic, boasting everything from affordable housing to its own power grid – but like most of the tech that Google touches, these perks came with a data-sucking price to be paid, sparking outcry and an eventual lawsuit from Canadian advocates worried about the smart city’s potential for surveillance. Read More >>

Google’s HR Chief to Step Down as Worker Tensions Intensify

Google’s VP of People Operations Eileen Naughton will be stepping down later this year. Naughton, who has been at the company for 13 years, became the company’s head of human resources back in 2016 and has since overseen the breakdown between management and rank-and-file employees. Read More >>

Alphabet’s Jigsaw Develops Tool to Help Journalists Identify Manipulated Imagery

The proliferation of doctored or misleading images that manage to spread like wildfire has required that newsrooms, fact-checkers, and journalists be especially wary of disinformation and targeted campaigns in various media. Jigsaw, an Alphabet-owned company, has announced a new tool aimed at helping journalists better identify when images and other media have been manipulated. Read More >>

Alphabet Finally Discloses Size of YouTube’s Ad Business: Over £11.5 Billion in 2019

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has disclosed how much YouTube’s advertising business rakes in for the first time, writing in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the streaming giant made just shy of $15.15 billion (£11.5 billion) in ad revenue in fiscal year 2019. It made some $4.79 billion (£3.7 billion) of it in Q4 2019 alone. Read More >>

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Alphabet CEO Sides With EU on Facial-Recognition Tech Moratorium, But Microsoft Isn’t Convinced

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently came out in support of a European Union proposal for instating a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology until officials beef up privacy regulations. Read More >>

Google Is Going to War Against Its Own Workers

At 19, Kathryn Spiers was hired on as one of the youngest Google platform security engineers in the company. Less than two years later, she’s been abruptly terminated for what she believes is her involvement in internal activism. Read More >>

Google Back Under Investigation Over Labour Practices

For a company associated with fast access to the sum total of human knowledge, Google is certainly struggling to retain even the broad strokes of US labour law. Read More >>

Everyman Sundar Pichai Picks Up Side Job as CEO of Alphabet

Like many people struggling just to stay afloat through stagnant wages in an uncertain economy, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced yesterday that he’s doing what so many of us have: getting a second job. Read More >>

Genius Sues Google for Allegedly Stealing Lyrics After Busting It With Hidden Code, ‘Red Handed’

Genius has filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the tech giant copied lyrics from its song-annotation platform. Read More >>

Fired Google Organisers Accuse Tech Giant of Acting Unlawfully

A rash and highly publicised personnel decision has put Google in the crosshairs of its own workers – and soon, the National Labor Relations Board, which may well find the company broke the law. Read More >>

Google Escalates Internal Crackdown, Firing Four Employees

An internal memo sent yesterday afternoon states that four Google staffers have been fired for “clear and repeated violations of our data security policies.” Read More >>

Google’s Secret Relationship With Union-Busting Firm Outed by Calendar Entries: Report

Following months of growing internal tension between workers and executives within Google, the tech juggernaut has hired a consulting firm known for fighting union activity, according to a report from the New York Times. Read More >>

1,000 Google Employees Are Sick of Their Bosses’ Half-Assed Climate Efforts

Google – a company headquartered on Earth – has not always been keen to cave to the demands of its increasingly vocal and organised staff. Nonetheless, 1,000 Googlers have now signed a letter seeking to force the company to reckon with its role in accelerating climate change, a thing that would seem to be a no-brainer. Read More >>