The world’s search engine, Google, could be taking a pretty big step towards expanding its business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant plans to acquire a new fleet of satellites that would expand internet access to unserved areas across globe — for a cost of over $1 billion. Continue reading
In a new internal report released exclusively to the NewsHour, Google reveals that women and minorities have been largely left behind in their tech workforce. The disclosure comes amid increasing pressure for Silicon Valley companies to disclose their records on diversity. Gwen Ifill talks to Google’s Laszlo Bock, Vivek Wadhwa of Stanford University and Telle Whitney of the Anita Borg Institute. Continue reading
In an industry that has been famously guarded about its workplace diversity, Google on Wednesday disclosed its record when it comes to hiring women, African-Americans and Hispanics. The data reveals statistics that the company itself admits are too low and strikingly below other industry averages. Women comprise just 17 percent of its global tech workforce, according to data Google published on its website and released exclusively to the PBS NewsHour. When it comes to leadership, women only account for 21 percent of the top positions in the company, which has a workforce of just under 50,000 people. Continue reading
Silicon Valley companies justify their dearth of women technologists by claiming that there just aren’t enough to go around. And employee data from Google released Wednesday prove that the technology behemoth is no different; only 17 percent of its technology positions are held by women. This is disappointing and there are no excuses for it. Luckily there are tried and true measures to recruit and keep quality women engineers. Continue reading
The European Union’s highest court has ruled against Google, upholding the “right to be forgotten” for Europeans on the Internet.
Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision means Google and other search engines must now remove links to personal data on Web pages published by third parties, if requested by an individual. And if they do not grant the request, individuals may now bring the matter before authorities in order to obtain the removal of links from the list of results. Continue reading
In a robotics lab at George Washington University, there’s a small-scale race track, complete with a loop-the-loop. A battery-powered car hurls itself around the room, flipping over jumps and around the vertical spiral. “They are really robust, so when a grad student destroys ten of them, it doesn’t cost very much,” says Gabe Sibley, the lab’s director. No one is driving the fearless little machine—it navigates the course all by itself. Continue reading
Major tech companies including Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel have settled a huge class action lawsuit alleging they colluded not to go after each others’ employees, effectively holding down salaries. Alison Stewart talks with Arik Hessedahl of Re/code about the economic and social tensions troubling Silicon Valley. Continue reading