It seems that Google Flu Trends, which launched to much hype in 2008, has been off the mark. Continue reading
Eight prominent American tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects personal data online. Judy Woodruff talks to Brad Smith of Microsoft about their call to limit the scope of government spying. Continue reading
Google’s secret about a large construction project in the San Francisco Bay may finally be out.
Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claim the NSA and its British counterpart tapped fiber-optic cables connected to Google and Yahoo data centers, gaining access to metadata from user accounts. Gwen Ifill talks to The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman about the legality of the NSA alleged actions. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it’s keeping short-term interest rates at a record low and continuing its stimulus efforts. Also, The Washington Post reported the NSA is routinely intercepting email traffic between Yahoo and Google data centers. Continue reading
In his first U.S. television interview since the latest news broke of the government’s surveillance program, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond told PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown on Tuesday that the company has given the U.S. government information on only a “tiny fraction” of its hundreds of millions of users. Continue reading
After news broke that companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo provided some user information to the PRISM surveillance program, the tech giants have started to grapple with how to comply with government orders while offering more transparency to users. Jeffrey Brown talks to Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond. Continue reading
Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen explore the intersection of technology and democracy in their new book, "The Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business." Judy Woodruff talks to the authors about the promise and pitfalls of the digital future. Continue reading