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Nation Dec 03Google co-founders step down as executives from parent company, Alphabet
The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the world's…
Nation Oct 30Twitter bans all political advertisements
"While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Wednesday in…
Science Oct 23Google claims quantum computing milestone. IBM pushes back.
Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years.
Nation Sep 04How YouTube is tweaking what its kid viewers see
Starting early next year, anyone who uploads a video to YouTube will have to designate whether or not that video is directed at children.
Economy Sep 04YouTube fined $170 million for violating kids’ privacy law
The FTC has been investigating YouTube for the way it handles the data of kids under 13. Young children are protected by a federal law that requires parental consent before companies can collect and share their personal information.
Nation Aug 16Employees urge Google not to work with U.S. immigration agencies
More than 800 Google employees have signed the petition calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nation Aug 14Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio clips
Companies say the practice helps improve their services. But users aren't typically aware that humans and not just computers are reviewing audio.
Nation Jun 18Facebook plans to create its own currency for users
The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. But that move isn't likely…
World Mar 08Saudi app criticized for feature to control women’s travel
The Saudi government app implements existing law by including a setting where Saudi men can grant or deny their spouses, daughters and minor sons the ability to travel abroad.