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Google Rolls Out New Internal Rules in an Effort to Fix Its Culture Google Rolls Out New Internal Rules in an Effort to Fix Its Culture

Google rolled out new workplace policies and guidelines for internal communication last week, a response to employees who have pressed the company for months to address their concerns over workplace harassment. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the changes in a company-wide email that stressed the company’s effort to…

'Machine Learning President' Designers Have No Idea How the Mercers Got Their Game 'Machine Learning President' Designers Have No Idea How the Mercers Got Their Game

When a group of about 40 players first tested out a live game called the Machine Learning President at a private event in San Francisco this February, they were unaware that the game would end up memorialized in the pages of The New Yorker.

Uber Driver in Fatal Tempe Crash May Have Been Watching The Voice Behind the Wheel Uber Driver in Fatal Tempe Crash May Have Been Watching The Voice Behind the Wheel

The crash of an Uber self-driving car that killed an Arizona woman in March was “entirely avoidable,” according to police reports released by the Tempe Police Department. Cellphone data obtained by police suggests that the Uber operator was also streaming an episode of reality show The Voice at the time of the fatal…

Amazon Workers Demand Jeff Bezos Cancel Face Recognition Contracts With Law Enforcement Amazon Workers Demand Jeff Bezos Cancel Face Recognition Contracts With Law Enforcement

Following employee protests at Google and Microsoft over government contracts, workers at Amazon are circulating an internal letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, asking him to stop selling the company’s Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement and to boot the data-mining firm Palantir from its cloud services.

Microsoft CEO Downplays ICE Contract in Email to Employees Microsoft CEO Downplays ICE Contract in Email to Employees

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella downplayed his company’s work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a company-wide email sent this evening, saying that Microsoft’s contract with ICE deals only with email, calendar, and messaging—not with separating children from their parents.

Microsoft Employees Pressure Leadership to Cancel ICE Contract Microsoft Employees Pressure Leadership to Cancel ICE Contract

Microsoft employees are putting pressure on their management to cancel a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of a backlash against the agency’s policy of separating children from their families at the U.S. border.

Google Backtracks, Says Its AI Will Not Be Used for Weapons or Surveillance Google Backtracks, Says Its AI Will Not Be Used for Weapons or Surveillance

Google is committing to not using artificial intelligence for weapons or surveillance after employees protested the company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage. However, Google says it will continue to work with the United States military…

Students Pledge to Refuse Job Interviews at Google in Protest of Pentagon Work Students Pledge to Refuse Job Interviews at Google in Protest of Pentagon Work

Google will not seek to renew its artificial intelligence contract with the Department of Defense after it expires next year, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene told employees last week. But despite the revelation that the contract has an end date, the pushback against it continues—within the company and externally.

Give Your Nudes to Facebook Give Your Nudes to Facebook

When Facebook expanded its pilot program to block revenge porn from being posted on its platforms last month, the blowback was swift. The program, which asks users to send in nude or partially nude images so they can be hashed and blocked, was called “creepy” and “controversial.”

Google Plans Not to Renew Its Contract for Project Maven, a Controversial Pentagon Drone AI Imaging Program Google Plans Not to Renew Its Contract for Project Maven, a Controversial Pentagon Drone AI Imaging Program

Google will not seek another contract for its controversial work providing artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense for analyzing drone footage after its current contract expires.

How to Download Your Data With All the Fancy New GDPR Tools How to Download Your Data With All the Fancy New GDPR Tools

The big new European data-privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is here, and it’s ushered in a host of changes to the way companies treat your personal information.

Alphabet Shareholders and Employees Want Executive Pay Linked to Diversity Goals Alphabet Shareholders and Employees Want Executive Pay Linked to Diversity Goals

A group of shareholders and several Google employees are teaming up to back a proposal that would tie executive compensation to the company’s ability to meet certain diversity goals. But Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is opposing the proposal, saying that linking executive pay to diversity metrics isn’t in the…

Facebook Won't Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore   Facebook Won't Force You to Use a Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication Anymore  

Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today.

Neuralink Is Funding Primate Research at the University of California Neuralink Is Funding Primate Research at the University of California

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s secretive startup dedicated to the development of brain-computer interfaces that could make it possible for people to communicate with computers using only their thoughts, is funding primate research at a California university, according to public records obtained by Gizmodo.

The Pentagon's Controversial Drone AI-Imaging Project Extends Beyond Google The Pentagon's Controversial Drone AI-Imaging Project Extends Beyond Google

Google has pressed forward with its effort to provide artificial intelligence solutions to the Department of Defense, despite an internal employee petition against the company’s involvement in a pilot program that analyzes drone footage using AI and the resignations of around a dozen employees who objected to the…

Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct

Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.

Gary Lives! ...Or Does He? Gary Lives! ...Or Does He?

Since Elon Musk launched his tunneling project, The Boring Company, in late 2016, he has often said that his goal is for his boring machines to outpace his pet snail, Gary, in a race.

Google Expands Free DDoS Protection to US Political Groups Google Expands Free DDoS Protection to US Political Groups

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is opening up its free denial-of-service protection program to political groups in the United States, a move that will help political campaigns defend themselves against online attacks during the upcoming election season.

Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

It’s been nearly three months since many Google employees—and the public—learned about the company’s decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people.…

Facebook Hasn't Answered Some Big Questions From Congress—Because Republicans Still Haven't Asked Facebook Hasn't Answered Some Big Questions From Congress—Because Republicans Still Haven't Asked

After Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, Facebook braced for another barrage of questions, this time to be delivered in writing. Asked about everything from potential legislation to claims that Facebook had censored conservative outlets, Zuckerberg repeatedly stalled,…

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