Google’s chief compliance officer Andy Hinton left in March, advising start-up for reporting workplace issues

Andy Hinton left Google in late March and is becoming an advisor to a start-up called #NotMe, which allows employees to make anonymous complaints about workplace issues, including the types of complaints Google has faced in recent years. Tech BEST … Read more…

Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

Australia’s antitrust regulator warned Google’s $ 2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people’s data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets. News – FashionNetwork.com USA BEST DEAL UPDATE: Shop Men’s … Read more…

4.24.20 Unemployment payment mishaps; Google’s new ad policy; Credit card limits being cut; Banks approaching mortgage forbearance poorly

Some of the states are handling unemployment claims incredibly poorly. Clark talks about how Florida and Texas are having major issues disbursing those funds to people who have lost their jobs. Google is verifying ad buyers to prevent Covid scams. … Read more…

Google’s new program makes it easier for non-coronavirus patients to virtually connect with doctors

The coronavirus pandemic has left hospitals and doctors overwhelmed with new patients. Some hospitals will not even admit individuals exhibiting non-coronavirus symptoms. A new Google program will make it easier for patients in need of medical care to virtually connect … Read more…

“I’m Google’s automated booking service.” Why Duplex is now introducing itself as a robot assistant.

Silicon Valley’s quest for artificial intelligence has led it to build self-driving cars, drones, and robots that can do backflips. But often that journey has come down to something much more prosaic, such as booking a reservation at your local … Read more…

Google’s Trust Crises Should Get Everyone Thinking About the Future Powers of Big Tech—Cyber Saturday

Good evening, Cyber Saturday readers. This edition is arriving later than usual as my flight to New York from the West Coast lacked WiFi…alas. Without further ado, here’s today’s dispatch, sent from terminal four at John F. Kennedy airport. *** … Read more…

Cyber Saturday—China’s Chip Hack, Amazon and Apple’s Denials, Google’s Trust Reversal

Bloomberg Businessweek published a nuclear warhead-tipped report on Thursday alleging that Chinese military operatives have engaged in an unprecedented espionage campaign: Planting minuscule spy-chips on server motherboards that wound up inside “almost 30” companies, ranging from Apple to Amazon. While … Read more…