Why All the Shouting About Google?

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You may have seen (or ignored) a gazillion articles about the U.S. government preparing to sue Google for possibly being an illegal monopoly.
This is going to get weird. So here’s what yo..

U.S. Is Said to Plan to File Antitrust Charges Against Google

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is planning to file antitrust charges against Google as early as this summer, said two people with knowledge of the situation, in what would be one of the biggest antitrust actions by the United States since the late 1990s.
The Justice Departme..

When Will Companies Let Workers Back Into the Office

White-Collar Companies Race to Be Last to Return to the OfficeGoogle, Facebook, Amazon, Capital One and others are extending work-from-home policies to September and sometimes far beyond.
Credit…Jackson GibbsBy David Streitfeld
May 8, 2020Even as President Trump has said “we ha..

Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in Toronto

Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in TorontoIn scrapping the project, the company cited the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but critics say it was a loser from the start and a failure in “surveillance capitalism.”
What had been the future ..

Eager to Corral the Coronavirus, U.K. Tests a Disputed Tracing App

Eager to Corral the Coronavirus, U.K. Tests a Disputed Tracing AppThe British government’s tool to track infected people puts it at odds with Apple and Google on privacy.
Cyclists keeping distance in London last week. The government is moving forward with an app designed to track..

When Tech Helps the Vulnerable

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There’s a stereotype that tech start-ups are focused on trivial things. And while there are plenty of pizza-delivery and dog walking apps, there also are technologists working on serious ..

‘I Could Solve Most of Your Problems’: Eric Schmidt’s Pentagon Offensive

In July 2016, Raymond Thomas, a four-star general and head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, hosted a guest: Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google.
General Thomas, who served in the 1991 gulf war and deployed many times to Afghanistan, spent the better part of a day showing ..

Big Tech’s Worries Should Worry You

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America’s technology superpowers are a little nervous. That’s sensible, and also terrifying.
Financial reports filing in from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and others show the big tech ..

A Scramble for Virus Apps That Do No Harm

A Scramble for Virus Apps That Do No HarmDozens of tracking apps for smartphones are being used or developed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic. But there are worries about privacy and hastily written software.
Gov. Douglas Burgum of North Dakota asked a friend, a software ..

Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating Advocates

Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating AdvocatesNearly two years in, there has been little enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation, once seen as ushering in a new era.
Credit…Pete RyanBy Adam Satariano
April 27, 2020Updated 5:59 a.m. ETLONDON — W..