Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids data

As families worry for their childrens futures, a district has instituted a yearly data purge Parents at a public school district in Maryland have won a major victory for student privacy: tech companies that work with the school district now have to purge the data they have collected on students once a year. Experts say […]

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The visually impaired now have better Google Maps directions

Google has announced improvements to Google Maps specifically geared toward helping the visually impaired. On Oct. 10th, World Sight Day, Google announced the rollout of a new feature called Detailed Voice Guidance that Google says gives people the ability to receive more detailed voice guidance and new types of verbal announcements for walking trips. The […]

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A Ton of States Are Investigating Facebook and Google for Privacy Failings and Anticompetitive Behavior

Attorneys General from New York and Texas are spearheading two separate multistate investigations into alleged anticompetitive practices at Facebook and Googles parent company Alphabet. New Yorks investigation will focus on Facebooks dominance among social networks and what that power led toalleged failures in safeguarding consumer data and monopolistic advertising practices. The largest social media platform […]

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YouTube Disables Disinformation Campaign Targeting Hong Kong Protests

YouTube announced Thursday that it had disabled more than 200 accounts on its platform running a propaganda campaign on behalf of the Chinese government. The 210 channels behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, a security researcher for Google, which owns YouTube, wrote in a no […]

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Google and Orange building cable between US and France

The 6,600km undersea cable will open in 2020 and is one of seven Google is building over the next two years Telecoms firm Orange has teamed up with Google to work on a private undersea cable connecting the Atlantic coasts of France and the United States. Measuring 6,600km in length, the undersea cable will be […]

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Causes of Death: Google vs Media vs Reality

Click image to see larger version In a recent post on reddit, a group of students at UCSD published a series of fascinating charts comparing the actual causes of death in the United States versus what people searched on Google and what was discussed most in mainstream media. Using data from the CDC (199-2016), Google […]

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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where […]

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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptops operating system to […]

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is contrary to our basic values Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a in a memo to employees. It is contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct. The firing of the memos author, who […]

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Lessons from the fast lane: does this study prove car-pooling works?

When Jakarta ditched its controversial three-in-one car-sharing rule many in the city expected the traffic to get better. It didnt. A Harvard and MIT study analysed before-and-after Google traffic data to find out what happened Driving in Jakarta at rush hour is something of a nightmare. The citys 9.6 million population swells each work day […]

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