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Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Google pulls five Chrome Web Store extensions posing as ad blockers that had scripts enabling them to hijack browsers; extensions had 20M+ users combined   —  A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users' browsers.
Apr 18, 2018, 6:35 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Profile of Lea Kissner, who leads Google's 90-person NightWatch team, which is responsible for finding potential privacy flaws in the company's products   —  Lea Kissner is back at her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, armed with a crisp gray blazer, a slide deck …
Apr 18, 2018, 6:25 AMIn context
Gizmodo:
Google says it provides TensorFlow APIs to US Defense Dept. to help interpret drone footage, is working on policies and safeguards for use of machine learning   —  Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage …
Mar 6, 2018, 11:59 AMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Fired Google engineer who worked at the company for seven years files lawsuit against Google alleging “bro culture” led to repeated sexual harassment   —  Loretta Lee, a software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before being fired in February 2016 …
Mar 1, 2018, 12:20 AMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Former Meetup employees describe how competition from Facebook, being acquired by WeWork, and a mandatory arbitration agreement weakened the company's culture   —  Meetup was supposed to be different.  —  While much of the tech industry struggled to create inclusive work environments …
Feb 18, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Gizmodo:
Waymo, Uber Settle Lawsuit Over Automated Vehicle Trade Secrets   —  Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven on Friday announced the self-driving car company had settled its lawsuit against Uber over its alleged use of stolen trade secrets, bringing a sudden end to a year-long legal battle.
Feb 9, 2018, 3:22 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Ex-Google engineer claims senior Google execs pressured him to stop discussing pro-diversity initiatives on company forums, which motivated him to quit   —  A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company's human resources department and a senior vice president pressured …
Jan 12, 2018, 9:15 AMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
After slipping an unexplained promotional plugin for the TV show Mr. Robot into Firefox and angering users, Mozilla will move the extension to its add-on store   —  This week, Mozilla slipped a browser extension that promoted Mr. Robot into Firefox.  The goal was to give Firefox users access …
Dec 16, 2017, 3:40 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Sources and court documents shed light on Uber's massive data scraping program to monitor its competitors, spearheaded by its Marketplace Analytics team   —  For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives.
Dec 12, 2017, 2:30 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Uber: whistleblower whose letter was entered as evidence in Waymo case tried to extort firm, settled for $4.5M, now works as consultant for Uber's investigation   —  The drama surrounding an explosive letter written by former Uber employee Richard Jacobs keeps heating up …
Nov 29, 2017, 3:05 PMIn context

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