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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
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
US judge orders DreamHost to redact information identifying users of anti-Trump website, ruling DoJ must provide details on why it needs the data   —  A judge ordered the web hosting company DreamHost to redact identifying information about visitors to a website used to coordinate …
Oct 10, 2017, 9:35 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Researchers: Apple granted Uber now-removed “entitlement” that let app record iPhone screen, even in background; Uber says it was to improve Watch performance   —  To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record …
Oct 5, 2017, 4:30 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
After Waymo asks court to seal courtroom for large portions of Uber trial, multiple media orgs, including Gizmodo, NYT, and WSJ, file brief to keep it open   —  Since Waymo sued Uber in February, alleging a massive theft of trade secrets related to its self-driving car technology …
Oct 2, 2017, 7:15 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Face ID uses front, infrared cameras plus flood illuminator, dot projector sensors to model face, requires user gaze to unlock and pay, can be used in apps   —  Apple is rolling out facial recognition to unlock its new iPhone X, as has been rumored for months and confirmed in leaks over the weekend.
Sep 12, 2017, 3:25 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
DoJ says DreamHost warrant was too broad, states it has no interest in records relating to 1.3M IP addresses of visitors to anti-Trump site   —  The US Department of Justice is rescinding its request for IP logs that would have revealed visitors to a website used to plan a protest during Donald Trump's inauguration.
Aug 22, 2017, 7:00 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince says firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks, explains his discomfort with policy reversal in email to staff   —  Internet companies typically take a hands-off approach to offensive content on their networks, erring on the side of maintaining an open internet.
Aug 16, 2017, 6:43 PMIn context

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