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Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Sources: Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene told employees that company will not renew its Project Maven AI contract with DoD; the current contract expires in 2019   —  Google will not seek another contract for its controversial work providing artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense …
Jun 1, 2018, 3:02 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Facebook says users can now use dedicated hardware or code-generating apps for two-factor authentication without having to register their phone number   —  Facebook users who want extra account security but don't want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts …
May 23, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Google removed “Don't be evil” from the top of its code of conduct in late April or early May, Wayback Machine archives show, but kept one mention at the bottom   —  Google's unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don't be evil.”  But that's over, according to the code …
May 18, 2018, 5:54 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Sources: about a dozen Google employees resign in protest over the firm's continued involvement in providing image classification AI to Pentagon's Project Maven   —  It's been nearly three months since many Google employees—and the public—learned about the company's decision …
May 14, 2018, 11:50 AMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
In pilot program debuting soon, Uber says it will start obscuring the log of rider pickup and drop-off locations given to drivers, instead showing general areas   —  In a pilot program launching soon, Uber will begin obscuring riders' exact pickup and drop-off locations in the trip history displayed to drivers.
Apr 23, 2018, 2:45 PMIn context
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

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