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Inside Google & Alphabet (Dec 7th, 2017)

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A California state judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit that accused Google of paying female employees less than men. The plaintiffs have 30 days to file a new complaint on behalf of only those women who faced pay discrimination. The lawsuit claims Google paid women less than men who perform similar work and assigned women to positions that are less likely to lead to promotions. Google denied the claims with a spokesperson saying the company works “to create a great workplace for everyone.” The decision comes as Google faces an investigation by the US Department of Labor into alleged sex bias in its pay practices. –THE GUARDIAN

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Google and Oracle were scheduled to be back in court on Thursday. It will be the first hearing of Oracle’s appeal to a 2016 ruling concerning Google’s use of Oracle code in Android. Oracle has claimed for years that Google illegally used bits of its code from Java in Android. A jury ruled in May of 2016 that Google’s use of the code could be considered “fair use.” The first trial brought out top executives from the two companies including Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt, and Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Google had attempted to get the Supreme Court to jump into the case in 2015 and issue a definitive ruling, but the Supreme Court declined to do so at that time. -RECODE

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The most popular video on YouTube in 2017 featured a man singing while dressed as an oyster. The performer is on a Thailand game show where performers must conceal their identities under elaborate masks. He sings “Until We Will Become Dust,” which starts as a ballad and turns into a rap. The video has been viewed more than 183 million times. Also making the list were two music videos from Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance and ping pong trick shots from Dude Perfect. –THE VERGE

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Can Will Ferrell play the drums? Google today launched a new search feature that will have celebrities answer commonly searched questions about themselves with a selfie video. A number of celebrities have already recorded videos for the launch, including Priyanka Chopra, Tracy Ellis Ross, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Gina Rodriguez, and Ferrell. The new function seems to grow from Wired’s video series that asked celebrities to answer commonly Googled questions about themselves. –THE VERGE

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Google has rolled out a new enterprise security feature in Chrome called site location. It serves as a stronger version of the browser’s existing sandboxing featuring. Starting in Chrome v63, administrators will be able to enable site location on client machines. This feature uses a separate process for each page the user loads, rather than using the main Chrome process for everything in a window. This offers improved security, because even if a site is running malicious code, it cannot access anything else running in Chrome. –EXTREMETECH

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