Inside Google & Alphabet - February 26th, 2018

Inside Google & Alphabet (Feb 26th, 2018)

Neil Young / ARCore in China / Lawsuit

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Google is partnering with OEMs to bring AR to China. Xiaomi, Huawei and Samsung will release devices that support Google’s ARCore platform over the coming months. The OEMs will release ARCore apps through their own marketplaces, as the Google Play Store is not available in China. Google has been making strides to expand its business in China, after it left the market in 2010 over censorship concerns. Google is said to have explored a partnership in China to launch its Play Store in the country. — TECHCRUNCH

Musician Neil Young blasts Google in a new essay. In a blog post, Young says Google “continue[s] to rip off the artist community, building their wealth on music’s back and paying nothing to the artists.” Young operates a potential competitor to Google’s music streaming services, named XStream. The service currently only streams Young’s music. Young’s music is available on Google Play. Google has not responded to the essay. — BILLBOARD

A new lawsuit alleges Google’s “bro-culture” led to sexual harassment and violence at the company. Loretta Lee, a former Google software engineer, alleges she was slapped, groped and sexually harassed during her time at the company. The lawsuit, filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, alleges Google did not protect her, saying “Google's bro-culture contributed to (Lee's) suffering frequent sexual harassment and gender discrimination, for which Google failed to take corrective action.” The suit says she was fired in February 2016 for poor performance. In response to the lawsuit, Google says it has “strong policies against harassment in the workplace” and reviews every complaint it receives. This comes one year after allegations of sexual harassment by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. — MERCURY NEWS

Waymo has applied for a patent to prevent motion sickness in its vehicles. The patent involves determining routes that would minimize motion sickness for passengers, and is part of a system that would give options to riders who may be more sensitive to motion sickness. For example, some passengers may opt for a relaxed ride on a longer route; other passengers who may be in a rush may be OK with a rougher but quicker route. The app would also alert riders with tips on how to avoid motion sickness and which seats in the car would lessen the effects of motion sickness. It is not clear if this patent will be executed on any the cars Waymo is testing across the country, or if the company will adopt the technology at all. — CNN

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Apple’s iCloud depends on Google Cloud for storage. A file updated on Apple’s website last month provides the first acknowledgement that Apple uses Google’s public cloud, in combination with Amazon Web Services, for data storage. This has been rumored since 2016, but has never been confirmed by Apple. In a iOS Guide published on its website, the company says, “The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as [Amazon Web Services’] S3 and Google Cloud Platform.” — CNBC

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