Inside Google & Alphabet - August 7th, 2019

Inside Google & Alphabet (Aug 7th, 2019)

Pregnant Googler's Discrimination Accusations / POTUS Slams Google / Google Violates Its Gun Ads Policy


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1. A Google employee has accused the tech giant of discriminating against pregnant women. In a viral memo, the Googler delves into discriminatory remarks her manager made about pregnant women. When she reported it to HR, the manager grew hostile and the discriminatory behavior only increased, despite reassurance from HR that "strong measures" were in place at Google to prevent such retaliation. The Google worker says she will not return to the company after maternity leave. You can read the memo in full here. - VICE


2. President Trump has accused Google of interfering with his 2016 presidential campaign without evidence to back his claim. In a series of tweets, Trump referenced the alleged conservative bias accusations made by ex-Google engineer Kevin Cernekee and warned the tech giant he was watching it "very closely." Google, however, denies such allegations. “We go to great lengths to build our products and enforce our policies in ways that don’t take political leanings into account,” a Google spokesperson said. - REUTERS


3. Google continues to display shoppable results such as sponsored ads for 100-bullet drum magazines, violating a 2012 company policy banning advertising gun parts that designed to improve functionality. The news comes after Google admitted on August 5 it had not enforced the policy but would now do so in the wake of both the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Asked to comment, Google did not explain how the ads managed to appear in search results. - THE VERGE


4. A US federal appeals court overturned a 2017 Google class action settlement meant to resolve invasion of privacy allegations by paying users. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said it could not determine whether the settlement was fair, and said the case go back to a lower court. In 2017, the tech giant had been accused of installing tracking cookies on browsers. A settlement was reached demanding Google pay the $5.5 million mainly to the plaintiffs’ lawyers and six groups, some with Google ties, to promote browser privacy. However, Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro said the settlement raised possible due process concerns, adding the awards to the external privacy groups were “particularly concerning" as was the broad release of claims for money damages.  - BLOOMBERG LAW


5. Republican senators criticized Google for working with Chinese tech giant Huawei to develop 'smart speakers' that they say China could use to spy on Americans. GOP Senators Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio, and Tom Cotton penned a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai accusing the country of “putting profits before country." In the note, the three lawmakers also asked whether the tech giant considered the possible national security risks of working on the speaker, and if it will resume the project after trade restrictions are lifted. The letter requests a reply from Google by August 30. - ENGADGET


6. Google announced it is discontinuing the Google Voice’s “get voicemail via message” feature on August 9 because many carriers are flagging these SMS transcripts of messages as spam. - THE VERGE


7. Google has introduced a new sticky side panel that gives a more in-depth look at specific images you may be looking at, providing details such as prices, ratings, and even ingredients depending upon what you are searching for. - TECH CRUNCH


Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).


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