Three Republican senators in the US have written to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai asking him to provide a copy of an internal memo that was claimed to have cited regulatory fears as a reason for the company withholding details about a major data leak in the Google+ social network.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, will shut down the Google+ social network after confirming on Monday that data from up to half a million user accounts may have leaked due to a bug in the system.
Google's plan to launch a censored search engine in China has attracted attention from the US Government, with Vice-President Mike Pence calling on the company to drop the plan.
Google's admission that it will revert automatic logins and retention of cookies in its Chrome browser is par for the course, and a replay of an old game that we have seen umpteen times from the company.
Google's reluctance to offer any public comment on its plans to launch a censored search engine in China has been reinforced by a report that the company has made employees erase from their systems a confidential memo containing details about the China plan.
A prototype of a censored search engine developed for China by Google links searches to the phone numbers of the individuals making those queries, a report claims.
In the past days, weeks, months, and years the mask has come off Google, the company that was once considered cool and benevolent, to reveal a festering, pus-filled pit of hypocrisy and corrupt values.
At least five employees have quit Google in protest at the company's plans to launch a censored search engine app in China, with senior research scientist Jack Poulson being the most prominent among them.
ANALYSIS An internal video from Google, made in the week that brought Donald Trump to power, shows a distracted and visibly upset set of top officials and also reveals the degree of disconnect between the top brass at the search engine company and the rest of the world.
Google has come under pressure from 14 human rights organisations in the US to drop its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has claimed that he had no knowledge of a plan to build a censored search engine for the Chinese market before it was leaked to media. His claim was made during an employees' meeting that ended in an anti-climax after it was discovered that someone was leaking the proceedings to a reporter who was live-tweeting it.
Internal protests are growing at Google, with employees questioning the company's leaders over a move to launch a censored version of its search engine in China.
Google's plan to launch a censored version of its Web search engine as an Android app in China has been criticised by the company's former head of free expression issues in Asia and the Pacific, who said the "stupid move" that would go against human rights principles.
Engineers at Google used search queries from a Chinese Web directory service owned by the company to develop blacklists for a censored search engine that is planned to be provided in China, possibly as soon as this year. A functioning version of the search engine is said to be ready.
Search behemoth Google will launch a censored mobile version of its search engine for the Chinese market, with no access to sites about human rights, democracy, religion or peaceful protest, The Intercept reports.
Google has now been fined nearly US$8 billion by the European Union, but the company seems to be undeterred in its mission to muddy the waters, issuing a riposte that is a mix of Orwellian statements, fact and fiction.
Five US politicians have written to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, urging him to cut ties to the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies, and pointing out that while Google is unwilling to help the US military, it is apparently willing to co-operate with the Chinese Communist Party.
Rank and file workers at Google, including a number of senior engineers, have submitted a letter to senior management to protest against a decision to provide technology to a US Defence Department programme that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images and assist in targeting enemies in drone strikes.
The algorithm used by YouTube to recommend videos related to one that a user is viewing appears to often lead to conspiracy theories, partisan viewpoints and misleading clips, even though the viewer has not shown any interest in that kind of content.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai topped a list of executives from the pay TV, telecommunications and wireless industries as far as total compensation for 2016 was concerned, according to newly compiled figures.
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