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Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case

Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case

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A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine.The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled in his favour on Friday.But he rejected a separate claim made by another businessman who had committed a more serious crime.The businessman who won his case was convicted 10 years ago of conspiring to intercept communications. He spent six months in jail.The other businessman, who lost his case, was convicted more than 10 years ago of conspiring to account falsely. He spent four years in jail. Both had ordered Google to remove search results about their convictions, including links...
Google staff protest against Pentagon work

Google staff protest against Pentagon work

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Thousands of staff at Google are protesting against the company's work with the Pentagon's surveillance drones programme.Called Project Maven, the programme uses Google technology to automate the analysis of objects in the enormous amount of images that are captured by the Department of Defense's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).More than 3,100 staff signatures have been attached to a letter addressed to chief executive Sundar Pichai which is circulating inside Google with a request that the company pull out of the project.According to a copy of the letter published by The New York Times, the letter states: "We believe that Google should not be in the business of war."Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that n...
Google bans crypto-currency adverts

Google bans crypto-currency adverts

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Google has moved to ban crypto-currency advertising from its platforms.The move will affect promotional campaigns for initial coin offerings, Bitcoin exchanges, digital wallets to store the assets and trading advice.A notice said the policy would be introduced in June but did not give an explanation why.The BBC understands that Google decided to act because it felt there was a lack of appropriate consumer protections for highly speculative and complex trades.It follows a similar move by Facebook in January, which said many firms in the sector were acting in bad faith.Google's decision will affect ads displayed both in its search results and YouTube, as well as those placed on third-party sites via its ad platforms.The value of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple all dipped after the news emerged ...
Google confirms its tech is used by Pentagon

Google confirms its tech is used by Pentagon

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Google has confirmed that its technology is being used by the Pentagon to analyse footage captured by drones.A program called Project Maven is utilising the technology to automate the analysis of objects in the enormous amount of images that are captured by the Department of Defence's surveillance drones - also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Gizmodo reported that some Google employees were "outraged that the company would offer resources to the military for surveillance technology involved in drone operations".There have been almost 30,000 coalition strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria since the US-led intervention in 2014, the intelligence behind many of which is developed by analysis of UAV surveillance footage.Video:How do drone strikes happen?Google confirmed that softwa...
Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

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As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East. Google is reportedly close to a reaching a $ 2.4 billion deal to add a landmark Meatpacking District building to its already substantial New York campus. The building, a block-long former Nabisco factory named after its ground-floor upscale food mall, Chelsea Market, sits across the street from Google's current New York City headquarters, a massive, art deco, former shipping terminal that also occupies an entire city block. Google already leases space in Chelsea Market, which also contains offices for Major League Baseball and the local cabl...