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'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

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Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an "ugly" mistake by an African ISP.The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated address books for key network hardware.The update saw it claim to be the best way to reach millions of Google net addresses. The mistake spread to other networks and led to Google traffic travelling via China and Russia.New routesIn a tweet, MainOne said the mistake had been made during a "planned network upgrade". It added: "The error was corrected within 74 minutes and processes put in place to avoid reoccurrence."All the different networks that make up the internet constantly swap information about the best way to reach other...
Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

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Google has diluted a controversial scheme which critics say encourages the creation of "fake" price comparison sites - prompting one ad agency to say Google's "screwed everyone over". Sky News revealed last month that Google was offering substantial incentives - often amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds a month - to retailers who passed their ads through a Google-certified comparison shopping service, or CSS.The search giant then showed the names of the CSSs in its Google Shopping insert, giving the impression of a thriving comparison shopping marketplace.Now Sky News has learned that Google has slashed, by almost 85%, the incentives it gives all but the biggest retailers, effectively killing the scheme for many smaller agencies. ...
Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

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Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters' main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That will now be optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury. It mirrors a change made by ride-hailing service Uber after complaints from its female employees prompted an internal investigation. The probe concluded that its rank had been poisoned by rampant sexual harassment. "Google's leaders and I have heard your feedback and have been moved by the stories you've shared," CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to Google empl...
Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after protests

Google rewrites sexual harassment policy after protests

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Google is rewriting its policies on workplace sexual harassment following a staff walkout over its perceived failings to tackle abuses. Last week, Google employees at offices around the world staged a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures.In a letter sent to all employees, the company's chief executive Sundar Pichai said Google was updating its rules, including introducing a drinking limit for staff."Harassment is never acceptable and alcohol is never an excuse," Mr Pichai wrote."But one of the most common factors among the harassment complaints made today at Google is that the perpetrator had been drinking." Image: Google is rewriting its sexual...
Google workers walk out over treatment of women

Google workers walk out over treatment of women

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Google employees at offices around the world are staging a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures. The protest - dubbed Walkout For Real Change - has been organised a week after The New York Times published a number of allegations surrounding high-profile workers at the technology giant.Andy Rubin, who created the Android mobile operating system, and Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google X research firm working on far-flung projects such as self-driving cars, are among those named in the article.The former is said to have received a $ 90m (£69.7m) severance package when he left Google in 2014, despite the company concluding that sexual misconduct claims against him were credible. ...