Alphabet: revenue soars for Google owner as Covid lockdown boom continues | Alphabet

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, more than doubled its profits to a record $17.9bn (£12.9bn) in the first quarter, as the lockdown-enforced surge in the use of digital services fuels an advertising boom for the Silicon Valley giant. The performance smashed Wall Street’s expectations, with profits jumping 162% year on year Continue Reading

Is big tech now just too big to stomach? | Business

The coronavirus pandemic has wrought economic disruption on a global scale, but one sector has marched on throughout the chaos: big tech. Further evidence of the industry’s relentless progress has come in recent weeks with the news that Apple and Amazon both raked in sales of $100bn (£72bn) over the Continue Reading

Alphabet is Closing Down the Loon Project – Tempemail

Image sourced from MIT Technology Review Alphabet is shutting down its balloon-powered mobile Internet service, Loon. The project’s main objective was to bring abundant, affordable Internet access to unconnected communities around the world. “When we unveiled Loon in June 2013, we meant everything in its name. It was a way-out-there Continue Reading

‘This is big’: US lawmakers take aim at once-untouchable big tech | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter The attorneys general of more than 30 US states took aim at Google this week with a new major antitrust lawsuit, accusing the tech company of illegally protecting a monopoly over its search business. The lawsuit marks the third against Google in Continue Reading

Google workers demand reinstatement and apology for fired Black AI ethics researcher | Alphabet

Google employees have sent a letter to senior leadership demanding that the company reinstate and apologize to Timnit Gebru, a prominent Black researcher who said she was fired after criticizing the company’s diversity efforts. Gebru’s departure in early December has sparked outrage among Google staff and the industry at large. Continue Reading

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog | Business- Tempemail

The UK’s new tech regulator should have the power to fine Google, Facebook and other tech giants billions of pounds if they fail to stick to a new code of conduct, according to the competition regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will host the new dedicated Digital Markets Continue Reading

Part human, part machine: is Apple turning us all into cyborgs? | Technology

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Apple engineers embarked on a rare collaboration with Google. The goal was to build a system that could track individual interactions across an entire population, in an effort to get a head start on isolating potentially infectious carriers of a disease that, as Continue Reading

If you think Biden’s administration would rein in big tech, think again | John Naughton | Opinion- Tempemail

Before the US presidential election I wondered aloud if Mark Zuckerberg had concluded that the re-election of Trump might be better for Facebook than a Biden victory. There were several reasons for thinking this. One was the strange way Zuckerberg appeared to be sucking up to Trump: at least one Continue Reading

Google denies Peter Costello’s claim it uses Australian news content to boost revenue | Media- Tempemail

Google Australia has said a claim by the Nine Entertainment chairman, Peter Costello, that the global search engine profits from local news content was “demonstrably incorrect”. Costello told Nine’s annual general meeting that the company invested $1bn this financial year in premium content across its platforms – which include Channel Continue Reading