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YouTube's latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O'Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as "being dedicated to terrorist propaganda".
A few weeks ago, Google announced that it had teamed up with a mental health advocacy group to take a stab at addressing the US epidemic of depression. People who type the words "clinical depression" into Google search via mobile in the US are now presented automatically with a link to a screening questionnaire to assess their depression. The assertion that Google has the answer to everything just got taken to a whole new level.
Google has surveyed the advertising landscape that it dominates and determined that it's time for a change. Beginning in January, its Chrome web browser will block autoplay video ads with sound by default. The effort is being framed as a drive to clean up the web, but it could just as easily be interpreted as a disguised move to further solidify Google's monopoly.
In the wake of the bloody white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville last month, tech companies decided to finally enforce their policies, pushing back against the rise of extremism online. One service caught in the crackdown was the "free speech" social network Gab, which was booted from Google's Play Store, and now the Twitter knockoff is suing for what it claims is "a straightforward violation of the antitrust laws".
Three former Google employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for allegedly discriminating against women. The complaint claims that Google systematically pays women less than men performing similar jobs, promotes men more often than similarly qualified women, and keeps women in lower-paying and lower-level positions.
Now that Apple has officially announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it's Google's turn to try to wow the world with what it thinks is the future of smartphones. And even though last year's Pixel was a success in many ways, there are still a number of improvements I'd like to see on the Pixel 2 (or whatever Google calls it) when it's expected to be announced on October 4.
The idea of Google offering a quick online screening test for users who search for "am I depressed" has split opinion among medical experts.
Some say that although the test wouldn't be an official diagnosis, it could nudge people to visit doctors and access useful resources. But others say the test could over-diagnose people - and users should be concerned about their data privacy.
As of today, Google has launched Actions on Google for the Australian version of Google Assistant... and what that actually means is that one day soon, you might be able to 'OK Google' your way into more of the different apps and services on the Google Home that you use every day.
Android Oreo has at last been fully baked, and given a name, and is rolling out to those of you with a Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or Pixel C; Google says a bunch of other handsets will get Oreo by the end of the year too. So what can you look forward to? Here are the new tricks you'll be able to play around with when your update arrives.
When Google's Safe Browsing tool is working at its best, it's invisible — a silent barrier between you and all the malware, phishing attempts and other goblins lurking on the web. But every once in a while, you'll see a glaring red warning when you try to visit a website that tells you to get the hell out of there.
When Gmail showed up in 2004 with its overwhelmingly generous 1GB of free space for everyone, we never thought we'd have to delete an email again — but even though that free space is now 15 times what it once was, email is more burdensome than ever.
US tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook which do business in the European Union have long avoided paying billions in taxes on their European operations through, uh, creative use of tax laws. That all might come to an end soon, if a group of member countries led by France is able to get their way.
In April, the US Department of Labor accused Google of gender pay discrimination. The tech behemoth denied the allegations, and when the DoL requested historical salary records from the company, Google argued that the endeavour was too expensive. Lucky for Google, good samaritans at the company have led efforts to compile the wage data.
If you've got an Android phone, you've probably stumbled into the Google app — at least by accident — before. It shows topics relevant to your interests based on what you've told Google before. But today, it's even more powerful, with trending news and videos appearing in your feed, as well as balancing your interests more carefully and letting you follow topics straight from your search results.
As calls for increased regulation on the all-consuming power of Google grow louder, the founder of the Opera browser is stepping into the fray. Jon von Tetzchner claims that Google has grown into a monopoly that's making life hell for his development team by using "anti-competitive practices" and making "unreasonable demands" for inclusion in its ad network.