Antitrust, Privacy, and Bias; Oh My!
Next Wednesday, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, will have to answer to the angry mob that is Congress for Google’s transgressions. Congress is still miffed that no one from Google, or parent company, Alphabet, turned up when Facebook and Twitter in September.
To add fuel to the political fire, President Trump and his supporters have been shouting liberal bias at the search giant since his first state of the union speech.
Then there’s the matter of their five billion dollar antitrust fine in the EU, and the US is looking for their piece of the punitive pie.
There’s also the two small matters of Google Chinese market, censored search engine (aka Project Dragonfly) and their data leak on Google+ which exposed almost 500,000 people’s personally identifiable information.
Oh, and how can we forget about the 20,000 employees that walked out in protest of the payouts executives received after being accused of sexual harassment?
Don’t be evil, indeed, Google.
Gather Round Children, Grampa’s Gotta Story For Ya
When I was a kid, we were told never to get into strangers cars. Then, as the internet started rolling into homes on broadband, it became, don’t meet strangers from the internet. Now, we use apps on our phones to ask strangers from the internet to give us rides.
Well, this isn’t working out so well in China. Two women were murdered earlier this year while using the Chinese version of Uber, called Didi. The populace went on an all out boycott.
The Chinese government heard the concerns and responded. They’ve instituted new testing, rules, and regulations to make sure the apps are safer. Details here.
China Invests Further in Africa
A trend I’ve noticed over the last decade is China’s investment in the African continent. From oil and mining out of Africa to exporting goods and funding infrastructure for Africa, there is a thriving non-politicized, non-militarized trade that the US and most other countries are missing out on. There have been some frayed edges, but it seems to be the communist state’s first push into exerting global influence beyond wielding nukes and an enormous population.
That trend now extends into the digital financial realm, in the form of a payment app for Kenyan importers to pay Chinese exporters for goods in faster, less expensive manner. This is a huge improvement over the current system which consists of either Western Union type transfers or handing your hard earned money to a guy down the street and having him pass it to his contact, and so on.
ChargePoint Preps for Wave of Electric Vehicles
With automotive manufacturers of all varieties getting their hands in the electric vehicle game, ChargePoint has raised over $500 million to continue expanding its network of more than 57,000 charging spots.
Chevron, among others in the fossil fuel industry, have invested in this latest round.
Batteries Can Steal Data Too
Security researchers have discovered a way to steal data from Android devices using those external battery packs (or power banks). It’s not as simple as plugging it in, the user has to download an app to their phone that will transmit the data first, but it’s still a possibility.
This is part of an upcoming talk at the Black Hat Europe security conference; there’s light details here.
YouTube Premium to be Replace with Ads
I guess I’m not the only one clicking “No Thanks” on that YouTube pop up. YouTube has decided to release all future original content free to all and supported by advertisements.
Not too many details yet, but here’s the source.