Google cancels staff meeting after Gamergate-style attack on employees

August 11, 2017

Firing of James Damore, architect behind contentious anti-diversity memoranda, flickers ire from alt-right reminiscent of 2014 Gamergate harassment campaign Google nullified a company-wide fit on Thursday after several of its employees became objectives of a Gamergate-style campaign of provocation by internet trolls feelings by the firing of an designer who had written a contentious memo about diversity. We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we ever…


More than 60 women consider suing Google, claiming sexism and a pay gap

August 9, 2017

Scandal over discrimination at the company deepens as dozens of current and former staff say they earned less than men despite equal qualifications More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a deepening crisis over alleged discrimination. James Finberg, the civil rights attorney working on the possible legal action on behalf…


Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

August 4, 2017

Nerdy Google has miscarried at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen whiz Snapchat. The search heavyweight held informal talks with Snap and floated an render of $30 billion in 2016 before Snaps last fund round, and just before its IPO this year, according to Business Insiders Alex Heath. That furnish was apparently an open secret inside Snap, and was on the table after the IPO, too….


Why the future of deep learning depends on finding good data

July 22, 2017

Ophir Tanz is the CEO of GumGum, an artificial intelligence company with particular expertise in computer vision. GumGum applies its capabilities to a variety of industries, from advertising to professional sports across the globe. Ophir holds a B.S. and a M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives in Los Angeles. More posts by this contributor: Neural networks made easy The Meme Election Data, data, everywhere It is in the chasm…


Google Glass never really left

July 21, 2017

When Google released a new enterprise version of Glass on Tuesday, a bevy of headlines suggestedGlass was back. But it never really left. Even though the Explorer program aimed at consumers ended in January, 2015, Google has continued to sell Glass to businesses. In that context, yesterdays release wasnt a comeback so much as a continuation of an enterprise strategy for Glass that the company had been pursuing all along….


Techs 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion

July 20, 2017

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal Equity podcast: Ubers losses, Clouderas IPO and the biggest e-commerce acquisition ever Techs most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. Its a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current…


Google Analytics adds voice-based navigation

July 19, 2017

If youve got a question about your website or app data, youll soon be able to ask Google Analytics directly. In other words, if youre wondering Whats the trend of mobile versus desktop traffic last week? or How many new users did we have yesterday? or What were our top countries last month? you wont have to figure out how to navigate to the correct dashboard in Analytics and tweak…


DeepMinds first international AI research office lands in Alberta

July 6, 2017

Alphabets DeepMind is expanding beyond its U.K. home, with a new international office based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The research-focused office is being set up in close partnership with the University of Alberta, and will be led by UAlberta academics Rich Sutton, Michael Bowling and Patrick Pilarski, in the latest example of Canadian AI-focused scholars getting the chance to contribute to private-sector endeavors while continuing to work on their academic…


Uber threatened to fire engineer at center of Waymo trade secret lawsuit

May 20, 2017

Uber has issued a sternly worded letter toAnthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of a lawsuit alleging stealing of trade secret from Google parent Alphabets self-driving engineering force Waymo. The gist? Comply with the courts ordersor risk being terminated. Levandowski isthe former technologylead forGoogles autonomous vehicle force and co-founder of self-driving truck startup Otto, which filed in February and accuses Uber of embezzling itstrade secrets and impinging on patents…