Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app for India that uses Audio QR to transfer money

September 23, 2017

After several weeks of speculation and divulged details, today Google officially launched its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and probe whale has launched Tez, a free mobile wallet in India that will let consumers link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical places and online, and for person-to-person coin transfers with a new turn: Audio QR, which exploits…

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In letter to Google CEO over memo, House Dems worry tech firms still ‘mirror America’s less inclusive past’

August 31, 2017

Four House Democrats have expressed concern after Google fired an engineer who had written an internal memo that many in the media mischaracterized as arguing that women biologically aren’t suited for tech jobs. No, the members of Congress aren’t concerned that James Damore was fired for expressing his opinion inside what he called an “ideological echo chamber” they’re concerned that the memo is indicative of a larger diversity problem that…

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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…

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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…

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Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

August 6, 2017

Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with…

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Read a Google engineer’s treatise on why biological differences actually cause the gender gap in tech

August 6, 2017

Yikes.Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Early Saturday morning, a report in Motherboard revealed the existence of a 10-page document written by a Google engineer that said that inherent differences between men and women accounted for the gender gap in tech and opposed diversity initiatives at the company. Now, the full text of the document is out via a report in Gizmodo. And, unsurprisingly, it’s not great. SEE ALSO: This VC firm just…

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Theres a manifesto criticizing Googles diversity efforts circulating inside the company

August 6, 2017

A screed from a Googler against the companys diversity policies appears to be circulating internally at the company, according to Gizmodo, which has published the memo. Motherboard first reported on the existence of the document making the rounds, which Googlers condemned on Twitter. In it, the author of the manifesto appears to try to argue that the gender gap in technology is not a product of discrimination but rather inherent…

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Google said to launch AMP-based Snapchat Discover-like feature

August 5, 2017

Google is creating a visual publication format for media companies similar to Snapchats Discover, based on its AMP mobile optimization technology for webpages and called Stamp, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The program is said to be announced as soon as next week, and could include a range of publishing partners including Vox, CNN, The Washington Post and more. The Stamp name is said to be a…

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Omega Ophthalmics is an eye implant platform with the power of continuous AR

August 5, 2017

Google and other tech companies have come up with glasses and contact lenses for the purposes of AR, but OmegaOphthalmics is taking a much more invasive approach by using surgically implanted lenses to create a space for augmented reality inside the eye. It sounds wild, but lens implants arent a new thing. Implanted lenses are commonly used as a solve for cataracts and other degenerative diseases mostly affecting senior citizens;…

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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….

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