Google Has ‘Terminated’ Project Dragonfly, Its Censored Chinese Search Engine

Google revealed this week that it has ceased all work on Project Dragonfly, its search engine tailor-made for China. During a Senate Judiciary hearing, Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of public policy, stated, “We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” after being questioned by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). The company has said little about Project Dragonfly since […]

Why Facebook, Google, and Twitter Must Clean Up Their Act—Data Sheet

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the hate-speech fighting Anti-Defamation League, delivered a powerful challenge to Facebook, Google, and Twitter Monday at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference. “There’s something different going on,” he said, explaining how white supremacist ideology has been nurtured by the social-media platforms, leading to real violence. As for the companies that host the filth […]

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

It used to be that the only regulators who were interested in Facebook and Google’s data-controlling ways were privacy watchdogs. No longer. Competition regulators are increasingly getting in on the action, too—and it’s a controversial trend, particularly in Europe. On Wednesday, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) became the latest to join the fun […]

Walmart and Target’s Retail Trade Group Offers to Help Antitrust Investigators Looking Into Amazon and Google

A leading U.S. retail group, whose members include Walmart, is eager to aid antitrust enforcers that are poised to investigate whether Amazon and Alphabet’s Google are harming competition. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which also represents Target and Best Buy among others, said it’s prepared to present their concerns to the Justice Department and the […]

San Francisco Pride Refuses to Ban Google From Its Parade, But Says They ‘Must Do More’

San Francisco Pride organizers say they won’t ban Google from the annual Pride Parade on Sunday, despite receiving a letter signed by almost 100 Google employees concerned about how their company handles hate speech. The employees asked for Google to be banned from the pride parade on June 30th. The company came under fire this […]

From Peanuts to $40 Billion, Amazon’s Ad Business Set to Be the Next Great Disruptor

The Google-Facebook duopoly dominating the digital ad market is about to get company. Amazon is expected to pull in $40 billion in annual ad revenue by 2023, new research shows, up from miniscule levels just a few years ago. According to recent report from Juniper Research, the e-commerce giant’s ad business will grow more than […]

Yelp Details Growth Plan Amid Depressed Share Price and Investor Unrest

Yelp wants to shed its reputation as a site solely for restaurant reviews. Instead, it wants to become a destination for finding and booking house cleaners, painters, and exterminators. “Whenever you’re trying to get something done, you should be able to turn to Yelp,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp’s CEO. “Think of it as the remote […]

Why Microsoft’s Ban of Rival Slack May Be a Mistake—Data Sheet

Happy Monday. Aaron here, back from vacation, essay writing and curating this week, as Adam goes off on a break. Catching up on all the tech news while I was away, I was sent spiraling down memory lane by Friday’s GeekWire scoop that Microsoft maintains a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology.” Said list is […]

Blank Slate: Google to Stop Producing Its Own Tablet Computers

Google is giving up its tablet business and is doubling down on laptops. Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, says his team now plans to abandon their self-made tablets, and will focus on making new laptops instead. The announcement comes amid speculation that Google had two new tablets under development that […]

Alphabet Executives Confronted By Frustrated Employees at Shareholder Meeting

Employees of Google parent Alphabet went to the unusual length of grilling their bosses about several hot-button issues during the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. The employees–upset about how the company deals with sexual harassment, its employment practices, and its development of a censored search engine for China–risked their jobs to tell Alphabet leadership […]