Google sued by shareholder alleging sexual misconduct coverup

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first_imgGoogle’s board of directors and executive leadership have been accused of covering up allegations of sexual harassment against former executives. Getty Images A Google shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the company’s executive officers and board of directors, alleging the company concealed sexual misconduct allegations against former executives.The lawsuit, filed by shareholder James Martin, stems from hefty severance packages Google reportedly gave executive Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile operating system, and Amit Singhal, head of Google’s search unit until 2016. Allegations of sexual harassment against the two men were found to be credible by company investigations, according to the lawsuit.”Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to the complaint, filed Thursday in California state court. “While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking — paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him.”The lawsuit comes during a period of prominent figures in industries ranging from politics to entertainment being toppled by revelations of sexual harassment or sexual assault. In the tech industry, companies like Uber have wrestled with accounts of work environments fraught with varying degrees of sexual harassment. High-profile venture capitalists like Chris Sacca and Dave McClure have been unseated, as well, over sexual harassment allegations. Google paid Rubin $90 million after Page asked for his resignation following an allegation Rubin coerced a female employee into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, according to a New York Times report in October.  Singhal stepped down as Uber’s senior vice president of engineering in 2017 after the ride-hailing company discovered he’d allegedly been accused of sexual harassment while he was employed at Google. He resigned from Google in 2016 after reportedly being accused of sexually harassing a female employee in a different department at Google.Rubin and Singhal have denied the allegations. The lawsuit accuses the board and executives of breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, abuse of power and corporate waste. Defendants include Page and Brin, former Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Sundar Pichai, former human resources director Laszlo Bock, chief legal officer David Drummond, Rubin and Singhal, among others.A similar lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund.In November, Google employees around the world staged a coordinated walkout to protest the company’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations. The walkout’s organizers said more than 20,000 full-time workers and contractors participated in the Nov. 1 protest.Some of the Google employees involved in the walkout released a statement Thursday in support of the lawsuits.”We have all the evidence we need that Google’s leadership does not have our best interests at heart,” they said.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 Post a comment iHate: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet. Solving for XX: The industry seeks to overcome outdated ideas about “women in tech.” Tech Industry Tagscenter_img The top 10 products of CES 2019 Share your voice 10 Photos Googlelast_img read more


BMW Jaguar and Porsche invest in mobility startup Urgently

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first_img BMW Land Rover Jaguar Porsche More about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S is at the top of its game Share your voice 0 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 40 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Enlarge ImageAs someone who has diagnosed and remedied a problem in less time than it took a tow truck to arrive, Urgent.ly sounds like a fantastic innovation. Sam Edwards/Getty Images Three major automakers have invested good money into a startup that could change the way roadside assistance is handled.The venture arms of BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche have invested a combined $21 million in Urgent.ly, a US-based startup that offers its services in North America, Europe and Asia. The hope is that this system will reduce the time it takes help to arrive, as some service providers arranged through insurance companies or automakers can take hours to arrive.Urgent.ly is, in essence, a roadside assistance provider that takes an Uber-like approach to its operations, acting as a middleman connecting drivers in need to tow or mobile-service companies that are able to help. Instead of using humans to pair drivers to service providers, Urgent.ly does it all with algorithms built into its platform.”The old model of roadside assistance must make way for a modern, more digital approach,” said Kasper Sage, a partner at BMW i Ventures, in a statement. “Urgent.ly will allow OEMs around the world to provide their customers the kind of real-time and connected digital experience they now expect in everything from food delivery to ride-sharing.”For BMW at least, Urgent.ly will collaborate with the automaker’s own roadside service platform, offering its services to owners of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles in the US. With a majority of roadside-assistance providers already plugged into Urgent.ly’s system, this could be a huge boon for any driver looking for quick assistance on the roadside. Car Industry Auto Techlast_img read more


Over 3500 Amazon staffers urge company to step up climate change fight

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first_img Share your voice Amazon employees urge the company to take more aggressive actions on climate crisis.  Alexander Pohl via Getty Images Amazon employees want the company to put more effort into fighting climate change.In an open letter to CEO Jeff Bezos and the company’s board published Wednesday, 3,541 Amazon employees ask the e-commerce giant to take more aggressive actions on climate change.”Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” reads the letter. “We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we’re ready to be a climate leader.”The staff members included a to-do list for Amazon in the letter. They asked the company to make a corporation-wide plan to reach 100% renewable energy in a timely manner, to stop selling Amazon’s cloud service to the oil and gas companies so they won’t expand fossil fuel extraction, to stop donating to regulators who vote against climate legislation and more.  In response, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has launched several major and impactful programs and is “working hard to integrate this approach fully across Amazon.””Our dedication to ensuring that our customers understand how we are addressing environmental issues has been unwavering — we look forward to launching more work and sharing more this year,” the spokesperson said in an email.  Tags Tech Industry Politics Now playing: Watch this: This isn’t the first time Amazon employees voiced their concerns over the company’s business conduct. Last June, the e-commerce giant’s staff wrote to Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to US law enforcement. They feared how the company’s Rekognition software would be used by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security in the current political climate. “In our mission to become ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company,’ we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do,” wrote the staff. “We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes.”Originally published April 10, 11:13 a.m. PT.Update, 1:04 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Amazon spokesperson.  8 Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 4:00 Comments Amazon Jeff Bezoslast_img read more


Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you

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first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: See All “Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B,” Wilander said. “The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.”No peeking, ChromeOne notable aspect of Apple’s proposal is that it would keep the browser maker from knowing what ad activity the browser is measuring. “The browser vendor should not learn about the user’s ad clicks or conversions,” Wilander said. That would keep Google from knowing what its billion-plus Chrome users are up to.Firefox maker Mozilla gave Apple’s idea a warm reception and said it’ll participate in discussions about it.”We believe ad click attribution is an important use of cross-site measurement on the web today. In fact, we’ve identified it as such in our antitracking policy,” said Steven Englehardt, Firefox privacy engineer. “We’d like to explore solutions that allow for it without putting users’ privacy at risk, and believe Apple’s proposal is one possible solution.”Privacy has become a high priority in tech with Facebook’s Cambridge analytica scandal, the growing use of facial recognition, the abundance of digital traces we leave online and the unceasing data breaches and leaks. “The future is private,” Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg declared at the company’s developer conference in April.Millions of people use ad blockers in their browsers, but browsers are getting more assertive about blocking tracking, too. Brave blocks all ads and trackers by default, Mozilla has begun a shift to blocking some trackers, and Safari has its Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Earlier this month, Google’s Chrome team announced its own effort to curtail tracking using cookies.Do Not Track lives on, sort ofAn effort called Do Not Track, through which you could set your browser to tell website publishers and advertisers that you didn’t want to be tracked online, fizzled in part because advertisers didn’t like it. Newer browser approaches to dealing with tracking are taking unilateral action.The Interactive Advertising Bureau, which represents online advertisers and publishers, doesn’t like what’s happening, calling for clear federal regulations governing personal data — an idea it calls “Do Not Track Plus.” “The work being done by big platforms and browser makers is useful, because it will contribute to a federal or global solution. But it won’t substitute for it,” IAB Chief Executive Randall Rothenberg and public policy leader Dave Grimaldi said in a May blog post. “We shouldn’t have a thousand different methods for managing digital privacy, confusing consumers and sowing chaos among businesses. And we shouldn’t make consumers push endless consent buttons on websites and apps, or burrow deep into browser tools to manage who’s doing what with their data.”Originally published May 22, 8:38 a.m. PT.Update, 11:29 a.m.: Adds comment from IAB and Mozilla and further background. Internet Advertising Privacy Safari Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 reading • Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you in Safari Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors A new standard to keep advertisers from tracking you across the internet is built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview.Apple has built new browser technology designed to let advertisers figure out when their ads successfully convinced you to buy something — but without tracking you across the internet and harvesting personal details to do so.The plan, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution and detailed Wednesday, is now built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview 82. And Apple is proposing it become something all browsers can embrace as a standard.”As more and more browsers acknowledge the problems of cross-site tracking, we should expect privacy-invasive ad click attribution to become a thing of the past,” said John Wilander, the Apple programmer behind Safari’s earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention project, in a blog post about the new technology.The move increases Apple’s pressure on tech companies to protect privacy — and spotlights its ability to profit from that push, in contrast to giants like Facebook and Google whose businesses rely on online ads.Apple angered the ad tech industry with its earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology, which reins in cookies — especially third-party cookies that ad companies place on websites they don’t operate.Facebook and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Today’s ad technology often tracks you as you go from one website to another, a process that relies on small text files called cookies that an advertiser or website can instruct your browser to store. Cookies can record that you saw a particular ad on one site and then bought the advertised product on another site, information that’s very useful for advertisers but that can harvest huge amounts of data about online behavior.Apple’s approach, in comparison, measures whether ads were successful within the browser instead of leaving it to advertising companies that track you online. It reports its result, but with a randomized delay between 24 and 48 hours so advertisers can’t track people by pinning down the timing of their actions. Apple 1:25 Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not…last_img read more


NASA wants your help bringing back pieces of a potentially hazardous asteroid

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first_imgOriginally published May 23.  Comment NASA’s on a mission to collect space dirt from a potentially… Tags NASA Space 12 Photos All that’s needed to hang out on the asteroid is a mapping app, a screen large enough to clearly see images of the asteroid’s surface and a mouse or trackpad that can make precise marks. 5:24 Explore asteroid Ryugu with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft An interactive tutorial explains how to get around the CosmoQuest app circling craters, measuring boulders and erasing mistakes. CosmoQuest, a project run out of the Planetary Science Institute that supports citizen science initiatives, offers additional user assistance through an online community where mappers can share tips and high-fives and ask questions. CosmoQuest also shares guidance through livestreaming sessions on Twitch. The original design for capturing a piece of the space rock was based on locating a hazard-free zone with a 160-foot (25-meter) radius on Bennu’s surface. However, because of the unexpectedly rocky terrain, the team is yet to identify such a site.The volunteer asteroid mapping is straightforward work that involves dragging and dropping, an eye for detail and a bit of perseverance. When I signed up Wednesday night at about 9 p.m. PT, more than 70 “Bennu Mappers” were online scouring the asteroid’s surface. The Bennu mapping campaign continues through July 10.asteroidAn easy-to-follow tutorial helps Bennu Mappers get going. Screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET Bennu measures about 1,600 feet (500 meters), only slightly wider than the height of the Empire State Building, and is considered potentially hazardous. “There’s a very small chance that it will impact Earth in the next century,” Burns has said. Which means you probably don’t need to get out your helmet just yet.In its first five months communing with Bennu, Osiris-Rex has already discovered trapped water and determined that Bennu is between 100 million and a billion years old, making it significantly more mature than predicted. But the mission’s coup de theatre, the sample grab, won’t take place until 2020. That’s when the spacecraft’s fancy robotic arm will reach out and tag the asteroid’s surface with its Touch-And-Go Sample Arm Mechanism, or Tagsam.While touching the rock, the arm will blow a burst of nitrogen gas to loosen up bits of debris that will be then be brought back to Earth when the spacecraft returns in September 2023.The asteroid may contain unaltered material from the beginning of our solar system. The hope is that Bennu’s cargo will yield insights into astronomical processes and resources in near-Earth space and improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.  Share your voice A view of asteroid Bennu’s surface itaken by the PolyCam camera on NASA’s Osiris-Rex on March 21 from a distance of 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers).  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona Before NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft can reach out and grab a piece of asteroid Bennu, it needs to find a safe spot on the space rock’s surface. And for that, NASA wants your help. Osiris-Rex, which arrived at Bennu on Dec. 3, 2018, aims to become the first US spacecraft to return a sample from an asteroid to Earth. Japan’s Hayabusa mission brought back asteroid particles in 2010, with another asteroid-wrangling mission out of Japan under way this year.Since the NASA craft arrived at Bennu, the team has discovered an extremely rocky terrain that threatens the vehicle’s safety. So NASA is asking volunteers to develop a hazard map by measuring Bennu’s boulders and mapping its rocks and craters via a web interface. “Bennu has surprised us with an abundance of boulders,” Rich Burns, Osiris-Rex project manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. “We ask for citizen scientists’ help to evaluate this rugged terrain so that we can keep our spacecraft safe during sample collection operations.” 1 Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Being Bennu Visit to Bennu reveals rubble trouble and seeds of life Osiris-Rex finds water in its first week at asteroid Bennu Spacecraft drops into orbit around asteroid Bennulast_img read more


Bentley teases tech for new Flying Spur ahead of June 11 debut

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first_img More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Not everything on the Flying Spur will be a carbon-copy carryover from the Conti. Bentley’s upcoming sedan will feature all-wheel steering, the first Bentley to do so, improving the low-speed turning radius while improving handling at higher speeds. It’ll also carry rear-biased all-wheel drive, only powering the rear wheels until it detects slippage. Adaptive suspension will also make an appearance.That’s about all we know for now. But we don’t have to wait too much longer to learn more — Bentley confirmed that it will introduce the world to the new Flying Spur on June 11 at 11 a.m. BST, or 6 a.m. ET.flying-spur-teaser-002Enlarge ImageWe’ll see the whole thing (without stickers) in just a couple weeks. Bentley Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer The 2019 Bentley Continental costs a packet, but it’s… More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Comment 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise insidecenter_img 12:21 Enlarge ImageIf you’re wondering why it looks so much like the old one, that’s on purpose. Its new look is being disguised by stickers meant to resemble the outgoing Flying Spur. Bentley The third-generation Bentley Flying Spur is just around the corner, but before it makes its official debut, Bentley saw fit to offer up some teasers and a bit of information about the car’s new tech.Bentley on Wednesday put out two new teasers for the upcoming new Flying Spur. The pictures still show the car in camouflage — look closely enough, and you’ll see stickers over all the lights. Expect to see the same kind of design changes first implemented on the new Continental GT, including slimmer lights and a bit more expression from the body panels. The automaker also put out a video teaser on YouTube, offering up some surprisingly grumbly exhaust notes alongside a similarly camouflaged vehicle. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 1 Bentley Superluxury Cars Sedanslast_img read more


Bobs Burgers The Movie everything we know about the Belchers film

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first_img Share your voice As you’d expect from a show where Tina has devoted herself to, uh, “erotic friend fiction,” Bob’s Burgers believes in fan service.”We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” show creator Loren Bouchard said when the movie was announced. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s — but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!” Release date, production infoGood burgers take time to cook. Look for the Bob’s Burgers movie to come to theaters in 2020. July 17 was the original date given, but voice actor John Roberts, who voices Linda, told Aesthetic Magazine he thinks it’ll be “a little later than they announced.”Cast: Who’s who?There’s no way this film can be made without the familiar voices behind the Belchers and their friends, so we’re going to assume the voice cast is the same as the show. (We’re rooting for non-Belchers, like Marshmallow and Gene’s friend Alex to be part of the movie too.) If we hear of special guest stars or confirmed minor characters who’ll make an appearance, we’ll note that here.  Belcher familyH. Jon Benjamin as Bob BelcherJohn Roberts as Linda BelcherDan Mintz as Tina BelcherEugene Mirman as Gene BelcherKristen Schaal as Louise BelcherDistant family and friends who seem likely to appearMegan Mullally as Linda’s sister, Aunt GayleLarry Murphy as regular customer TeddyJay Johnston as Bob’s rival, Jimmy Pesto Sr.H. Jon Benjamin (again) as Jimmy Pesto Jr., Tina’s crushLaura Silverman as AndySarah Silverman as OllieDavid Herman as school counselor Mr. FrondKevin Kline as the Belchers’ landlord Calvin FischoederPlot news, rumors, theoriesHonestly, the plot is of less interest in a Bob’s Burgers movie than just having the whole gang together on a bigger canvas, selling burgers and plotting hijinks. But here’s what we know anyway. Kuchi Kopi gets litAccording to Entertainment Weekly, in 2018 Bouchard said the “movie will reunite Louise with her beloved nightlight Kuchi Kopi in her dreams for another trippy adventure.”Now ear this, LouiseWhy does Louise, the youngest Belcher, always wear pink bunny ears? Bouchard says the movie will explain it. The Belchers are coming to a theater near you. Fox Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios Say it in Linda’s voice: All right! The Belcher family, of Bob’s Burgers fame, is heading to the big screen.Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob’s Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been renewed for a 10th season on Fox. The show is known for its sassy humor, family love and musical numbers.Now, there’s going to be a movie. It won’t hit theaters until 2020, but devoted fans can’t wait. Here’s what we know so far. We’ll add to this post as new information is revealed.The basicsWhat’s it called? As much as we love Bob’s elaborate Burger of the Day names (Baby, You Can Chive My Car), sometimes simple is best. The film’s just called Bob’s Burgers: The Movie. That was easy. 0 Target movie. https://t.co/sIusiSFCFp— loren bouchard (@lorenbouchard) February 22, 2019center_img I got musicFans know how often the Belchers and their friends seem to burst into song. (“Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom,” anyone?) So it’s good to hear Roberts say that although the cast doesn’t yet know the film’s plot,  “I do know it’s very musical and I’m sure it’s going to be great!” You’re singing our song, John/Linda. Post a comment Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more