It appears that, just like misery, an investigation into possible discriminatory ad practices facilitated by a tech giant loves company.
Following the March 28 revelation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act, the Washington Post now reports that Google and Twitter are under investigation by the same agency. And for more or less the same thing.
It turns out that HUD is looking into the super specific ad-targeting features offered by the companies in an effort to determine if they facilitate housing discrimination. An advertising platform that, say, allows the owner of an apartment complex to purposefully exclude certain groups — such as people of color — from seeing new listings would be in violation of the law. Read more…
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Google is making yet another prominent change to Gmail — one that will make it easier to get work done in a hurry.
The search giant announced on Thursday that its Gmail for iOS app will be updated to add several new customizable swipe actions: archive, trash, mark as read, mark as unread, snooze, and move to [a different folder].
The feature is basically an extension of what’s been available for Android since June 2018. Swipe actions, of course, have been available on iOS for a long time, but haven’t been customizable until today. Google says the feature will rollout to all iOS users over the next 15 days — so don’t stress if you don’t see the new feature right away. Read more…
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Sometimes, you just need go viral to incite change.
Following a Change.org petition requesting that Google remove an app that promotes conversion therapy that received over 140,000 signatures, the tech company has lost its endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
The app from Living Hope Ministries is available on Google’s app store, and as Change.org explains, it seeks to “help homosexuals leave their destructive lifestyles” while calling homosexuality “a stomach-ulcer-of-a-life.” The app has been removed from Apple’s, Microsoft’s, and Amazon’s app stores, says Axios. Read more…
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Autonomous delivery startup Nuro, fresh with nearly $1 billion in capital from SoftBank, is bursting with ideas — as some recent patent filings (and our recent deep dive into the company) suggest. And we can’t wait to learn more about what Nuro has planned. It’s only fitting that Nuro co-founder and CEO Dave Ferguson is […]
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The 2019 NCAA tournament is drawing to its always-thrilling conclusion. There are only fifteen games left, as the Sweet Sixteen round starts Thursday and goes into the weekend.
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Every game can be seen on TNT or CBS, or streamed online using a ca…
Do you ever remember a topic being discussed on a podcast, but can’t remember the episode’s name, or when it aired?
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Android Police reports that this will soon become less of a problem, as Google Podcasts has apparently started automatically tra…
In 2013, Google went big on robotics. Under the leadership of Android father Andy Rubin, the company went on a shopping spree that included marquee companies like Boston Dynamics. The division was named Replicant, in an homage to Blade Runner that worked with the whole Alphabet motif. It was big and secretive and expensive, and […]
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Google today officially launched AMP for Email, its effort to turn emails from static documents into dynamic, web page-like experiences. AMP for Email is coming to Gmail, but other major email providers like Yahoo Mail (which shares its parent company with TechCrunch), Outlook and Mail.ru will also support AMP emails. It’s been more than a […]
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Searching the web and responding to emails can quickly turn into a mess, especially if you’re the type of person who launches a new browser tab with each new task. Lucky for you, Google is here to clean up some of the clutter.
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Google announced today it will expand its office space in Taiwan with a new complex in Banqiao District, New Taipei City. The space will be in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park, about a 20-minute drive away from its offices in Taipei 101. Google currently has 2,000 employees in the country and plans to hire several […]
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The European Parliament has voted to pass a controversial reform of online copyright rules that critics contend will result in big tech platforms pre-filtering user generated content uploads. The results of the final vote in the EU parliament were 348 in favor vs 274 against. An amendment that would have thrown out the most controversial […]
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On the heels of Apple announcing paid, monthly subscription services for video, games, and news, YouTube says it is also doubling down original video content. Parent company Google has denied a report in Bloomberg that YouTube has stopped accepting pitches for scripted shows. But it also confirmed another aspect of the same report: it plans a […]
View More YouTube denies that it is canning scripted series, plans to launch ad-supported slate in coming weeks