Arizona sues Google over allegations it illegally tracked Android smartphone users’ locations

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued Google on Wednesday, alleging the tech giant violated its users’ privacy by collecting information about their whereabouts even if they thought they had turned off such digital tracking. Technology BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias

The move comes two days after Twitter took the rare step of labeling one of the president’s tweets and linking viewers to news articles that fact-checked his claims. Technology BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Google likely to face federal, state antitrust lawsuits in coming months, sources say

The Justice Department and top state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Google, according to two people familiar with the matter, as regulators prepare to take more aggressive aim at the tech giant’s search-and-advertising empire. Technology BEST … Read more…

4.14.20 Google & Apple working together on contact tracing; Grocery workers at higher risk; Car buying in Covid-19 era; Lending standards are tightening

Google & Apple are working together on a contact tracing app. This could help as we seek to remain safe as businesses reopen around the country. We will still need to up our abilities to test people for the virus. … Read more…

Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus

Apple and Google unveiled an ambitious new effort Friday to help combat coronavirus, introducing new tools that may soon allow owners of their popular smartphones to see if they have crossed paths with other people who have been infected with … Read more…

Facebook, Google, Twitter and others join forces to fight coronavirus fake news

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to fight misinformation related to the coronavirus outbreak.  “We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts. We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud … Read more…

Trump: Google is working with the US government to develop a COVID-19 screening website; Google: Wait a minute

Update: Not long after President Trump claimed that Google was working with over a thousand engineers on developing a website for Coronavirus self-screening at home, the company was forced to issue a statement that essentially contradicts everything Trump announced. Verily, … Read more…

U.S. legislation targets online child sexual abuse; threatens encryption on Facebook, Google

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on the powerful judiciary committee on Thursday introduced a bill aimed at curbing online distribution of child sexual abuse material that technology and civil liberties groups said was an attack on strong encryption critical … Read more…

Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee

Chelsey Glasson, a former user experience designer who worked at Alphabet’s Google for five years, alleged her supervisor made discriminatory remarks about pregnant women, retaliated against her with poor performance ratings and unfairly denied her a leadership position. Tech BEST … Read more…

Google Health, the company’s newest product area, has ballooned to more than 500 employees

Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are counting on new businesses as growth slows in its core digital advertising business. Health and Science U.S.HEALTHCARE UPDATE: SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save … Read more…

Google snaps up chief medical officer of health device maker AliveCor, weeks after buying Fitbit

Dr. Jacqueline Shreibati will join Google’s health clinical team and report to the chief health officer, Dr. Karen DeSalvo. Health and Science U.S.HEALTHCARE UPDATE: SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up … Read more…

Some Fitbit users say they’re getting rid of the devices because they don’t trust Google

Privacy groups this week began pushing regulators to block the Fitbit acquisition, which the company originally hoped to close in early 2020. Health and Science U.S.HEALTHCARE UPDATE: SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card … Read more…

11.14.19 Google gets into medical records; Designer purse lawsuit; iBuyer companies great for consumers

Google’s Project Nightingale is a huge initiative by the second largest hospital system in the U.S. Some are hostile to Google doing this. But this is an important initiative. With the tech available today, it’s ridiculous we don’t have solid medical … Read more…

Google raises ‘confidentiality’ alarms about state antitrust probe, claiming key consultants have ties to its rivals

The Texas-led antitrust investigation into Google has already spilled into court, after the tech giant on Thursday told a judge that two experts retained by the states raise serious “confidentiality” concerns given their past work with rivals, such as News … Read more…