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Tag: Sundar Pichai

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin resign as CEOs
Tech

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin resign as CEOs

It's the end of an internet era as Sergei Brin and Larry Page are stepping down as head of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and ceding management control to Sundar Pichai who will take over as CEO. Page and Sergey Brin, who co-founded Google more than two decades ago while graduate students at Stanford University, will continue as members of Alphabet’s board of directors and still exercise considerable sway over the company as its two largest individual shareholders. The surprise news from one of the world's most powerful technology companies comes as Google has been rocked by criticism from Washington lawmakers and President Trump, growing scrutiny from regulators, rising competition from Amazon.com, internal scandals and unrest within its own ranks. Saying it's a "natural time...
US Congress Asks Google To Explain Why Trump’s Photo Shows When You Type ‘Idiot’
Politics

US Congress Asks Google To Explain Why Trump’s Photo Shows When You Type ‘Idiot’

When you type in "Idiot" in Google search, photos of US president Donald Trump comes up and Republicans in the US Congress grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai about this. Republicans allege that Google's search results are biased and that Democrats who work at Google choose liberal websites over conservative views for prime placement on Google services like Google search. Several Republicans on the committee, including Rep. Lamar Smith, said there was "political bias baked into" Google's culture. Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren gave Google CEO a chance to explain and convince them that there's no conservative bias in Google. Lofgren said to Pichai: Manipulation of search results - I think it's important to talk about how search works. Right now, if you Google the word 'idiot,' unde...
Ex-Google Engineer James Damore Sues For Discrimination
News

Ex-Google Engineer James Damore Sues For Discrimination

A former Google engineer fired after he asserted in a memo that biological causes were behind tech industry gender inequality sued his former employer on Monday, saying he was discriminated against as a white man with conservative political views. James Damore last year caused an uproar in Silicon Valley and beyond when he wrote the internal memo, which later became public. Google said he had perpetuated gender stereotypes and fired him in August. In the months since, his firing has become a popular cause among right-leaning U.S. bloggers, and Damore hired a Republican Party official as his attorney. Damore and another white male former Google engineer, David Gudeman, filed the lawsuit as a proposed class action in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California. The lawsuit alleg...
Google Cancels Diversity Debate Town Hall
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Google Cancels Diversity Debate Town Hall

Google Thursday cancelled a Town Hall intended to air viewpoints on diversity, sexism and free speech, citing worker safety concerns. “We’ll find a better way to help our employees connect and discuss these important issues further,” a Google spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry. The employee gathering was scheduled to air viewpoints swirling in after the dismissal of a Google engineer over a memo defending the Silicon Valley gender gap. The “manifesto” published as an internal memo by James Damore claimed “biological differences” were a key factor in the low percentage of women in technology jobs and sparked outcry from those claiming it perpetuated stereotypes and discrimination. Then Damore was fired — according to media reports and his own email to the far-right ...
Google Fires Defender Of Tech Gender Gap
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Google Fires Defender Of Tech Gender Gap

Google on Monday fired the author of an internal memo defending the gender-gap in Silicon Valley tech jobs as a matter of biology, according to media reports. The move, which was not officially confirmed by Google, splashed fuel on a burning controversy about whether “political correctness” at the company was stifling free speech. Google told AFP that the company “can’t comment on individual employee cases.” In an email to employees, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai supported the right of employees to express themselves, saying that much of what was in the memo is fair to debate, according to a copy of the message obtained by AFP. “However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” Pichai s...
A 7-Year-Old Girl Asked Google For A Job And Got A Reply From The CEO
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A 7-Year-Old Girl Asked Google For A Job And Got A Reply From The CEO

Chloe Bridgewater wrote Google about her interest in working at the firm She wanted to work at the firm after seeing the bean-bag chairs and go-karts CEO Sundar Pichai said that he looks 'forward to receiving' her job application Some kids want to be astronauts, firefighters or chefs when they grow up – but one little girl has her sights set on one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Chloe Bridgewater, age 7, sent Google a handwritten letter noting her computer skills and expressing interest in working at a place that provides bean-bag chairs and go-karts for their employees. The 'Google boss', CEO Sundar Pichai, replied telling Chloe that he looks 'forward to receiving' her job application and encouraged the young girl to follow her dreams. Chloe, who lives in...

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