Google is giving users the chance to look round the garage where it first began. In honor of the company's 20th birthday, the search giant posted a Google Street View tour of the Menlo Park, California garage where it all began in 1998. The firm painstakingly recreated the space down to every last detail - and included a secret room filled with classic Google memorabilia. The garage that served as Google's first headquarters was owned by none other than YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. It was there that Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page laid the foundations for what would later become one of Silicon Valley's foremost tech behemoths.
Google employees, upset over reports of a secretive search engine project for China, have signed a petition asking for more transparency from company leaders. SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition protesting a secret project to develop a search engine for China, the latest example of tech workers rebelling against corporate policies that push moral boundaries. The employees, who represent a fraction of parent company Alphabet's workforce of 89,000, also were upset by the secrecy of the project and in the petition demanded more transparency about the company's myriad ventures, which range from self-driving cars to advanced artificial intelligence. Google was scheduled to have a regular company-wide meeting between senior leadership and global employees late Thursday, during which in-person and remote staffers can ask any question they want. CEO Sundar Pichai as well as co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have been known to lead the meetings.
Google is using the space above its search results to promote products owned by its parent company, Alphabet, Inc., it was reported on Thursday. The Internet search giant was found to utilize the precious space in order to push various products like its own Pixel phones as well as Nest smart thermostats and smokes detectors, and Android smart watches, The Wall Street Journal reported. Nest Labs is a Palo Alto, California-based company that manufactures thermostats, smoke detectors, and other home security products. It was acquired by Alphabet, Inc. in 2014 for $3.2billion. Google is using the space above its search results to promote products owned by its parent company, Alphabet.
Mr. Pichai, speaking Thursday at a weekly all-hands meeting in Mountain View, Calif., was responding to criticism from employees, human rights groups and others who in recent days have voiced concerns over the Alphabet Inc. unit's work with the Chinese government. Google is developing services for Chinese citizens, including a search engine that could adhere to China's strict censors, The Wall Street Journal and others reported last week. At the meeting, Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin sounded optimistic about doing more business in China, cautioning that progress in the country is "slow-going and complicated." Mr. Brin was instrumental in Google's decision in 2010 to withdraw its search engine from China to protest the government's censorship regime and attempts to hack into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. At the time, he described the government as having the "earmarks of totalitarianism" of the Soviet Union, where he was born.
Google Shopping logos on a phone as European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (R) speaks during a press conference on an antitrust case against Google Shopping. SAN FRANCISCO --Google was levied a record $2.7 billion fine by the European Commission for allegedly favoring its Google Shopping results over other comparison shopping services. So what does that mean to you? Any changes that Google makes to Google Shopping will be in Europe, not in the U.S. But the European Union complaint does cast a bright light on how Google displays shopping results -- and how that's different from regular search results.