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:

Department of Justice could bring antitrust charges against Google as early as this summer

Sources familiar with the matter tell The Wall Street Journal that the Justice Department could levy charges against Google as early as this summer. Additional lawsuits from state attorneys general including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton could follow in the … Read more…

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…

Apple and Google have an ambitious plan to help officials track coronavirus — here’s what needs to happen now

Digital contact tracing is not a magic bullet, and there are a lot of steps that still need to happen before digital contact tracing apps like those enabled by Google and Apple start slowing the spread of the coronavirus around … 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…

Britain’s NHS working with Google, Apple on app to track coronavirus contact: Sunday Times

The technology arm of Britain’s National Health Service has been working on a mobile phone app with Alphabet Inc’s Google and iPhone maker Apple that the government hopes will help in ending the coronavirus lockdown, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. … 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…

Jack Dorsey invites you to follow along via Google Docs as he spends $1 billion on COVID-19 relief

Jack Dorsey has officially thrown his hat in the rich-person-fighting-COVID-19 ring.  Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and Square, announced on Tuesday that he will transfer a significant portion of his equity in the latter company to an LLC. The … Read more…

Google releases location data to show if coronavirus lockdowns working in 131 countries

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus. Reuters: Technology News BEST … Read more…

Google Assistant Accessibility Videos: Using the Assistant on Android smartphones with Talkback

Google SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine! SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE: Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over … Read more…

Facebook and Google see surge in online activity, still expected to see combined ad revenue hit of $44 billion

Facebook and Google generate around $ 200 billion per year in advertising revenue, so you’d think that this period of self-isolation and working from home is driving more use of their services and thus, more revenue. However, brands are in … 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 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…

Justice Department Ramps Up Google Probe, With Heavy Focus on Ad Tools

In recent months, the department has been posing increasingly detailed questions—to Google’s rivals and executives inside the company itself—about how Google’s third-party advertising business interacts with publishers and advertisers. WSJ.com: US Business SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your … Read more…

Co-Star accuses Google of ‘anti-astrology prejudice’ after Play Store pulls horoscope app

Co-Star, the “hyper-personalized” AI astrology app notorious (and beloved) for its ego-bruising push notifications, has gone supernova on Google over its sudden removal from the Play Store. Just two weeks after the app became available to Android users, it reportedly … 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 CEO, in leaked video, says company is ‘genuinely struggling’ with employee trust

At Google’s closed-door meeting, CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives sought to quell employee discontent and defended the hiring of a former Department of Homeland Security official, while chastising employees for airing their gripes publicly. Technology BEST DEAL UPDATE: