Google not obligated to vet websites, German court rules

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results, Germany’s highest court ruled on Tuesday.The case, which comes in the context of debate about the so-called “right to be forgotten”, had been brought by two individuals seeking Google to prevent its search engine from displaying links to websites on which they were verbally attacked by other internet users.They wanted Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, to ...

Waymo and Uber settle self-driving vehicle trade secret dispute

Friday, 9 February 2018

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit and ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc have settled their legal dispute over trade secrets, the two companies said on Friday. Uber agreed to pay equity valued at about $245 million to Waymo, according to a Waymo representative. Waymo had previously estimated damages in the case at about $1.9 billion, which Uber rejected. A jury trial to decide a lawsuit filed by Waymo a year ago was dismissed by the judge just five days after it started ...

Google’s latest iPhone rival off to a rocky start

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The launch of Alphabet Inc’s second-generation Google Pixel smartphones has been hampered by display screen problems and pricing and shipping issues, prompting the company to open an investigation and issue multiple apologies to customers. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which start at $649 and debuted in stores on Thursday, are the lynchpin of Google’s efforts to take on Apple Inc’s iPhone directly. Early Pixel 2 users have voiced frustration with mishaps ...

Uber rival Lyft says Alphabet leads latest $1 bln round of funding

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Uber rival Lyft said on Thursday Capital G, the growth investment fund of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, led a $1 billion round of financing, boosting the valuation of the ride-hailing service to $11 billion.The company already received an investment from GM but it looks like Lyft is shifting more to Alphabet, which has its own autonomous car development platform Waymo. Lyft also said that CapitalG partner David Lawee will be joining the company’s board. 

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit sues Uber with trade theft charge

Friday, 24 February 2017

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto on Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology. Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology. “Uber’s LiDAR technology is actually Waymo’s LiDAR ...

Google to help publishers find malicious comments on articles

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Alphabet Inc’s Google and subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The ...

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