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8/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
By setting itself up as a gatekeeper against racism, Silicon Valley could weaken its arguments against legislation that targets other harmful online content The tech industry’s crackdown on racism could complicate one of its biggest fights in Congress, where Silicon Valley is lobbying hard against legislation aimed at weeding out other...
News Release
8/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Internet giant Google, which claims the motto “Don’t Be Evil,” is leaning on US lawmakers to oppose legislation fixing a key Internet law that shields websites enabling online child sex-trafficking, and would finally let victims hold rogue websites like Backpage accountable, Consumer Watchdog said today....
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8/8/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Verily, the life sciences corporate cousin of tech powerhouse Google, are releasing a million mosquitoes a week for 20 weeks this summer in Fresno, CA, and Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson tells CBS News This Morning why he is concerned.
News Release
8/1/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned that the tech industry is pressing the Trump Administration to adopt language in a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal that would protect websites like the notorious Backpage.com that facilitate child sex-trafficking.  The tech industry efforts come as Congress is...
News Story
7/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Google wants to make its search experience on smartphones more personalized — by showing information based on users’ interests and what’s trending in their area. The information will appear beneath the search bar on the Google app on Apple and Android devices (eventually, it will be included in Google mobile searches, not just...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A virtual grin arose on the face of Harvey Rosenfield with the mention of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. The mention was made during a phone call, but the overwhelming satisfaction of a smile was easily detectible in his voice during a conversation that had an otherwise ominous tone. It was as if he had been waiting for someone to...
News Release
6/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on U.S. antitrust regulators to act against Google’s anti-competitive practices in the wake of the European Commission’s record $2.7 billion fine against Google for violating antitrust law and illegally favoring its comparison shopping service over competitors in its search...
News Story
6/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Seven years after Google started developing robocars, 13 months after a Florida man died in a Tesla Model S that was driving itself, and almost a year after self-driving Ubers started picking up passengers in Pennsylvania, Congress might actually start regulating autonomous vehicles. Nearly everyone working on this emerging technology, from...
News Release
6/7/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that intentionally facilitate online child sex-trafficking accountable, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The refusal came from Kent Walker, Sr. Vice President and General...
News Story
6/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
MOUNTAIN VIEW — A proposal from two investment firms to order Google’s parent firm Alphabet to issue a report on an alleged “gender pay gap” was dead even before it was read out at Wednesday’s annual stockholders meeting. Earlier proxy voting by investors killed the measure, which was also proposed last year, Alphabet...