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Leaked Google Video After Trump’s Win Adds to Pressure From Conservatives

SAN FRANCISCO — A video posted to the right-wing media site Breitbart on Wednesday showed Google executives bemoaning the election of President Trump at a company meeting in 2016.The release of the leaked video is the latest volley in an expanding campaign by Republicans and allies in the media to demonstrate that Google and other Silicon Valley firms are biased against conservatives. Last week, Jeff Sessions, the United States attorney general, said he will meet with Republican state attorneys general this month to discuss whether social media companies are stifling conservative voices.Google has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks since Mr. Trump accused the company of…

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State of the Art: The Metamorphosis of Silicon Valley C.E.O.s: From Big to Boring

Though he has made good on only some of those points — Tesla is now struggling to fulfill orders for the Model 3, the “even more affordable” car in the plan — posting the plan was part of an impish ploy to generate publicity for what looked like an outlandish idea. That ploy worked; ever since, Mr. Musk has leveraged his growing celebrity as if it were a currency.Every few months, he makes new promises about this or that amazing thing coming soon. Each time, he reaps more attention and financing and, eventually, builds real cars that are sold to real people. In this way, Mr. Musk’s…

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Republicans Accuse Twitter of Bias Against Conservatives

WASHINGTON — Republicans accused Twitter of being biased against conservatives on Wednesday, drawing rebukes from Democrats in a congressional hearing that illustrated how partisan lines are increasingly being drawn on social media.The sparring focused on the testimony of Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, who repeatedly denied the accusations during a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Republicans grilled Mr. Dorsey, suggesting that Twitter’s algorithms suppress conservative viewpoints and discriminate against Republican voices.Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat of Pennsylvania, accused Republicans of sounding the alarm of bias for political gain. The idea that social media services exhibit a partisan slant, Mr. Doyle said, was a “load…

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Facebook and Twitter Have a Message for Lawmakers: We’re Trying

Ms. Sandberg is a veteran of Washington politics. She was the chief of staff to the former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers during the Clinton administration, and now oversees policy for Facebook, among other things.Mr. Dorsey, known for his taciturn style, has been on a media blitz in recent weeks as Twitter has tried to shore up its reputation. He is not well known in Washington and will have to defend Twitter from accusations of political bias in a manner that doesn’t further rile lawmakers.Both executives have been preparing for the hearings for several weeks. They each have been coached by company lawyers and Facebook and Twitter’s Washington…

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The Week ahead: Summer Winds Down, and Big Tech Is Called Before Congress

AdvertisementThe Week aheadThe newest jobs numbers are expected to show healthy gains, and Detroit automakers will report sales for August.ImageTwitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, is among the representatives of big technology companies who will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about efforts to combat foreign influence in the midterm elections.CreditCreditMike Segar/ReutersBy The New York TimesSept. 2, 2018Here’s what to expect in the week ahead:MarketsMarkets to close as summer winds downSummer is (unofficially) over. The United States and Canada observe Labor Day on Monday, and markets in both countries will be closed as traders pack up their linen suits and winterize their beach houses. Starbucks is already selling…

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Alphabet’s Plans for a China Comeback Go Beyond Google Search

A Google spokeswoman said the company did not have a comment for this article.For Alphabet, any play at significant expansion in China would bring unique challenges.Its major moneymaking activities, such as search and video, run up against the Communist Party’s controls on information in a way that online shopping, for instance, does not.Google would have to overcome a lack of name recognition among young Chinese. And it would face a tough fight against homegrown incumbents with Silicon Valley-like money to burn — including in areas like self-driving cars, in which Alphabet is arguably the global leader.Waymo’s company registration in China still puts it a long way from…

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Feature: The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won

In early 2014, Pritzker traveled to Silicon Valley for a highly publicized listening tour. She hailed the tech industry as a model for government — a partner, not an antagonist. Data, she proclaimed, was “the fuel of the 21st century.” Pritzker’s tour included visits to eBay, Google and the Menlo Park campus of Facebook, where she met again with Sandberg. The women discussed an array of issues, including consumer privacy and how to ensure that American tech businesses remained competitive around the world. Two former Obama administration officials told me that those conversations appeared to have shaped Pritzker’s early views on privacy. “Our goal at the Department…

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State of the Art: Stumbles? What Stumbles? Big Tech Is as Strong as Ever

Regulatory pressure isn’t having a huge impactThe European Union recently fined Google $5.1 billion for abusing its mobile software monopoly, which followed a $2.7 billion fine last year for abuse of its search monopoly. (Google is appealing both decisions.) Apple agreed last year to pay nearly $16 billion in back taxes to the European Union over its cozy tax deal with Ireland. (The funds will be held in escrow while Ireland appeals the decision; Apple has disputed any wrongdoing.) Facebook, which has been hauled before lawmakers in Europe and the United States for its role in politics, faces threats of increased regulation and possible fines for mishandling…

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Waymo Teams Up With Walmart, Avis and Others for Short Driverless Rides

Waymo, Google’s autonomous-vehicle spinoff, wants to help you run your errands.The company said on Wednesday that it had teamed up with five companies, including Walmart, Avis and AutoNation, to offer rides in its self-driving cars in the Phoenix area.The partnerships hint at Waymo’s plans for fusing its technology into people’s everyday lives by transporting them between their homes and stores, restaurants or other nearby destinations.The company’s arrangement with Walmart will allow shoppers who buy groceries online to summon a Waymo vehicle to shuttle them to a store to pick up their orders.The new service, which is set to begin this week, is Walmart’s latest move in an…

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Google Shrugs Off $5.1 Billion Fine With Another Big Quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — European authorities took their best swing, but it appears that Google hardly felt it.Less than a week after the European Union fined Google a record $5.1 billion for abusing its dominance in the smartphone market, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said on Monday it had already absorbed the cost of the fine and still made $3.2 billion in profits in its latest quarter.Alphabet’s stock rose 3.5 percent in after-hours trading, and some analysts recommended the company’s shares. With the regulatory issue settled, they said, Google could get back to focusing on selling ads across the internet.“It’s like a delivery company having to pay for a…

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