Tag: Google

Uber’s PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company

BY BARBARA ORTUTAY NEW YORK (AP) — Uber’s head of communications is leaving, the latest in a string of executive departures as the ride-hailing company tries to dig out from a pile of troubles. In a memo to employees, CEO Travis Kalanick called Rachel Whetstone a “force of nature” who was “was way ahead of the game when it came to many of the changes we needed to make as a company.” Uber is facing accusations of routinely tolerated sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as troubles for Kalanick after a video surfaced showing him berating...

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YouTube TV has some nifty features – and some big drawbacks

BY ANICK JESDANUN NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube TV, Google’s new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry’s latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection. Don’t confuse the YouTube service, which debuts Wednesday, with Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming offerings. Like similar efforts from Sony, Dish and AT&T’s DirecTV , YouTube TV primarily aims to let you channel surf over the internet, not to stream from an online library of shows and...

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Inventor of World Wide Web(WWW) wins computing’s ‘Nobel Prize’

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most people who search on Google, share on Facebook and shop on Amazon have never heard of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. But they might not be doing any of those things had he not invented the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee, 61, is this year’s recipient of the A.M. Turing Award, computing’s version of the Nobel Prize. The award, announced Tuesday by the Association for Computing Machinery, marks another pinnacle for the British native, who has already been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named as one of the 100 most important people of...

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More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their advertising on YouTube after the Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen and several other companies pulled ads earlier this week. The defections are continuing even after Google apologized for tainting brands and outlined steps to ensure ads don’t...

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Texas Native is Stranded in the Grand Canyon for 5 days

A Texas native is stranded in the Grand Canyon for 5 days. She was on the road when Google told her to make a turn, but ended up being the wrong one. She called 911 got an answer, and then click, the cell phone service went down. Her gas tank empty and darkness setting in, she parked. She had about 30 to 40 bottles of water, a few pounds of dried fruit and so she waited to be rescued. Day 2 she built-in SOS out of rocks. Day 3 a bigger help sign. Day 4 a car drove right...

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