Amazon, Google face digital taxes from growing list of countries – Fox Business

France introduced a new tax that could hit Silicon Valley giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The measure, introduced by the government on Wednesday, would levy a 3 percent tax on revenues the tech companies generate in France from services like advertising or operating a digital marketplace. MORE FROM FOXBUSINESS.COM…The proposal targets about 30 firms,…

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Google Moves to Address Wage Equity, and Finds It’s Underpaying Many Men – The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — When Google conducted a study recently to determine whether the company was underpaying women and members of minority groups, it found that more men than women were receiving less money for doing similar work. The surprising conclusion to the latest version of the annual study contrasted sharply with the experience of women…

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Google says data is more like sunlight than oil, just 1 day after being fined $57 million over its privacy and consent practices – Business Insider

Google wants to popularise a more upbeat way of describing data: it’s more like sunlight than oil. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday morning, Google chief financial officer Ruth Porat said: “Data is more like sunlight than oil … It is like sunshine, we keep using it and it keeps regenerating.” Most people…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI fears are ‘very legitimate’ – Fox News

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said last week that concerns about harmful applications of artificial intelligence are “very legitimate.” In a Washington Post interview, Pichai said that AI tools will need ethical guardrails and will require companies to think deeply about how technology can be abused. “I think tech has to realize it just can’t build…

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Google Plus Will Be No More Sooner Than Expected – Newser

(Newser) – Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook. A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5 million Google Plus users…

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Google went down after traffic was routed through China and Russia

The problem started when a carrier in Lagos, Nigeria improperly declared its own system as the correct route to several hundred IP prefixes belonging to Google. China Telecom accepted the route (also improperly) and declared it worldwide. That in turn was picked up by Russia’s Transtelecom and other large ISP services. Later on, the same…

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