Google's cryptographic solution to keep sensitive data sets private
- The internet giant has said it’s open sourcing Private Join and Compute, a new secure multi-party computation (MPC) tool designed to help organizations work together with confidential data sets.
- The tool is conceived with privacy in mind, and thus allows organizations to trade data sets and glean aggregate insights about other parties’ confidential data without actually disclosing anything about individuals represented in the data set.
- By processing the city’s rider data set and the point-of-sale data set from merchants using Private Join and Compute, it allows the city to determine the total number of train riders who made a purchase at a local store without revealing any identifying information about the riders or their purchases.
- Once the intersecting data set has been identified, calculations — like count, summation, or average — can be performed on it to reveal aggregate statistics.
Why Google+ Failed
- When you viewed content in your Google Plus stream, the content was ranked using a sophisticated algorithm so that “important” or “interesting” content appeared at the top, while lower-priority communication appeared lower down on the page.
- Later on in the life of Google Plus, the company added a “notifications” feature that provided a separate user interface, visible in all Google applications, that displayed a list of messages sent specifically to you or that were otherwise deemed high priority.
- It meant that if you wanted the full Google Plus experience (both the stream and the intimate personal messages), you ended up having to read a lot of messages twice.
- You see, Hancock was supposed to create millions of new Google Plus users, but what it actually did was create millions of accounts.
Show HN: An old terminal HTML template
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Google was grilled about China and other hot-button topics during its investor meeting
- A question regarding a potential censored search engine in China was directed at Pichai but was answered by Kent Walker, the company's chief counsel.
- When pressed by the stockholder to confirm that Google wouldn't release a censored search product in China at some point in the future, Walker remained silent.
- The stockholder proposal to review the human rights impact of offering censored search in China was rejected on Wednesday.
- The company has also faced criticism over plans to create a censored search engine for people in China, and for a contract, now abandoned, to provide its AI technology to the US military.
- On Wednesday, a stockholder asked why Alphabet's CEO (Page) had routinely skipped out on the event — the one time each year stockholders are able to ask executives questions directly.
Google's Troubles Encroach on Alphabet's Shareholder Meeting
- Alphabet, Google’s parent company, faced an onslaught of 14 independent shareholder proposals during its annual meeting on Wednesday, most criticizing the concentration of power in the hands of a few executives and all demanding some kind of structural change to make the company more accountable—to workers, shareholders, Chinese dissidents, or prospective neighbors of Google’s planned campus in San Jose.
- This year, three proposals were introduced by Alphabet employees, regarding human rights in China around Google’s proposed censored search app, mandatory arbitration and the use of nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment claims, and tying executive pay to environmental sustainability and racial and gender diversity; the latter was introduced by Knapp.
- Patrick Doherty, director of corporate governance for the New York State comptroller’s office and the final shareholder to speak, recalled that Google stopped censoring its search engine in China in 2010 because it was inconsistent with its values.
Google, Pharma Giant Sanofi Team Up to Discover Drugs: Brainstorm Health
- Now, Sanofi and Alphabet’s Google are teaming up to use data collection and artificial intelligence in a bid to spur drug development and changes in health care delivery.
- The purpose of the Sanofi/Google partnership is three-fold and will be conducted with the help of a newly established, virtual Innovation Lab (the companies didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal): better understanding diseases, increasing corporate efficiency, and improving patient/customer experience.
- In other words: This is every bit as much of an operational streamlining and high-tech marketing effort (for instance, by using Google technology to better design sales forecasts through the use of real-world datasets) as it is a quest to develop new drugs.
- And Google’s cloud services will play a large part in that quest, as similar technology expands its role across multiple life sciences companies.
Google employees join protest at Alphabet’s shareholder meeting
- Workers joined community activists in demanding change from Google on how it handles sexual harassment in the workplace and its plans to build a censored search engine for China.
- It was an escalation of an employee organizing movement within Google to demand more transparency from company leadership and to draw attention to complaints over issues such as the company’s sexual harassment policy and its efforts to build a censored search engine in China.
- But Wednesday’s efforts are the first time the company’s employees formed a broad coalition with several activist groups and investors to pressure Google, according to organizers from Coworker.org, who helped connect employees with investors to collaborate on five shareholder proposals.
- Google employees; labor and activist coalition Silicon Valley Rising; SEIU-USWW (a union representing janitorial staff and security officers); and local community groups helped organize the rally outside the meeting.
Alphabet Executives Confronted By Frustrated Employees at Shareholder Meeting
- The employees—upset about how the company deals with sexual harassment, its employment practices, and its development of a censored search engine for China—risked their jobs to tell Alphabet leadership that they wanted change and transparency.
- And the fact that Page, who is Alphabet’s CEO, did not attend the meeting upset several people present.
- In addition to fielding the usual questions about Alphabet’s business and innovations like self-driving cars, they got an earful from Google employees who wanted their voices to be heard.
- Max Kapczynski, an employee at Alphabet’s life sciences arm Verily, spoke to support a proposal that would require Google to end allegedly unfair employment practices, like forced arbitration for Alphabet employees who don’t work in the Google division.
- Regardless of the potential ramifications of speaking out, Marie, one of the employees at the shareholder meeting, said workers would continue to do so until the company makes critical changes.
How to create a custom timeline in Google Docs using the 'Drawing' tool, for work presentations and more
- If you need to make a timeline graphic for a work or school presentation, but you don't want to download anything or pay to create it, you're in luck: There is a way to use Google Docs to get it done.
- Creating a timeline from scratch will require a bit of time and effort on your end (so if you think you may need it again, saving a plain version of your timeline can save time later on).
- And in case you're worried about having level lines, don't: The "Drawing" tool on Google Docs provides a lot of support in that respect, including guidelines that help ensure everything is properly spaced out.
- You can also insert photos into your timeline by clicking the "Picture" tool and uploading your photo or artwork.
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Former leaders at Facebook, Google, and Twitter think regulation is coming for their old employers
- Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.
- Three people who have held senior roles at big tech companies all think that their former employers deserve more regulation — and maybe even to be broken up.
- In an interview with The Verge Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday, former leaders at Google, Facebook, and Twitter each voiced their concerns now that they’re on the outside looking in.
- The federal government is reported to be preparing for a broad review of Big Tech’s power, with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice divvying up responsibility for possible probes into Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple.
- To Nicole Wong, who worked in senior legal roles at Google and Twitter, regulation is overdue.
- Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us.