Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms

Google’s head of news has warned that proposed changes to European copyright law will hit smaller news publishers hardest and “limit innovation in journalism”. Richard Gingras urged EU policymakers to “fix” what Google perceives to be the “unintended consequences” of Article 11 of the European Union copyright directive, which is in the final stages of … Continue reading “Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms”

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Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms

Google’s head of news has warned that proposed changes to European copyright law will hit smaller news publishers hardest and “limit innovation in journalism”. Richard Gingras urged EU policymakers to “fix” what Google perceives to be the “unintended consequences” of Article 11 of the European Union copyright directive, which is in the final stages of … Continue reading “Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms”

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Brace Yourselves: Google Got a California Permit to Start Testing Autonomous Cars Without a Safety Driver

Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, announced on Tuesday that it’d secured the first permit in California to launch fully-autonomous cars with no safety driver onto public streets. Brace yourselves. Read more…

Budget: Chancellor announces new UK ‘digital services tax’ on tech giants such as Facebook and Google

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new UK digital services tax on “established tech giants” like Facebook, Google and Amazon that he has said will bring in more than £400m every year for public services. Hammond announced the 2 per cent tax on digital businesses, such as social media and search engine platforms, to “ensure … Continue reading “Budget: Chancellor announces new UK ‘digital services tax’ on tech giants such as Facebook and Google”

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Google offers funding for ‘creative approaches’ to sustainable business models for news

Google is offering “no-strings” funding for “creative approaches” to building a sustainable business model for news as it opens the final round of applications for its Digital News Innovation fund. The fund, which launched three years ago, has so far paid out $115.2m of its $150m money pot to support more than 559 digital journalism projects … Continue reading “Google offers funding for ‘creative approaches’ to sustainable business models for news”

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Google’s UK boss says tech giant ‘ready to partner’ with Government over outcome of Cairncross Review

Google’s UK boss has told Press Gazette the digital giant is “ready to partner” with the UK Government on the outcome of the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the digital age. News publishers have called for a new licensing system to ensure that digital giants pay a fair financial contribution for the … Continue reading “Google’s UK boss says tech giant ‘ready to partner’ with Government over outcome of Cairncross Review”

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Do You Work as a Self-Driving Car Operator? Tell Us Your Story

This week’s New Yorker features a scathing article on Google’s self-driving car program, detailing the stories of nightmarish mismanagement and at least one crash involving self-driving cars that went mostly unreported. We want to shine more light on w…

The Engineer in the Google vs. Uber ‘Stolen Tech’ Case Really Was Terrible

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial former Google engineer at the center of the major lawsuit between Uber and Waymo over trade secrets last year, is the subject of a new extensive, scathing, head-spinning story featured in this month’s New Yorker. …

Google’s Waymo Self-Driving Car Crashed After Driver Dozed Off Back in June

A Chrysler Pacifica test car outfitted with technology from Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo crashed into a median back in June after the operator meant to be monitoring the system in the driver’s seat reportedly fell asleep and inadvertently disab…

Free speech concerns over possible extension of ‘right to be forgotten’ concept

Free speech could be under threat if the so-called “right to be forgotten” concept is rolled out globally, a human rights organisation has warned. Article 19, a British-led group of non-governmental organisations, is concerned that countries such as China, Russia and Saudi Arabia would have greater power in censoring information on the internet if France … Continue reading “Free speech concerns over possible extension of ‘right to be forgotten’ concept”