Category Archives: Google Under Fire

Google SGE a top threat to brand and product search terms, study finds

Among the findings: 91.4% of all search queries triggered SGE; Quora was a big winner; and paid search ads appeared 50% of the time. Danny Goodwin on March 25, 2024 There will be “some erosion of current traffic levels” from brand-related terms as a result of Google’s Search Generative Experience, according to a new Authoritas … Continue reading Google SGE a top threat to brand and product search terms, study finds

Is Google getting worse? This is what leading computer scientists say

  By Clint Rainey January 18, 2024 You’ve heard this claim before, but a new study lends academic credence to the common refrain that “Google is getting worse.” For a paper that’s being presented at March’s European Conference on Information Retrieval, a team of German researchers googled some 7,392 search terms once a week for … Continue reading Is Google getting worse? This is what leading computer scientists say

Google sues scammers that allegedly released a malware-filled Bard knockoff

Google sues scammers that allegedly released a malware-filled Bard knockoff The defendants were previously served with over 300 takedown requests. Lawrence Bonk   Mon, Nov 13, 2023 Future Publishing via Getty Images The hype surrounding emerging technologies like generative AI creates a wild west, of sorts, for bad actors seeking to capitalize on consumer confusion. … Continue reading Google sues scammers that allegedly released a malware-filled Bard knockoff

Google refutes claims it violated its own guidelines and misled advertisers

Google refutes claims it violated its own guidelines and misled advertisers   Kris Holt   @krisholt Google has denied “extremely inaccurate claims” that it may have violated its own rules and misled advertisers over ad viewership on third-party websites.  Through the Google Video Partner (GVP) network and TrueView (an ad product that’s also used on … Continue reading Google refutes claims it violated its own guidelines and misled advertisers

Google Fi warns customers that their data has been compromised

T-Mobile data breach compromised 37 million customers’ data Mariella Moon @mariella_moon T-Mobile has admitted that hackers were able to steal the information of around 37 million postpaid and prepaid customers in another major data breach. The carrier said in a regulatory filing that it discovered the issue on January 5th, but that it believes the … Continue reading Google Fi warns customers that their data has been compromised

Google Employee Who Protested A Contract With Israel Resigns After Being Forced To Relocate

Google Employee Who Protested A Contract With Israel Resigns by Laurie Sullivan  @lauriesullivan, August 30, 2022 Ariel Koren — a product marketing manager for Google for Education who has worked for the Alphabet company for seven years — wrote a memo to colleagues announcing her plan to leave Google at the end of the week. Ariel, … Continue reading Google Employee Who Protested A Contract With Israel Resigns After Being Forced To Relocate

Google Will Be ‘Tool For Extremists’ In Post-Roe World, Groups Warn

Google Will Be ‘Tool For Extremists’ In Post-Roe World, Groups Warn by Wendy Davis , Staff Writer @wendyndavis, June 3, 2022 For more than a decade, privacy advocates have urged Google to curb its seemingly insatiable appetite for data about the people who interact with its various products and services, ranging from its search engine to … Continue reading Google Will Be ‘Tool For Extremists’ In Post-Roe World, Groups Warn

Google Urged To Shed Data That Could Identify Women Seeking Abortions

Google Urged To Shed Data That Could Identify Women Seeking Abortions by Wendy Davis  @wendyndavis, May 24, 2022 Democratic lawmakers are urging Google to shed location data that could be used to identify women who seek abortions. “Google cannot allow its online advertising-focused digital infrastructure to be weaponized against women,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Rep. … Continue reading Google Urged To Shed Data That Could Identify Women Seeking Abortions

Google’s ‘raters’ are pushing for $15 an hour

Google sets baseline standards for temp workers after outcry Google staff weren’t even allowed to sympathize with contractors. J. Fingas @jonfingas April 2nd, 2019 AP Photo/Ng Han Guan Google is once again responding to complaints about working conditions and strategic decisions. The search firm is implementing “minimum standards” for temporary staff in the wake of … Continue reading Google’s ‘raters’ are pushing for $15 an hour

European publishers lodge EU antitrust complaint against Google’s ad tech

EU opens antitrust probe into Google’s advertising tech Regulators have been informally consulting on an investigation since 2019. S. Shah @eightiethmnt June 22nd, 2021 Yves Herman / reuters The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s alleged violation of competition law through its ad tech policies. Regulators, who have spent the past two … Continue reading European publishers lodge EU antitrust complaint against Google’s ad tech