Articles by Paresh Dave

Lawmakers Sought to Ban Facial Software Being Used to ID Capitol Attackers

U.S. lawmakers are moving ahead with efforts to ban facial recognition software even as the technology helps identify supporters of President Donald Trump who ransacked their workplace and forced them to evacuate this month. Researchers and law enforcement have been …

Google Adds Extra Scrutiny of Its Scientists’ Research on ‘Sensitive Topics’

Alphabet Inc.’s Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists’ papers by launching a “sensitive topics” review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its technology in a negative light, according to internal communications …

Fired Employees Accuse Google of Labor Violations Over Handling of Protests

The National Labor Relations Board will file a complaint accusing Alphabet Inc.’s Google of unlawfully monitoring and questioning workers, who were fired for protesting against company policies and trying to organize a union, the former employees said in a statement …

States Prepare Second Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google for December

A bipartisan group of U.S. states plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google as early as next month, according to two people briefed on the matter, potentially beating a more widely anticipated lawsuit from a different group of states …

Health Officials Hope New Coronavirus Contact Tracing Apps Attract More Users

A new wave of mobile apps that help track exposure to the coronavirus is coming to U.S. states ahead of the holidays as public health officials bet that recently introduced features from Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google will significantly …

Alphabet Settles Suit Over Executives’ Exit Pay, Coverups Linked to Sexual Misconduct

Alphabet Inc. on Friday settled a shareholder lawsuit that accused the Google parent of covering up lavish exit packages to executives found responsible for sexual misconduct, saying it would overhaul workplace policies and increase oversight of its diversity efforts. The …

Google Turns Android Phones Into Earthquake Sensors

Alphabet Inc’s Google’s Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. …

California Scrutinizing Amazon’s Treatment of Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

California’s attorney general and state and local agencies are investigating whether Amazon.com Inc. has taken adequate steps to protect its workers from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a court filing on Monday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office, California’s Division of …

After Being Sued by Sonos, Google Sues Sonos Alleging Patent Infringement

Google filed a lawsuit accusing home speaker maker Sonos Inc. of infringing five of its patents, escalating tensions between the partners that have already led to a U.S. International Trade Commission probe. In a complaint filed on Thursday in San …

Zebra Technology Adds Social Distancing Alerts to Warehouse Workers’ Scanners

Zebra Technologies Corp., which sells barcode scanners and other computers used in warehouses globally, introduced a feature on Thursday that sounds an alert when workers breach physical distancing guidelines over the novel coronavirus. Warehouses and factories have been trying to …