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Google Pledges $1 Billion to Build CA Homes

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In an effort to “build a more helpful Google,” company CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday that the Silicon Valley giant would devote $1 billion toward building 20,000 new homes in the Bay Area, mostly in the southern part of the region near Google headquarters.

“We hope this plays a role in addressing the chronic shortage of affordable housing options for long-time middle and low income residents,” Pichai said in a blog post announcing the move. “The lack of new supply, combined with the rising cost of living, has resulted in a severe shortage of affordable housing options for long-time middle and low income residents.”

Fortune

 

Two More Google Blacklists Designed to Remove Fringe Domains, Op-Eds From Special Search Results

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At least two other blacklists are applied to Google’s web answers feature, one of which is manually edited, documents obtained by The Daily Caller indicate.

The first blacklist, titled “webanswers_url_blacklist,” impacts the company’s “featured snippets” or answer blocks, the type of special search result that appears when questions are typed into the search bar. For example, the question “What is the biggest fish?” yields a special search box on the whale shark.

In screenshots of the blacklist shared with The Daily Caller, the instructions at the top of the page say, “To ensure the blacklist will REMOVE a URL, add a line ‘# REMOVE url’.” And, “To ensure the blacklist WON’T remove a URL by accident, add ‘# PERMIT url’,” indicating that the blacklist is manually edited.

Daily Caller

Amazon Beats Apple, Google to Become World’s Most Valuable Brand

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Amazon has overtaken Google and Apple to become the world’s most valuable brand at $315.5 billion, according to a ranking of global companies, up 52% on last year.

Apple comes second, valued at $309.5 billion, with Google in third place, at $309 billion, according to the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand ranking 2019, compiled by WPP research agency Kantar and released Tuesday.

Google and Apple had spent a combined 12 years at the top of the list, with Google taking the top spot in 2018.

CNBC

Google De-Lists Alex Jones

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Tech giant Google has de-listed Alex Jones from its website search engine in its latest effort to unperson the Infowars founder.

When plugging “Alex Jones” into Google’s search engine, his flagship website Infowars.com doesn’t appear until the third page of its search results.

The apparent move by Google comes after an employee in April leaked damning internal documents detailing how Google manually manipulates its search results to exclude conservative media websites.

“T&S [Trust & Safety team] will be in charge of updating the blacklist as when there is a demand,” reads the policy document.

Infowars

DOJ Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google

Candace Owens Slams Big Tech Censorship of “Mass Awakening”

FB Will Allow Holocaust Deniers on the Platform But Will Censor Infowars Links

FB Blurring Faces of Right-Wing Figures, Uses Alex Jones as Test Case

Big Tech Colluded With MSM to Censor Conservatives Ahead of Alex Jones Ban

CNBC Complaining FB Not Deleting Conservative Accounts Fast Enough

Campus Reform Media Director Endorses Censorship of Conservatives

Leftists Celebrate FB Banning Alex Jones, Other Far Right ‘Extremists’

Google Attempt to Dodge Conservative Lawsuit Fails, Case Proceeds

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Google must face a class-action lawsuit brought by Republican attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon on behalf of the tech giant’s conservative employees, according to a California court.

Current and former Google employees say in a lawsuit that the company discriminates against non-progressives on the basis of their viewpoint, and against whites, Asians, and males on the basis of sex and race.

Google attempted to have the case dismissed. But a judge in California, where political discrimination is illegal, ruled against the company.

The case will now move to a legal process known as discovery — meaning that Google must provide Dhillon and other attorneys working on the case access to its internal documents.

This is potentially a huge problem for the tech giant, as previous leaks of internal documents and video have repeatedly exposed the company’s extreme political bias.

Breitbart

Google De-Lists Alex Jones From Web Search

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Tech giant Google has de-listed Alex Jones from its website search engine in its latest effort to unperson the Infowars founder.

When plugging “Alex Jones” into Google’s search engine, his flagship website Infowars.com doesn’t appear until the third page of its search results.

The apparent move by Google comes after an employee in April leaked damning internal documents detailing how Google manually manipulates its search results to exclude conservative media websites.

“T&S [Trust & Safety team] will be in charge of updating the blacklist as when there is a demand,” reads the policy document.

Infowars

DOJ Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google

Candace Owens Slams Big Tech Censorship of “Mass Awakening”

Big Tech Colluded With MSM to Censor Conservatives Ahead of Alex Jones Ban

CNBC Complaining FB Not Deleting Conservative Accounts Fast Enough

Campus Reform Media Director Endorses Censorship of Conservatives

Leftists Celebrate FB Banning Alex Jones, Other Far Right ‘Extremists’

Youtube Deletes Joe Rogan Podcast After Lobbying by George Soros Front Group

Youtube Purging Accounts Accused of Spreading “Bigoted” Ideologies

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Google-owned YouTube is planning to purge “thousands of videos and channels” which advocate “bigoted ideologies” or “claim Jews secretly control the world,” deny “that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust” took place, “say women are intellectually inferior to men and therefore should be denied certain rights,” or “suggest that the white race is superior to another race.”

Multiple channels were banned in the immediate aftermath of the announcement.

From New York Times, “YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views”:

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” the company said in a blog post. The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent incidents, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, took place.

Information Liberation

Trump Declares War on Big Tech, Launches Anti-Monopoly Probe

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Once shielded by the logic of Silicon Valley’s relentless churn of innovation – which dictated that no reigning tech empire could rule for long before going the way of Yahoo and AOL – tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google have been subjected to intensifying anti-trust pressure – Elizabeth Warren’s “Break up Big Tech”s billboard is only the latest example. Indeed, big tech trust-busting has become one of the few issues in contemporary Washington that garners genuine bipartisan support.

Since the Trump administration swept into power two years ago in spite of thinly veiled opposition from Silicon Valley – as it was later revealed, big tech effectively conspired with the Clinton campaign to hurt Trump’s chances – the drumbeat of unprecedented anti-trust scrutiny has grown steadily louder, facilitated by the president’s own publicly-voiced suspicions.

And on Friday, the levee finally broke.

Infowars

DOJ Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google

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The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly preparing an antitrust investigation into Google, sparking speculation of a new precedent that could break up Big Tech giants.

The probe will reportedly examine Google’s search practices among other things, according to a Friday Wall Street Journal report.

“A Justice Department investigation would put Google—and potentially other tech giants—in an unwanted spotlight at a time when major internet companies already have seen their political fortunes turning, both in the U.S. and overseas,” reports the WSJ. “U.S. leaders have begun to question the size and dominance of some of the tech giants.”

Don’t forget that Alex Jones called on President Trump for similar action months ago.

Infowars

“Outrage Mobs,” “Witch Hunts” Dominate Google, Says Engineer

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Outrage mobs and witch hunts dominate the culture at Google, according to a software engineer.

The engineer, Mike Wacker, says he was targeted by one such mob in part because he runs a social mailing list for Republicans inside the company – and the engineer warns that these outrage mobs are incompatible with free speech and due process because they equate non-approved speech to “physical violence.”

“More and more, we’ve heard claims that speech is violence, and the outrage mob against Kay Coles James was no exception to that trend,” he wrote on Medium. “Thus, it’s important that your definition of violence doesn’t endorse this notion that speech is violence.”

For more context, Kay Coles James is the president of the Heritage Foundation who was targeted by a mob after she was appointed to an AI ethics panel.

Infowars