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Many of the key Googler Uprising organizers have quit, citing retaliation from senior management

Android Boing Boing

The Googler Uprising was a string of employee actions within Google over a series of issues related to ethics and business practices, starting with the company's AI project for US military drones , then its secretive work on a censored/surveilling
'The Googler Uprising was a string of employee actions within Google over a series of issues related to ethics and business practices, starting with the company's AI project for US military drones , then its secretive work on a censored/surveilling search tool for use in China; then the $80m payout to Android founder Andy Rubin after he was accused of multiple sexual assaults. Tens of thousands of Google employees participated in the uprising, including 20,000 who walked off the job in February . The activist Google employees moved from victory to victory, including the ouster of a a transphobic, racist, xenophobic ideologue who had been appointed to Google's \'AI Ethics\' board. Two key organizers, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, publicly accused the company of targeting them for retaliation in April (to enormous internal uproar ). Now, Whittaker has resigned (on the thirteenth anniversary of her employement with Google), along with Celie O’Neil-Hart, who had been global head of trust and transparency marketing at YouTube Ads, and Google News Labs' Erica Anderson. In Whittaker's farewell note to her colleagues, she calls on them to \'unionize — in a way that works,\' \'protect conscientious objectors and whistleblowers,\' \'demand to know what you’re working on, and how it’s used\' and \'build solidarity with those beyond the company.\' She says that Google's entry into \'new markets\' like \'healthcare, fossil fuels, city development and governance, transportation, and beyond..is gaining significant and largely unchecked power to impact our world (including in profoundly dangerous ways, such as accelerating the extraction of fossil fuels and the deployment of surveillance technology).\' Whittaker will devote her work to AI Now , the group she co-founded to build and promulgate critical, ethical frameworks for AI research. I wish her the best. Whittaker is a friend and colleague of mine, and I volunteer on the advisory board for Simply Secure , a nonprofit she founded. Leaving Google is deeply emotional for me, and I don’t know all of the ways I’ll miss it. I’m lucky because I get to continue my work at AI Now. And I’d be much sadder if I didn’t see many hundreds of Googlers establishing themselves as leaders, contributing their brilliance to organizing, and refusing to stand silent in the face of leadership’s dangerous complicity. Please, keep going! The stakes are extremely high. The use of AI for social control and oppression is already emerging, even in the face of developers’ best of intentions. We have a short window in which to act, to build in real guardrails for these systems, before AI is built into our infrastructure and it’s too late. I offer my unwavering support and love to those of you who continue to do amazing work here, and who have taken risks to support others. In solidarity with all of you who will continue this essential work within Google, I’ll close by offering an incomplete map of where I see future tech organizing moving. Onward! Another #GoogleWalkout Goodbye [Meredith Whittaker/Google Walkout For Real Change] Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company [Nitasha Tiku/Wired]'

LG G Pay Arrives for G8, Supports Handful of Banks

Android Droid Life

After what must be years of rumors and reports (yup, 2015!), G Pay from LG has arrived for the G8 ThinQ. Basically, G Pay is an alternative to Google Pay and Samsung Pay, made specifically for LG devices and LG customers. You can use it at
'After what must be years of rumors and reports (yup, 2015 !), G Pay from LG has arrived for the G8 ThinQ . Basically, G Pay is an alternative to Google Pay and Samsung Pay, made specifically for LG devices and LG customers. You can use it at universally any magstripe terminal, making it more useful than Google Pay in certain instances and just as versatile as Samsung Pay, which utilizes MST. At launch, the service appears to only support a handful of banks. For networks, G Pay supports Mastercard and Visa. The big banks supported are Chase, PNC Bank, and US Bank. Just like Google Pay and Samsung Pay, we assume this list will grow over time. Leave your plastic cards at home and pay quickly and securely with your phone. LG Pay is a digital wallet that lets you put your credit/debit, gift and loyalty cards into one simple-to-use-app. LG Pay is compatible with most NFC readers and Magstripe payment terminals, so you can use it virtually everywhere. And for added convenience, it’s also available via voice commands. LG fans, you’ve probably been waiting a very long time for this, so go check it out. If you have any phone besides a G8, too bad. Google Play Link // LG'

Google exec claims controversial Dragonfly search engine is 'terminated'

Android Mashable

Dragonfly , it seems, is officially dead. Probably.  The controversial Chinese search engine previously in development by Google that raised privacy , censorship , and human rights concerns is finally, officially, no more — at least according
'Dragonfly , it seems, is officially dead. Probably.  The controversial Chinese search engine previously in development by Google that raised privacy , censorship , and human rights concerns is finally, officially, no more — at least according to Karan Bhatia, Google's vice president of global government affairs and public policy. In a July 16 congressional hearing, Bhatia assured Senator Josh Hawley that the project is over.  \'Is [Project Dragonfly] active right now?\' asked Hawley.  \'It's not, Senator,\' replied Bhatia. \'We have terminated that.\'  This unequivocal response is a departure from previous couched statements by Google executives regarding Dragonfly's status. For example, in December, chief executive Sundar Pichai told Congress that \'right now there are no plans for us to launch a search product in China.\'  Read more.. More about Google , Privacy , Dragonfly , Tech , and Big Tech Companies'

Expect One UI 2.0 With Android Q, Version 2.1 With Galaxy S11

Android Droid Life

According to sources of SamMobile, Android Q’s release will bring about One UI 2.0, followed by One UI 2.1 for the Galaxy S11. Of course, this aligns with what we saw earlier this year, with the launch of One UI version 1.0 with Android Pie, then
'According to sources of SamMobile , Android Q’s release will bring about One UI 2.0 , followed by One UI 2.1 for the Galaxy S11. Of course, this aligns with what we saw earlier this year, with the launch of One UI version 1.0 with Android Pie, then the Galaxy S10 launching with version 1.1. It makes sense. Sadly, there is no word on what an updated One UI version based on Android Q will offer. We’ve noted bitched that Android Q is essentially Google playing catch up to other OEM’s custom skins, with the inclusion of things like a dedicated Dark Mode, so as of right now, your guess for what will come in One UI 2.0 is as good as ours. With all that said, there’s no word on when Samsung will release it. Samsung’s record for updating devices is getting better, but don’t expect a miracle. If Android Q publicly releases in August, we should expect an update for Samsung devices either towards the late part of 2019 or maybe even in early 2020. // SamMobile'