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Google denies ties to Chinese military after Peter Thiel’s accusation

Android East Bay Times

President Trump said his administration will 'take a look' after 'brilliant' Thiel's speech, in which the Facebook board member raised concerns about Google.
'Google is pushing back against Peter Thiel’s insinuation that the company is doing business with China’s military after President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that his administration will “take a look.” Thiel, the tech industry’s most high-profile Trump supporter, questioned Google’s loyalty to the United States during a speech Sunday at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C. He reportedly said he thought the CIA and the FBI should investigate Google’s ties to China after the company’s reported plans to operate a search engine there again, plus Google letting lapse an artificial-intelligence contract with the Pentagon after its employees raised ethical concerns. He offered no evidence about what he said were “questions that should be asked” of Google, according to news reports. “As we have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military,” a Google spokeswoman said Tuesday. “We are working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, in many areas including cybersecurity, recruiting and healthcare.” Trump’s statement that his administration would look into Thiel’s claims came after his National Economic Council director, Larry Kudlow, said on television that he didn’t understand where Thiel, a billionaire investor who sits on the board of main Google rival Facebook, was coming from. “I have not spoken with Peter Thiel about this,” Kudlow said on Fox Business Network on Monday. “Not sure where he’s going, what he’s pointing to. I meet with the Google CEO on a regular basis, I think they’re working for our country, not China.” He added that “it’s very fashionable to pick on big tech companies” and that he’d have to hear what Thiel has to say about it. But Kudlow’s boss tweeted this morning about Thiel: “A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone!” Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tHouse intel chief presses social media firms on deepfakes\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tIs Google cozy with China? Peter Thiel wants U.S. to look into it\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tGoogle gives social networking another try with new Shoelace app\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tWho’s listening to Google Assistant? You might be surprised\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTrump accuses Big Tech of anti-conservative bias\t\t \t\t\t \t A spokesman for Thiel has not returned a request for comment.'

Trump ‘will take a look’ after Peter Thiel flags Google ties with China

Android New York Post

President Trump said his administration will look into Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s claims that Google has “seemingly treasonous” ties with China. Trump signaled there will be a US investigation after Thiel over the weekend suggested
'President Trump said his administration will look into Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s claims that Google has “seemingly treasonous” ties with China. Trump signaled there will be a US investigation after Thiel over the weekend suggested that Google has been actively working with the Chinese military instead of the US armed forces — and that..'

Meredith Whittaker, AI researcher and an organizer of last year’s Google walkout, is leaving the company

Android TechCrunch

Meredith Whittaker, founder of Google’s Open Research Group and one of the leaders of last year’s employee walkouts, is leaving the company. Google confirmed her departure, which was first disclosed on Twitter by a Google engineer and reported by
'Meredith Whittaker, founder of Google’s Open Research Group and one of the leaders of last year’s employee walkouts, is leaving the company. Google confirmed her departure, which was first disclosed on Twitter by a Google engineer and reported by Bloomberg , but had no additional comment. TechCrunch has also contacted Whittaker for comment. Whittaker and another one of the walkout’s organizers, Claire Stapleton, said they had faced retaliation from Google after the protest. Other employees also claimed that they had experienced fallout as a result of their participation, which Google denied. Thousands of employees around the world took part in the massive walkout last November to protest how Google handles sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. They asked the company to implement several measures against harassment and discrimination, including an end to forced arbitration, a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report and a safe and anonymous process to report sexual misconduct. The walkout came after a New York Times report that despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Android co-creator Andy Rubin, he had left Google with a $90 million payout package . Over the past year, Google employees have also protested Project Dragonfly , the company’s censored search engine for China, and its contract with the Pentagon for the use of its AI tech to analyze drone videos. Google announced in June it would not renew the contract. Whittaker, who is co-director of AI Now, an ethics committee affiliated with New York University, tweeted at the time that she was “incredibly happy about this decision, and have a deep respect for the many people who worked and risked to make it happen. Google should not be in the business of war.”'

The brilliant gadget that lets you control your garage door from your phone is down to $29.99 for Prime Day

Android BGR

When we first started covering the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener , it cost $100 and it was worth every last penny. This awesome device is so easy to install and it lets you control your garage door from your iPhone, Android, or even your
'When we first started covering the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener , it cost $100 and it was worth every last penny. This awesome device is so easy to install and it lets you control your garage door from your iPhone, Android, or even your smart home system. It has since dropped in price to $50 but today for Prime Day 2019, it was slashed all the way down to $29.99, which is a new all-time low by a wide margin. That's an absolutely insane deal — it might be one of the best Prime Day deals on Amazon's entire site! You can also get the $187 MyQ and Amazon Cloud Cam bundle for just $98.98, which is a terrific deal as well. MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 - Wireless & Wi-Fi enabled Garage Hub with S… : $29.99 myQ Smart Garage Door Opener (Chamberlain MYQ-G0301) + Amazon Cloud Cam | Key Smart Garage Kit… : $98.98 Here are the bullet points from the product page: NEW! IN-GARAGE DELIVERY WITH KEY BY AMAZON – Prime members in select areas can opt-in with the myQ Smart Garage Hub to get Amazon packages securely delivered right inside their garage. Simply link your myQ account in the Key App SMART GARAGE CONTROL – Open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone through the myQ App SMART NOTIFICATIONS – Receive alerts when your garage door opens or closes in real time by setting up customized notifications – great for busy families who come and go from the house through the garage UNIVERSAL – Easy-to-add functionality to upgrade your existing garage door opener.  Compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors SIMPLE SETUP – Wireless installation with easy step by step instructions provided in the myQ App means you’ll be able to enjoy smart garage control in minutes GUEST ACCESS – Securely invite up to three people to control your garage with the myQ Guest Feature (Note: Not intended for guests under the age of 13) SMART COLLABORATIONS – Linking your myQ account to Google Assistant and IFTTT is free for a limited time. No credit card required CORE FEATURES - Opening, closing, and receiving garage door status notifications are INCLUDED with myQ App at no additional charge MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 - Wireless & Wi-Fi enabled Garage Hub with S… : $29.99 myQ Smart Garage Door Opener (Chamberlain MYQ-G0301) + Amazon Cloud Cam | Key Smart Garage Kit… : $98.98 BGR Top Deals: Surprise Prime Day deals just popped up on the Nintendo Switch and so many games! Holy cow: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones are just $90 for Prime Day 2019 Trending Right Now: ‘Stranger Things 3’ has an insanely cool Easter egg you probably missed Prime Day’s best TV deals: $100 HDTV and 4K TVs starting at just $190 The brilliant device that lets you cook perfect steak every time just dropped to its lowest price ever The brilliant gadget that lets you control your garage door from your phone is down to $29.99 for Prime Day originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 15 Jul 2019 at 15:30:07 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.'