At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, members of Congress grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a variety of topics, from user privacy to the possibility of a censored Chinese search engine. But the focus of the hearing was political bias.
"A while back Republicans passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare," said Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio). During the debate over that legislation, Chabot said, he Googled the Republican legislation and "virtually every article was an attack on our bill. It wasn't until you got to the third or fourth page of search results before you found anything remotely positive."
Chabot was just one of several Republican committee members who charged that Google's search algorithms—and its employees—were biased against conservatives. But Pichai stood firm, insisting that Google has rigorous procedures in place to ensure that the personal political views of Google employees don't undermine the objectivity of search results.
No one's buying new friggin' handsets, says retailer
Dixons Carphone today reported a £440m statutory loss at the halfway stage of its fiscal '19 after writing down the goodwill of its mobile division, sending its shares tumbling by almost 12 per cent.…
The BBC's Doctor Who wrapped its 11th (or 37th) season Sunday night, with Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) in the iconic role—the first woman to portray everyone's favorite Time Lord. It was a solid, promising season overall, with a terrific cast and some genuine standout episodes. But there's still plenty of unrealized potential in terms of the writing.
Ratings-wise, Whittaker's incarnation has been a smashing success. Nearly 11 million people worldwide watched the premiere episode ("The Woman Who Fell to Earth"), the largest audience for the series since 2013's Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor," marked the transition from Matt Smith's 11th Doctor to Peter Capaldi's 12th. The new series as a whole averaged more than 8 million viewers per episode. And the reviews have been almost universally positive.
(Some spoilers for season 11 below.)
This little black cut-out on top of the screen may look like an eyesore, but more and more phones are jumping on this trend.
A question about why typing "idiot" into Google throws up pictures of President Trump sees the term trend.
Not just fantasy.
Waves bye to yet ANOTHER HPE exec, internal memo confirms
DXC Technology UK arm has hired former BT Security CEO Mark Hughes to run its global security function, replacing yet another old timer from the Hewlett Packard Enterprise side of the merger.…
Their names, salary figures and bank account numbers are now at risk.
What O-notch? Honor View 20 beats Galaxy S10 to in-screen selfie cam -- and 48-megapixel rear camera - CNET
Huawei is trying to one-up Samsung's "punch-hole" Infinity-O display.
A look at some of the photos I took with Apple's newest iPhone (and a test of Portrait Mode's limits).
But uSwitch survey says homes in a Birmingham avenue have the fastest access.
Chevy's compact EV is no longer the only affordable 200-mile EV on the block, but it still has much to offer electric driving enthusiasts.
More and more phone companies are eliminating the headphone jack -- here are the phones that waved goodbye to the audio port.
We just modem down with that headline (OK maybe not)
As the chip supplier to almost half the phone market, Qualcomm should be able to make a decent guess about when 5G will condense from vapourware into something more solid.…
As the first phone with a foldable screen, the FlexPai features a 7.8-inch screen, Android Pie and dual cameras.
Deadly radiation bouncing around could have killed off animals in the Pliocene era
A gigantic supernova explosion may have triggered mass extinctions for creatures living in Earth’s prehistoric oceans some 2.6 million years ago, according to new research published in Astrobiology.…
The BBC investigates a $10bn (£8bn) Pentagon contract to store sensitive data in a cyber-cloud.
Bees harvest data, but would be more fun if they had lasers
Boffins at the University of Washington have developed a portable sensor system for bumblebees, an improvement on previous research that saddled bees with GPS tracking chips, if not a prelude to the autonomous drone insects depicted in Black Mirror.…
Bomb squad is responding to an alert at the Menlo Park campus.