Google workers protest against secret China search engine ‘Dragonfly’

Google workers protest against secret China search engine ‘Dragonfly’

More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting against the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organise it but who…

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Android Messages Gets Dark Mode, Revamped Interface, and Smart Reply Feature

Android Messages Gets Dark Mode, Revamped Interface, and Smart Reply Feature

Android Messages has received a new update that brings a dark mode. The latest Android Messages update (version 3.5) also includes a revamped interface that has Google’s Material Theme elements as well as Google Sans font. The fresh interface matches the design of Samsung’s proprietary Messaging app that has an all-white background. Google has also…

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Google in China? Staff demands oversight of search engine plan, Sundar Pichai addresses concerns

Google in China? Staff demands oversight of search engine plan, Sundar Pichai addresses concerns

Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China requires more “transparency, oversight and accountability,” hundreds of employees at the Alphabet Inc unit said in an internal petition seen by Reuters on Thursday. Hoping to gain approval from the Chinese government to provide a mobile search service, the company plans to block some websites…

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Google CEO Says Chinese Search Engine Is ‘Not Close to Launching’

Google CEO Says Chinese Search Engine Is ‘Not Close to Launching’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the company’s controversial plans to return to China with a “censored” search engine at an internal employee meeting Thursday — but he said there’s no certainty the internet giant ultimately will be able to enter the Chinese market. “We are not close to launching a search product in China,” Pichai said…

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