Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

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Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said […]


8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

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Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There will be more to come over the next couple of days, so follow along on everything Google I/O on TechCrunch.  Google goes all in on artificial intelligence, […]


Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai milked the woos from a clappy, home-turf developer crowd at its I/O conference in Mountain View this week with a demo of an in-the-works voice assistant feature that will enable the AI to make telephone calls on behalf of its human owner. The so-called ‘Duplex’ feature of the Google Assistant was shown calling […]


Fumble: Google CEO cancels ‘frank, open discussion’ of memo that called for an honest discussion

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We’ve written plenty about that internal memo criticizing Google’s diversity initiatives the one that reportedly led to women staying home from work Monday because they were so upset by it. It’s worth discussing, though; the engineer who wrote it was fired after a media firestorm that drastically mischaracterized its contents. “I value diversity and inclusion […]