Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps

Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The companies said 22 countries and a number of U.S. states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software.

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as CEO and president, respectively, of Google parent company Alphabet. The move caps more than two decades during which the pair have shepherded the one-time startup they founded in a Silicon Valley garage. Pichai, who has been Google’s CEO since 2015, will now also head up Alphabet. The company isn’t filling Brin’s position as president.

Is your password strong enough?

At this point, anyone using a computer should know that they should use a different password for every one of their online accounts. But with an ever-increasing number of sites requiring us to create logins, devising and remembering unique passwords has become almost impossible. Now, however many passwords you have, Google’s new “password check” service will allow you to scan the internet to see which and how many of your passwords have been compromised. So far, over one million people have looked, discovering over 300,000 compromised passwords.

Google wins case over EU's 'right to be forgotten' rules

Handing Google a major victory, the European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that the EU's "right to be forgotten" rules that allow people to control what comes up when their name is searched online do not apply outside the 28-nation bloc.

Google walkout

Google workers around the world walked off the job Thursday to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. It was the latest expression of a backlash against men's exploitation of female subordinates in a business, entertainment and politics. A week ago, a New York Times story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the creator of Google's Android software, Andy Rubin, who denied wrongdoing.