XDA: If Google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to find ways to assure users it won’t kill new products

XDA: If Google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to find ways to assure users it won’t kill new products. “Google’s biggest issue is that its own brand is now associated with killing services that don’t start on the right foot. If people are afraid to invest in Stadia (for fear of it shutting down), then it’s only going to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Obviously, people wouldn’t want to invest in a service that everyone sees is doomed to fail. It’s clear that Google needs to find a way past that perception. The problem is: how?”

Facebook’s problems at the top: Social media giant is not listening to whistleblowers (San Francisco Examiner)

San Francisco Examiner: Facebook’s problems at the top: Social media giant is not listening to whistleblowers. “Employees identify a serious harm caused — often inadvertently — by Facebook’s policies or automated systems. In-house data scientists and engineers propose potential fixes. But then, top management, sometimes with the involvement of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, rejects the remedies, presumably because they threaten the company’s top priorities: increasing both its user count and the amount of time users spend on the site, liking, sharing and commenting. Not coincidentally, the advertisers that provide nearly all of Facebook’s revenue care a great deal about user volume and engagement.”

New York Times: Culture Change and Conflict at Twitter

New York Times: Culture Change and Conflict at Twitter. “Mr. [Dantley] Davis, 43, has played a key role in a behind-the-scenes effort over the past two years to remake Twitter’s culture. The company had long been slow to build products, and under pressure from investors and users, executives landed on a diagnosis: Twitter’s collaborative environment had calcified, making workers reluctant to criticize one another. Mr. Davis, the company believed, was one of the answers to that problem. The turmoil that followed revealed the trade-offs and conflicts that arise when companies attempt dramatic cultural shifts and put the onus on hard-nosed managers to make that change happen.”

New York Times: Google Executives See Cracks in Their Company’s Success

New York Times: Google Executives See Cracks in Their Company’s Success. “It is hard to argue that things aren’t going great for Google. Revenue and profits are charting new highs every three months. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is worth $1.6 trillion. Google has rooted itself deeper and deeper into the lives of everyday Americans. But a restive class of Google executives worry that the company is showing cracks.”

BuzzFeed News: Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

BuzzFeed News: Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser. “A group of more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a companywide ‘women’s walk’ walkout for later this week to protest recent revelations about the search giant’s protection of employees that had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct, according to four people familiar with the situation inside Google.”