Reuters: Google latest to withdraw from Saudi conference

Reuters: Google latest to withdraw from Saudi conference. “Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia since prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi policies, went missing. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Google said in a statement that Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene would not attend the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting Oct. 23.”

TechCrunch: Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engine

TechCrunch: Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engine . “Commenting publicly for the first time about Google’s censored search engine for China, CEO Sundar Pichai said onstage at the WIRED 25 summit in San Francisco that the company is taking ‘a longer-term view’ about the country. Codenamed Project Dragonfly, the controversial development has been public knowledge since a report in August by the Intercept, generating significant backlash, with several employees resigning in protest.”

TechCrunch: A former Google+ UI designer suggests inept management played a role in the network’s demise (beyond Facebook’s impact)

TechCrunch: A former Google+ UI designer suggests inept management played a role in the network’s demise (beyond Facebook’s impact). “A lot of people leave their jobs because of bosses they can’t stand. Yet it’s seldom the case that a former employee publicly badmouths management after the fact. The obvious risk in doing so: future employers might not want to gamble on this person badmouthing them at a later date. That isn’t stopping Morgan Knutson, a UI designer who seven years ago, spent eight months at Google working on its recently shuttered social networking product Google+ and who, in light of the shutdown, decided to share on Twitter his personal experience with how ‘awful the project and exec team was.'”

PR Newswire: Google, Facebook, and Twitter Release Data on Political Ads (More or Less) (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Google, Facebook, and Twitter Release Data on Political Ads (More or Less) (PRESS RELEASE). “Using cutting-edge machine learning and data scraping tools, computer scientists at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering today released the first database and analysis of political advertising based on more than 884,000 ads identified by Google, Twitter, and Facebook. The team launched their user-friendly Online Political Ads Transparency Project in July with data from Facebook, which was the first company to provide it. But the researchers were forced to switch techniques when Facebook blocked their data collection two weeks later. Today’s report is the first to include not only Facebook (including Instagram), but data newly shared by Twitter and Google.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Clarifies a Few Things About Recent Search Algorithm Updates

Search Engine Journal: Google Clarifies a Few Things About Recent Search Algorithm Updates. “Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, has published a series of tweets regarding recent updates to search algorithms. Many SEOs and site owners have observed significant spikes and drops in search traffic over the past several weeks.”

Google Blog: Helping parents have the tech talk with their kids

Google Blog: Helping parents have the tech talk with their kids. “In real life (or IRL, as my son reminds me) I work hard to ensure my child is safe, confident, and kind. And whether he’s chatting with friends, doing homework or playing games, I want to make sure the same is true whenever he’s online. To make that happen, it’s up to me to have the right conversations and provide the right tools to guide him on making smart choices, no matter where he is. However, parents often feel less tech savvy than their kids.”

CNET: Google CEO refuses to answer ‘detailed questions’ on China in letter to Senate

CNET: Google CEO refuses to answer ‘detailed questions’ on China in letter to Senate. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai has sent a letter to US senators addressing their concerns about his company’s efforts in China. But in it, he refused to answer specific questions about the project — a move that’s ruffled lawmakers.”