CNET: Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai to testify before Congress this month. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress on Oct. 28. The US Senate’s Commerce committee had voted unanimously to subpoena the appearances of Zuckerberg, Pichai and Dorsey, but the CEOs agreed to appear without being subpoenaed, according to The Washington Post.” I wonder how many of these hearings we have before we actually learn anything.
The Verge: 2020 is giving us another chance to watch Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai get grilled by Congress. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have agreed to testify virtually before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28th, Politico reported Friday evening. Assuming that the hearing is live-streamed in some way, that means you’ll be able to watch some of the world’s most powerful people get grilled by policymakers who’ve recently discussed changing the laws that let their companies grow to an unfathomable scale.”
The Peninsula: Google CEO Sundar Pichai rules out buying TikTok. “Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said the company has no plans to acquire TikTok. During an interview on the podcast show Pivot Schooled, Pichai was asked whether Google was going to buy the popular video app. ‘We are not,’ he replied.”
CNET: How to watch: CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook testify before Congress. “The heads of several of America’s largest technology corporations are heading to Congress on Monday, July 27, to testify before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. Among those expected to appear are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.”
City A.M.: Privacy ‘cannot be a luxury good’, says Google boss Sundar Pichai. “Privacy ‘cannot be a luxury good’, Google’s chief executive said today, while vowing his company would protect its users’ information. Sundar Pichai, who also leads parent company Alphabet, said privacy was ‘at the heart of what we do’.”
CNET: Google CEO Sundar Pichai: We must be ‘clear-eyed’ about how AI could go wrong. “CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai is convinced that AI must be regulated in order to prevent the potential negative consequences of tools including deepfakes and facial recognition, he said in an op-ed for the Financial Times on Monday.”
CNN: Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets a big pay raise as CEO of Alphabet. “In his new role, he’ll be given a salary of $2 million, up from $650,000 in 2018. He’ll also be given two tranches of performance-based stock units worth $45 million and an additional $120 million in restricted stock units, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.”
The Verge: Google’s third era. “Alphabet was formed in 2015 as a weird holding company for Google, designed in part to distance Page and Brin’s various pet projects from Google’s core business. That’s when Pichai was put in charge of Google as the CEO. Since then, I think Pichai’s tenure has been marked by a few major stories that are really the same story: he has spent a significant chunk of his time cleaning up the messes that resulted from Google’s culture up to that point.”
ABC News: Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet. “Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google as CEO for more than four years, will stay in his role and also become CEO of Alphabet.” Ten years ago this would have been a huge deal. Now? Meh.
CNET: Google CEO cuts back biweekly meetings after rise in worker activism. “In an internal email Friday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees the company won’t be having biweekly town hall meetings anymore. Pichai said the TGIF meetings will be cut down to once a month and will focus on ‘product and business strategy’ rather than internal politics.”
The Washington Post: Google CEO, in leaked video, says company is ‘genuinely struggling’ with employee trust. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged the tech giant is struggling with how to deal with internal debate over controversial topics and the company defended hiring a former government official who backed the Trump administration’s travel ban, according to video of an all-hands meeting obtained by The Washington Post.”
Bloomberg Quint: Google CEO Rebuts Claims of Bias, Data Tracking in Congress. “Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai kicked off his first appearance before Congress Tuesday refuting claims of bias, explaining the company’s privacy approach and stressing its American roots. As the hearing began, the heads of both political parties led with questions about Google’s data collection. Republican Bob Goodlatte asked how much personal information Google absorbs via its Android mobile software.”
CNET: Congress should dig in on Google’s China and data issues, not just bias. “In his first congressional hearing, later this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take the hot seat on Capitol Hill, where’s he expected to be grilled by lawmakers. The question is will they use their time to actually query one of the most powerful companies on the planet about some of the big issues — like data privacy, China and censorship — facing Google.”
Washington Post: Google chief executive Sundar Pichai set to testify to Congress in December. “Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is set to testify to Congress in December, facing off against lawmakers for the first time at a hearing that could subject the search giant to the same harsh political spotlight that has faced its tech peers all year.”
Business Insider Australia: It’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, needs new leadership. “When they walked out of their jobs by the thousands on Thursday, Google employees did more than bring attention to the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. They put an intense public spotlight on the acute shortcomings of the company’s top brass.”