Silicon Valley tech giant Google may be at the center of an anti-trust investigation by the Department of Justice, according to the Wall Street Journal. Maria Medina reports. (5-31-19)
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Report: DoJ Preparing Antitrust Investigation of GoogleSilicon Valley tech giant Google may be at the center of an anti-trust investigation by the Department of Justice, according to the Wall Street Journal. Maria Medina reports. (5-31-19)
Proposed California Law Would Regulate Use of Smart Speaker Voice RecordingsA bill being considered by the California legislature would require users to opt in before companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple could store and use voice recordings. Melissa Caen reports. (5-4-19)
At Issue: Live-Streaming CrimeIn the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre, Silicon Valley social media companies are coming under new scrutiny over their inability to keep criminal and disturbing content from being live-streamed to millions worldwide. Allen Martin discusses the issue with Connie Guglielmo from CNET. (3-15-19)
Google Shareholders Sue Board of Directors Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct CoverupAlphabet, Inc. shareholders filed a lawsuit against the company’s board of directors alleging the tech giant violated state and federal law regarding both issues of workplace sexual harassment and a serious data breach. Betty Yu reports. (1-10-19)
Fire Chief Says Verizon Needs to Drop 1st Responder Data CapsA Marin County battalion chief says Verizon needs to do more to make high-speed data constantly available to emergency response teams. Andria Borba reports. (8-24-18)
Verizon Data Throttling Bolsters Battle for Net Neutrality in California LegislatureA new push to keep mobile data speeds from being controlled by private companies comes after a Bay Area fire chief accused Verizon of throttling their data while firefighters were battling the largest wildfire in California history. Andria Borba reports. (8-22-18)
First Responders Say Verizon Data Throttling Impedes Wildfire ResponseSanta Clara County says their fire department's data was throttled as they fought the state's largest wildfire in history. That made it difficult for them to share vital information with the public. Julie Watts reports. (8-22-18)
China-Focused Google Project Receives Employee BacklashGoogle has reportedly been working on a secret project codenamed Dragonfly, which is a censored version of its own search engine to be used in mainland China. On Thursday, news broke about a protest letter signed by 1,400 employees saying they wanted to “raise urgent moral and ethical issues” about Dragonfly. Kiet Do reports. (8-16-18)
New ‘Good2Go’ App Locates Restrooms in Busy CitiesAn app called Good2Go offers help finding an open public restroom in busy cities like San Francisco, where restrooms are usually accompanied by a “For Customers Only” sign. Susie Steimle reports. (7-27-18)
ConsumerWatch: New Phishing Scam Involves 'Sextortion'The newest phishing scam circulating online is sure to get your attention -- it has to do with porn and your password. Julie Watts reports. (7-26-18)
Bay Area Webmaster's Spoof Site Attracts Contract-Killer ClientsAn IT man named Bob Innes set up a website called "Rent a Hit Man dot com" but this he never imagined his catchy marketing idea would attract people actually trying to hire contract killers. Katie Nielsen reports. (7-20-18)
California Senators Reach Agreement on Net Neutrality BillMiguel Santiago, a state lawmaker who was attacked online for gutting a California net neutrality bill, is now supporting a new push with even stronger protections. Julie Watts reports. (7-5-18)
ConsumerWatch: Ancestry.com, Google and DNA PrivacyWhen Ancestry.com customers opt-in to share their DNA information for research, they may not realize they're sharing it with a subsidiary of Alphabet -- which also owns Google. Julie Watts reports. (6-1-18)
Surveillance Showdown Brewing Over Amazon's Facial Recognition TechnologyAmazon has handed new technology that can identify faces in the crowd to law enforcement. Andrea Nakano tell us, privacy watchdogs are gearing up for a surveillance showdown.
Golden State Killer Search Puts Focus on Genealogy WebsitesThe arrest of Joseph DeAngelo is raising questions about the power of DNA-matching web services. Maria Medina reports. (4-27-18)
Meet Alicia Jay, Creator Of 'Tall Swag'Black Renaissance's Roqui Theus gets style advice for women with the 'gift of height' from Alicia Jay, creator of the blog 'Tall Swag.'
Facebook Funds Campaign To Block Data Privacy Ballot MeasureFacebook contributed $200,000 to fight the California Consumer Privacy Act and has given millions more to legislators. Julie Watts reports. (3/28/18)
Facebook's Failure To Protect Users Leads To Stock DropLegislators speak out and Facebook stock drops amid Cambridge Analytica debacle and user data concerns. Kiet Do reports. (3/19/18)
Teens Ditching Facebook For SnapchatNew numbers show Facebook is losing younger users and it's projected to get worse. As Kiet Do reports, Facebook's loss is Snapchat's gain.
Mayor Says Google Won't Get Subsidies, Tax Breaks For San Jose CampusMayor Sam Liccardo says Google agreed to buy the land for its proposed San Jose campus for more than double what the city originally paid. Devin Fehely reports. (2-1-18)
Sweatcoin App Gives You Cryptocurrency For Working OutAn app gives users cryptocurrency based on how many steps they take. Susie Steimle reports. (1/31/18)
YouTube Stars Putting Some Parents On EdgeYouTube stardom that leads to earning millions in advertising raises red flags for parents. Joe Vazquez reports. (1/24/18)
FCC Votes Along Party Lines to End 'Net Neutrality'The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds. Allen Martin reports. (12-14-17)
FCC Repeals Obama-Era Net Neutrality RulesThe Federal Communications Commission on Thursday overturned “net neutrality.” (12/14/17)
UPS Workers Delivering Overtime To Meet Online Purchasing DemandsUPS workers may have to work up to 70 hours in an eight-day period in order to deliver products purchased via the Internet over the holidays. Susie Steimle reports. (12/4/17)
From First Dates To Soul Mates, Dating Expert Fauna Solomon Gives Helpful TipsDating expert Fauna Solomon, creator of 'The Dating Truth' talks to BR's Christin Ayers about relationships and dating in the age of apps and social networking.
Man Gunned Down In Broad Daylight Over Used Cellphone SaleA man using the popular 'Let Go' app to sell his cellphone was gunned down in broad daylight in San Leandro Saturday. Katie Nielsen talked to stunned residents.
Data Often Left Unsecured as Companies Rely on Cloud-Based SystemsChris Vickery spends his days poking around databases looking for sensitive data left out in the open, unprotected on the internet. Turns out, there's a lot to be found. Kiet Do reports. (11-16-17)
Survey: Employees Admit Wasting Time At Work On Their SmartphonesEmployees admitted spending one hour and 36 minutes a day doing personal tasks at work. Almost an hour of that is on a smartphone, according to a survey from OfficeTeam.