Google Maps leaves visitors to Australian lighthouse town in the dark

While the Blue Mountains error in New South Wales has been fixed, those looking for Aireys Inlet in Victoria head down a residential drivewayThere is nothing particularly special about Adam Gillivers house on the Victorian coast, except that it sits a bit further back from the road compared with the

Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god

Way of the Future, a religious group founded by Anthony Levandowski, wants to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of societyIntranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful Silicon Valley engineer is to set up an

Facebook admits industry could do more to combat online extremism

Admission comes as British PM and French president propose fining firms that move too slowly to remove extremist contentFacebook has conceded that technology companies could do more to counter online extremism after Theresa May and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, Kent Walker, Googles general counsel, said the larger problem is

Google-funded thinktank fired scholar over criticism of tech firm

New America Foundation, which has received $21m from Google, dropped Open Markets initiative after senior fellow wrote blogpost praising EU fineAn influential Washington thinktank that has received more than $21m in funding from Google and its chairman Eric Schmidt dropped a team of scholars after its leader wrote an article

Google cancels staff meeting after Gamergate-style attack on employees

Firing of James Damore, engineer behind controversial anti-diversity memo, sparks ire from alt-right reminiscent of 2014 Gamergate harassment campaignGoogle cancelled a company-wide meeting on Thursday after several of its employees became targets of a Gamergate-style campaign of harassment by internet trolls angered by the firing of an engineer who had

More than 60 women consider suing Google, claiming sexism and a pay gap

Scandal over discrimination at the company deepens as dozens of current and former staff say they earned less than men despite equal qualificationsMore than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a

Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/ShutterstockInside Google, there's a document circulating called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap