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The Week in Tech: Sundar Pichai Has a Chat With Congress

The Week in Tech: Sundar Pichai Has a Chat With Congress

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■ An argument often made against antitrust action is that the technology industry is dynamic, and that today’s dominant predator can become tomorrow’s prey. Nokia once dominated mobile phones but lost its standing to Samsung and Apple in the smartphone era.Similarly, Intel, once so overwhelming a force in the semiconductor industry that it was a frequent target of antitrust cases, is struggling to keep pace with a shifting industry. My colleague Cade Metz explained how Amazon is the latest tech company to start building its own chips, threatening Intel’s grip on the server chip market.■ It’s rare for a bail hearing to make international news, but this was no ordinary arrest.Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the tech behemoth Huawei and a daughter of the company’s fo
5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google’s Sundar Pichai

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google’s Sundar Pichai

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Before they hand control of the House of Representatives over to Democrats, House Republicans are mounting one more effort to hold Silicon Valley giants accountable for what they say is rampant liberal bias at tech companies. In the hot seat this time: Google CEO Sundar Pichai.On Tuesday, Pichai will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing focused on transparency, data collection, and filtering. Until now, Pichai has mostly avoided the public lashings in Washington that his contemporaries, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, have received. In September, Google declined to send either Pichai or Larry Page, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, to testify alongside Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg before the Senate
Google CEO Pichai called a liar for defending move into Chi…

Google CEO Pichai called a liar for defending move into Chi…

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Facebook’s former security chief and a Google software engineer are among critics pushing back on Google CEO Sundar Pichai, after he publicly defended his company’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, code-named “Project Dragonfly.” Google has faced attacks on multiple fronts after its under-construction search engine for China was exposed in an August media report alleging the browser would block information about the Chinese government’s political opponents, democracy, human rights, free speech, and anything unfavorable to the regime. Pichai, in an interview this week with the New York Times, said he was “committed to serving users in China” and compared censorship there to the “right to be forgotten” law in the European Union, which can force Google to delete data it h
Pichai makes case for move into China, says Google censors …

Pichai makes case for move into China, says Google censors …

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai offered a new justification for the company's exploration of a censored version of its search engine for people in China: it already censors information elsewhere. In a New York Times interview published Thursday, Pichai compared Europe's "right to be forgotten laws" to censorship when asked about launching a search product in China. "One of the things that's not well understood, I think, is that we operate in many countries where there is censorship. When we follow 'right to be forgotten' laws, we are censoring search results because we're complying with the law," Pichai told the Times. ...
Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms censored China search eng…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms censored China search eng…

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"It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries," he said on stage. The executive defended the project, telling people that Google is "compelled by [its] mission [to] provide information to everyone," but it also has to follow the laws in every country. China serves as home to 20 percent of the world's population, after all, and its absence in the nation means it's missing out on such a huge number of potential users.Pichai said that there are many areas where Google could provide "information better than what's available" to people in China. The search engine could lead to reliable cancer treatment info, for instance, instead of the fake information they might be getting elsewhere. The Google CEO also said during the...