All the news from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee

Contributors: Verge Staff Image credit: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a wide-ranging set of issues, from alleged liberal bias in search results to YouTube moderation issues to the company’s plans to launch a search product for the Chinese market. The event […]

Congress thinks Google has a bias problem — does it?

On Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee, after months of escalating pressure. There were lots of issues to talk about — radicalization on YouTube, the company’s fraught relationship with China, and the staff revolt over Andy Rubin’s severance agreement, for a start — but members of Congress really just wanted […]

Google still has no answers for YouTube’s biggest problem

From Pizzagate to QAnon, YouTube has a serious problem with conspiracy theories. The basic moderation problem has splintered into a number of different scandals over the past two years, including disturbing children’s content, terrorism videos, white supremacy dog whistling, and radicalization via YouTube’s algorithm. But when confronted on those issues at a House Judiciary hearing […]

Republicans pushed Pichai about bias allegations, leaving China and other issues behind

Questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai for the first time, House lawmakers could have hammered on any number of controversies. The company’s plans for China, Google+ data breaches, and whether tech giants need to be more closely regulated all might have taken center stage. But while lawmakers brought up all of those issues this morning at […]

Google’s CEO had to remind Congress that Google doesn’t make iPhones

In any congressional hearing about technology, at least a few lawmakers will use Silicon Valley executives as their own personal tech support staff. But usually, the questions at least involve products that their companies actually make. So Google CEO Sundar Pichai got particularly unlucky at a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee today, when Rep. […]

Google Fit adds new breathing exercise feature and home screen widgets

Like Apple, Google has been slowly building out a suite of mobile and wearable health features to turn our phones and smartwatches into the center of fitness and wellness regimens. Although Google’s Wear OS lags a bit behind Apple’s watchOS and dedicated Health app, it’s beginning to catch up. This week, Google is adding a […]

McLaren and OnePlus start exclusive partnership with McLaren OnePlus 6T

The McLaren OnePlus 6T has just been made official at an event hosted in McLaren’s headquarters, where the luxury automaker and the budget-friendly smartphone company inaugurated the start of their brand partnership. Speaking with The Verge ahead of the announcement, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei admitted that he was convinced the collaboration made sense after test-driving […]

YouTube bans Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes for copyright infringement

Alt-right commentator and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is now banned from YouTube for “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement,” according to the company. At the time of the ban, McInnes, who also co-founded Vice Media in 1994 prior to his involvement with numerous nationalist causes, had over 200,000 subscribers. It is not clear which […]