Jack Nicas

How YouTube Drives People to the Internet’s Darkest Corners

YouTube is the new television, with more than 1.5 billion users, and videos the site recommends have the power to influence viewpoints around the world.

Eric Schmidt to Step Down as Executive Chairman of Google Parent Alphabet

Google-parent Alphabet said Eric Schmidt will step down from his post as executive chairman in January and transition to a role as technical adviser. Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001 and served as its chief executive until 2011, also will contin

Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Devices, Saying It Isn’t Playing Fair

Google said it is pulling YouTube from some Amazon.com Inc. devices in retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell many Google products, escalating a battle between two tech titans as their businesses increasingly overlap.

Google Has Picked an Answer for You—Too Bad It’s Often Wrong

Google became the world’s go-to source of information by ranking billions of links from millions of sources.

Google Pays Female Workers Less Than Male Counterparts, Labor Department Says

An investigation of Google has found it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts, US Department of Labor officials said, a claim that adds to allegations of gender bias in Silicon Valley.

Google Privacy-Policy Change Faces New Scrutiny in EU

Software giant Oracle said it briefed European regulators late in 2016 on recent changes to Google’s privacy policies in hopes of compounding its rival’s already complicated regulatory challenges.

Google Uses Its Search Engine to Hawk Its Products

Google runs the world’s largest advertising business, selling space atop its search results. Google is also among the biggest buyers of those ads, promoting products from its music service to its app store.

Donald Trump Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Meeting With Tech Executives

President-elect Donald Trump struck a conciliatory tone at the start of a high-profile meeting with top tech executives Dec 14, telling the Silicon Valley leaders that his goal is “to help you folks do well.” “We want you to keep going with the in

Google Search Results Can Lean Liberal, Study Finds

An analysis by online-search marketer CanIRank.com found that 50 recent searches for political terms on Google surfaced more liberal-leaning webpages than conservative ones, as rated by a panel of four people.

Google’s High-Speed Web Plans Hit Snags

Alphabet is rethinking its high-speed internet business after initial rollouts proved more expensive and time consuming than anticipated, a stark contrast to the fanfare that greeted its launch six years ago.