Companies are less concerned with being on the wrong side of history than hurting their bottom line.
“We’ve decided we will not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the US until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology,” says Microsoft president and chief counsel, Brad Smith.
President Trump has strongly condemned protests, describing demonstrators as “lowlifes”. But a lot of other Americans, including powerful Republicans, disagree with him.
Looting should not be condoned, so why are we silent when corporations indulge in it?
Feeling the pinch of rising Chinese tech, the Silicon Valley giants become political to stay in the game.
The pandemic lockdowns have solidified the notion of tech companies as a necessity as people’s reliance on the internet, smart phones, apps and social media has significantly increased.
Meet, which has 100 million daily users, had required a Google business or education account to set up calls. While Google has long offered free versions of business tools including Gmail and Google Docs, there has been no equivalent for Meet.
Will we see a new cold war emerge?
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who made the company one of the world's most valuable technology firms, stepped down from the board to focus on philanthropic works related to global health, education and climate change.
Microsoft asked many of its employees in the Seattle region near its headquarters and the San Francisco Bay Area to work from home if possible until March 25.
Google parent Alphabet missed revenue expectations in the fourth quarter despite stellar growth at YouTube and in the cloud.
Bezos' statement comes off the back of controversy over whether internet giants who say they want to make the world better should be involved in the defence industry.
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