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Google in 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Google gave the tech world plenty to talk about in 2018.

The ‘father of the internet’ gave a thumbs up to the Google employees who walked out to protest sexual misconduct policies

Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist, said the protest delivered "the right message."
Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist, thinks its work on the Defense Department's Project Maven was misunderstood.

The ‘father of the internet’ says that Google employee backlash to its defense work was just ‘a lot of misunderstanding’

Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist, said there was "a lot of misunderstanding" about Google's work with the military and the public sector.
Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, which is in the middle of a leadership crisis.

It’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, needs new leadership

Even as the controversies pile up, Alphabet CEO Larry Page remains absent from public view.

Military work is a lightning rod in Silicon Valley, but Microsoft will sell the Pentagon all the AI it needs

Microsoft plans to sell artificial intelligence technologies to the military.
YK Sugi left Google to become a full-time YouTuber.

Everyone wants to work at Google — but we found out how 15 ex-Googlers knew it was time to quit

Google is a dream job for many workers in the tech industry. We spoke to former Google employees to find out why they decided to leave the company, and their answers ranged from frustration with company politics to the desire to become a social media influencer.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, which no longer touts its motto of "don't be evil."

Google’s recent behavior shows the troubling reality of an internet superpower that abandoned its vow to not ‘be evil’

The search giant's recent actions, such as it handling of the Google+ security bug, and its secret Dragonfly effort to re-launch a censored search engine in China, show that it's unaccountable and not trustworthy.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks with reporters at the 2018 I/O developer conference

Over 1,400 Googlers signed a letter to the top execs demanding a say on ethical issues — read the letter here

Google is once again facing a showdown with employees after more than 1,400 of them have demanded that staff has a say on ethical issues. The letter comes after reports that Google plans to build a censored search engine in compliance with Chinese law. Read the letter here.
Google fans from China hold up their nation's flag at the I/O developer conference in 2018.

A former Google China exec says the company’s plan to build a censored search engine in the country is likely a violation of human rights

Lokman Tsui, Google’s former head of free expression for Asia and the Pacific between until 2014, spoke out in an interview with the Intercept against the company's plan to build a search engine that would comply with the Chinese government's demands to censor information.