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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat
A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.
The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.
The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space.
Report: Millions of net neutrality comments were faked
Of the record 23 million comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission on the contentious issue of net neutrality — or whether to repeal rules that prevent Internet providers from blocking or throttling Websites — millions were faked or used stolen identities.
One of those was USA Today columnist Edward Baig's.
Baig discovered that his name was among those used to submit such fake comments when reporting on Democratic lawmakers' efforts to stall the vote on net neutrality. He looked it up on a site established by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is seeking to delay a Dec. 14 FCC vote on repealing the regulations, citing a "deeply corrupted" comment process.
The comments were not Baig's — he never submitted an opinion for or against the Obama-era Internet regulations, in keeping with USA TODAY's journalistic guidelines on refraining from political activity.
Glassdoor: Facebook is consistently the best tech company to work for in the U.S.
Career website Glassdoor today released its 10th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 100 best companies to work for in the coming year. Facebook was crowned as not just the number one tech company to work for in 2018, but the best company to work for, period.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has topped the list. It was the top tech company in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, and now 2018. Five out of 10 is no coincidence: If you’re a Facebook employee, you can safely say your employer is the best there is in tech, VentureBeat says.
Going back a few years, Airbnb was first for 2016, Google led for 2015, and Twitter won for 2014. Neither Airbnb nor Twitter made the list this year. Google did, but that’s completely expected — Google has made the list all 10 years. The only other tech company to have accomplished that is Apple, which slipped 48 spots this year.
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