Google is being sued over its internal confidentiality policies which bar employees from putting in writing concerns over “illegal” activity, posting opinions about the company, and even writing novels “about someone working at a tech company in Silicon Valley” without first giving their employer sign-off on the final draft.
The lawsuit, revealed by industry news site The Information, accuses Google of breaching California labour laws through its confidentiality provisions, by preventing employees from exercising their legal rights to discuss workplace conditions, wages, and potential violations inside the company.
It has been brought by an individual employee under a….
“It’s these guys’ worlds. We just post in it and shop in it,” said New York University Professor Scott Galloway of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google at Digital Book World 2016. During a talk called “The Four Horsemen,” Galloway argued that these four companies are taking over the world and continually disrupting the publishing ecosystem.
If you read today’s new headline in UK book trade journal of record The Bookseller, you could be forgiven for thinking that Google had just launched a major new ebook initiative to overhaul Amazon in the digital book stakes. Editions at Play, the actual project under The Bookseller‘s headline “Google launches e-book ‘experiment’” appears in fact to be an experimental initiative by London’s Visual Editions, in partnership with Google’s Creative Lab. “We sell books that cannot be printed” proclaims the Editions at Play website. What they actually appear to be doing is enabling production of ebooks that also have a strong CG, interactive, or other digital element which renders them…
On Friday the ebook subscription service Oyster released the final update to its app for iPad and iPhone, and used that update to quietly announce that it was shutting down. The three-year-old startup was acquired by Google last September, and had promised to remain open into spring 2016 as the staff transitioned over to Google. Alas, that did not happen; instead Oyster started closing accounts in late December. Judging by the tweets I found, Oyster closed accounts as each account came up for renewal, and then followed that with a formal shut down of the service on Friday. In keeping with Google’s usual reticence, Oyster has said little since the acquisition last year (in fact, the changelog for the last update includes little more than a broken link to an FAQ). “As we continue on, we couldn’t be more excited about the future of ebooks and mobile reading. We believe more than ever that the phone will be the primary reading device globally over the next decade—enabling access to knowledge and stories for billions of people worldwide,” the Oyster team said last fall. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it was widely assumed that Oyster sold out and shut down because its service was […]
“Two ongoing court battles involving large, technology multinationals may go before the Supreme Court this year, and the outcome of either case could alter the course of publishing as we know it — or maybe not.
On December 23, the US Department of Justice filed a 32-page brief concerning United States of America v. Apple Inc., et al., an antitrust case that argues Apple attempted to fix the prices of e-books along with major publishers. The “et al.” of the case included HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group, Inc., Simon & Schuster, Inc, and Hachette Book Group, Inc, until these publishers eventually settled, leaving Apple to pursue a series of appeals on its own…”