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Google’s Sundar Pichai named CEO at parent firm Alphabet


December 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO: Google chief executive Sundar Pichai will assume the CEO role at parent firm Alphabet in a shakeup at the top of the Silicon Valley titan, the company said Tuesday. Pichai will take over from Larry Page, a co-founder of the internet firm, at the parent company which includes Google as well as units focusing on “other bets” in …

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Fired Google engineers seek US federal probe


December 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO: Four employees fired by Google ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday said Tuesday they were seeking a federal investigation into their dismissal, which they claimed was in retaliation for their labor organization efforts. The dismissal of the group dubbed the “Thanksgiving Four” on social media highlighted deepening tensions at Google, which had stated the employees violated data security policies. …

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TikTok sued in US over alleged China data transfer


December 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO: A university student in California has filed a class-action lawsuit against video app TikTok, which she accuses of harvesting large amounts of user data and storing it in China. “TikTok clandestinely has vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China vast quantities of private and personally-identifiable user data,” the court filing said. Misty Hong, a student in Palo …

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson demands plan from Police Department to make city safer


December 4, 2019

Mayor Eric Johnson is demanding a plan by the end of the year to reduce crime in Dallas. In a hard-bitten letter to City Manager T.C. Broadnax that highlights a rash of statistics illustrating violent crime, Johnson on Tuesday set a high expectation for the Police Department in 2020 to work “more aggressively and transparently.” The letter contains the mayor’s most …

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Dallas, Tarrant voters slow to embrace election changes


December 4, 2019

A change allowing voters in Dallas and Tarrant counties to vote at any polling location is slow to catch on. Most Dallas County voters — 54% — chose to vote at their traditional precinct this fall rather than take advantage of countywide voting, according to new data from election officials. At the same time, a little more than half — 50.81% …

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‘It’s just out of control’: Texas senators frustrated over rise of vaping, lack of regulation


December 4, 2019

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday over the rise of vaping devices among youth and the lack of federal and state regulation, despite a new law that raised the smoking age to 21 in September. “We don’t know where they’re being made,” Republican Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said during …

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Drive-by shooting victim found wounded after crash, Dallas police say


December 4, 2019

A drive-by shooting victim was found wounded late Monday in his car, which was riddled with bullet holes, Dallas police said. The man crashed around 10:50 p.m. on Interstate 635 at the Royal Lane/Miller Road exit, near the border of Lake Highlands and far northeast Dallas. A crew from Dallas Fire-Rescue found the car crashed on an embankment next to …

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Dallas police searching for man who groped woman in Deep Ellum


December 4, 2019

A woman told Dallas police that someone touched her inappropriately while she and a friend were walking Sunday in Deep Ellum. It happened around 1 a.m. in the 3000 block of Indiana Street, police said. A stranger groped one of the women and then ran away, police said. The two women chased the man, who jumped into a vehicle and …

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‘I am not a threat,’ Botham Jean’s brother says as he accepts award from police training group


December 4, 2019

The teenager who brought a courtroom and observers around the world to tears when he forgave the former Dallas cop who murdered his brother, Botham Jean, stepped into the spotlight again Tuesday when he accepted an award from a group that trains police officers. Brandt Jean, 18, received the 2019 Ethical Courage Award from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. The Plano-based …

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Murder suspect jailed in connection with fatal far northeast Dallas shooting


December 4, 2019

Authorities have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting another man outside a convenience store in far northeast Dallas last month. Melvin Crowder(Dallas County Sheriff’s Office) Melvin Crowder, 25, was jailed on a murder charge Tuesday in the death of James Burks, 33. Officers were called about 12:40 p.m. Nov. 20 to a shooting in the 12100 block of Abrams Road, …

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