Cecilia Kang
James Manyika, who heads Google’s technology and society team, delivers the keynote address at Google I/O in Mountain View, California, in 2023. OpenAI, Google and Meta ignored corporate policies, altered their own rules and discussed skirting copyright law as they sought online information to train their newest artificial intelligence systems.
Apr 8, 2024
How tech giants cut corners to harvest data for AI
The companies’ actions illustrate how online information has increasingly become the lifeblood of the booming AI industry.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2022
Bans on TikTok gain momentum in Washington and states
In the past several weeks, at least 14 states have banned TikTok on government-issued devices.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2021
U.S. lawmakers see path to rein in tech, but it isn’t smooth
The road ahead is likely to be a yearslong, complicated path toward new rules and regulations, with no guaranteed result.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 18, 2020
Google’s legal peril grows in face of third antitrust suit in U.S.
The cascade of lawsuits against Google, which the company says it will fight in court, are indicative of the growing backlash against the largest tech companies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 11, 2020
‘It’s hard to prove’: Why antitrust suits against Facebook face hurdles
Any company breakup may face the skepticism of courts, which have been hesitant about undoing mergers because that can sometimes cause more harm to consumers than good.
Oct 12, 2013
Google plans to put users' photos, comments in online ads
Google has made a fortune selling ads. Now it is trying to put its hundreds of millions of users to work as company pitchmen, using the profiles, pictures and recommendations of ordinary people to endorse products and services across the Web.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Sep 3, 2013
Google crunches data on munching snacks in the office
Last year Google had an M&M problem. So, as it does with most dilemmas, the Internet giant put its data wizards into action.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Aug 7, 2013
Can Amazon's Bezos save the newspaper business? founder Jeffrey Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post promises not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution but a potential transformation of the fusty mechanics of the newspaper business.
Jun 12, 2013
U.S. tech giants urge NSA transparency
Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agency's sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 5, 2013
Jobs' role focus of Apple e-book trial
Apple's late founder, Steve Jobs, was a key figure Monday in the Justice Department's suit against the Silicon Valley giant for allegedly leading an illegal scheme to raise the prices of e-books.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 22, 2013
Apple used 'complex web' to avoid taxes, Senate inquiry finds
Apple used a "complex web" of offshore entities — with no employees or physical offices — that allowed it to pay little or no taxes on tens of billions it earned overseas, according to a Senate investigation unveiled Monday.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2013
Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?
At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a management robot is learning to run a factory and give orders to artificial coworkers, and a BakeBot robot is reading recipes, whipping together butter, sugar and flour and putting the cookie mix in the oven. At the University of California at Berkeley, a robot...
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2013
Cheap 3-D printers to transform our lives


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan