Google executives promised to become more forceful and open about how it handles sexual misconduct cases within the company. The change comes one week after thousands of engineers and others employees walked out in protest. The company agreed to one of the demands made by protesters. The company will drop mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. With the change it becomes optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury.
In a recent interview with economist Tyler Cowen, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the blame for Google's inability to create the next big social network. Schmidt admitted to Cowen that "because we didn't collectively use it, I suspect we didn't fully understand how to do it."
Google plans to expand on its presence in New York City to add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount that nearly double the company's current number of employees in the city, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The plan would give Google room for nearly 20,000 employees in the city. The deal would enable Google to either buy or lease a planned 1.3 million-square-foot office building at St. John’s Terminal in the city’s West Village neighborhood. The building is scheduled for completion by 2022.