Protesters make their presence known before and during Google I/O

google io 2014 protestors protest

Google protesters made their presence known before and during Google’s developer conference, which takes place at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Starting on Tuesday, Occupy Google supporters showed up on Google’s campus with signs that show the group’s pro-net neutrality emotions:

As Tuesday night rolled around, Google called in the police. Though they seemed quite lax, according to Occupy Google’s Twitter feed, officers began asking demonstrators to leave. Police said that if they failed to do so, they would be arrested for trespassing:

According to the Mountain View Police Department, 10 protesters were arrested. While the department confirmed Google was “supportive” of the protests, the search giant wasn’t supportive of the protests overnight, beginning at 9pm local time.

Based on the police’s account, demonstrators were told to leave, but that they could come back in the morning. Two demonstrators sat down and refused to leave, which led to their arrest. Several others remained in the area, with Google subsequently signed a Private Person’s Arrests for Trespassing, with all 10 having been arrested “without incident.”


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Protests, however, didn’t stop there. During Google I/O, a demonstrator shouted evictions allegedly caused by a Google employee.

The unnamed protester held up a t-shirt that read “develop a conscience, stop Jack Halprin.” Halprin, a Google attorney, was the subject of an April protest that had protesters assemble outside his seven-unit home. They accused him of evicting all other six tenants from the property, with at least two of the evicted tenants saying they were San Francisco teachers, based on a report by SF Examiner.

Roughly an hour later, another protester made his voice known. He shouted out, “Don’t work for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people!” He also said “you know that’s true” before being escorted out of the area.

Protesters and Google have been butting heads for a number of years. Back in 2008, a group of Japanese lawyers and professors protested Google’s Street View functionality. More recently, protesters criticized Google’s private bus program, which employees use to go to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. Protesters blocked two buses ferrying Google and Apple employees to work, arguing that the buses were a metaphor for the increasing wealth gap protesters blame on Google and Apple, among others.

The protesters purport that the wealth created by these firms fail to trickle down to the local community, pushing property prices sky high and generally having an adverse effect on the area.

With Google and Apple further expanding their work spaces, it’s likely that more protests will continue to surface.

Mobile

You can now message businesses straight through Google Maps

Google has been updating Maps with a ton of new features over the past few months, and now it's back with another one -- the ability for users to message businesses directly through the Maps app.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Photography

Get your Sagan on with 60 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
Mobile

No cash. No talking. What goes next? Welcome to your ‘app-tive’ digital life

Bank of America's 2018 Trends in Consumer Mobility Report found mobility has changed our lives. Mobile tech influences how most of us communicate, meet people, build relationships, and handle money as we move toward a cashless society.
Mobile

The Motiv smart ring is coming to 20 more countries and physical stores

Remember Motiv's activity tracking smart ring? It's back with a raft of new features that adds biometric identification and token authentication, all on a device that fits on your finger.
Wearables

Everything you need to know about Garmin’s GPS watches and trackers

Garmin jumped into the GPS smartwatch and fitness tracker market five years ago and has built a portfolio of devices that rivals competitor Fitbit. Here's your guide to the latest and greatest fitness devices that Garmin has to offer.
Mobile

Sharp doubles down on the notch trend with Aquos R2 Compact

As if one notch wasn't enough, Japanese manufacturer Sharp unveiled a new smartphone that has two -- one teardrop style notch at the top, and a bigger notch at the bottom. Here's what the world's first dual-notch smartphone looks like.
Mobile

Verizon has made its first 5G video call … with a phone that’s already out

Verizon has announced that it has successfully made its first video call, using a smartphone that's already available: The Motorola Moto Z3. To make the call, Verizon used the 5G Moto Mod.
Mobile

Samsung patents show what Infinity-O display could look like on Galaxy S10

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Home Theater

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Everything you need to know

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.
Mobile

The best protective iPhone cases to defend against dirt, dings, and drops

If you’re going off-road or work outdoors, it could be a good idea to invest in a tough case. These are our picks of the best protective iPhone cases for all iterations of the iPhone, from the iPhone XS to the 7.
Social Media

Build a wish list and shop videos with Instagram’s latest shopping update

Eyeing a product on Instagram? Now there are more ways to shop from the social network. Instagram just rolled out options to save products in a collection as users can also now shop from videos.