Douglas MacMillan

The Wall Street Journal

@dmac1

  • Technology reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering tech policy and economics.
  • Previously worked at Bloomberg and Businessweek.
  • Has an MA in Journalism from Columbia, and a BA in Fiction Writing.
The Wall Street Journal: Google to accelerate Google+ social network closure due to new bug

Dec 11

Google said it would close the consumer version of its Google+ social network earlier than planned, after a second software glitch this year exposed the profile data of users and raised fresh concerns about the search giant’s privacy controls.

Read this Story

Google to Accelerate Closure of Google+ Social Network

Dec 11

Google said it would close the consumer version of its Google+ social network after discovering a software bug that exposed the private profile information of 52 million users to outside app developers, the second time this year the company has acknowledged e…

Read this Story

GOOGLE's Turn in Hot Seat...

Dec 10

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to face questions at a Congressional hearing on a range of topics, including the company’s handling of user data and its development of a search engine that would comply with China’s strict internet censors.

Read this Story

Wary of Future Job Losses, White House Convenes Tech Leaders at AI Summit - Wall Street Journal

Dec 6

Wall Street Journal Wary of Future Job Losses, White House Convenes Tech Leaders at AI Summit Wall Street Journal It was intended to be a listening session for tech leaders to share policy ideas, a senior administration official said. In addition to the topic…

Read this Story

Waymo CEO Says Alphabet Unit Plans to Launch Driverless Car Service

Nov 13

The head of Alphabet’s Waymo unit said it plans to launch its first commercial self-driving car service in the next two months and expects businesses to be among its biggest customers.

Read this Story

Lawmakers call for ‘thoughtful regulation’ of tech companies

Nov 13

While Silicon Valley companies face increased scrutiny over the role they play in elections and the propagation of false or biased news, politicians and industry insiders at a Wall Street Journal conference said there should be limited regulation of the indus…

Read this Story

The Wall Street Journal: Google to name CEO of Geisinger Health to lead its heath-care effort

Nov 8

Google is expected to name a prominent hospital-system CEO to a newly created role overseeing the tech company’s health-care efforts, according to people familiar with the matter.

Read this Story

Google Plans Large New York City Expansion

Nov 8

Google is gearing up for an expansion of its New York City real estate that could add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount nearly double the search giant’s current staffing in the city, according to people familiar with the matter.

Read this Story

Google Employees Stage Global Walkout Over Treatment of Sexual Harassment - Wall Street Journal

Nov 1

Wall Street Journal Google Employees Stage Global Walkout Over Treatment of Sexual Harassment Wall Street Journal Thousands of Google employees around the world have staged a series of walkouts on Thursday to protest a workplace culture that they say promotes…

Read this Story

Google Parent Alphabet Delivers Surging Profit but Sales Slow

Oct 26

Alphabet’s latest results signal uncertainty in its core business at a time when it is also dealing with a backlash from regulators and turmoil in its own corporate culture.

Read this Story

The Wall Street Journal: Google CEO defends potential China-compliant search engine

Oct 16

Google’s chief executive defended his company’s plan to explore a search engine tailored for users in China despite concerns that would mean complying with the country’s strict internet censors.

Read this Story

Google Privacy Upgrades Could Jolt Gmail App Developers

Oct 10

Google’s plan to put more limits on access to Gmail user data is likely to disrupt business for scores of app developers whose services are based on the world’s most popular email service.

Read this Story

Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public

Oct 8

Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network, though it didn’t find evidence of misuse. The company opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears doing so would draw regulatory sc…

Read this Story

Top ad executive leaving Google for venture-capital firm

Oct 2

The executive at the helm of Google’s juggernaut online advertising business is stepping down, a rare shake-up at the highest echelons of the search giant.

Read this Story

Google CEO will meet top Republican lawmakers for talks on Friday

Sep 24

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai plans to appear at a private meeting of top GOP lawmakers on Friday and again at a public hearing this year.

Read this Story

The Wall Street Journal: Google CEO warns staff to stay nonpartisan or face actions

Sep 22

Alphabet’s Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai warns employees in a memo against letting their personal politics affect their work as the internet giant fends off criticism that its widely used products could be biased.

Read this Story

Google CEO Warns Staff: Stay Nonpartisan

Sep 22

Google CEO Sundar Pichai warned employees in a memo against letting their personal politics affect their work as the company fends off criticism that its widely used products could be biased.

Read this Story

Google's Empty Chair Gets Starring Role at Hearing

Sep 5

The absence of Larry Page, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, at Wednesday’s Congressional hearing at times threatened to overshadow the remarks of the other executives and drew the ire of some lawmakers.

Read this Story

Alphabet's Chairman on Government, China and Fake News

Aug 31

John L. Hennessy talks about the future that Silicon Valley is creating, the rise of employee activism and how Google should address censorship.

Read this Story

Trump Hammers Google Again, but Signals Against Regulation

Aug 30

President Trump continued his criticism for a second straight day that Google’s search engine is biased against conservatives, while saying he prefers not to pursue regulation of the internet giant.

Read this Story

Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers

Aug 28

The Web giant owned by Verizon analyzes more than 200 million inboxes for clues about what products people might buy—a practice much of Silicon Valley has declared off-limits.

Read this Story

Uber's Second-Quarter Sales Rise 63% With Narrower Loss

Aug 15

A year after joining Uber Technologies, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi is showing signs he can maintain the ride-hailing firm’s rapid pace of revenue growth while reining in some of its substantial losses.

Read this Story

Google Woos Partners for Potential China Expansion

Aug 12

While Google’s search engine remains blocked in China, the company is courting allies there by providing tools and support to a growing number of app developers, manufacturers and advertisers in the region.

Read this Story

The Wall Street Journal: Google said to consider censored search engine to re-enter Chinese market

Aug 1

Google is testing a mobile version of its search engine that would adhere to China’s strict controls over content, a person familiar with the matter said

Read this Story

Google Earnings Hit by European Fine - Wall Street Journal

Jul 23

Wall Street Journal Google Earnings Hit by European Fine Wall Street Journal Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 1.10% reported a 9.3% drop in second-quarter earnings, which included a $5 billion charge to cover a fine by European regulators. Earlier this month…

Read this Story

Alphabet's Earnings: Investors Watch for Hints on Android Antitrust Fine

Jul 23

Google parent Alphabet is expected to report earnings after the market closes. Investors will be looking for any discussion about its Android business after the EU antitrust fine and more details about data collection in light of privacy concerns.

Read this Story

Europe's Google Decision Brings New Calls for U.S. Action

Jul 18

The European Union’s latest move to rein in Google puts pressure on U.S. regulators and lawmakers to curb the power of the Silicon Valley giant—a step Americans have thus far been reluctant to take.

Read this Story

EU Decision Shakes Mobile Industry, Google Business Model

Jul 18

When the first Android phone went on sale a decade ago, Google made a bet: Its free operating system would hook smartphone makers. Now that business model may need an upgrade.

Read this Story

How to Protect Your Email Inbox From Snoopers

Jul 4

An email inbox is a vault of secrets. In recent years, millions of users have been giving out the combination.

Read this Story

Tech's 'Dirty Secret': The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail

Jul 2

Software developers scan hundreds of millions of emails of users who sign up for email-based services. Disclosures are often buried in user agreements.

Read this Story

Google Sets Rules to Curtail Employee Debates

Jun 27

Google is trying to quell the debates roiling its workforce by setting new internal rules designed to limit offensive language and ad hominem attacks.

Read this Story

Google Says It Won't Allow Its Artificial Intelligence in Military Weapons

Jun 7

Google won’t allow its artificial-intelligence products to be used in military weapons, the company said Thursday, as it tries to balance its “Don’t Be Evil” mantra with the wide-ranging applications of its technology.

Read this Story

Google Won't Seek to Renew Pentagon Contract After Internal Backlash

Jun 1

Google has decided not to seek renewal of a Pentagon contract that had become the focus of internal debate around the use of the tech giant’s technology for military purposes.

Read this Story

At Google's Parent Alphabet, Median Pay Nears $200,000

Apr 28

Google parent Alphabet said its workers earned a median pay package of more than $197,000 last year, the fourth-highest pay among the hundreds of companies in the S&P 500 index that have disclosed those figures.

Read this Story

Alphabet's Earnings Soar as Sales Continue to Climb

Apr 23

Sales keep soaring at Google parent Alphabet Inc., the dominant player in online ads which reported first-quarter profit surged 84%.

Read this Story

Google's Android Expansion Mired in US-China Trade War - Wall Street Journal

Apr 22

The Star Online Google's Android Expansion Mired in US-China Trade War Wall Street Journal Google struggles to reach users of Apple phones, which run the iOS operating system and come preloaded with apps, and faces more competition from Samsung, the world's l…

Read this Story

Silicon Valley to Washington: Why Don't You Get Us?

Apr 11

After lawmakers volleyed dozens of questions at Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, the tech industry had one question for Congress.

Read this Story

Investors Want More Transparency About YouTube's Sales, Profits

Apr 10

YouTube’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., doesn’t share YouTube’s sales or profit, but some investors and others have renewed calls for more transparency.

Read this Story

YouTube Shooting Highlights Frustration Among Some 'Creators'

Apr 5

Some independent video makers complain YouTube has limited viewership and shortchanged them on ad payments

Read this Story

YouTube Bans More Firearms Videos Amid Gun Debate

Mar 21

YouTube said it would ban videos relating to the sale or assembly of guns and certain gun accessories, as tech giants face growing pressure to limit the promotion of firearms in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Read this Story

Investing app Robinhood valued at $5.6 billion after latest funding round

Mar 15

Robinhood Financial LLC is set to be valued at about $5.6 billion in a new funding round, according to people familiar with the matter, a fourfold increase in just one year that reflects the stock-trading app’s soaring popularity among millennials.

Read this Story

The Wall Street Journal: Amazon buys smart-doorbell maker Ring in deal valued at more than $1 billion

Feb 28

Amazon.com Inc. acquired Ring, maker of video doorbells, in a deal valued at more than $1 billion, a person familiar with the transaction said, giving the online giant a bigger foothold in the burgeoning internet business of home security.

Read this Story

YouTube Says It Mistakenly Promoted a Conspiratorial Video on Florida Shooting

Feb 21

Google’s video site and other social media struggle to suppress misleading and false content on their platforms.

Read this Story

Others Feel Alienated...

Feb 18

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel has said he plans to leave Silicon Valley in part because of its perceived cultural uniformity, joining other entrepreneurs and investors who have defected away from the nation’s high-tech cradle.

Read this Story

Thiel Parts Ways With Silicon Valley...

Feb 15

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco and scaling back his involvement in the tech industry, people familiar with his thinking said, marking a rupture between Silicon Valley and…

Read this Story

How Google Influenced the Web's Effort to Block 'Annoying' Ads

Feb 14

Starting on Thursday, Google’s Chrome browser will block certain types of online advertisements, a change Google is describing as user friendly. But some in the industry say the ad giant’s move is self-serving, and they contend Google overly influenced the pr…

Read this Story

Tax Plan Strikes at Tech Giants’ Foreign Profits

Dec 18

While most U.S. businesses would pay lower taxes under congressional Republicans’ proposed tax overhaul, some of the world’s richest tech companies might actually see their rates rise.

Read this Story