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Google ditches military deal:
Google has decided not to renew its multimillion-dollar contract with the Pentagon in response to an open letter of protest signed by 4,000 of its employees. The company’s role in Project Maven was to create a “Google Earth-like” system to improve the precision of military drone strikes. Reportedly worth $15m, the contract was seen by executives as a step towards competing with Amazon and Microsoft for lucrative government intelligence contracts. But Google’s staff argued the tech giant should not be in the “business of war”, and warned that the Pentagon partnership was unethical and damaging to its brand. “We cannot outsource the moral responsibility of our technologies to third parties,” the letter said.