Google buys solar-powered drone maker in bid to boost Net access

Apr 15, 2014

Google buys solar-powered drone maker in bid to boost Net access

Google on Monday announced that it was acquiring Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas. “It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help ...

Another year, another buck for Google co-founders

Mar 29, 2014

Another year, another buck for Google co-founders

Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million. Most of Schmidt’s raise stemmed from stock grants valued at $11.4 million. Google issued them to make up ...

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

Mar 21, 2014

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets. John Frank, deputy general counsel for Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, ...

Mar 21, 2014

Google toughens security with Gmail encryption

Google said Thursday its popular Gmail service will use encryption to thwart snooping, the latest move by the tech sector reassuring customers following revelations about U.S. surveillance programs. “Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is ...

Google redesigns Android to power 'smartwatches'

Mar 19, 2014

Google redesigns Android to power 'smartwatches'

Google thinks it’s time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet’s most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing with a version of ...

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Mar 9, 2014

1964 libel verdict vital in digital age

Singer Courtney Love hadn’t been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. But when a California jury recently decided that Love shouldn’t have to pay $8 million ...

Viral 'if Britain were Syria' video imagines U.K. war zone

Mar 8, 2014

Viral 'if Britain were Syria' video imagines U.K. war zone

A charity’s video transposing the effects of the Syrian civil war onto an ordinary girl growing up in London has gone viral on the Internet. Save the Children U.K.’s 94-second clip, released Wednesday, had racked up around 14 million hits on YouTube by Saturday. ...

Mar 4, 2014

Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple’s iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google’s ...

U.S. court orders Google to pull YouTube anti-Islam film

Feb 28, 2014

U.S. court orders Google to pull YouTube anti-Islam film

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered YouTube to take down an anti-Islamic movie that triggered protests in the Muslim world after an actress alleged she had been duped into appearing in it. The 2012 appearance of “Innocence of Muslims” on Google’s video-sharing site ...

Computers 'to top humans by 2029'

Feb 23, 2014

Computers 'to top humans by 2029'

by Nadia Khomani

Computers will be cleverer than humans by 2029, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. The entrepreneur and futurist has predicted that in 15 years, computers will be more intelligent than we are and will be able to understand what we say, learn ...