Jul 18, 2014

Softbank picks Google's Arora to head Internet business unit

SoftBank Corp., the wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, has hired Google Inc.’s Nikesh Arora to help steer its global expansion. Arora will join as vice chairman in October after nearly a decade at Google, including time as the search company’s chief business ...

Jul 16, 2014

Google+ abandons need to use real names

Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, which aims to gain ground on market leader Facebook. “When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what ...

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

Jul 10, 2014

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

An alleged high-end prostitute who is accused of injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht and leaving him to die after he overdosed appeared in court Wednesday on criminal charges including manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance. Alix Tichelman, ...

Google hit by 70,000 'forget me' requests

Jul 4, 2014

Google hit by 70,000 'forget me' requests

More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, with some of the world’s biggest news sites the first to be affected by requests from others. The search engine has restricted access to ...

Jul 2, 2014

Google acquiring startup Songza to bolster music services

Google Inc. is buying startup Songza Media Inc., bolstering its music services as it tries to draw users away from rival Apple Inc. Google has no immediate plans to change the song service, which selects tunes for listeners based on a person’s activities and ...

Google's Glass takes fans nearer to action

Jul 1, 2014

Google's Glass takes fans nearer to action

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles ...

Google Android software spreads beyond smartphones

Jun 26, 2014

Google Android software spreads beyond smartphones

Google said Wednesday it would bring cars, watches and televisions into its Android empire. The technology titan laid out a sweeping vision for the operating system at the opening of a sold-out developers conference, in a keynote presentation streamed online to millions of people ...

Jun 21, 2014

Microsoft, Google OK 'kill switch' for phones

As as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies, Google and Microsoft said Friday they plan to join Apple in offering theft-deterring “kill switches” in their smartphone operating systems. The companies confirmed the commitment, which was noted in a report Thursday by ...

Jun 5, 2014

Forget self-driving cars, make me a cyborg

by Noah Smith

A finance professor and sci-fi fan thinks that the next big technology is "cyborg technology" but that the press is ignoring it. It will include a number of health care technologies involving the integration of living tissue with engineered machinery.

Jun 1, 2014

New phone app to nab crooks with 'thefties'

Mobile security startup Lookout is hoping to turn smartphones and tablets against gadget thieves with a new feature that — when possible — will snap a picture of the culprit. A new theft alert function that has been added to Lookout’s premium service for ...

May 31, 2014

Privacy ruling by EU puts ISPs in pickle

Google and other Internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the world’s top search engine took a first step toward upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight Thursday to put ...