May 17, 2014

Net giant buys smartphone sign translator

Google has bought a startup whose software allows smartphone users to wave the device at road signs, menus and newspapers in a foreign language and get an immediate translation, Google said Friday. The purchase of Quest Visual means the technology used in its Word ...

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

May 17, 2014

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies said in a ...

European court: Google must yield on personal info

May 14, 2014

European court: Google must yield on personal info

Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday — caretaker of people’s reputations — when Europe’s highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled. The landmark ruling by ...

May 3, 2014

Google is sued for abuse of market power

Google has been sued for allegedly abusing its market power by forcing makers of handheld devices that use its Android operating system to also provide its applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer ...

Google's self-driving cars learning to master city streets

Apr 29, 2014

Google's self-driving cars learning to master city streets

Google says that cars it is programming to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists — a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology. Despite the progress over ...

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Apr 24, 2014

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The twist on time travel debuted Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an ...

Drones may take Net to far corners

Apr 18, 2014

Drones may take Net to far corners

The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from U.S. tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions. Google took a step in that direction this week ...

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, ...