HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Feb 26, 2015

HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone on to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reddit, Google to crack down on posting of nude pics

Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn’t given ...

Jan 20, 2015

Google sticks to EU-only application of 'right to be forgotten'

Google is only removing search results from European websites when individuals invoke their “right to be forgotten,” contrary to regulators’ guidelines, but will review that approach soon, the company’s chief legal officer said on Monday. The issue of how far the so-called right to ...

Jan 9, 2015

Google's U.S. search share drops while Yahoo logs a rise

Google saw its share of the U.S. Internet search market slip on December to its lowest ever mark, while Yahoo notched its highest share in five years, an independent analytics firm said Thursday. Google handled 75.2 percent of U.S. online search referrals for the ...

Dec 30, 2014

Gmail blocked in China

Google Inc’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail Web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a ...

Dec 19, 2014

Google planning built-in Android system for cars

Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that will be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google’s ...

Forced to pay for content, Google News closes in Spain

Dec 17, 2014

Forced to pay for content, Google News closes in Spain

U.S. giant Google on Tuesday shut down its popular online news service in Spain in protest over a new law that would make it pay for content. “We’re incredibly sad to announce that, due to recent changes in Spanish law, we have removed Spanish ...

Dec 4, 2014

Britain slaps new 25% 'Google tax' on multinationals

The British government on Wednesday slapped a new tax rate on multinational companies that seek to avoid paying their fair share to Treasury coffers. The levy — nicknamed the “Google tax” because of the high number of technology firms seeking to avoid tax — ...