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 ...

Google avoids fine with EU antitrust deal

Feb 6, 2014

Google avoids fine with EU antitrust deal

The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted “far-reaching” concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results ...

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

Feb 4, 2014

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

A car might see a deadly crash coming even if its driver doesn’t, the U.S. government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they are plunging toward peril. The action, whose implementation ...

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

Jan 28, 2014

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

The U.S. government and leading Internet companies Monday announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with ...

California driver cleared in 'Google Glassing' case

Jan 17, 2014

California driver cleared in 'Google Glassing' case

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device. Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because the code she was cited for requires proof ...

Google creates glucose monitor in contact lens

Jan 17, 2014

Google creates glucose monitor in contact lens

Google on Thursday unveiled a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five ...

U.S. appeals court tosses out regulator's 'Net neutrality' rules

Jan 15, 2014

U.S. appeals court tosses out regulator's 'Net neutrality' rules

A U.S. appeals court Tuesday set aside Federal Communications Commission rules designed to ensure that transmission of all Internet content be treated equally, a decision that could reshape consumers’ access to entertainment, news and other online content. The anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules have barred ...

Google apologizes for 'Hitler' name on maps

Jan 11, 2014

Google apologizes for 'Hitler' name on maps

Google apologized Friday after a Berlin intersection briefly regained its Nazi-era name, Adolf-Hitler-Platz, on the Google Maps service. Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said the company quickly took down the name after the error was discovered. The intersection was relabeled with its proper name, Theodor-Heuss-Platz, ...

Dec 31, 2013

New Google ad service called 'game-changing'

by Mark Sweney

  Ever since marketing pioneer John Wanamaker quipped that half of all the money he spent on advertising was wasted, but he didn’t know which half, businesses have been striving to make their advertising spending accountable. That was in the late 19th century. The ...

Websites try to fight nasty comments, anonymity

Dec 27, 2013

Websites try to fight nasty comments, anonymity

by Barbara Ortutay

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: a recipe for the worst online comments. Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites ...