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 ...

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 ...