Nov 28, 2014

Breaking up Google is hard to do, EU says

Break up Google? It is unlikely to happen, no matter what 384 European Union lawmakers say, according to ministers and officials. Members of the EU parliament in Strasbourg, France, voted 384-174 for the European Commission — which is investigating Google for possible antitrust violations ...

Spoon from Google steadies hand tremors

Nov 27, 2014

Spoon from Google steadies hand tremors

Google is throwing its money, brainpower and technology at the humble spoon. Using hundreds of algorithms, the spoons allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

Nov 21, 2014

Google tests replacing web ads with contributions

Google on Thursday began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages. A “Google Contributor” experiment was introduced with a handful of partners including tech news website Mashable and satire site The Onion. ...

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

Nov 17, 2014

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism


Since it was introduced, Google’s location-based game “Ingress” has engrossed many Japanese smartphone users, and officials in Iwate Prefecture have found it to be a great tool to boost tourism. “By using ‘Ingress,’ we expect to publicize Iwate’s notable sightseeing spots and reconstruction sites ...

Nov 13, 2014

YouTube debuts subscription music service

YouTube on Wednesday introduced a long-rumored ad-free subscription music video service in a challenge to Spotify, Pandora, Apple and others. YouTube Music Key launched in a test mode in Britain, Spain, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, and the United States with free trial periods, and ...

Nov 12, 2014

Obama inflames divisive debate on Net neutrality

Let’s say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or ...

Oct 29, 2014

Google targets nanoparticle tech for health detection

Google Inc.’s research lab said it’s working on nanoparticle technology that could be used in the near future to better detect diseases such as cancer. The nanoparticles would be swallowed, then controlled to monitor health issues and observed through an external device, Andrew Conrad, ...

High-altitude leap by Google exec sets records

Oct 25, 2014

High-altitude leap by Google exec sets records

Google executive Alan Eustace leaped from the edge of space Friday, breaking the sound barrier and setting several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert. Eustace’s jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which ...

Oct 24, 2014

Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think like humans

Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. ...