Oct 5, 2014

It's good to talk: New app aims to spur voice renaissance

Two former Google employees are hoping an innovative new phone application will trigger a renaissance in an increasingly unfashionable method of human communication: talking. The brainchild of Google veterans Thomas Gayno and Jeff Baxter, Cord aims to usher smartphone users back toward the core ...

Oct 2, 2014

Google removes news snippets in Germany legal fight

Internet giant Google said Wednesday it would remove news snippets and thumbnails of articles from several German news sites from its search results amid a legal battle with publishers. From Oct. 9 Google, which controls over 90 percent of the German search market, will ...

Sep 10, 2014

Google seeks help defining 'Right to be Forgotten'

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and a panel of experts held the first of seven public sessions Tuesday to help the company define how it should enforce a new “Right to be Forgotten” rule under which Europeans can seek the removal of embarrassing search results. ...

Sep 5, 2014

Obama taps Google exec as new technology officer

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday named Google vice president Megan Smith as his new chief technology officer, charged with unleashing the power of data and computers inside the fusty world of government. Smith fronted Google’s acquisition of major platforms including Google Earth, Google ...

Sep 5, 2014

Google to pay $19 million for child app purchases

Google has agreed to issue at least $19 million in refunds to consumers whose children made app purchases from its Google Play store without parental consent, officials said Thursday. The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google agreed to the settlement to resolve a probe ...

Sep 3, 2014

Google taps U.S. scholars to build new quantum information processors

Google Inc. has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to begin a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is ...

Aug 7, 2014

Wikipedia fights back against Europe's 'right to be forgotten'

Wikipedia fought back against Europe’s “right to be forgotten” by listing the online encyclopaedia’s articles removed from search results, snubbing a court ruling that allows people to stop personal information appearing under Internet searches. The Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that runs the free ...