May 31, 2014

Privacy ruling by EU puts ISPs in pickle

Google and other Internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the world’s top search engine took a first step toward upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight Thursday to put ...

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

May 30, 2014

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the ...

May 20, 2014

Why censoring search engines is a good idea

by Ted Rall

The European Court of Justice deserves praise for ruling recently that a Spanish national should not suffer shame or embarrassment for his former financial difficulties every time an acquaintance or potential employer types his name into a brower.

May 17, 2014

Net giant buys smartphone sign translator

Google has bought a startup whose software allows smartphone users to wave the device at road signs, menus and newspapers in a foreign language and get an immediate translation, Google said Friday. The purchase of Quest Visual means the technology used in its Word ...

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

May 17, 2014

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies said in a ...

European court: Google must yield on personal info

May 14, 2014

European court: Google must yield on personal info

Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday — caretaker of people’s reputations — when Europe’s highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled. The landmark ruling by ...

May 3, 2014

Google is sued for abuse of market power

Google has been sued for allegedly abusing its market power by forcing makers of handheld devices that use its Android operating system to also provide its applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer ...

Google's self-driving cars learning to master city streets

Apr 29, 2014

Google's self-driving cars learning to master city streets

Google says that cars it is programming to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists — a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology. Despite the progress over ...

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Apr 24, 2014

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The twist on time travel debuted Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an ...