Major U.S. tech companies call for strict limits on surveillance

Dec 9, 2013

Major U.S. tech companies call for strict limits on surveillance

Eight of America’s largest technology companies have called on President Barack Obama and Congress to impose strict new curbs on surveillance that, if enacted, would dramatically reshape intelligence operations that U.S. officials have portrayed as integral to the war on terrorism. The uncommonly unified ...

Nov 27, 2013

Amazon begins online video distribution

Major online shopping site operator Amazon Japan K.K. has started an online video distribution service, enabling customers to purchase or rent Japanese and foreign films and TV shows from a selection of more than 26,000 titles. Content providers for Amazon Instant Video include film ...

Nov 15, 2013

Suit challenging Google Books' digital library tossed out

A federal judge handed Google Inc. a victory Thursday in a long-running legal battle, tossing out a lawsuit claiming the Internet giant is violating copyright laws by scanning books without the writers’ permission to create the world’s largest digital library. The 28-page decision by ...

Nov 4, 2013

Eminem takes top honor at first YouTube music awards

YouTube’s first music awards thrilled and spilled Sunday, with Eminem named artist of the year, though most awards went to lesser-known acts during a show filled with eclectic stunts. The webcast was kicked off by indie rockers Arcade Fire performing their new song “Afterlife” ...

Oct 26, 2013

Google preparing paid YouTube music service: report

YouTube, Google’s video-sharing arm, is preparing to launch a subscription music service to allow consumers to watch videos and listen to music ad-free, industry sources said Friday. Sources familiar with the plans said the service is likely to launch sometime next year. The new ...

Race is on to develop self-driving autos

Oct 18, 2013

Race is on to develop self-driving autos

by Kayo Mimizuka

Cars that drive themselves used to be a pipe dream, only to be seen in the movies. But with cars already packed with information technology, the idea is no longer far-fetched for global automakers, and the competition is heating up. U.S. companies are leading ...

Sep 7, 2013

Google races to keep out government spies

Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday. The move is ...

Street View shows Tohoku tsunami, nuclear evacuation zones

Sep 5, 2013

Street View shows Tohoku tsunami, nuclear evacuation zones

New images from areas devastated by the tsunami of March 11, 2011, have been posted on Google’s Street View, allowing users to see how the disaster changed the area. The images include pictures of towns and villages near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...