Apr 19, 2015

In hunt to monetize, social networks slip in stealth advertising

The quandary for those who run social networks is how to monetize activity on them without antagonizing and thus losing users through distracting ads. The answer, for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, is to slip in some stealthy ads camouflaged to look like posts from ...

Apr 18, 2015

Google to rank Web access on mobile devices

Google search Tuesday will start factoring in how easy websites are to read on smartphones or tablet computers, underlining the changing way people surf the Internet. The Web titan said that the “mobile-friendliness” of websites will be a factor in ranking results to online ...

Computer transmission of human personalities not far off: inventor

Apr 5, 2015

Computer transmission of human personalities not far off: inventor

The world has only touched the surface of technological progress and computers may soon be able to transmit the complexities of human personalities, a prominent inventor says. Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X laboratory, where the Internet search giant has developed Google Glass ...

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

Apr 1, 2015

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man’s chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac-Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned ...

Google releases new Street View images of disaster-hit Tohoku

Mar 12, 2015

Google releases new Street View images of disaster-hit Tohoku

Google Inc. on Wednesday released new Street View images showing the present condition of the Tohoku region devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the disaster, which left more than 18,000 people dead or missing. ...

Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

Mar 3, 2015

Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it’s shaking up the telecom world to do it. The company said Monday ...

Mar 3, 2015

Apple car rumors fuel Geneva debate about car of future

The main talking point at this week’s Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car. The world’s automakers will gather in the Swiss city to tout their latest minivans, city cars and sport utility vehicles ...

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Feb 28, 2015

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with “a ton of feedback,” Google said Friday that it instead will “step up ...

HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Feb 26, 2015

HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone on to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reddit, Google to crack down on posting of nude pics

Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn’t given ...