May 20, 2016

Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars

Google on Thursday had a fresh U.S. patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit. The patent describes a layer of adhesive on a car’s hood, front bumper and possibly front ...

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

May 19, 2016

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people’s daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate reality, as the Internet company responds to competitive threats posed by Facebook, Amazon and Apple. As part of an onslaught of upcoming products, Google ...

May 14, 2016

Philadelphia police van is disguised as Google Maps vehicle

Philadelphia police officers attached a large Google Maps logo to a surveillance van in an apparent attempt to disguise it as one of the company’s street-filming cars. Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said Friday that no one was authorized by the department to place ...

Verizon said to plan bid for Yahoo as Google weighs offer

Apr 8, 2016

Verizon said to plan bid for Yahoo as Google weighs offer

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.’s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire the company’s Yahoo Japan Corp. stake to help sweeten the offer, according to people familiar with the matter. Google, the main division of ...

Mar 24, 2016

KDDI backs professor-led team in Google moon rover contest

Telecommunications carrier KDDI Corp. will support the sole Japanese team taking part in the Google Lunar Xprize competition, a $30 million race to land a robotic rover on the moon. KDDI said Wednesday it had signed an official partnership deal with team Hakuto, led ...

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Mar 15, 2016

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Game not over? Human Go champion Lee Sedol says Google’s go-playing program AlphaGo is not yet superior to humans, despite its 4:1 victory in a match that ended Tuesday. The weeklong showdown between the South Korean Go grandmaster and Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence program ...

Mar 15, 2016

Google's AlphaGo gets 'divine' go ranking

Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo has been awarded the highest go grandmaster rank, reserved for those whose ability at the ancient board game borders on “divinity,” South Korea’s Go Association said Tuesday. The association announced the award before the final game of AlphaGo’s five-match ...