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  • Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

    May 17, 2017 8:25 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google is about to provide the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets as it seeks to become an even more influential force in people's lives. The overview will come Wednesday during Google's annual conference for thousands of computer programmers. Google is expected to give... more »
  • Massive Google health study seeks volunteers to give up medical secrets

    April 19, 2017 2:56 PM

    Google's health spinout, Verily, is asking 10,000 Americans for intimate knowledge about their bodies. On Wednesday, Verily published a website announcing the launch of the Baseline Project, a multi-year study expected to cost more than $100 million. Verily says the project will search for clues to predicting heart disease... more »
  • Burger King's Whopper gets negative definitions in ad stunt

    April 12, 2017 3:26 PM

    NEW YORK - Burger King's latest ad stunt is resulting in some less-than-flattering descriptions of its Whopper sandwich. The hamburger chain unveiled a 15-second ad Wednesday designed to trigger smart speaker devices into reciting the definition of a Whopper, pulled from the website Wikipedia. But the website can be edited... more »
  • Google refutes charges, says there is no gender pay gap

    April 11, 2017 11:08 AM

    NEW YORK - Google says it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly. The company says it conducts "rigorous analyses" that its pay practices are gender-blind. It says analysts who calculate suggested pay don't have access to employees' gender data. Google says it analyzed... more »
  • Report: Uber exec out after failing to disclose allegation

    February 27, 2017 8:23 PM

    NEW YORK - A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report in the tech blog Recode, he failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation. Singhal denies the... more »
  • Disney drops YouTube's PewDiePie over offensive videos

    February 14, 2017 12:29 PM

    NEW YORK - YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, who goes by the name PewDiePie online, has been dropped from Disney's Maker Studios and YouTube has cancelled his reality series following a Wall Street Journal report that he made anti-Semitic videos. Kjellberg has amassed more than 53 million subscribers to his YouTube... more »
  • What Louisiana Googled more than any other state in 2016 is...

    December 30, 2016 7:04 PM

    What Louisianians Googled more than any other state in 2016 is the "Beyonce Halftime Show" when she performed at the Superbowl. The housing app, Estately, compared what citizens in each state were Googling more than others this year. It is not to be mistaken for the most Googled... more »
  • Google Fiber halts expansion plans as chief steps down

    October 25, 2016 9:20 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks. The company also announced that Craig Barratt, a veteran tech executive who led the ambitious - and expensive... more »
  • Googling yourself now leads to personal privacy controls

    June 1, 2016 10:12 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Now all you need to do is Google yourself if you're wondering how deeply Google has been digging into your digital life. Starting Wednesday, a shortcut to personal account information will appear at the top of Google's search results whenever logged-in users enter their own names... more »
  • Study finds out what each state Googles more than any other

    May 26, 2016 11:45 AM

    What’s on the minds of Louisiana residents when they go to Google the questions that really matter in life? German suplexes and Jim Ross apparently. It seems Louisianians love their pro wrestling, but they're also interested in scientology while being terrified of hurricanes (with good reason). Estately.com completed... more »
  • Google launches new Gboard app

    May 13, 2016 5:18 PM

    Google has launched a new app called Gboard, that integrates Google Search into the iPhone’s keyboard. Once the app is installed on to Apple’s iPhone, a small icon will appear on the device’s keyboard and when tapped users can conduct Google searches without leaving the app they are in. The... more »
  • Google wants new emojis to represent professional women

    May 12, 2016 9:35 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- Google wants professional women to be better represented in emoji form. In a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, which controls specifications for emojis, Google says it wants to create a new set "with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women's careers and empowering girls everywhere."... more »
  • Google to ban payday lending ads, calling industry 'harmful'

    May 11, 2016 11:44 AM

    NEW YORK - Google says it will ban ads from payday lenders, calling the industry "deceptive" and "harmful." Google said Wednesday it will no longer allow ads for loans due within 60 days and will also ban ads for loans where the interest rate is 36 percent or higher. The... more »
  • Google sets sights on injecting mechanical 'cyborg' lenses into eyeballs

    May 4, 2016 3:25 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google has patented a new technology that could allow the company to inject a computerized lens directly into your eyeball. While the public seemed to reject Google’s smart glasses based on “creepy factor” alone, somehow the web giant believes consumers will be more likely to... more »
  • Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry

    April 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - An appeals court has ruled that Mississippi's attorney general can resume an investigation of Google. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a district judge who had sided with Google. The district judge originally ruled that the unit of Alphabet Inc. didn't have to... more »
  • Experts tell NHTSA to slow down on self-driving cars

    April 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Engineers, safety advocates and even automakers have a message for federal regulators eager to get self-driving cars on the road: slow down. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is being told that fully self-driving cars may be the future of the industry, but that such vehicles aren't yet... more »
  • Facebook rearranging notification buttons to highlight video

    April 6, 2016 12:53 PM

    MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook is rearranging the notification panel on its mobile apps in an effort to widen the audience watching live video on its social network. The shift announced Wednesday is part of Facebook's effort to turn its live video feature into a marquee attraction as more people... more »
  • Google April Fools' prank backfires

    April 1, 2016 9:37 AM

    NEW YORK - Google is acknowledging that it pranked itself after an April Fools' Day Gmail tweak angered some people who use Google's email for work. The company added a button to its email service that allowed users to send out a minion GIF, a character from the animated film... more »
  • Google reveals 77 percent of its online traffic is encrypted

    March 15, 2016 3:37 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity. Company statistics released Tuesday revealed 77 percent of the requests sent to Google's data centers are encrypted.... more »
  • Google provides 1st peek at next Android operating system

    March 10, 2016 1:25 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is previewing the next version of its Android operating system two months ahead of schedule in an effort to get the upgraded software on more mobile devices. The new rendition initially is being recommended only for mobile app makers and will only work on a few... more »
  • Video shows Google self-driving car hit bus

    March 9, 2016 12:57 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Newly released video shows the moment a Google self-driving car learned the hard way not to tussle with a public bus. The Lexus SUV, outfitted by Google with special sensors, struck the bus on Valentine's Day in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. Footage... more »
  • Tech industry groups, security experts back Apple

    March 3, 2016 6:37 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A slew of tech industry groups and civil liberties advocates are filing legal arguments backing Apple in its fight with the FBI, including security experts worried about hacking and independent app-makers who fear more burdens on their business. These "friends of the court" briefs aim to bolster... more »
  • Google may bring ultra-fast Internet to Oklahoma, Florida

    October 28, 2015 4:22 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW - Google is adding Oklahoma City and two cites in Florida to the list of communities in line for its ultra-fast Internet service. The plan announced Wednesday would bring the "Google Fiber" service to Jacksonville and Tampa in Florida in addition to Oklahoma City if company officials can... more »
  • Yahoo to team up with Google in Internet search, advertising

    October 20, 2015 5:37 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo is leaning on Google's expertise in Internet search and advertising in its latest attempt to boost its revenue. The proposed three-year partnership was announced Tuesday after Yahoo released its third-quarter results. The numbers represented the latest in a long succession of disappointing performances for Yahoo,... more »
  • Major companies form group to push for LGBT rights globally

    September 29, 2015 1:05 PM

    NEW YORK - A group of major global companies, including Google Inc., AT&T and Coca-Cola, are joining a coalition to push for gay rights in the workplace beyond the U.S. and Western Europe. The Human Rights Campaign-led group will push for protections in the workplace globally, including in countries... more »
  • Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case

    September 3, 2015 3:21 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers. The settlement will pay more than 64,000 technology workers about... more »
  • Google unveils new logo

    September 1, 2015 12:37 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - The familiar primary colored logo you stare at more time than you can count most days has a new look as Google unveiled a new logo Tuesday. Only a month after the tech giant announced a major restructuring of their operations, the new logo emphasizes... more »
  • Google to be part of new holding company, 'Alphabet'

    August 10, 2015 5:09 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Google is changing its operating structure and will become part of a holding company called Alphabet. Alphabet will house the main Google businesses such as search, maps and YouTube, along with businesses managed separately such as Fiber, Nest and investing arms like Google Ventures. ... more »
  • Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

    June 25, 2015 3:21 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. It's the first time that the pod-like, two-seat vehicles have been allowed on public... more »
  • Gmail formally rolls out 'undo send' option

    June 23, 2015 1:58 PM

    SAN FRANSISCO, CA - Future email nightmares could be averted as Google is set to formally roll out a long-awaited "undo send" feature to its popular Gmail web email application. It's a familiar sense of terror when you realize that a key attachment is missing or a message intended... more »
  • Google to start removing revenge porn from search results

    June 19, 2015 1:34 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Google is starting its efforts to remove revenge porn from its search results in an effort to limit the appearance of sexually explicit images shared without their subject's consent. Google announced they will open a web form in the "coming weeks" that will allow users... more »
  • Google still struggling to diversify beyond white, Asian men

    June 1, 2015 5:13 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's workforce is still dominated by white and Asian men even after the Internet company hired a woman to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year. The ongoing lack of diversity emerged in a demographic... more »
  • Free speech victory

    May 18, 2015 8:56 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- It is called a victory for free speech advocates as a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to remove an anti-Muslim film that touched off violence in the Middle East. The court sided with Google after free speech advocates asked the court to... more »
  • Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

    May 18, 2015 1:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in... more »
  • Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

    May 5, 2015 12:35 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. The milestone announced at a digital advertising conference Tuesday serves... more »
  • Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

    April 22, 2015 1:51 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices. The service, called "Project Fi," will cost $20 per month and only charge customers for the amount of cellular data that they use each month... more »
  • Google launches cheapest computer yet

    March 31, 2015 7:56 PM

    NEW YORK- Google wants to undermine Microsoft and unveiled its cheapest Chromebook yet priced at $149. It wants to gain a stronger foothold in the school and overseas markets. There are two versions, one made by Hisense and the other by Haier. Hisence's can be ordered at Wal-Mart and... more »
  • Google exec says immigration changes would help economy

    March 18, 2015 5:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The executive chairman at Google is urging Congress to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on. Eric Schmidt spoke Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute. He says he believes the United States is better off... more »
  • Google to offer own cellular network plan

    March 2, 2015 2:30 PM

    BARCELONA, Spain - Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates. Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network... more »
  • Judge puts AG's attempt to investigate Google on hold

    March 2, 2015 10:41 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi attorney general's attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Monday granted Google's request for a preliminary injunction. The order prevents Attorney General Jim Hood from going through with a subpoena meant to... more »
  • Google offers reward to users who perform security check-up

    February 11, 2015 3:44 PM

    With cybersecurity consistently making headlines in recent months, Google is taking the chance to offer a reward to its account holders that ensure their personal accounts meet today's increasingly important security standards. Google members have until Feb. 17 to go into their Google account settings to complete a short... more »
  • Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

    January 26, 2015 4:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google to shut down a police-reporting feature on a popular smartphone traffic app. The sheriffs say the real-time tracking puts police officers' lives in danger. The Waze app is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. It has 50 million users in... more »
  • Google and Fidelity invest in Elon Musk's SpaceX

    January 20, 2015 5:06 PM

    SpaceX says it has raised $1 billion and added Google Inc. and Fidelity as investors. The California company, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, says the Internet search giant and financial services company together will own just under 10 percent of the business. SpaceX designs and makes rockets and spacecraft. It... more »
  • Apple, Google, other tech firms to pay $415M in wage case

    January 15, 2015 6:18 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies have agreed to pay $415 million in a second attempt to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging they formed an illegal cartel to prevent their workers from leaving for better-paying jobs. The settlement filed Thursday in a San Jose, California,... more »
  • Google to stop consumer sales of Glass to redesign device

    January 15, 2015 3:47 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device. The sales moratorium on the nearly 2-year-old "Explorer" edition of Google Glass goes into effect Jan. 19.... more »
  • Google most searched lists

    December 16, 2014 7:45 PM

    PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA- Google created a special category of "Trending Celebrity Losses" to highlight the dead stars we searched most. Celebrity deaths tend to dominate Google's end of the year lists, and this year is no exception. The most searched for celebrity death was Robin Williams followed by Joan Rivers,... more »
  • Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google

    December 16, 2014 2:09 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year. The reaction to Williams' August death topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests released Tuesday. It topped notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the... more »
  • Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

    November 25, 2014 2:38 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. Of course these spoons are a bit more than your basic utensil: using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's Disease to eat... more »
  • Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases Play Video

    October 30, 2014 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The world's top search database is joining the search for a cure to cancer. Google is working on a device that could detect the arrival of cancer and other deadly diseases before you even have them. According to the company, you would wear the device that... more »
  • Google working on pill to search for illnesses

    October 28, 2014 2:26 PM

    LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Google's latest "moon shot" project: A pill that would test for cancer and other illnesses. The company says it's working a pill that contains microscopic particles, which can travel through the bloodstream and search for malignant cells. The particles could then report their findings to a... more »
  • Google's health startup forges venture with AbbVie

    September 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's ambitious health startup is teaming up with biotechnology drugmaker AbbVie in a $500 million joint venture that will try to develop new ways to treat cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer's. The alliance announced Wednesday calls for Google Inc. and AbbVie Inc. to each invest... more »
  • Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

    August 28, 2014 6:23 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to... more »

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