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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

    June 3, 2014 3:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google automatically encrypts all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email... more »
  • Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

    September 5, 2013 7:48 AM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In court records filed in advance of a federal... more »
  • Google and NFL meet; Sunday Ticket up for grabs?

    August 21, 2013 1:59 PM

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television. Other tech companies like Apple are reportedly in talks with cable companies to boost access to television through their devices. With Google sitting on a... more »
  • Google asks to publish more government information

    June 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is asking the Obama administration to allow the Internet company to disclose more details about the U.S. government's closely guarded demands for emails and other information that people transmit online. The request was made Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director... more »
  • Google to pick Austin for ultra-fast internet

    April 9, 2013 11:27 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Google Inc. is expected to name tech-savvy Austin as the second city where the search giant will offer its ultra-fast home Internet service. Google and Texas Gov. Rick Perry scheduled a Tuesday morning announcement in Austin. Industry groups and observers are widely expecting Austin to receive Google's... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 4, 2013 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 4, 2013 6:13 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 4, 2013 - Scientists may be able to better forecast to flu, thanks to how you search online. Researchers with the CDC have worked with Google studying search patterns. They say people who search for terms... more »
  • Strong results from Google, IBM lift tech stocks

    January 23, 2013 3:16 PM

    NEW YORK - Technology stocks are leading Wall Street to a higher close following strong earnings reports from Google and IBM. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points to end at 13,779 Wednesday. Without the boost it got from IBM, the Dow would have closed flat. The Standard &... more »
  • FTC: Google to license patents, exclude snippets

    January 3, 2013 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. antitrust regulators say they have found no evidence to claims that Google unfairly favors its own services in search results. The Federal Trade Commission also says Google is agreeing to license patents deemed to be "essential" for rival mobile devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad.... more »
  • Judge approves FTC's $22.5M fine of Google

    November 16, 2012 6:31 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach. In doing so, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston rejected a consumer rights group's calls for tougher punishment. Illston issued her ruling late Friday, a few hours after holding a hearing... more »
  • Google's services unable to reach much of China

    November 9, 2012 3:43 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google says its search engine and other Internet services have been cut off from much of China just as the country's ruling party picks new leaders. Data posted on Google's website shows its services in China became largely inaccessible beginning around 1 a.m. PST Friday. That... more »
  • Report: Apple exec refused to apologize for Maps

    October 30, 2012 11:06 AM

    NEW YORK - The head of Apple's iPhone software development was asked to resign after he refused to sign a letter apologizing for the flaws of Apple's mapping application, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal says Scott Forstall's refusal was the latest clash between him and other... more »
  • Google and Samsung to sell low-priced laptop

    October 18, 2012 7:27 PM

    Google and Samsung teamed to build and sell a lightweight laptop with a price similar to smaller tablet computers. It'll sell for $249 and will run on an operating system connected to Google's Chrome Web browser. The laptop doesn't have a hard drive and will run like a terminal dependent... more »
  • Google agrees to record $22.5M fine on privacy

    August 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Google is paying a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple's Safari browser. The penalty announced Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission matches the figure that The Associated Press and other media... more »
  • Google to offer KC ultra-fast Internet for $70/mo.

    July 26, 2012 12:04 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Google says its long-awaited ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City, intended as a showcase for the future, will cost $70 per month. Google Inc. says it will offer three packages to Kansas City metro area residents, including "gigabit" Internet service - about 100 times faster than... more »
  • Local video makers explain how they make money with YouTube check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 9, 2012 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Making money on YouTube could be as simple as a few clicks, but it's not always that easy, just ask the creators of the 'Lil' Final Boyz' videos, Myles Laroux and Logan Baudean. The pair burst into the viral video scene after making a spoof video about... more »
  • Glasses of the future

    June 27, 2012 7:40 PM

    Some computer programmers get a chance to check out Google's new internet-connected glasses. The company is selling them for $1,500 to people attending its annual conference in San Francisco for software developers. The glasses will ship next year but are not sold outside the conference. The glasses are known as... more »
  • Google unveils augmented reality glasses project

    April 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Adding to their reputation as technology pioneers, Google unveiled their "Project Glass" Wednesday; a technology that has been compared to a smartphone for your eyes. The glasses, as demonstrated in a YouTube video posted by Google, are planned to superimpose calendar events, weather forecasts, directions,... more »
  • Wikipedia blacks out site to protest US bills

    January 18, 2012 11:48 AM

    NEW YORK - Wikipedia is blocking visitors from its English-language articles and Google has blacked out the logo on its home page as they join other sites in protesting legislation pending in Congress that's aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content. Wikipedia and Google are... more »
  • Google opens music store to US, challenge to Apple

    November 16, 2011 4:49 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Google is unveiling its much-anticipated digital music store as it opens a new front in its battle with Apple to provide services over mobile devices. For the first time, Google will sell songs on the Android Market, its online store for apps, movies and books. ... more »
  • Facebook launches video calls, group chat features

    July 6, 2011 12:56 PM

    NEW YORK - Quick on the heels of Google's launch of its latest social-networking venture, Facebook is rolling out video calls. It's powered by Internet phone company Skype. Facebook said Wednesday that it is also rolling out a group chat feature. Facebook users can now create instant... more »
  • Google may be after Hulu

    July 1, 2011 7:48 PM

    Google is one of about a dozen companies involved in talks to buy the online video site Hulu, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person says presentations to sell Hulu have started, but there's no leading bidder. The person agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity... more »
  • Google expands spoken search to desktop computers

    June 14, 2011 1:13 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Making Google search requests on many office and home computers soon won't require a keyboard. A feature announced Tuesday will allow people to speak their search requests while sitting in front of their desktop computers just as they already can on smartphones running on Google Inc.'s... more »
  • Google launches trial of tap-to-pay phone system

    May 26, 2011 12:26 PM

    NEW YORK - Google wants the smartphone to be the wallet of the future, a container for digital credit cards, coupons, receipts and loyalty cards that can be "tapped" to terminals in stores. In cooperation with MasterCard and Citibank, Google Inc. is launching a trial of its payment system... more »
  • Kansas, not Louisiana, gets first Google fiber

    March 30, 2011 1:04 PM

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - After seeing Facebook pleas and flash mobs, and even cities temporarily renaming themselves "Google," the search engine giant said Wednesday it has chosen Kansas City, Kan., as the first place to get its new ultra-fast broadband network. More than 1,100 cities, including Baton Rouge, had... more »
  • Google tweaks search to punish 'low-quality' sites

    February 25, 2011 12:50 PM

    NEW YORK - Google says it has tweaked the formulas steering its Internet search engine to take the rubbish out of its results. The overhaul is designed to lower the rankings of what Google deems "low-quality" sites. That could be a veiled reference to so-called online "content farms"... more »
  • Google Admits Trespassing in Pa., Pays Couple $1

    December 2, 2010 10:59 AM

    PITTSBURGH- Google Inc. has acknowledged that it trespassed when it took a photo of a Pittsburgh-area house for its Street View service, but will pay only $1 in damages to a couple who sued. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Cathy Bissoon on Thursday signed off on a consent judgment, a... more »
  • UPDATE: Speculation mounts as Facebook prepares for event

    November 15, 2010 10:08 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook is unveiling a new messaging platform that takes aim at one of the Internet's first applications, e-mail. CEO Mark Zuckerberg declares that e-mail is past its prime in the age of texts and instant messages. The popular social network unveiled its plans in San Francisco... more »
  • Google to invest in offshore wind power project

    October 12, 2010 1:10 PM

    A consortium of technology and investment companies including Google has devoted $1.8 billion to building a network of transmission lines to connect future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic from New Jersey to Virginia. Google Inc. has teamed up with investment firm Good Energies, Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni and... more »
  • Google search accelerates with 'instant' search

    September 8, 2010 12:28 PM

    Google is accelerating its search engine by displaying the results as soon as users begin to type in their requests. The new "Instant Search' introduced Wednesday means people will start to see an ever-evolving set of results in the middle of the page with each character they type into... more »
  • Verizon: Droid X smart phone coming July 15

    June 23, 2010 1:23 PM

    Verizon Wireless says that it will begin selling the Droid X, the follow-up to Motorola Inc.'s popular Droid smart phone, on July 15. Verizon said Wednesday the phone will cost $200 with a rebate and two-year wireless service contract. The Droid X runs Google Inc.'s Android software and... more »
  • Google tells lawmakers it never used Wi-Fi data

    June 11, 2010 1:03 PM

    Google Inc. is telling lawmakers that it never dissected or used any of the information that it accidentally sucked up while collecting data about public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. In a letter to three key members of the House Commerce Committee, the company apologized for collecting... more »
  • Google denies use of private data

    June 7, 2010 4:40 PM

    Google representatives say they're working with authorities to address privacy concerns over its mapping service. Last month, Google acknowledged it had mistakenly collected data over public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Authorities fear the collection may violate privacy laws. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal held a... more »
  • Pedestrian sues Google over Utah directions

    June 1, 2010 1:19 PM

    A woman who says she relied on Google for walking directions in Utah that got her hit on a major roadway has filed a lawsuit against the Internet company claiming it supplied unsafe directions. Lauren Rosenberg filed the $100,000 lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Utah. It also... more »
  • Court convicts Google executives of invasion of privacy

    February 24, 2010 5:08 PM

    A court in Italy has convicted three Google executives of invasion of privacy because they did not act quickly enough to remove a video of teens bullying an autistic boy. The video was posted on YouTube, which is owned by Google. Judge Oscar Magi sentenced the three to a... more »

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