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Tech workers seek to have Steve Jobs’ emails admitted as evidence in class action suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class…

Google, IBM worries could raise questions about other tech-sector companies

Disappointing results from Google Inc and IBM may unnerve investors shaken by a strong recent selloff in tech stocks, underscoring the challenges the Internet and IT sectors face as corporate report cards come due in coming weeks. The two companies, both barometers of their respective industries, posted March-quarter results on…

Google confirms it’s going through your emails to figure out what ads to show you

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when…

Google to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace in hopes of expanding Internet access

(Reuters) – Google Inc said it will buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace in an attempt to provide Internet access to more parts of the world, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Google did not disclose a purchase price for Titan, whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for years, the…

Google prepares to start selling Glass eyewear to the public

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than…

Google won’t face class action lawsuit over email privacy violations

(Reuters) – Google Inc won a significant legal victory as a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accuse the Internet search company of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action. In a decision released on Tuesday evening, U.S.…

Tech giants using offshore cash piles to earn tax-free interest from the U.S. government

LONDON (Reuters) – Four of the biggest U.S. technology groups collectively hold an estimated $124 billion in U.S. Treasury debt, much of it offshore, earning them tax-free interest, the UK’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) said on Thursday. The finding means Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Cisco Systems…

Google to challenge telecoms with fleet of solar-powered balloons

From sending solar-powered balloons into the stratosphere to offering free Wi-Fi in parks, Google is quietly spending hundreds of millions of dollars on nascent Internet services that may one day challenge the telecom and cable companies. In recent months, Google Inc has announced plans to bring free wireless Internet access…

Google offers to fund wireless hotspots in San Francisco

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is offering $600,000 to set up free wireless Internet hotspots in 31 public spaces in San Francisco, but city officials said they need to review annual maintenance costs before it could be approved. Google has previously funded public wireless projects in…

Sen. Schumer wants probe of Apple, Android privacy policies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. senator has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent. Democrat Charles Schumer’s request comes after iPhone maker Apple tweaked its privacy…

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