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Google confirms Iran choked off Internet access ahead of elections

Search giant Google, Inc. confirmed Monday morning that its Gmail, YouTube and encrypted search services have been unavailable to Iranians since Feb. 10, the day that rumors began to circulate that the whole country had been taken offline. Shortly after Google’s confirmation Monday morning, The Associated Press began receiving reports…

Italian professor launches challenge to Google

ROME — An Italian computer science professor whose research helped inspire Google launched a new search engine and social media network on Monday that he hopes will challenge the US technology giant. The new site entitled “Volunia” allows users to view the components of particular websites to find the subject…

Facebook stocks up for Google fight

WASHINGTON — As Facebook and Google jockey for dominance of the Web, the social networking titan’s $5 billion stock offering will give it a hefty warchest for the ongoing fight, analysts said. “It gives Facebook the ability to roll out more services,” Gartner technology analyst Michael Gartenberg said. “It’s going…

Facebook goes public, seeks to raise $5 bn in IPO

Investors came down with Facebook fever after the social networking titan filed to go public and seek to raise $5 billion in the largest flotation ever by an Internet company on Wall Street. The paperwork filed on Wednesday for the initial public offering provided the first glimpse of the financial…

Google defends privacy plan to U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Google, facing pressure from US lawmakers over a new privacy policy, said Tuesday it remains committed to protecting consumer data as it creates a “seamless and easy” Web experience. The Internet giant sent a letter to lawmakers and posted comments on its public policy blog defending the changes…

U.S. lawmakers seek Google answers on privacy

WASHINGTON — Two US lawmakers have asked Google chief Larry Page to brief congress on changes to the Internet search giant’s privacy policies, citing concerns about collection and sharing of personal data. Republican Representative Mary Bono Mack and Democratic Representative G.K. Butterfield, the top members of the House Subcommittee on…

Scathing Sundance film highlights U.S. Uncut’s work

US multinationals make billions of dollars in profit but can pay no federal tax due to “legal but immoral” tax arrangements, according to a scathing film at the Sundance film festival. “We’re Not Broke” tackles head on issues currently being thrashed out between Republican presidential candidates, over the fairness of…

Google+ opens up to teenagers

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday opened up Google+ to teenagers, just days after loosening the rules about using real names on the social network. The age limit had previously been 18, but Google vice president for product management Bradley Horowitz announced on Google+ that users could now be as…

We need more trains, not fancier cars

Because I am a massive nerd, I love Wired. But the cover story in the latest issue left me pretty frustrated. Don’t get me wrong; it’s super interesting. The writer, Tom Vanderbilt, looks at the various ways that Google and car companies are closing in on cars that will drive…

Google hit by new anti-trust complaint in Europe

The French online shopping website Twenga has filed a complaint against Google at the European Commission, accusing the Internet search giant of abusing its dominant position to eliminate any competition. The commission, the European Union’s competition watchdog, has been investigating Google since November 2010 following several complaints, with US IT giant Microsoft filing its own grievance last year. Twenga,…

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