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Why digital privacy is only for the rich

OKCupid knows how likely you are to put out on the first date, the NSA knows you eat a lot of quinoa, and all 962 of your Facebook friends have caught a glimpse of you in an ill-advised bikini. In a digital world where oversharing is caring and brands know more…

New online tool from Google lets you see deforestation in real time

If you want to get a sense of just how rapidly the world is being deforested, and words aren’t enough for you, well, now there’s a new online tool that can help you with that. The Global Forest Watch — backed by Google and more than 40 other business……

Are the robots about to rise? Google’s new director of engineering thinks so…

Ray Kurzweil popularised the ‘singularity’ concept, when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. Now he is trying to make it a reality for Google. Carole Cadwalladr meets him It’s hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil. With the fact that he takes 150 pills a day and is intravenously…

Google asks Internet eyewear fans not to be ‘Glassholes’

Google gave early adopters of its Internet-connected eyewear a bit of advice: don't be "Glassholes." It was the final suggestion in a recommended code of conduct posted online for software developers and others taking part in an Explorer program providing……

Oakland: The city that told Google to get lost

If pushing your enemy into the sea signifies success, then Google’s decision to start ferrying workers to its campus by boat suggests the revolt against big technology companies is going well. Standing on the docks of Oakland, on the east side of San Francisco Bay, last week, you could watch…

NSA got access to 40,000 Yahoo and Google user accounts in first 6 months of 2013

Last week, we noted that the DOJ and various internet companies had settled their legal fight, which concerned whether or not those companies could reveal the details of how many FISA Court requests they were receiving -- both in terms of how many requests……

Google provides glimpse at government’s secret data requests

Internet titans eager to regain the trust of users for the first time on Monday provided insight into numbers of secret requests for user data made by the US government. Disclosures from Google, Facebook and others came a week after US authorities agreed to give technology firms the ability to…

U.S. allows Google, Microsoft and other tech firms more leeway in reporting NSA requests

The United States is to give technology firms more leeway to publish broad details of how their customer data has been targeted by US spy agencies, officials said Monday. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said communications providers would be allowed to disclose figures on…

Google buys ‘cutting edge artificial intelligence company’ DeepMind

Google said on Monday that it had agreed to buy British artificial intelligence start-up company DeepMind for an undisclosed amount. "I can confirm that the acquisition has indeed gone ahead but unfortunately we are not commenting beyond that for now……

You haven’t got mail: Software glitch stalls Google services

Google’s widely used free email stumbled Friday as some of the Internet giant’s services were disrupted by apparent software woes. An online Google Apps dashboard indicated that trouble rippled through Gmail, Google+ and an array of the company’s other services. Google did not disclose the extent of the Gmail glitch…

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