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Google hopes ride-alongs will steer Americans to embrace its self-driving robot cars

Google Inc’s self-driving car technology likely will not be available for several more years. But the Internet company is already beginning the job of making the public comfortable with the futuristic vehicles. A fleet of Google’s robot cars ferried more than two dozen reporters around Mountain View, California, on Tuesday,…

Europe’s top court backs ‘right to be forgotten’ in Google case

Europe’s top court sided with privacy rights supporters on Tuesday, saying that world No. 1 search engine Google can be required to remove sensitive information from its Internet search results. The case underlines the battle between advocates of free expression and supporters of privacy rights, who say people should have…

Job hunting is now a matter of ‘big data’ and not how well you perform at an interview

Firms crunching numbers and algorithms offer a hi-tech route to employees who will fit in – and not quit How do we end up in the jobs we end up in? And why did we miss those opportunities we had set our hearts on? If most of us look back,…

Oracle wins copyright ruling against Google over Android operating system design

By Dan Levine and Diane Bartz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oracle Corp won a legal victory against Google Inc on Friday as a U.S. appeals court decided Oracle could copyright parts of the Java programming language, which Google used to design its Android smartphone operating system. The case, decided by…

Google, Facebook, and Twitter team up to oppose new FCC net neutrality plan

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic. The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman…

In long-fought victory for anonymous email users, Chevron agrees to withdraw Google and Yahoo! subpoenas

EFF has been working with EarthRights International to quash subpoenas issued to Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft for the email and personal information of dozens of Ecuadorian environmental activists, attorneys, and journalists in a case that is rooted……

Apple, Google to pay $324 million to settle suit over salary war conspiracy

Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin.…

Apple and Google agree to settle class action lawsuit on alleged hiring conspiracy

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. The settlement was disclosed in a…

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…

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