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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…

‘Honest’ criminal turns himself in after learning he’s wanted via vanity Google search

You know, we talk a great deal at Techdirt about dumb criminals and how often they are nabbed by the intersection of their own stupidity and technology. It is, frankly, enough to make you wonder about the future of our species, watching these would-……

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.…

Google and Viacom settle lawsuit over copyright infringement on YouTube

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant’s YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” a joint statement by the companies…

The growing war for online storage

Earlier this week, Google announced a radical alteration in its pricing structure for Google Drive: now customers could purchase a terabyte of space for $9.99 per month, and 10 terabytes for $99.99. That’s a significant price reduction—Google used……

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…

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