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Google appeals $204,000 fine as French data privacy controversy escalates

Google said Wednesday it had appealed a decision by France's data protection watchdog to fine the US giant 150,000 euros ($204,000) -- the maximum possible -- for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines. The fine last week, though tiny for a group……

In the past year, Google’s bought eight robotics companies. Should we be concerned?

The company’s expansion into robotics was developed in tandem with the US military You may not have noticed it, but over the past year Google has bought eight robotics companies. Its most recent acquisition is an outfit called Boston Dynamics, which makes the nearest thing to a mechanical mule that…

New Pentagon blueprint sees bigger role for robot warfare

At a NASCAR racetrack in Miami earlier this month, teams from NASA, Google, and 14 other groups of engineering gurus put cutting-edge robots through some challenging paces. The aim was to see how well the robots could tackle tasks that may sound simple…  …

Google robot smokes the field in DARPA competition

A 4-foot, 7-inch semi-autonomous bipedal automaton from a Google-owned maker of commercial robots took first place in DARPA’s rescue-robot competition over the weekend. Japanese robot-makerSchaft, Inc.’s HRP-2 outclassed robots from NASA, Lockheed…  …

Protesters smash Google bus window amid more eviction protests

BREAKING: Protesters attack Google bus in West Oakland, smashing window (via Pando Daily) By Carmel DeAmicis On December 20, 2013 [This is a breaking news post, which we will be updating as more information comes in.] Tensions between Bay Area activists and tech institutions ratcheted up this morning when protestors…

Google buys Boston Dynamics. Skynet, here we come

Apparently, Google’s robotics division needs to scare the pants off of the rest of the world. Google confirmed to the New York Times that it purchased Boston Dynamics, a DARPA-funded robotics firm that has grown YouTube-famous through its unworldly animalistic and anthropomorphic military robot prototypes like the BigDog and the…

Mozilla ramps up efforts to build an ‘open mobile operating system’ for smartphones

Mozilla on Thursday teamed with global partners in a push for open mobile standards as it ramps up its efforts to develop smartphones challenging Google and Apple operating systems. The California-based nonprofit foundation joined Deutsche Telekom, Spain’s Telefonica, South Korea’s LG, US-based Qualcomm, and Chinese manufacturers ZTE and TCL/Alcatel in…

How the NSA reportedly uses Google cookies could be next privacy flash point

Web cookies that allow advertisers to keep tabs on individual Internet users’ browsing habits are being co-opted by the National Security Agency to focus its cyberespionage – potentially reinvigorating the debate over consumer rights to online privacy, leaked documents show.;  …

While Amazon has drones, Google experiments with robotic helpers

Almost human? Google’s developing robots (via The Christian Science Monitor) In the future, Google Shopping Express might compete with Amazon Prime and other online-to-offline shopping services, according to some reports. Here, the Google logo is modified with two one-Euro coins in an illustration. (Michael Dalder/Reuters/File…   [Robot photo via Shutterstock]…

Seattle restaurant owner and ‘tech nerd’ at odds over use of ‘Google Glass’

The owner of two Seattle restaurants has engaged in a public dispute online with a local man over the customer’s use of the Google Glass eyeglasses. GeekWire reported on Wednesday that Nick Starr had the enhanced eyewear on during a Nov. 21 visit to the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge…

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