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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…

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…  …

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