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Google wants to patent how to split a restaurant check

Splitting a check after a big group meal can be a pain-in-the-neck problem. But is it a Google-level conundrum? A handful of Google engineers appear to think so. According to a patent application made public Thursday, six New York-area Google employees want a patent on a method for “tracking and…

E.U. nears anti-trust deal with Google

The E.U. executive hopes to close a high-stakes anti-trust dispute with Internet giant Google by next spring, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Tuesday, with a settlement seeming increasingly possible. The Commission, the E.U.’s executive, has accused Google of giving unfair preference in its search results to its own services,…

France threatens Google over data protection breaches

France’s data protection watchdog said Friday it would take action against US giant Google for failing to comply with national privacy guidelines. The issue of data protection has gathered steam worldwide following revelations by Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, that the US had a vast,…

Google’s $168 million Mohave desert solar gamble gets green light

We’ve been following the progress of the massive Ivanpah solar thermal power plant ever since Google put up a cool $168 million to help build it, so we’re happy to report that the plant has passed the critical “first sync” milestone. Built on…  …

Google launches online archive of world’s constitutions

Internet giant Google launched an archive of the world’s constitutions Monday in a new online initiative designed to help countries emerging from conflicts or political crises. Launching the new site — www.constituteproject.org — in New York, Google officials said the aim was to help people drafting constitutions to see what…

Google unveils its next big project: Immortality — or at least radical life extension

Google’s Next Big Project: Beat Death (via slashdot) Google has created a new company, Calico, with a mighty task: beat back death, or at least ensure that people live in better health for longer. Calico will focus on health-related issues, specifically aging and related diseases. Art Levinson, the former…  …

Google, Facebook and Yahoo join coalition pushing 21 nations for surveillance data

An Internet freedom coalition backed by US technology giants asked Thursday for 21 countries to release information on national security and law enforcement data requests. The Global Network Initiative, which includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft, asked the countries to “report on the requests they make for electronic communications surveillance…

Google teams with Apple chairman to launch ‘health and well-being’ company

Google announced Wednesday it was launching a new company focused on health and well-being, and hinted at cooperation with longtime rival Apple in the venture. A Google statement said the company called Calico “will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.” Arthur Levinson,…

Google Glass looks silly now, but we’ll all be wearing mini-computers soon

An open-mind about new technology will help lead us to discover endless possibilities for its use in our daily lives I have a nostalgic memory from my childhood that conjures up that youthful sensation of limitlessness, of the feeling that the day will be so long and full of opportunity…

Google Street View driver in triple hit and run crash in Indonesia

 A driver collecting video data for internet giant Google’s Street View feature in Indonesia slammed into two vehicles after trying to flee responsibility for an earlier crash, police said Saturday. The Indonesian man had been driving a Subaru hatchback in Bogor district on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, on…

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