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Britain set to ban Google Glass for drivers

Google’s smart glasses will distract drivers, says Department of Transport. Google Glass is the highest profile product in a wave of new wearable technologies, promising to display everything from restaurant reviews to directions and allow automated video and photos wherever we go. But the internet-connected eyewear looks set to be…

Google offers to fund wireless hotspots in San Francisco

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is offering $600,000 to set up free wireless Internet hotspots in 31 public spaces in San Francisco, but city officials said they need to review annual maintenance costs before it could be approved. Google has previously funded public wireless projects in…

Parody mocks Google’s support of climate deniers: We’re not evil, just ‘f*cking stupid’

A new parody released Monday by Heavy Crude Video mocks Google for supporting politicians who believe climate change is an international conspiracy of socialist scientists. The video imitates a commercial for Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Various passersby on the street are asked to take the “Google challenge,” where they search…

European watchdogs order Google to rewrite privacy policy or face legal action

European watchdogs threaten tech company with legal action over 2012 policy which ‘violates commitment to transparency’ Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the search giant unilaterally altered them to unify data…

Google working on a videogame console: report

Google is working on a videogame console and smart watch powered by Android software that has been a hit in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that the California-based Internet titan is out to expand its hardware line-up to include…

Asteroid mining firm hits $1 million crowd-funding goal

By Irene Klotz (Reuters) – A start-up asteroid mining firm that launched a crowd-funding campaign to gauge interest in a planned space telescope reached its $1 million goal, company officials said on Thursday. Bellevue, Washington-based Planetary Resources intends to build and operate telescopes to hunt for asteroids orbiting near Earth…

Amazon and Google chiefs join other corporate tax avoiders at annual Bilderberg confab

Heads of big tax-avoiding firms set to attend secretive group’s four-day summit being held near Watford George Osborne and his Labour shadow, Ed Balls, are on a list of those attending this week’s UK summit of the secretive Bilderberg group alongside the heads of Amazon and Google, both of which…

Google ordered to obey FBI’s warrantless data requests

A federal judge has rejected Google’s request to not have to comply with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) warrantless requests for users’ data records, the Associated Press reported on Friday. In a May 28 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston decided that the national security letters issued by…

Google wants blimps to bring wifi access to sub-Saharan Africa

Search giant to bring wi-fi to remote African regions in emerging markets wi-fi roll-out Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit signals across hundreds of square miles. The internet search giant is already running high-speed fibre networks…

Google defends listing extremist sites: Legal information will be indexed

Google’s indexing of extremist websites helps police track their activity and will continue, the company’s chief told an audience at the Hay festival. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was asked to act to take down terrorist-sympathising websites from his search engines during a question and answer session at the…

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