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Google fined $7 million over ‘improper and unwanted’ data gathering

Google agreed to pay a $7 million fine in the United States on Tuesday for stealthily collecting data from private Wi-Fi hotspots in a mapping service slip that irked an array of countries. In a legal settlement with attorneys general in 38 states, the Internet giant also agreed to ramp…

Google fined $7 million for collecting personal data with Street View

Google struck a deal with US authorities Tuesday to pay a $7 million fine for collecting people’s personal data without authorization as it combed neighborhoods for its Street View service. In a legal settlement with 38 states, the Internet giant agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories it harvested…

Google on the comeback trail as Apple endures stock slump

Google has retaken the role of superstar of the tech sector with a stunning stock rally as rival Apple flounders. Google has hit fresh all-time highs in recent weeks, and closed Friday at $831.52, capping a nearly tenfold rise from its public offering price in 2004 of $85. The stock…

Google: FBI is monitoring Internet for potential terrorist activity

Google says the FBI is monitoring the Web for potential terrorist activity. But it can’t say how extensive the surveillance is. As part of the Google Transparency Report, the Internet giant this week released data on so-called National Security Letters — official requests for data under the Patriot Act passed…

Online search ads expose racial bias: study

Ads pegged to Google search results can be racially biased because of how certain names are associated with blacks or whites, according to a new study. Harvard University professor Latanya Sweeney found “statistically significant discrimination” when comparing ads served with results from online searches made using names associated with blacks…

Hacking incidents ignite fears over China

A series of brazen cyberattacks on America’s most high-profile media outlets has revived concerns over Chinese hackers, who analysts say are likely linked to the secretive Beijing government. The attacks, part of a string of incidents traced back to Chinese servers associated with previous intrusions, underscore an urgent need for…

Google agrees to pay French news sites for content

Google and France signed Friday a groundbreaking agreement that will see the US Internet search giant compensate French news websites for linking to their content. “France is proud to have reached this agreement with Google, the first of its kind in the world,” the French president’s office said on Twitter…

Google blacklists Bank of America parody website

Update: Shortly after this report was published, Google removed YourBofA.com from its “phishing scams” blacklist Search giant Google blacklisted on Wednesday a website made to look like an outreach campaign by Bank of America, in what turned out to be an activist’s effort to get people talking about how the…

FCC ends probe of alleged Google Street View privacy violations

SAN FRANCISCO — US government telecom regulators have ended an investigation into Google’s “Street View” online mapping service gathering data from private wireless hotspots. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau on Friday called for Google to pay a $25,000 penalty for stalling the probe but said that it could…

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei says internet censorship will fail

LONDON — Dissident artist Ai Weiwei warned the Chinese government that its attempts to censor the internet would inevitably fail, in an article published in Monday’s Guardian newspaper. Ai, who was held for 81 days last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab-style protests in China,…

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