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Google launches social networking service to rival Facebook

WASHINGTON — Internet search giant Google launched its rival to Facebook on Tuesday, a new social networking service called Google+. “Online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it,” Google’s senior vice president for engineering Vic Gundotra said in a blog post. “We’d like to bring the…

Supreme Court to hear warrantless GPS tracking case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether police can attach a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s vehicle without obtaining a search warrant. The Obama administration is seeking to have the top US court overturn the ruling of a US appeals court in Washington which…

Google investors fear long battle against Feds

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Larry Page should put in a call to Bill Gates. Microsoft Corp’s famous founder may know better than anyone else what the Google Inc chief executive would face if he engages in a protracted legal battle against U.S. antitrust regulators. Google said on Friday that the…

US regulators investigating Google over search

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US regulators have launched a probe into Google’s lucrative search and advertising business in a move that could pose the most serious legal challenge yet to the Internet giant. Google confirmed the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) inquiry in a blog post and a filing with the…

Florida governor retreats on worker drug tests

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers’ bodies. The Republican governor quietly signed the suspension memo on June 10 but it received little public notice…

Twitter launching photo-sharing service

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Twitter said Wednesday that it is adding a photo-sharing option for its users, a move that could deal a blow to existing services such as Twitpic and yfrog. Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo also announced at the All Things Digital technology conference here that the…

Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell

Police find illegal drugs after busting into wrong apartment complex The smell of marijuana smoke and sound of evidence being destroyed is enough reason for police to knock down an apartment door and search the place without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an 8-1 decision [PDF],…

Google takes on Microsoft with Chrome PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung and Acer Inc laptop computers using Google’s Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine tries to entice people to do more on the Web. Samsung’s and Acer’s new Web-centric PCs are an incursion into territory…

SETI forced to shut down search for alien life

The SETI Institute has been forced to temporarily shut down operations at its telescope array due to federal and state funding cutbacks. The Allen Telescope Array, composed of dozens of radio dishes 300 miles northeast of San Francisco, was put into a state of hibernation last week. The telescope array…

Police divers search for more NY serial killer victims

New York police divers scoured the gray waters near a popular beach as the search widened in a suspected serial killer case feared to have claimed up to 10 victims. Suffolk County police on Long Island closed off a stretch of scrub-covered bank leading down to the inlet at Hemlock…

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