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Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten

Paris - Google rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

YouTube app 'streamlining' makes vertical playback easier

Earlier this week, Google announced an update to its YouTube app for mobile devices. It introduces a proper vertical video playback mode, making it easier for people to view clips taken on smartphones in portrait orientation, alongside a refreshed design.

Why Google is giving startups free patents

Google has long been vocal about its distaste for patent trolls — companies who snap up patents and then sue others for infringement — and now it's putting its patents where its mouth is.

Silicon Valley unites to defend Samsung against Apple patent case

Several Silicon Valley technology companies have stepped up to help Samsung win its ongoing patent dispute with Apple. The group has filed a "friend of the court" letter to help argue Samsung's case. Apple claims that it infringed on multiple patents.

Google shares are up an insane 14%

Google shares are exploding. Shortly after the market open on Friday morning, shares of Google were up an incredible 14 percent.

Microsoft Edge crushes Google Chrome in new benchmark results

Microsoft has released some more benchmark results for its Edge web browser in which it appears to destroy Google Chrome, performing as much as 112% better. The Windows 10 browser is shaping up to be the fastest around and will be the default from launch.

Android still has most app downloads — but iOS makes more money

Android's Google Play Store has surged ahead of Apple's App Store in terms of raw app downloads this quarter, exhibiting 85% growth. Unfortunately for Google, Apple still leads for revenue though, indicating a more profitable store-front.

Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furore

Manila - Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos.

NYC council asks Google to discourage left turns to save lives

New York City - New York City has reportedly asked Google to eliminate left turns from its navigation directions on Google Maps where possible. It is thought that this could save many lives over the course of the year as left turns are notoriously dangerous in NYC.

Op-Ed: Google’s latest updates mean improved business dealings

Google is many things. It’s a know-all hub of information and services for the consumer and an intricate web of big data and useful tools for businesses.

Google algorithms show higher paying jobs to more men than women

Ad-targeting algorithms created by Google could be guilty of discriminating between Internet users, say researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the International Computer Science Institute.

Mysterious FCC approval could reveal a new Google Glass

A mysterious FCC approval for a new Google device has surfaced. Details are scarce but it is believed that the product could be the next iteration of the wearable Google Glass headset, showing that the program is not cancelled as some have thought.

Google Chrome has now been downloaded 1 billion times on Android

The Google Chrome web browser has now been downloaded over 1 billion times onto Android phones and tablets, a significant milestone for an app that is only available on relatively new devices and launched just three years ago.

Google Photos mistakes African Americans for 'gorillas'

Google has had to issue an apology after the automated image recognition system in its new Photos app misidentified African Americans in photos, erroneously creating an album called "Gorillas" in a user's image collection.

Google Maps to warn drivers of approaching railway crossings

Google has entered a new partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration that will see its Maps software alerting drivers when they approach a rail crossing. The aim is to ensure that people are aware that they may have to stop ahead.

Google harms consumers and itself by promoting its own content

A new study has concluded that Google harms consumers by filtering search results so that listings for its own services are promoted to the tops of pages. It adds more fuel to the EU's recent accusation of Google engaging in anticompetitive practices.

Google acts to curb 'revenge porn' from search results

Washington - Google said Friday it was taking steps to remove from search results "revenge porn," or sexually explicit images of people posted without their consent.

France hands Google ultimatum for worldwide right-to-be-forgotten

France has warned Google that it must begin enforcing right-to-be-forgotten requests on its worldwide "google.com" site as well as search results for individual countries within the next 15 days. If it fails to comply then sanctions will be imposed.

Facebook had a secret plan to build a $500m satellite

A report has claimed that Facebook has been considering launching a satellite into orbit to help its plans to provide Internet access to developing countries. The secret plans were scrapped recently due to the prohibitive $500 million cost.

Google admits that it 'doesn't always get it right' in Europe

Google has admitted it has messed up in Europe, leading to the strong anti-trust allegations it is faced with now. The company's European chief made the comments in an interview yesterday, saying "As far as Europe is concerned: We get it."

Google algorithm glitch means repairman ranks higher than itself

Observant Internet users have noticed that an Egyptian electrician has inexplicably managed to appear at the top of the search results page when typing "Google" into Google. The interesting part is that nobody knows how.

Google Project Jacquard: Control devices by touching your clothes

Google showed off a unique and innovative new product at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco recently. Called Project Jacquard, this new tech lets people control their devices by touching and swiping pieces of interactive fabric in clothes.

Google Brillo aims to power the Internet of Things

At its IO developers conference yesterday, Google unveiled a new operating system called "Brillo". Essentially a stripped-down version of Android, Brillo will power Internet of Things devices, driving interconnectivity and enabling seamless control.

Here's what's new in Android M, coming later this year

As expected, Google revealed a new version of its Android mobile operating system at its IO developers conference yesterday. A very early preview, some of Android M's features include a new app launcher, built-in fingerprint support and more battery life.

Op-Ed: Driverless trucks from Mexico to Manitoba: What could go wrong?

Brownsville - Hot on the wheels of Google's second generation of driverless cars, industry heads plan to send driverless big rigs on the road on a planned route from Mexico to Manitoba.

Cortana will kick Google Now and iOS off their own platforms

In a video uploaded to the Windows YouTube channel today, Microsoft has announced its digital voice assistant Cortana, already known by Windows Phone fans, will be coming to Android, iOS and PC with the launch of Windows 10 this summer.

This is Google's patent for a creepy, watching smart teddy bear

It has emerged that Google has filed a patent for a "smart teddy bear" that could listen to your conversations, watch your movements and control media devices. It would have built-in speakers, cameras and microphones but Google's intentions are not clear.

Google lets schoolboy run up £3000 bill as app purchases bounce

An 11-year-old school student ran up a bill of over £3000 on his mother's card after a series of app and game purchases were charged repetitively by Google despite the payments failing. Google made hundreds of transactions in just a few days.

Racist search term points to White House in Google Maps

San Francisco - Google Maps apologized after it emerged that searches using racist language pinpointed the White House, home of President Barack Obama.

Call girl who gave fatal dose of heroin to Google exec sentenced

Santa Cruz - A prostitute suspected in the drug overdose death of a Silicon Valley executive agreed Tuesday to a six-year prison sentence in a plea deal.
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