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U.S. Tech Firms File Legal Brief Opposing Trump’s Travel Ban

Nearly 100 companies, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft, banded together to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing that it “inflicts significant harm on American business.” The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, included Facebook, Twitter, Intel, eBay, Netflix, and Uber.

February 6, 2017
Pulse, Orlando Nightclub, ISIS

Orlando Nightclub Victims’ Families Sue Twitter, Google, And Facebook

The three families claim Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Facebook “provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts they use to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds and attract new recruits.”Similar lawsuits in the past have faced an uphill fight because of strong protections in U.S. federal law for the technology industry.

December 20, 2016
Google fact-check to answer fake news

Websites Peddling Fake News Still Use Google Ads To Rake In Profits

Websites that push fake news stories have yet to feel the effects of Google’s ban, instead remaining incentivized to publish fabricated, sensationalist content without regard for the truth.

December 16, 2016
Trump, Immigration

Google And Twitter Employees Vow Not To Surveil Muslims Or Immigrants

Drawing comparisons to the Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the tech employees signed an open letter at neveragain.tech rebuking ideas floated by Trump during the campaign trail.

December 14, 2016
Director JJ Abrams arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Google To Unveil J.J. Abrams’ Lunar X Prize Documentaries

Having mastered fictional renderings of spaceflight, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams has turned his attention to a real space drama, with a series of Web-based documentaries about a Google-backed race to the moon.

March 3, 2016
Google Debate mockup

Google To Make Your Life Easier During Presidential Debates

What do you do while watching the presidential debates?

January 28, 2016

What Happens When Private Money Pays For Science?

More and more funding for new research is coming not from government grants, but from private donors who concentrate their investments in a few hand-picked enclaves. And so big private money begets more big private money.

January 7, 2016

Why We Still Need Public Libraries

We still want to read, study, and communicate in a non-distracting environment. And we still need what urbanologists call “third places” — that is, public spaces other than work and home.

June 18, 2015
Will Pebble smartwatch be able to compete with Apple and Google?

Will Pebble Smartwatch Be Able To Compete With Apple And Google?

The smartwatch market is expanding.

June 17, 2015
Google is testing Tesla's Model S as an autonomous vehicle. via Flickr

Are Insurers Prepared For Self-Driving Cars?

Auto insurers are unprepared for the changes self-driving vehicles will create for their business and most don’t think the technology will have a significant impact for at least a decade, according to a study released Wednesday by consulting firm KPMG.

June 17, 2015
Google driverless car

Shorter Road Ahead For Driverless Cars

Friends keep orating that driverless cars are something in the far-ahead future. Apparently, they’re not. That future is near.

June 9, 2015
FAA, Unmaned Flights, Technology, Titan, Drones, Google, Project Loon, Internet-Streaming, Cell Towers, The Verge

Google To Deploy Drones With Internet-Emitting Payloads

Google seeks to create a worldwide satellite network of Internet-emitting drones and balloons with the FAA’s help.

May 20, 2015
Internet, Domain Names, Celebreties, Google, Amazon, Privacy, Lifestyle, Entertainment

Celebs Play Defense As They Snatch Up New Internet Addresses

Big businesses and celebrities buy up new domain names, leaving only the .sucks for the rest of us.

April 14, 2015

Open Internet Survives Weird Politics

How net neutrality overcame a Republican blitz in Washington.

March 3, 2015

Google Plans To Launch Small Wireless Network

Google Expands Into Yet Another Field

March 2, 2015

Google Glass Joins The Failure Hall Of Fame

The one-time “next big thing” is joining Crystal Pepsi and the Segway in the failed product hall of fame.

January 22, 2015

Gmail Access Blocked In China

China appears to be escalating its internet censorship.

December 29, 2014

FBI Head Criticizes Apple, Google Over Data Encryption

James Comey has some criticism saved for Google and Apple.

September 26, 2014

Google Defends Child Porn Tip-Offs To Police

By Robert MacPherson Washington (AFP) — Google defended its policy of electronically monitoring its users’ content for child sexual abuse after it tipped off police in Texas to a child pornography suspect. Houston restaurant worker John Henry Skillern, 41, was arrested Thursday following a cyber-tip that Google had passed along via the National Center for […]

August 5, 2014

Google Disruption In China Seen As Government Crackdown

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — When Yi Ran is working on new designs for his Yinshen Clothing company, he often turns to Google to search for pictures to use as inspiration. “The results are more complete and objective than Chinese search services,” the 30-year-old from Guangzhou said. But for the past two […]

June 18, 2014

Poll: Google, Costco And Facebook Best Employers

Washington (AFP) – Google, Facebook and wholesale retailer Costco offer the best pay and benefit packages in the United States, according to employee ratings compiled by the U.S. job site Glassdoor. Apart from Costco, whose generous social benefits stand out, four of the five top employers are high-tech firms, according to the survey. Top was […]

May 26, 2014

Top EU Court Gives People Right To Ask For Google Data Deletion

Luxembourg (AFP) – In a surprise ruling on Tuesday, the EU’s top court said individuals have the right to ask U.S. Internet giant Google to delete personal data produced by its ubiquitous search engine. Individuals have a right “to be forgotten,” under certain circumstances when their personal data becomes outdated or inaccurate, the European Court […]

May 13, 2014

Supreme Court Considers Limiting Business-Method Patents

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sounded ready Monday to curtail the use of certain business patents in a case involving a patent for a computerized risk analysis of international financial transactions. Use of such business-method patents has soared in recent decades. Once granted, they can give a firm or […]

April 1, 2014

Google Ordered To Take Down YouTube Anti-Muslim Video

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, CA — Google must take down a controversial anti-Muslim video on YouTube that sparked protests across the Muslim world because keeping it on the website violates the rights of an actress who sued after she was allegedly duped into appearing in the film, a divided federal appeals […]

February 26, 2014

Google Provides Glimpse At Secret U.S. Requests For Data

San Francisco (AFP) – Internet titans eager to regain the trust of users for the first time on Monday provided insight into numbers of secret requests for user data made by the U.S. government. Disclosures from Google, Facebook and others came a week after U.S. authorities agreed to give technology firms the ability to publish […]

February 3, 2014