• Facebook Jan 9

    Facebook Again Refuses to Ban Political Ads, Even False Ones

    Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people. Instead, Facebook will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of such ads easier to use.

  • CES 2020 Jan 7

    CES 2020: No to Junk Food; Machines Make Cocktails; Robot Friend

    A wristband that will help you say “no” to junk food. A machine that will mix drinks for you. These were among the gadgets showcased this week at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas. The four-day show, which opened Tuesday, is a place for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year, though Apple, Google and other...

  • holiday gifts Dec 25, 2019

    Google Compiles List of Most-Searched Holiday Gifts

    Christmas Day is a week away and shipping deadlines for rush delivery are fast approaching. If you haven’t finished your holiday gift shopping and are still wondering what to give to that friend or family member who is hard to shop for, Google is offering some help.

  • Dec 4, 2019

    Google Co-Founders Step Down as Execs of Parent Alphabet

    Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google as CEO for more than four years, will stay in his role and also become CEO of Alphabet. Page was Alphabet’s CEO, while Brin was its president. Both have been noticeably absent from Google events...

  • Dec 2, 2019

    Facebook Tests Tool to Move Photos to Google, Other Rivals

    Facebook has started testing a tool that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.

  • Nov 26, 2019

    Google Fires Four Staffers After Protest, Accusing Them of Data Security Breaches

    Google has terminated four employees for allegedly sharing sensitive information after weeks of internal dissent related to the mistrust of leadership. At least one of the employees was at the center of recent worker protests in San Francisco. In a memo sent to staffers on Monday, three members of Google’s Security and Investigations Team wrote that the four workers were...

  • Nov 22, 2019

    Man Found Guilty of Murdering British Tourist in New Zealand

    A New Zealand jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane died last December on her birthday after meeting the man through the dating app Tinder, going out for drinks with him, and then returning to his hotel apartment in central Auckland. Prosecutors said the man strangled Millane to...

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Google Changes Rules on How Political Ads Target Audiences

    Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored for more specific groups — for instance, using information gleaned from public voter...

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Muted Launch for Google’s Game-Streaming Service Stadia

    Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling games and a somewhat convoluted pricing scheme.

  • Nov 19, 2019

    Disney Plus User Accounts Already Found on Hacking Sites

    Disney says its new Disney Plus streaming service doesn’t have a security breach, but some users have been shut out after hackers tried to break into their accounts.

  • Nov 14, 2019

    Motorola Just Brought Back the Famous Razr With a Display That Folds in Half, But it Costs $1,500

    Lenovo’s Motorola on Wednesday announced a new version of the iconic Razr flip phone. It has a full touch screen display inside — no keypad — but still folds in half like the clamshell design of phones from the 1990s and early 2000s. I like the throwback design. It will succeed the Samsung Galaxy Fold as the second foldable phone...

  • Nov 11, 2019

    Google Digitizes Artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st Time

    The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy men.

  • Nov 7, 2019

    ‘Tonight’: Dan White Turns Random Math Into Gift for Jimmy

    Dan White uses Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and the entire “Tonight Show” audience to pull off a trick involving a series of random numbers and a scary accurate Google search.

  • Nov 6, 2019

    California Discloses Probe on Facebook Privacy Practices

    California’s attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook’s privacy practices since 2018.

  • Nov 4, 2019

    Google Employees Call for Corporate Climate Change Action

    Google employees are demanding the company issue a climate plan that commits it to zero emissions by 2030.

  • Oct 29, 2019

    Apple Resumes Human Reviews of Siri Audio With iPhone Update

    Apple is resuming the use of humans to review Siri commands and dictation with the latest iPhone software update. In August, Apple suspended the practice and apologized for the way it used people, rather than just machines, to review the audio. While common in the tech industry, the practice undermined Apple’s attempts to position itself as a trusted steward of...

  • Oct 29, 2019

    Survey: Kids’ Appetite for Online Video Doubles in 4 Years

    The number of young Americans watching online videos every day has more than doubled, according to survey findings released Tuesday. They’re glued to them for nearly an hour a day, twice as long as they were four years ago. And often, the survey found, they’re seeing the videos on services such as YouTube that are supposedly off limits to children...

  • Oct 25, 2019

    Google Digs Into Deeper Meanings of Searches

    Google is paying more attention to the small words in your searches. Want to figure out how to park on a hill with no curb? Google now takes that “no” into account, and shows top results that include parking instructions without curbs. The company is rolling out the change to English language searches in the U.S. starting this week. Google...

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Sick of Your Commute? Silicon Valley Company Pitches Flying Car-Like Contraption to Jersey City

    We’ve seen all kinds of innovative (and not always legal) ways to commute in the New York City area — from paddleboarding across the Hudson River (in a suit) to chasing a bus 20 blocks, begging the driver to open the door, but this is new.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Google Affiliate Begins Drone Deliveries in Virginia Town

    A Google affiliate is using drones to deliver customers’ Walgreens purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town. Wing, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, received federal approval earlier this year to make commercial deliveries by drone. It was the first drone company to receive the approval in the U.S., beating out Amazon’s Prime Air.

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