Google's top searches peer into society's mindset
2013-12-18 07:46:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.
Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns
2013-12-17 17:43:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday huddled with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.
The White House says the meeting was focused on efforts to repair the Obama administration's Hea...
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of v...
Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law
2013-11-30 08:07:53 UTC
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection ...
Facebook CEO Says Government "Blew It" with NSA Spying
2014-06-07 07:17:27 UTC
Palo Alto — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent -- but he didn't say it in that nice of a way.
According to ABC News, Zuckerbe...
Retailers take on Silicon Valley
2013-11-15 09:26:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
At first glance, th...
French court: Google must drop 9 Mosley sex images
2013-11-06 20:15:29 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A French court ruled Wednesday that Google must rid its search results of nine images of an orgy involving former Formula One chief Max Mosley.
Google's associate general counsel, Daphne Keller, said the ruling amounted to asking t...
Twitter is powerful, but where are the profits?
2013-11-06 11:21:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It can help overthrow dictators. But can it make money?
Protesters famously used Twitter to organize during the Arab Spring three years ago. President Barack Obama announced his 2012 re-election victory using the short messaging...
What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?
2013-11-05 09:20:00 UTC
San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to co...
Google: NSA spying on our data centres 'outrageous'
2013-11-05 11:16:44 UTC
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has attacked the US government for apparently breaking into the connections that link the company's data centres around the world as "outrageous" and described other surveillance practices as "possib...
AP-CNBC poll: Twitter faces skeptical investors
2013-11-04 06:15:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday.
Some 36 percent of Americans say buying stock in the 7-ye...
NSA secretly taps Yahoo, Google
2013-10-31 03:22:38 UTC
In this slide from a National Security Agency presentation on “Google Cloud Exploitation,” a sketch shows where the “Public Internet” meets the internal “Google Cloud” where user data resides. Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in pr...
Twitter sets $17 to $20 per share range for IPO
2013-10-25 07:47:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull...
Syria's civil war plays out on social media
2013-10-19 23:34:41 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Amid all the bloodshed, confusion and deadlock of Syria's civil war, one fact is emerging after 2½ years — no conflict ever has been covered this way.
Amateur videographers — anyone with a smartphone, Internet access and an eagern...
Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO
2013-10-07 05:27:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales —and advertisers and networks are taking note.
Examples of Twitter...
European regulator close to settlement with Google
2013-10-02 06:33:10 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — European regulators appeared to be nearing a settlement with Google in their probe over whether the Internet search-and-advertising giant is unfairly stifling competition.
Joaquin Almunia, the top antitrust official at the Euro...
Microsoft board boosts dividend by 22 pct
2013-09-17 20:23:02 UTC
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.
The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents ov...
Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models
2013-09-10 20:43:18 UTC
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that changed cellphones forever, Apple will offer two distinct versions of the latest iPhones — a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard o...
Google loses appeal in Street View snooping case
2013-09-10 19:48:29 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" maps look forward to resuming their ca...
Yahoo disclosed email in China: Just following local laws
2013-09-09 06:41:47 UTC
Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in 2005 after Yahoo disclosed politically sensitive email he had sent.
Chinese activist who was arrested nearly a decade ago after a politically sensitive email he sent was disclosed by Yahoo has been released ...
Yahoo unveils new logo
2013-09-05 06:15:45 UTC
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo has adopted a new logo for the first time since shortly after the Internet company's founding 18 years ago.
The redesigned look unveiled late Wednesday is part of a makeover that Yahoo Inc. has been undergoing sin...
Twitter hands down new rules to beat abusive talk
2013-08-03 16:08:09 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Twitter says it's handing down new rules to control abusive language after several high-profile British women reported receiving a flood of nasty, harassing, or threatening messages on the microblogging site.
In a message posted t...
Google-funded sea research vessel sets sail
2013-08-01 18:39:55 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a "dead zone" in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea.
The 272-foot vessel, ...
Google unveils new Nexus 7, Internet TV device
2013-07-24 19:38:56 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobil...