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An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, other communications providers and tech firms need to join Google, Facebook and others in calling for changes in US, other governments' spying on Internet and telecommunications users. New disclosures such as a report today about spying on virtual worlds and online gamers makes this issue even more crucial to our use of the Internet today and in the future.
In 2010, the justices divided over the rules governing patents for business methods, and last year the court limited patents for diagnostic medical tests. Most recently, in June, the court restricted companies' ability to patent human genetic sequences. The Supreme Court has never directly said that software can be patented, although cases in the 1970s and 1980s involved software-related inventions.
The companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, saying that while governments have a duty to protect citizens, recent revelations have "highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide."
The changes to Google Compute Engine service are aimed at attracting corporate customers away from Amazon, Microsoft and others that are betting businesses will access computing power from large, centralized data centers instead of their own systems.
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn't -- getting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! to upgrade computer security against hackers.
The Moto G starts at $179 without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must typically pay for high-end phones without traditional two-year service agreements.
Disclosures of spying abroad may cost U.S. companies as much as $35 billion in lost revenue through 2016 because of doubts about the security of information on their systems, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a policy research group in Washington whose board includes representatives of companies such as IBM and Intel.
A secret U.S. court authorized expanded government collection of Internet data for terrorism investigations even after finding "longstanding and pervasive violations" of prior court orders, documents released late Tuesday show.
Google will pay $17 million to the states and make changes to how it tracks consumers' Internet surfing under a settlement announced today, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday. However, a privacy group isn't satisfied.
What's Google have coming with its "snow globe"? The technology giant is taking holiday popup stores to an entirely new level with six new "Winter Wonderlabs," each of which features a globe for playing games amid fake snow. Is this the next dimension in gaming?
New controls from Google and Microsoft include algorithms that block images, videos and paths to illegal content and a halting of auto-complete features on child abuse search terms, according to the statement. They'll work with the crime agency and Internet Watch Foundation to take down peer-to-peer networks featuring images of child abuse.
The decision, if upheld on appeal, may help Google retain its Internet dominance, which has allowed it to become the world's largest online advertiser. Google has more than 70 percent of the ad revenue tied to online searches in the U.S., according to researcher eMarketer.
Google and Hewlett-Packard Co. are halting sales of the Chromebook 11 laptop after some users reported overheating power supplies, a setback for the devices that have been gaining momentum with consumers.
Motorola says it wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology, at less than a third the price with its new "Moto G." Google's Motorola Mobility unit is seeking to jump-start sales by targeting consumers who can't afford higher-end devices from bigger rivals.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency hadsecretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The Post cites documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials. The head of the NSA denied the report.
Most of the 18 new features unveiled Tuesday rely on technology designed to identify the photos and videos that are likely to be the most important to the individual users of Plus. Google Inc. launched the service two years ago as an alternative to Facebook's pace-setting social network.
The Internet giant, which recently put on its first public expo for the Internet-connected wearable devices that resemble eye glasses, is updating and expanding the Glass program.
A lobbying push by Apple, Facebook and other companies has won bipartisan support for legislation to let them say how they handle sensitive requests for surveillance data from the National Security Agency.