Tag: Google

Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500M

Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500M Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world. The $500 million acquisition announced Tuesday initially will…

Google releases diversity statistics; workforce mostly white, male

Google released a breakdown of the company’s diversity in both gender and ethnicity, showing that its workforce is 70 percent male and 61 percent white. Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations, said in a blog post that Google is actively trying to recruit more women and minorities for its staff, but “we’re the…

Google In Talks To Buy Streaming Video Gaming Site Twitch

Google is rumoured to be in talks over a $1bn (£593m) deal for the video game-streaming service Twitch. The fast-growing service allows gamers to broadcast their play live so that others can watch. It is being reported that Google-owned YouTube has beaten off competition from Microsoft to reach an agreement. Google is refusing to comment,…

Coalition Led By Tech Giants Urges FCC To Ensure Net Neutrality

A large coalition of technology companies challenged a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal on Friday that would threaten net neutrality. The group, led by giants including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, released a letter urging the FCC to maintain an open internet. The letter marks the first time the companies have formally taken a stance…

Google Glass Finally Here

Google announce last weed that today at 9 a.m. ET, everyone in the U.S. will be able to buy Google Glass. “Every day, we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too,” the company wrote in a blog post. BUY here! Ok…

Five Finalists Selected For The Google Lunar XPrize Competition

Five international teams are moving forward from a field of 33 proposals with the goal of performing a robotic landing on the moon, followed by a short drive and high-quality video mooncast, all as part of the Google Lunar XPrize competition to incentivize a new novel, low-cost era of lunar exploration. gizmag

Google Fiber Chooses Nine Metro Areas For Possible Expansion

Google Fiber is ready to expand, as Google has identified nine metro areas scattered around the country as possible sites of deployment, the company said. “We’ve invited 34 cities in nine metro areas across the US to work with us to explore what it would take to build a new fiber-optic network in their community,”…

Google hit with a ONE BILLION euro tax bill in France after tax inspectors’ search web giant’s Paris offices

France’s tax authorities have launched a 1 billion euro tax claim against Google, it was reported today. It follows financial inspectors searching the Paris offices of the internet giant in June 2011 as it investigated their accounting. Google has reduced the amount of tax it pays in France by channelling its revenue through a Dutch-registered…

Google testing smart contact lens for diabetes patients

Google announced Thursday that it is testing a smart contact lens that could help diabetes patients. The lens contains a tiny chip and sensor system that sit on a flexible circular gold foil antenna around the perimeter of the lens. The technology is designed to measure glucose levels in tears every second. According to the…

Google buys home automation company Nest for $3.2 billion

Google has acquired connected device company Nest for $3.2B. Google sent out an email to employees noting the acquisition today and later issued a press release. In the release, Google noted that Nest has been offering its best-selling thermostat since 2011 and recently began offering the Protect smoke alarm, which networks with its other devices.…

Google Just Made It Really Easy For Strangers To Email You

You no longer need someone’s email address to send them an email. At least, that will soon be the case if you want to email another Google+ user. A new Gmail “feature” will let you simply type in anyone’s name into Gmail’s “to” field and send them an email. Google announced the new Google+ integration…

Google buys new robots which run faster than humans: meet Wildcat

THEY run faster than people and are agile over rough surfaces and terrains that are challenging for most human beings. Wildcat is the latest mobile robot acquired by Google to join BigDog, Cheetah and Atlas. The internet giant has bought the machines in an acquisition of US company, Boston Dynamics, which has designed mobile research…

NASA audit finds Google execs saved on jet fuel

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 released Wednesday. The findings by NASA’s inspector general surfaced during a review of a government…

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Other Companies Launch a Campaign to Reform Government Surveillance

A group of tech companies — AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo — has written an open letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress calling for a reform of government surveillance following numerous revelations about the NSA’s data collection practices. The coalition presents five core principles to inform future surveillance…

Hackers Stole 2Million Facebook, Google Passwords: How to Protect Your Accounts

Any time you logged into Facebook, Google, Twitter, or a host of other popular web services the past month, there may have been a hacker peering over your digital shoulder, sneaking a peek at your password. The information security company Trustwave has revealed that the passwords to 2 million different accounts have been compromised. The…

YouTube faces backlash for Google+ integration

YouTube commenters are not known for keeping their opinions to themselves. Angry users of the Google-owned video site are revolting online against YouTube’s new commenting system, which requires everyone to connect their current account to a Google+ account in order to leave a comment on a video. The system was announced in September and fully…

Google’s Eric Schmidt: NSA spying ‘outrageous’

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says recent revelations regarding the National Security Agency’s alleged eavesdropping operations are “outrageous” and perhaps even illegal. Schmidt was weighing in with reporters at the Wall Street Journal this week when he unleashed on the NSA over reports that the United States intelligence-gathering agency infiltrated communication links between data centers operated…

Google’s $349 Nexus 5 KitKat Available Today

The Web giant says KitKat can run on lower memory requirements, which means it can ship on low-end phones as well as high-end. That should help with Android’s fragmentation problem, the company says. Google on Thursday took the wraps off the Nexus 5, adding 4G LTE capabilities, camera improvements, and the zippy new KitKat version…

Driving With Google Glass Can Get You A Ticket

In what might be a first, a woman in California received a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding on Tuesday in San Diego and given an additional citation for driving while wearing her Google Glass. The officer considered the head-mounted display a monitor that was visible…

Google expands sales of Internet-connected glasses

Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced Monday. The roughly 10,000 Glass owners who began testing the device earlier this year will each be…

Google Doodle Remembers French Physicist Léon Foucault

The latest Google Doodle marks the 194th birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, the French physicist and inventor of a pendulum that demonstrated the rotation of the earth. While it had long been known that the Earth rotated, the introduction of the Foucault pendulum in 1851 was the first simple proof of the rotation in…

Microsoft To Move Forward With NSA Lawsuit As Talks Break Down

Microsoft, Google and other major tech firms anxious to reveal details about the US surveillance program say negotiations with the government have not reached an agreement “acceptable to all.” Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, in a post Friday, said the talks recently broke down and Microsoft planned to move forward with a lawsuit filed this…

Marijuana Doesn’t Just Sell Itself, As Marketers Face Resistance From Google, Media Companies

In spite of what you may think, legal pot doesn’t just sell itself, marijuana’s marketers are finding. Small advertising agencies that focus on marijuana retailers say they expect demand for their work to pick up next year, when Colorado and Washington state begin allowing recreational pot sales. But even the shifting public attitude toward marijuana…

Rosalind Franklin, DNA Scientist, Celebrated By Google Goodle

British biophysicist and x-ray crystallographer helped discover DNA’s structure but controversially missed out on Nobel prize. The latest Google doodle celebrates the life and work of British biophysicist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose research led to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Franklin was born in Notting Hill, London on 25 July 1920.…

Franz Kafka’s Birthday Celebrated With Google Doodle

Google has metamorphosed its Doodle to celebrate the 130th birthday of avant garde Czech novelist Franz Kafka. Google has metamorphosed its Doodle to celebrate the 130th birthday of avant garde Czech novelist Franz Kafka. Evoking Kafka’s best known work, The Metamorphosis, the six letters of the Google logo are transformed into a cockroach. Unlike the…