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Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids

Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones – really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don’t lie.


Molly Roberts: It’s finally Google’s day of reckoning

If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu – and if you have a seat but don’t sit in it, you may be in …


Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

Google is going to Europe’s top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend “right to be forgotten” rules to its search engines globally.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the FTC to investigate Google

A prominent Republican senator on Thursday urged U.S. competition regulators to reopen an investigation into Google and its practices in online search and digital advertising.


Rights groups to Google: No censored search in China

More than a dozen human rights groups are urging Google not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the …


How Google search results work

Political leanings don’t factor into Google’s search algorithm. But the authoritativeness of page links that the algorithm spits out and the perception of thousands of human raters do.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Trump takes on Google in complaints about social media

President Donald Trump promised Tuesday to address what he says is the “very serious situation” of social media companies “suppressing” conservative voices and “hiding information” and good news.


Google refused order to release data. Will other companies bow under pressure?

Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.


Google clarifies it tracks users who pause location history

Google has changed a help page that erroneously described how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Google tracks location data even when users turn service off, report finds

Google’s smartphone services store users’ locations even when privacy settings are adjusted to shut these features off, according to a new report by the Associated Press.


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

Alphabet’s Q2 profit triggers rally, despite $5.1B EU fine

Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported second-quarter earnings that pleased Wall Street, even as it booked a $5.1 billion charge to cover a fine levied by European regulators.


EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company’s Android operating system to install …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 6 p.m.

High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.


Why Google’s new AI assistant tells you it’s a robot – even if it sounds human

Duplex is the company’s next-generation virtual helper. In the months ahead, Duplex will be introduced for three types of tasks: booking restaurant reservations, calling stores to inquire about holiday hours, …


Google is training machines to predict when a patient will die

Google had created a tool that could forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay in hospitals, their odds of re-admission and chances they will soon …


Xiaomi seeks to raise up to $6.1 billion in Hong Kong IPO

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to raise up to $6.1 billion in one of the biggest global stock market debuts in recent years as it tries to become a worldwide …


Google to invest $550 million in China e-commerce site JD

Google is investing $550 million in cash in China’s JD.com as the U.S. search giant pushes deeper into online commerce.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Google pledges not to use AI for weapons or surveillance

Google has pledged that it will not use artificial intelligence in applications related to weapons, surveillance that violates international norms or that works in ways that go against human rights.


Google halts political ads in Washington state after state’s lawsuit over ad transparency

Google stopped accepting political ads in Washington state on Thursday, just days after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

State AG Bob Ferguson sues Google, Facebook over campaign ad data

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Google and Facebook, saying the companies failed to maintain information about political advertising as required by state law.


Pressure is building among some Democrats for another antitrust probe of Google

A top Democrat in Congress is calling on the U.S. government to investigate Google, the latest sign that some of the party’s lawmakers are ready to challenge the tech industry …


Ex-Googler turns mom’s money into a billion dollars

Yang combined his Google money with his mom’s, and with less than $1 million in seed capital he moved from California to Shenzhen, a hub in southern China for technology …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Tech leaders seek more focus on AI at White House summit

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers are planning to press the Trump administration to invest in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.


Google CEO unveils new era of robots that sound like humans

Google CEO Sundar Pichai broke a new barrier in artificial intelligence technology Tuesday when he unveiled a voice assistant that sounds exactly like a human voice.


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

How Google aims to simplify your life with AI

Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, announcing new consumer features aimed at simplifying your life.


Google to verify identity of U.S. political ad buyers

Google says it will do a better job of verifying the identity of political ad buyers in the U.S. by requiring a government-issued ID and other key information.


Motley Fool: Learn your Alphabet

With Alphabet’s unparalleled control of search and promising position in many other businesses, investors might want to buy and hold Alphabet for decades.


After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

Facebook has taken the lion’s share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it’s far …


Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube

In a complaint filed Monday, child advocates and consumer groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and impose potentially billions of dollars of penalties on Google for allegedly …