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UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

How you’re tracked online – and what you can do about it

Though Facebook gets the attention because of a recent privacy gaffe, the social network is far from alone in collecting massive amounts of data on you to help marketers sell …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Appeals court finds Google infringed on Oracle’s Java

A federal appeals court has overturned a decision in a long-running legal battle over whether Google infringed on Oracle’s Java programming language to build its hugely popular mobile operating system, …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Google to ban cryptocurrency and related advertisements

Google says it is going to ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, as well as related content like trading advice and cryptocurrency wallets.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

Google’s digital assistant branches out to Nest camera, , raises privacy concerns

Google’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 3 p.m.

Critics wary as Google’s Chrome begins an ad crackdown

On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to reshape the web by eradicating ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many …


Big tech companies, lawmakers support Microsoft in Supreme Court case

Nearly 300 companies, groups and individuals filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this week in support of Microsoft in a case that has far-reaching implications for digital privacy across …


Humans will review video from most popular YouTube creators

Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant compete at CES to control the smart home

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, the CES electronics trade show, being held this week in Las Vegas, has brought a flurry of announcements of new gadgets built to work …


Amazon making nice, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast

Amazon is angling for a truce in its two-year battle with Apple and Google over streaming gadgets: It says it is preparing to put Apple TV and Chromecast back on …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

Google’s phones and other gadgets have had a bumpy ride

Google, which prides itself on developing simple, intuitive software that seems to know what you want almost before you do, is finding itself in a very different world when it …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

FCC chairman sets out to repeal ‘net neutrality’ rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband …


Missouri attorney general investigating Google

Missouri’s attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws.


IBM ups pressure on rivals with quantum computer prototype

IBM is increasing the pressure on Google in the battle to commercialize quantum computing technology.


Face to face with Nest’s smartest home security camera – no disguising its abilities

Nest’s new home security camera is supposed to be so smart that it can identify people it’s been introduced to.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Russian election meddling: Should tech giants have known?

There were telltale signs of Russians using social media to meddle in last year’s U.S. elections long before tech companies wised up to it.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

Newly disclosed Facebook ads show Russia’s cyber intrusion

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around divisive social issues.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Senators blast Facebook, Twitter, Google in Russia probe

As revelations emerged that Russian-linked accounts reached many more American voters than previously thought, Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google on Tuesday defended their security measures and promised a Senate …


Facebook stumbles with early effort to stamp out fake news

Facebook’s strategy to stamp out fake news is struggling. The company outsources the process to third-party fact checkers who can only tackle a small fraction of the bogus news that …


Amazon, Facebook and Google beef up lobbying spending

Facebook, Google and Amazon bolstered their lobbying spending in the past three months as Washington takes a closer look at the market power of some of America’s biggest tech companies.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

Google’s parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

Target joins other retailers in offering voice shopping

Target is jumping into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google, offering thousands of items found in the store except for perishables like fruit and milk.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Businesses ask Supreme Court to take gay rights case

Some of America’s most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to decide whether a federal law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation. They ultimately want the court …


Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms

Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

Big Tech has big plans to help reconnect Puerto Rico

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to send a “connectivity team” to help restore communications in ravaged Puerto Rico.


Outside View: Google, Facebook must ensure honest information

As Americans grappled with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the internet’s hateful troublemakers and trolls were hellbent on using the tragedy to further divide the nation.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Google vies to make even smarter phones, speakers, cameras

Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Google teaches small business how to boost their online presence at Coeur d’Alene seminar

Google put on a seminar in Coeur d’Alene on Monday to help small businesses optimize search results for their companies. Many of the tips are available online at


Google drops ‘first click free,’ loathed by many publishers

Google will try to help newspapers and other publishers boost subscriptions by ending a decade-old policy that required them to provide a limited amount of free content before people were …


Samuelson: Pump the brakes on driverless cars

Driverless technologies are not to be coddled or promoted. Their development should be slow and sober.