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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 …


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 …