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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.


Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay

Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.


Motley Fool: An Alphabet for all ages

Investors in Alphabet get a dominant online advertising business coupled with the chance that one of the company’s “moonshots” will become the next big thing.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

Google, Wells Fargo speak out against Trump move to end DACA

Companies from a broad range of industries, including technology, finance and autos, swiftly condemned the Trump administration’s decision to end a program preventing the deportation of immigrants illegally brought to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 12:29 p.m.

Google to comply with EU search demands to avoid more fines

Google will comply with Europe’s demands to change the way it runs its shopping search service, a rare instance of the internet giant bowing to regulatory pressure to avoid more …


Shopping by voice on Amazon or Google device could cost you

Voice shopping hasn’t really caught on yet, but if it does, look out – you might never know if it’s offering you the best deal.


Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

Protests at Google offices over worker’s firing are canceled

A statement on the “March on Google” website says Saturday’s protests were being canceled because of threats from what it called “Alt Left terrorist groups.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Google canceled all-hands meeting after employees were harassed online

Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, canceled an all-hands meeting Thursday after employees expressed concerns about their safety.


Lithuanian court OKs extradition in U.S. phishing case

A Lithuanian businessman suspected of tricking more than $100 million out of Google and Facebook in an elaborate cybercrime case should be extradited to the United States, a local court …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Google gender debacle speaks to tech culture wars, politics

Special circumstances – from the country’s divisive political climate to Silicon Valley’s broader problem with gender equity – contributed to the outrage and subsequent firing of a Google engineer. But …


Google’s firing of diversity critic fuels social-media backlash

Google triggered a social-media backlash with the firing of an employee who had blasted the company’s diversity policies, fueling tension over an issue roiling Silicon Valley.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Google exec denounces employee’s views on female workers

When it comes to why there are so few women in tech, Silicon Valley is in the midst of an ideological battle. The latest conflict is at Google, where a …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 4:55 p.m.

The path of the solar eclipse is already altering real-world behavior

The upcoming solar eclipse is poised to become the “most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history,” in the words of one astronomer. Millions of people will watch …


In Google vs. the EU, a $2.7B fine could just be the start

Google’s parent company Alphabet can easily afford the $2.7 billion write-down it’s taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But it might find it harder to shrug off …


Google, Twitter and dozens of other sites take ‘net neutrality day of action’

Visitors to dozens of major websites are seeing a special message about the future of the Internet on Wednesday, part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what …


Google fined record $2.7 billion in European antitrust case

The European Commission has hit Google with a record $2.7 billion fine after concluding that the search giant unfairly favored its comparison-shopping service over others.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

Avis teams up with Google parent on self-driving car program

Avis is teaming up with Waymo on a self-driving car program.


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Google to stop reading your Gmail to help sell ads

The change announced Friday will end a practice that Google has embraced since the company introduced Gmail in 2004. The practice has raised concerns among privacy watchdogs and creeped out …


Google’s search engine aims to become employment engine

Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine.


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

Google intensifies campaign against online extremism

Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.