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Google opens ‘shortcuts’ to information, tools on phones

Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine.

Police in Minn. got search warrant for everyone who Googled person’s name

MINNEAPOLIS – A search warrant issued to Edina police to collect information on people who used certain search terms on Google is raising concerns about constitutional violations. Privacy law experts …

UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Google adds tool to flag ‘offensive’ search results

Google is now directing its review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive in search results.

Dispute heats up between Uber, Waymo over self-driving technology

Self-driving car company Waymo asked a judge to bar Uber from continuing to make or use self-driving technology that the company claims was stolen by former employees, according to court …

Silicon Valley tech companies argue in court filing against immigration ban

Stepping up their fight against the president’s immigration ban, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies – Apple, Google, Facebook and others – have filed a legal brief claiming the …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 5:46 p.m.

Uber hires veteran NASA engineer to develop flying cars

In 2010, an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center named Mark Moore published a white paper outlining the feasibility of electric aircrafts that could take off and land …

Companies anticipate big software deals, with help from Trump

The software industry went on a shopping spree in 2016, and this year could be even busier, bolstered by the new president’s policies and what one analyst suggests could be …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

Microsoft, Intel, Alphabet buoyed by cloud boom

Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp., which all posted quarterly results Thursday, reinforced what’s become a truism in technology: the biggest growth is in businesses that deliver computing over …

Alphabet’s portfolio of innovative projects could pay off over long term

In August 2015, the company formerly known as Google changed its name and corporate structure to better reflect its business model and strategy. Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOGL, GOOG) is now a …

Amazon Web Services passes Google on most popular list

In some corners of the high-tech workplace, is more popular than Google. Services built by Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud-computing division, were the fourth most popular workplace web application …

Google’s policies deter whistle-blowing, employee alleges in lawsuit

A Google Inc. employee has filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging the company’s confidentiality policies illegally dissuade current and former workers from whistle-blowing.

Families of three Orlando terrorism victims sue social media companies

Family members of three men killed in the Pulse nightclub attack are suing Twitter, Facebook and Google, claiming that the social media companies allowed the Islamic State terrorist group to …

Google has yet to fulfill promise not to put ads on fake news sites

A month ago, Google pledged to make sure that the ads sold though its AdSense program wouldn’t go on fake news sites. But so far, the company has largely failed …

Source: Google deal will make YouTube, others usable in Cuba

A source familiar with a deal being announced between Cuba and Google says it will make Google websites like YouTube run up to 10 times faster on the island.

Google opens its digital assistant to developers in race against Amazon’s Alexa

Two months after rolling out its digital assistant, Google is opening its doors to outside developers to help the company chase rivals, particularly, in a critical technology race.

Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year

Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …

Google deal puts Africa on cusp of first smartphone plant

A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and …

Google releases app to digitize boxes of old photo prints

Google wants to make digitizing your old photo prints as easy as opening an app.

Samsung to buy Harman for $8 billion in bold autos gambit

Samsung Electronics is spending $8 billion to buy its way into a burgeoning market for automotive technology alongside Apple and Google as the smartphone business wanes.

Google’s Pixel phone: Not much new, but still a standout

Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new. Yet it’s still one of the best out there.

Robots organize your photos, so you can procrastinate

Most of us have many forgotten photos on our phones. They don’t have to stay that way. Apple and Google are both applying a form of artificial intelligence called “machine …

Social media helps drive big increases in registered voters in Washington and Idaho

Washington voter rolls swelled by 50,000 in two days, aided by social media campaigns encouraging users to register to vote. Voter registrations in Idaho last month were about 40,000 ahead …

Google unveils Pixel phone, VR headset, smart speaker

Google launched an aggressive challenge to consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung on Tuesday, introducing a new line of smartphones called Pixel and other gadgets designed to showcase a …

Big Google campus in South Lake Union approved

Google’s massive expansion into South Lake Union has been quickly approved, paving the way for Seattle’s newest marquee tech campus to begin construction soon.

Salesforce, Google may be interested in buying Twitter

Shares of Twitter Inc. surged Friday after reports that the social media company could receive a formal bid soon. Citing unnamed sources, CNBC reported that Twitter has received “expressions of …

Women doctors, scientists, welders among 11 new emojis

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Women professionals will soon be better represented in emoji form. Google said Thursday that the Unicode Consortium, which controls emoji standards, has agreed to add 11 …

EU widens antitrust probe to include Google ad, shopping biz

BRUSSELS – The European Union has opened a new front in its battle with Google, accusing the technology giant of abusing its dominant position in the online search market to …

Google, LinkedIn complete massive Silicon Valley land swap

Tech giants Google and LinkedIn may be rivals online, but they’re collaborating in the real world on a Silicon Valley land swap.

Google Calendar outage leaves users frustrated

Google says it expects to have Google Calendar up and running normally following widespread reports of an outage.

Google offers new way for users to manage ads, personal data

Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.