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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.


Supreme Court rejects Google’s appeal in class-action lawsuit

The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from Google over a class-action lawsuit filed by advertisers who claim the internet company displayed their ads on “low quality” websites.


Googling yourself now leads to personal privacy controls

Soon, all you’ll need to do is Google yourself if you’re wondering how deeply Google has been digging into your digital life.


Google wins battle over Android software

Google’s Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet. A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn’t need permission to use a rival’s programming tools as it built Android – …


Google unveils smart-home speaker, chat service, Android update

Google is showing off a new smart-home speaker, a virtual-reality system called Daydream and a chat service called Allo.


Google Maps vehicle or undercover cops? In Philly, you never know

Philadelphia police officers attached a large Google Maps logo to a surveillance van in an apparent attempt to disguise it as one of the company’s street-filming cars.


Google wants new emojis to represent professional women

In a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, which controls specifications for emojis, Google says it wants to create a new set “with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s …


Google to ban payday lending ads, calling industry ‘harmful’

Internet giant Google said Wednesday it will ban all ads from payday lenders, calling the industry “deceptive” and “harmful.” Google’s decision could have as much or even more impact on …


Self-driving cars could be on roads in 5 years, Fiat Chrysler CEO says

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says working with Google convinced him that self-driving technology is closer than he thought and could be on the road in five years.


Gonzaga students, Bloomsday organizers design complementary smartphone apps for 40th run

Official race organizers, and a team of four enterprising Gonzaga University students, created two smartphone apps that seek to answer all your Bloomsday questions and give you access to instantaneous …


Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks, source says

Fiat Chrysler and Google’s self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership. The talks were confirmed Thursday by a person familiar with the discussions. The person …


Dubai wants 25 percent of all car trips driverless by 2030

Dubai, already home to the world’s tallest building, is looking to get ahead by getting out of the driver’s seat.


Microsoft, Google call truce

Microsoft and Google have buried the legal hatchet. The technology giants, competitors in everything from search to smartphones, have agreed to withdraw complaints against each other filed with regulators worldwide.


Self-driving cars seen as a boon for people with disabilities

As self-driving cars move toward becoming a reality for the general public, many blind or aging people and those with disabilities see a new opportunity for mobility approaching.


Comcast customers won’t need cable box with upcoming apps

Comcast says later this year you won’t need a cable box to watch cable as the company follows its rivals in offering TV-watching apps.


EU expands battle with Google with Android antitrust probe

The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment …


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google’s online library

The Supreme Court turned away a challenge Monday to Google’s online book library from authors who complained that the project makes it harder for them to market their work.


Google to test self-driving cars in Phoenix area

Google is bringing its self-driving vehicles to Phoenix to see how the SUVs perform in Arizona’s sweltering summer.


Google buys more land in The Dalles

Google has acquired 74 acres in The Dalles, making room for the company to add considerably to its growing data-center campus along the Columbia River.


The consumer tablet is dying; long live the business tablet

Tablets may never again be the consumer sensation they once were, but they are finding new life among professionals. Unlike early models, newer tablets are meant to be used with …


Google gives federal plan for self-driving car

Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market a self-driving car that has no steering wheel …


Google is hitting the road – literally – for user feedback

Google is about to embark on an old-school search, swapping its Internet algorithm for a custom-built van that will cruise across the U.S. to find out how people use its …