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Google sibling Verily launches COVID-19 screening website

Google sister company Verily has launched a website to screen people who think they might have COVID-19 and point them to testing sites. But you probably can’t use it to …

UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Spanish court: Google search must show man’s acquittal first

A Spanish court has partially accepted Google’s appeal against a ruling that ordered it to erase news articles about a man accused of sexual abuse, but the new judgement said …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

U.S. regulators probing 5 tech companies’ acquisitions to 2010

Federal regulators are ramping up their investigation of the market dominance of giant tech companies, demanding detailed information on five companies’ acquisitions of smaller firms back to 2010.

US antitrust chief leaving Google probe because of lobbying

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department official leading the investigation of big tech companies’ market dominance is stepping aside from the department’s Google probe because of his previous lobbying work for …

Irish regulator probes Google, Tinder over data processing

Irish regulators have launched separate inquiries into Google and dating app Tinder over how they process user data, in a new round of regulatory scrutiny aimed at tech companies.

Amazon and Google to Hit CES with digital assistants in tow

The world’s biggest technology companies are heading to Las Vegas for the annual CES trade show next week, with even Apple making a rare official appearance. But don’t expect any …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Bellevue preps for thousands more commuters

As Amazon and other companies expand there, Bellevue is prepping for thousands more commuters

France fines Google $166 million for abusing ad dominance

PARIS – France’s competition authority fined Google $166 million on Friday for “abusing its dominant position” in the online ad market. The agency said the U.S. tech company mistreated buyers …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Apple, Google, Amazon want one language for smart-home devices

Apple, Alphabet’s Google and – three of the biggest smart-home and voice-assistant providers – are joining forces to make internet-connected homes easier to set up and safer to use.

U.K. watchdog set to challenge Google, Facebook ad dominance

Britain’s competition watchdog on Wednesday signaled its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook’s dominance of online advertising.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet.

Workers fired from Google plan federal labor complaint

Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file charges against the company with a federal agency, claiming it unfairly retaliated against them for organizing workers around social …

Facebook tests tool to move photos to Google, other rivals

Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Google fires four workers, including staffer tied to protest

Google fired four employees for what the technology giant said were violations of its data-security policies, escalating tension between management and activist workers at a company once revered for its …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Google reins in political advertising

The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Privacy, consumer groups seek to block Google-Fitbit deal

Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. federal government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Google’s health care ambitions now involve patient data

Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Google digs into deeper meanings of searches

Google is paying more attention to the small words in your searches. Want to figure out how to park on a hill with no curb? Google now takes that “no” …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Google claims breakthrough in blazing fast computing

Google researchers published a paper stating it has run a calculation on a quantum computer that a traditional computer could never complete in its lifetime.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town

A Google affiliate started using drones Friday to deliver customers’ Walgreens and FedEx purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

Google unveiled the newest version of its flagship phone Tuesday, complete with features to help it compete with rivals including a more advanced camera, a faster artificial intelligence assistant and …

Google wins case over reach of EU ‘right to be forgotten’

Handing Google a major victory, the European Union’s highest court ruled Tuesday that the EU’s “right to be forgotten” rules that allow people to control what comes up when their …

Google to invest $3.3 billion in European data centers

Google is planning to invest 3 billion euros to expand its data centers across Europe in the next two years.

Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as US sanctions bite

Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone on Thursday but it comes without popular Google apps such as Chrome or YouTube after U.S. sanctions kicked in, limiting its appeal to consumers.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

Google pays France over $1 billion to settle tax case

Tech giant Google said Thursday it has paid over one billion dollars to French authorities to settle a years-long dispute over allegations of tax fraud.

Google settles with labor board over employee speech

Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google has agreed to post a notice to remind employees of their rights.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The Monday announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook’s market dominance. The two probes widen the antitrust scrutiny of big …

New Google policy bars ads for unproven stem cell therapies

Responding to ubiquitous online marketing by stem cell clinics selling unapproved treatments for everything from achy joints to Alzheimer’s, Google announced Friday it will no longer accept ads for “unproven …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world’s largest and most ubiquitous tech …