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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

GM hires Google to make infotainment system more like phones

General Motors is hiring Google to run key parts of its dashboard infotainment system, admitting that the tech firm can do a better job.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Google to pay $170M to settle allegations YouTube violated kids’ privacy law

Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.


Ex-Google worker charged with stealing secrets sold to Uber

A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or ICE – the latest in a year full of …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Panels overturns settlement approval in Google privacy suit

A federal appeals court has rejected a settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google spied on users’ online activity using tracking “cookies,” even when privacy settings were set to …


Trump vows to retaliate against French digital tax

President Donald Trump is promising to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Justice Department launches antitrust probe of Big Tech

The U.S. Justice Department opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers.


France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

France adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports.


Denver airport drivers get stuck in mud using Google Maps

Denver drivers using Google Maps to get to the city’s airport last weekend and trying to avoid a traffic jam were sent on a detour that took them down a …


Google pledges $1B to tackle housing crunch it helped create

Google is making a $1 billion commitment to address the soaring price of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, a problem that the internet company and its Silicon Valley …