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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

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, 6:26 p.m.

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, 3:22 p.m.

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 …


Google’s challenge to game consoles to kick off in November

Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November – but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and …


Congress launches Big Tech antitrust probe

The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Huawei could be stripped of Google services after U.S. ban

Huawei could quickly lose its grip on the No. 2 ranking in worldwide cellphone sales after Google announced it would comply with U.S. government restrictions meant to punish the Chinese …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

U.S. abstains from global pledge to curb online violence

Livestreaming terrorist attacks. Using social media to spread deadly ideas. Manipulating banned videos to keep sharing them online. World leaders and tech bosses are meeting Wednesday in Paris to find …


Google clarifies: Hunting ads OK

Google’s animal cruelty prohibition does not apply to hunting ads, according to a company spokeswoman who explained how a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation video ad was mistakenly rejected in April.


Google spinoff, Lyft team up to offer self-driving car rides

Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in Arizona to attempt to lure passengers away from ride-hailing market leader Uber.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Google promises better privacy tools, smarter AI assistant

Google announced updates for its artificially intelligent voice assistant and new privacy tools to give people more control over how they’re being tracked on the go or in their own …


Google self-driving unit Waymo picks Detroit factory site

Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo says it will reopen an axle plant in Detroit to convert conventional vehicles so they can drive autonomously.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

German price platform sues Google over search results

A German price-comparison platform says it has filed a suit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google search business on allegations it has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content

Social media giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

Big Tech feels the heat as U.S. moves to protect consumer data

A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their data. Companies would need permission to release such …


Bill introduced to help publishers bargain with tech giants

Legislation introduced in Congress would give financially struggling news publishers the right to bargain collectively with tech giants Facebook and Google.


Walmart partners with Google on grocery shopping via voice

Walmart partners with Google on voice-assisted grocery in latest attempt to challenge Amazon’s growing dominance.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Google, McClatchy collaborating on local news experiment

Google and the McClatchy publishing company say they will work together on an experiment launching three digital-only outlets to provide local news in U.S. communities that are currently news “deserts.”


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Florida Man Googles self to find out which Florida Man he is

A social media challenge is encouraging people to look up what version of Florida Man they are based on their birthdays.


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Europe fines Google $1.7 billion in antitrust case

Europe’s antitrust regulators have slapped Google with a big fine for the third time in less than two years.


Supreme Court: Google class-action case should be revisited

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a lower court to take another look at a lawsuit that involved Google and privacy concerns and ended in a class-action settlement.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:38 p.m.

Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform

Google says it will launch a video game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released …


Andy Parker: Google and YouTube are retraumatizing my family

The vitriol directed at me and my family since my daughter’s murder has been unbearable. So I was outraged to discover that recommendation algorithms for YouTube and its parent company, …


Google seeks tax breaks for $600M data center in Minnesota

Google’s plan to build a $600 million wind-powered data center in central Minnesota could hinge on the tech giant’s request for officials to waive 20 years’ worth of future taxes.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Google’s Nest home alarm system has microphone it forgot to mention

Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry’s leading …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Google self-driving spinoff Waymo to put factory in Michigan to produce autonomous cars

Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo said Tuesday it will bring a factory to Michigan, creating up to 400 jobs at what it describes as the world’s first plant “100 percent” …