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Google to pay $170 million for YouTube child privacy breaches

Google to pay $170 million for YouTube child privacy breaches

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September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Google’s YouTube agreed on Wednesday to pay a $170 million fine and limit ads on kids’ videos to settle claims that the company violated children’s privacy laws. The world’s largest video-sharing site agreed to pay the fine, which is a record for a children’s privacy case, t...

Google confession: Yes, we track your location, even when you turn off Location History

Google confession: Yes, we track your location, even when you turn off Location History

August 23, 2018

Google clarified that it does in fact collect users’ location data, even if the user’s Location History setting is turned off. The admission comes days after a report uncovered the Silicon Valley giant stored the data from smartphones regardless of setting. Google revised a help page about its...

Lyft gets $1 billion investment, led by Google’s parent company

Lyft gets $1 billion investment, led by Google’s parent company

October 19, 2017

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) SAN FRANCISCO — In the topsy-turvy world of tech, an investor can fund a company one minute and sue it the next. It can also turn around and fund a competitor, which is what Google’s parent company did when it announced Thursday that its growth equity fund led...

Skip the checkout lines: Whole Foods, Walmart and other stores embrace online grocery shopping

September 28, 2017

By Queenie Wong The Mercury News (TNS) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Grocery shopping can feel like you’re navigating through an obstacle course filled with crowded parking lots, long lines and screaming kids. But a growing number of Americans are checking off their grocery lists without even walking inside t...

Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

April 11, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — First, it was just a dream. Then it became a quirky research project undertaken by a handful of the nerdiest engineers in the robotics industry. Now self-driving cars are on the brink of transforming transportation. The industry creating the technology for autonomous vehicles has mor...

Tech’s future is likely to be in goods

Tech’s future is likely to be in goods

October 11, 2016

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s easy to imagine a future in which products as mundane as toasters and window blinds will be connected to the internet and controlled by software. It’s harder to guess who’s going to make them. Leading producers of consumer software such as Googl...

Google Releases ‘Street View’ Of Amazon Rainforest

Google Releases ‘Street View’ Of Amazon Rainforest

March 3, 2015

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) The Amazon rainforest is the latest natural wonder to get the Google “Street View” treatment. A camera that’s normally attached to a car’s roof to capture what neighborhoods look like instead recently took to a zipline, a hiker’s back and a boat in th...

Google Plans To Launch Small Wireless Network

Google Plans To Launch Small Wireless Network

March 3, 2015

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) A Google executive said Monday that the company plans to launch a cellphone network to introduce technology that it wants to see big carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T adopt. Google expects to formally announce the service in the coming months, S...

Google To Enter Wireless Business

Google To Enter Wireless Business

January 22, 2015

By Matt O’Brien San Jose Mercury News (TNS) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is taking a leap into the wireless business, according to reports that say the Internet giant plans to partner with Sprint and T-Mobile to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers. “It’s not surprising. Google ha...

Google To Enter Wireless Business

Google To Enter Wireless Business

January 22, 2015

By Matt O’Brien San Jose Mercury News (TNS) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is taking a leap into the wireless business, according to reports that say the Internet giant plans to partner with Sprint and T-Mobile to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers. “It’s not surprising. Google...

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost Or Stolen In US In 2013

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost Or Stolen In US In 2013

April 17, 2014

By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. last year, up from 2.8 million in 2012. Thefts were largely responsible for the increase in devices that were permanently separated from their owners, accord...

Building An Indoor 3-D Map On The Spot, Via Smartphone

Building An Indoor 3-D Map On The Spot, Via Smartphone

Steve Alexander

March 20, 2014

The view from the basement laboratory is breathtaking. Not the one out the tiny windows of the half-underground office. It’s on a smartphone that computer science Prof. Stergios Roumeliotis is using while walking around the depths of the University of Minnesota’s Walter Library. On the screen, a three-d...

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