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Google's 'Robot' System Can Now Be Considered Legal Driver

This could be a big step

(Newser) - Up until recently, Google's self-driving cars have been limited to real-world activity only in certain states (i.e., not on the federal level), and only under certain conditions, Quartz notes. But this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a Feb. 4 letter saying Google's self-driving system,... More »

America Has a New Highest-Paid CEO

Alphabet awarded Google chief $199M in shares

(Newser) - Google's parent company appears to be satisfied with how Sundar Pichai has performed during his four months as Google CEO, judging by the gargantuan $199 million equity award revealed in a securities filing. Alphabet stated that Pichai was awarded 273,328 Class C Google stock units on Feb. 3,... More »

Google Hands Out $6,006.13 Reward, an Inside Joke

Sanmay Ved actually bought Google.com for $12 in September—for a minute

(Newser) - Google handed out more than $2 million to more than 300 people in 2015 who spotted bugs and security issues, but one award in particular stands out, reports Beta News . The odd sum of $6,006.13 went to Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current MBA candidate at... More »

Google Just Made a Giant Leap in Artificial Intelligence

A human has lost a game of Go to a computer for the first time in 2.5K years

(Newser) - It seems Skynet is one step closer … if all the Terminator wanted to do is play a 2,500-year-old game. On Wednesday, Google DeepMind announced the creation of an artificial intelligence that successfully beat a professional Go player five games in a row, Wired reports. According to a study... More »

Google Slipped Apple $1B to Show Search Bar

Both companies freaked out that figure paid for iPhone display was disclosed

(Newser) - An Oracle copyright lawsuit against Google offered up a coveted nugget about Google and another big company. Rumors have circulated for some time about how much Google pays Apple to keep its search engine bar as the default on the iPhone, and a transcript from the Oracle court proceedings now... More »

Google Translate Hits Russia With Lord of the Rings-Inspired Burn

Also, Russia's foreign minister is actually a 'sad little horse'

(Newser) - Everyone knows Google Translate can be a bit iffy at times. But it's not often that its mistranslations burn an entire country. Vocativ reports the service was recently caught changing "Russian Federation" into "Mordor" when translating from Ukrainian to Russian. As the Telegraph explains, Mordor is "... More »

What We Googled in 2015—State by Kooky State

Want to know which state was really interested in "Magic Mike XXL"?

(Newser) - As another year gets ready to disappear in the rear-view mirror, the folks over at Estately put some of 2015's cultural milestones under the microscope, vis a vis the most popular Google searches by state. Let's just say that some of our 50 states went for the dark... More »

Google Has Hidden Treat for Star Wars Fans

'A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away'

(Newser) - With just 24 days to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes all the money, Disney's viral marketing campaign is working overtime to make sure that's not just comic hyperbole. Wired calls the most recent example of the fully armed and operational Star Wars hype machine possibly... More »

Google Self-Driving Car Stopped for Going Too Slow

But it did avoid a ticket

(Newser) - Apparently Google's self-driving cars have yet to learn how to evade cops. One of its bubble-shaped autonomous vehicles was pulled over during a traffic stop in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, though it managed to avoid a ticket, reports NBC News . An officer spotted the vehicle traveling 24mph in... More »

Gmail App Will Now Write Emails for You

Smart Reply offers quick responses from 'deep-learning' network

(Newser) - Do you dread replying to emails, especially while on the go? Google's Inbox by Gmail app has a crafty new feature that could eliminate the task by writing responses for you. The Smart Reply feature is basically like auto-suggest but for phrases rather than words, reports Buzzfeed . The feature... More »

Google Worker Has Crazy Way of Avoiding Rent

He lives in a truck in the company's parking lot

(Newser) - How to work for Google without spending a large portion of your salary on insanely pricey Bay Area rent? Easy: Just live in the parking lot of the tech company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. That's what Brandon S., 23, has been doing since he started working for Google... More »

Google Has Audio Files of Everything You've Asked It

Want to listen to them?

(Newser) - "It’s all there—my dumb voice asking dumb questions that I thought were lost into the ephemerality of Google’s search servers," Mike Murphy writes on Quartz . Murphy recently learned that not only does Google store records of all your text searches, it also keeps audio recordings... More »

Guy Buys Google.com for $12

Sanmay Ved saw it was available late one night

(Newser) - A student in Massachusetts managed to buy the domain name Google.com and hold onto it—for roughly 60 seconds, the BBC reports. Sanmay Ved, an MBA student at Babson College, noticed the domain was available on Sept. 29 and bought it for all of $12. Suddenly he began receiving... More »

Google Just Bought the Alphabet

More specifically, the abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com domain name

(Newser) - Guess Google execs are serious about that whole reorg under the Alphabet parent-company thing. Just days after Alphabet officially became Google's holding company , it scooped up a brand-new domain name: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com, which has been around since 1999 and was purchased for an unspecified amount, NBC News reports. The... More »

Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

Google Parent Drops 'Don't Be Evil'

Alphabet employees still have to 'do the right thing'

(Newser) - Big changes are happening at Google, including a code-of-conduct alteration that has raised some eyebrows: New company Alphabet officially became Google's holding company on Friday, and the famous "Don't Be Evil" motto isn't part of its creed, the Verge reports. But being evil is still apparently... More »

Say Goodbye to Google, Apple Devices on Amazon

Retailer bans Apple TV, Google Chromecast media-streaming products

(Newser) - Amazon is dumping popular media-streaming devices by two huge rivals to bolster its own video-streaming service, it announced in an email yesterday to marketplace sellers. The retailer won't be accepting any new listings for Apple TV or Google's Chromecast, and all current listings will be yanked from the... More »

Syria's Top Google Searches Tell Sad Story

The desperation is apparent

(Newser) - The horrors of the Syrian conflict show up in an odd place: Google, where the top searches out of war-torn nation over the past two weeks are heartbreaking, reports Al-Jazeera —and show how desperately people want to flee the country.
  • The two most popular searches: "immigration to Germany"
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Google Unveils a New Logo

It's the biggest change in 16 years

(Newser) - Google has a new logo to go along with its new corporate structure . The company today announced its biggest logo update in 16 years, with the key change being a switch to sans-serif typeface designed to read as well on small screens as big ones, reports Fast Company . The Verge... More »

Lightning Strikes on Google Wipe Data From Cloud

But only a tiny amount

(Newser) - Mark it down: 2015 is the year Mother Nature officially declared war on the cloud. Lightning struck a Google data center in Belgium four times in rapid succession last week, permanently erasing a small amount of users' data from the cloud, the BBC reports. The lightning caused power failures and... More »

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