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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 »

Google Robot Stumbles Through Woods Like It's Wasted

Atlas struggled.

(Newser) - Atlas, the "agile, anthropomorphic robot" created by Google's Boston Dynamics , is a "high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain." Someone should have told Atlas that before creators let it take its recent foray into the forest, an expedition captured on video and shown... More »

Google Doesn't Own .com for New Name

But there's a hidden joke in its .xyz site

(Newser) - Google is now one of several subsidiaries of a new parent company called Alphabet , but while its founders presumably Googled the name, they didn't buy Alphabet.com. That belongs to BMW, which uses it for a subsidiary that focuses on fleet management and financing—and, since it has been... More »

Google Founders: Goodbye Google, Hello Alphabet

Larry Page and Sergey Brin create new parent company, will run that

(Newser) - Big changes at Google today: Its founders have a created a parent company for it called Alphabet and will focus on running that. Google itself will still exist, but in a "slimmed down" version that will be run by current Google exec Sundar Pichai, writes Larry Page in a... More »

Google: Distracted Humans Keep Hitting Our Cars

Latest self-driving accident is first to cause injury

(Newser) - It sounds as if Google is getting a bit fed up with the way distracted, flawed humans keep crashing into its self-driving cars. In the latest accident, which the AP reports is the first involving a Google car to cause human injury, a car rear-ended a stationary self-driving car at... More »

Google Sorry for Labeling Blacks as 'Gorillas'

Was caused by algorithm error on the Google Photos app

(Newser) - The automated photo-tagging on the Google Photos app introduced in May isn't perfect, Google admits. Sometimes it gives a photo a wrong or irrelevant tag—and, on at least one occasion, an extremely offensive one. The company had some groveling to do after the app labeled a photo of... More »

Google Will Delete Revenge Porn From Search Results

People will be able to fill out online requests soon

(Newser) - Google is putting its heavy muscle behind the movement to wipe out revenge porn . The company announced yesterday that it would honor requests to remove such images from search results, reports the Christian Science Monitor . Online forms will be available in a matter of weeks. "Our philosophy has always... More »

Court: No, YouTube Didn't Have to Dump Anti-Muslim Flick

Actress wanted 'Innocence of Muslims' yanked after death threats

(Newser) - In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in favor of Google... More »

Google: Driverless Cars Not to Blame for 11 Accidents

But Google, California DMV haven't released full accident reports

(Newser) - Google's fleet of 23 self-driving Lexuses has been involved in 11 accidents over the past six years of testing in California—but the company says not one of those incidents was the fault of a Google car, the AP reports. Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving initiative, writes... More »

Google Exec Among the Dead on Everest

Dan Fredinburg suffered a head injury, his sister confirms

(Newser) - One of the Everest victims has been revealed as Google exec Dan Fredinburg. His sister today confirmed in posts to his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he died after suffering a head injury in the avalanche triggered by the Nepal quake. Fredinburg's LinkedIn profile lists three roles held at... More »

Take Virtual Tour of Mandela's Prison

Google adds Robben Island to its catalog

(Newser) - Digital tourists have a notable new destination to explore—the old prison cell of Nelson Mandela. Google has launched a virtual tour of the Robben Island prison complex where Mandela spent 18 years, reports Mashable . One unique part of the project is a video in which former political prisoner Vusumsi... More »

Google Enters the Wireless Game With Project Fi

Project Fi is available only to Nexus 6 users for now

(Newser) - Those with Nexus 6 smartphones now have another carrier to choose from, but it's not some Silicon Valley startup—it's called Google. The company today announced the launch of Project Fi, its long-awaited entry into the wireless service biz. For now, it's available on an invite-only basis... More »

It's On: EU Goes After Google

Statement of objections issued today

(Newser) - As expected , the EU today made it official: It is going after Google, which was today hit with the first formal antitrust charges it's ever faced, the Wall Street Journal reports. EU regulators also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. Regulators allege that since 2008, Google has... More »

Europe Is Going After Google

EU to begin antitrust case, say reports

(Newser) - Google is about to have a very big and very expensive fight on its hands. The Wall Street Journal reports that Europe's antitrust regulator has decided to file formal charges, which could "theoretically" result in penalties of up to $6 billion. The EU's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager,... More »

Google Patent Would Protect You From Spoilers

System would flag potentially ruinous posts on social media

(Newser) - Google has received a patent designed to ease the pain of a modern malady: the spoiler. As Quartz reports, the system would sniff out potentially painful posts from people in your social network and warn you about them. You could then block those posts if you so choose. For it... More »

Climate Change Will Wreck Our Health: Obama

But Google, Microsoft will help us out, president set to announce today

(Newser) - At Howard University's College of Medicine today, President Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. The president is set to announce a series of steps that corporate entities like Google and Microsoft are taking... More »

Google's 'Pac-Man View' Is No Prank

Users really can play arcade game on the world's streets

(Newser) - Google has long enjoyed April Fools' Day fun, but unlike Google Nose and Gmail Motion , the new Pac-Man Street View feature is not a prank—unless the joke is on people who've lost hours munching dots around the world. Desktop users of Google Maps can click an icon to... More »

Google CFO Gets $70M for Leaving Wall St.

Ruth Porat will be paid more than her Morgan Stanley boss

(Newser) - If Google paid its employees in gold, Ruth Porat would be getting more than 3,500 pounds of it for leaving Morgan Stanley to join the company. Instead, she's getting more than $70 million in stock bonuses and cash to become Google's new chief financial officer, reports the... More »

Google Exec Interrupts Woman During Gender Panel

Eric Schmidt's behavior questioned by fellow Google employee

(Newser) - The kind of headline you probably don't want written about you after participating in a panel where the topic was often gender diversity: "Google chairman gets called out for cutting off a woman while talking about diversity." And that, from Mashable, was kind. The Verge was a... More »

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