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Google Glass Messes With Your Peripheral Vision

Small study finds obstruction in the user's upper right quadrant

(Newser) - Ever wonder if the small computer monitor on the top right of Google Glass gets in the way of a user's vision? An ophthalmologist at UC San Francisco almost got in a car accident when he didn't see a car coming from the right, and he decided to... More »

Musician: By Law, Bad Review Must Be Pulled

Pianist Dejan Lazic asks Washington Post to remove article

(Newser) - Ah, the life of a high-flying soloist: Tour the world, wine and dine with musical greats ... and get an occasional bad review. Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic doesn't much like the last part, so he's asked the Washington Post to remove an online review under the European Union's... More »

Google Fined for Showing Cleavage on Street View

Maria Pia Grillo wins $2K from tech giant

(Newser) - The latest embarrassment for Google Street View: Google has been fined more than $2,000 after its mapping feature showed an image of a woman's cleavage. A Montreal judge found that Maria Pia Grillo's privacy was invaded in having "part of her breast exposed," Gigaom reports,... More »

Google Wants to Scan Your ... Bloodstream?

Google X project investigates disease-detecting nanoparticles

(Newser) - What if you could swallow a pill that regularly sweeps your bloodstream for diseases at their earliest points of development, warning you of cancer or a heart attack? Researchers at the semi-secretive Google X , a branch of Google a half-mile from its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., have just announced... More »

Google Exec Sets Space Jump Record

Alan Eustace jumps from 25 miles up

(Newser) - A 57-year-old Google executive is the world's new space daredevil. Alan Eustace yesterday traveled more than 25 miles up to the top of the stratosphere in a balloon and then parachuted back down to earth in Roswell, NM, at speeds of up to 822mph, reports the New York Times ... More »

Celebs Threaten Huge Suit Against Google Over Stolen Photos

Attorney likens company to NFL in Ray Rice case, says $100M case possible

(Newser) - A scathing letter from an attorney on behalf of celebs whose nude photos were stolen threatens Google with a $100 million lawsuit unless it gets more aggressive in keeping the photos off the Internet, reports the Hollywood Reporter . Among the jabs in the letter written by high-profile attorney Marty Singer:... More »

Google Holds Debates on 'Right to Be Forgotten'

EU rule calls for removal of some links from search engines

(Newser) - Google is touring Europe to discuss a controversial new rule in the region: the "right to be forgotten," which allows individuals to seek the removal of unwanted search-engine links about them. While those on one side of the argument see a victory for privacy, others see censorship, the... More »

Google Maps Car May Have Killed a Dog: PETA

Organization calls on company to donate $1K to neutering group

(Newser) - Animal-rights activists are calling on Google to donate cash to help animals—because, they say, it looks like a Street View car killed a dog. PETA has posted a pair of photos on a blog that show a dog running, then lying, on a street in Chile, the San Francisco ... More »

Google's Self-Driving Cars Will Be Able to Speed

Engineers figure it's safer to keep up with traffic

(Newser) - When Google's self-driving cars hit the road, they'll be programmed to bust the speed limit in the name of safety. That nugget got spotted by PC Pro in a first-person account of a test drive by Paul Ingrassia of Reuters . Google engineers explain that it would be unsafe... More »

Why Birds Are Igniting in Midair Over California

Cleaner energy sometimes comes at a cost

(Newser) - A cutting-edge solar technology in California's Mojave Desert may have a bit too much cut. Wildlife officials say they've counted one bird being scorched to death every two minutes by intensely focused rays of light at the BrightSource Energy plant, considered the largest solar thermal power plant of... More »

Google Street View Maps Florida's Reefs

Images could appear online as soon as this week

(Newser) - You may soon be able to explore the wonders of the Florida Keys from the comfort of your home. Google is taking its Street View mapping technology beneath the waves, using round, SVII cameras to snap images "over an area up to 20 times larger than what's available... More »

Google Car Goes Wrong Way on a One-Way, Crashes

Driver sideswiped other car after attempting U-turn, say cops

(Newser) - Google Street View is probably going to have to redo Tyler Street in Little Rock: The driver of a Street View car in the Arkansas city crashed into another vehicle after going the wrong way down the one-way street, making a U-turn, then hitting a car on an adjacent street,... More »

Guy Emailing Kid Porn Busted by ... Google

Big Brother is watching your email for illegal images

(Newser) - When registered Texas sex offender John Henry Skillern, 41, allegedly tried to email a pornographic image of a young girl to a friend, Google was watching with its email scanning software. "I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," a detective... More »

Racing Boss Sues Google to Take Down S&M Photos

Google fears win for Max Mosley could turn it into Internet police

(Newser) - The first lesson of sex parties is—don’t let anyone take pictures of your sex party. As former Formula One racing chief Max Mosley can attest, they'll keep popping up in Google searches. Mosley, 74, was photographed partaking in consensual S&M role-play with five prostitutes several years... More »

Satellite Images Can Now Legally Show Your Mailbox

US lifts restrictions on resolution

(Newser) - There's a reason the satellite images the public gets to see tend to be low on detail: It was illegal for them not to be. But the US government recently changed all that, removing a rule banning satellite images in which features smaller than 50 cm (about 20 inches)... More »

Amazon Launches Its Version of Paypal

Users can pay bills, subscription with new payment service

(Newser) - Amazon took a fresh swing at PayPal today by launching a new payment service that enables people to pay for bills and subscriptions, Reuters reports. More specifically, Amazon's 240 million active users will be able to use credit card data stored on the site to pay a phone bill,... More »

Cops Solve Street View 'Murder'

Scottish pranksters alarmed Google user

(Newser) - With only a minute to act, a pair of Scottish pranksters who spotted a Google Street View car faked a murder realistic enough to cause at least one person to call the police. One of the Edinburgh mechanics lay in the road while the other stood over him holding a... More »

Why Google Plans to Launch 180 Satellites

$1B plan aims to spread Internet to unconnected regions

(Newser) - It already has robot cars, sea barges, and balloons, and now Google is conquering a new frontier: Outer space. The search giant plans to spend more than $1 billion—and, depending on how things go, perhaps more than $3 billion—to send a fleet of satellites into orbit, with the... More »

As Tiananmen Turns 25, China Yanks Google

Search engine, Gmail services have been down since last week

(Newser) - One of China's most famous crackdowns—that at Tiananmen Square—turns 25 this week, and China is apparently marking the occasion with another crackdown, this time on Google, reports Reuters . Censorship watchdog GreatFire.org says that services including Gmail and the search engine have been disrupted since last week.... More »

Google Admits It: We Suck at Diversity

Numbers prove 'Silicon Valley remains a white man's world,' says NYT

(Newser) - Google may have just topped the list of companies with the best compensation and benefits , but it's admitting it isn't a frontrunner when it comes to diversity. The company has finally shown its hand when it comes to race and gender numbers, owning up to the fact that... More »

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