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Facebook Wouldn't Get in on Apple-Google Hiring Cabal

Top tech firms allegedly agreed not to poach talent

(Newser) - Facebook refused to join an anti-labor conspiracy that included Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe, according to newly released documents in a $3 billion lawsuit against the allegedly colluding tech giants. According to the suit, the companies' top executives agreed to suppress wages and avoid poaching each other's talent from... More »

Now Google's Getting Drones

Firm purchases Titan Aerospace in push to spread Internet access

(Newser) - Amazon's not the only big tech firm with drones in its future . Google has agreed to purchase Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based drone maker, NBC News reports. With two-thirds of the world's population still lacking Internet access, "Atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of... More »

Next Frontier in Smartphones: the Rear

A phone's backside can provide a whole second screen

(Newser) - Your smartphone's 1080p screen may no longer turn heads if a new tech trend takes hold—to maximize the backside of smartphones, TechCrunch reports. Innovations are occurring mostly on the industry's margins, where quirky products are cropping up and nudging powerhouses like Samsung and Apple into using all... More »

Apple Goes After Google ... by Suing Samsung

The next battle over patent infringement begins today

(Newser) - Apple and Samsung are going at it again, in a second patent infringement court battle that kicks off with jury selection today. Things didn't work out so well for Samsung the first time around ; in this round, Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages—double its first payout—over... More »

Zuck Down $3 Billion in Tough Week for Tech

Google, Amazon bosses see fortunes drop

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for tech stocks, and some of Silicon Valley's top figures have paid the price. Mark Zuckerberg has lost $3.1 billion, Bloomberg reports, as Facebook dropped 11%. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, meanwhile, saw their joint fortunes dip $3 billion, while... More »

Court Orders YouTube to Yank Anti-Muslim Video

Federal appeals panel sides with actress in 'Innocence of Muslims'

(Newser) - The anti-Muslim video that set off worldwide protests in 2012 can no longer be seen on YouTube. A federal appeals court today ordered Google to take down Innocence of Muslims, reports the San Jose Mercury News . The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to back the request made... More »

Google Fiber Explores 34 Cities for Expansion

Company announces 9 possible metro areas

(Newser) - Google Fiber : It's not just in Kansas anymore. Google has announced 34 cities in nine metro areas—including San Jose, Atlanta, Nashville, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix—as possible destinations to expand its fiber-optic network, offering lightning-fast Internet and cable. "People are hungrier than ever for... More »

Google to Glass Users: Avoid Being 'Creepy'

Company issues ever-so-helpful list of dos, don'ts

(Newser) - After a number of unpleasant incidents , Google has some helpful advice for users of Glass: "Don't be a Glasshole." That's just one of many tips offered in a new list of dos and don'ts for users, compiled from feedback from those who've actually tried... More »

Google Buys Tech That Could Replace Passwords

SlickLogin uses an almost inaudible sound to unlock sites

(Newser) - Google has just purchased a startup that hoped to change the way people log in. SlickLogin has been developing a system in which sites would play a uniquely generated and virtually inaudible sound, the BBC reports. An app on users' phones would pick up the sound, and send back a... More »

Computer Crunches Data —in Different Universes?

D-Wave says it's built a quantum machine, but skeptics aren't buying it

(Newser) - For many people, it's simple: Either you believe in D-Wave or you don't. The Canadian company claims to be building "quantum computers," which operate based on quantum mechanics and can theoretically perform 2-to-the-power-of-512 operations at the same time—more calculations than there are atoms in the... More »

Google Olympic Doodle Honors Gay Rights

'The practice of sport is a human right'

(Newser) - As the Sochi Olympics kick off, Google has taken a swipe at Russia's record on gay rights with its latest doodle. The doodle features images of winter athletes on the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag, along with a pointed quote from the Olympic Charter, Business Insider reports.... More »

Google May Change Search Results to Settle EU Case

It would depict competing services equally, at least in Europe

(Newser) - The European Union's antitrust watchdog today accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the 3-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results in Europe in favor of... More »

SF to Google: Move Your 'Mystery Barge'

SF Bay structure 'needs to move,' state says

(Newser) - Google is going to have to start searching for a new site for the " mystery barge " it has had parked in San Francisco Bay for months. Local officials following up on complaints found that neither the city nor the Treasure Island Development Authority had applied for the necessary... More »

Tech Giants: Here's What the NSA Wanted

Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others reveal data requests

(Newser) - Wonder if the NSA is spying on you? Well keep wondering, because the NSA isn't talking, but major technology companies today revealed how many data requests the NSA made in the first half of 2013, the Washington Post reports. Yahoo led the pack with requests for content affecting at... More »

Google Ditches Motorola

Smartphone unit sold to Lenovo for $2.91B

(Newser) - Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the companies announced yesterday, ending what Bloomberg/Businessweek is calling "a rare misadventure" for the big G. Google will retain the "vast majority" of Motorola's patents—which were cited as a major reason for the acquisition in... More »

US, Internet Giants Cut Deal on Data Disclosure

Companies can say how often they give up your information

(Newser) - The government and leading Internet companies today announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn that... More »

Google Making Contact Lenses

Tiny chip, sensor can monitor diabetics' glucose level in tears

(Newser) - After an acquisition that brings it deep into people's homes , Google is getting up close and personal with people's bodies. The latest project from the firm's secretive Google X facility is a "smart" contact lens that monitors the glucose levels of diabetics with a tiny wireless... More »

Great, Google Is Taking Over Our Homes, Too

Acquisition of Nest is more like an 'annexation,' writes Dan Hon

(Newser) - So Google just dropped $3.2 billion to acquire Nest , a maker of "smart" home thermostats and smoke alarms. Another ho-hum business acquisition? Far from it, writes Dan Hon at Wired . In fact, don't think of it as an acquisition, he suggests. Think "annexation." As in,... More »

Google Drops $3.2B on 'Smart Thermostat' Maker

Firm pays $3.2B for Nest

(Newser) - The Google empire is extending its reach into the heart of people's homes with its acquisition of Nest, a maker of Internet-connected fire alarms and thermostats. Google, which coughed up $3.2 billion in cash for the start-up, says Nest will continue to operate independently, though co-founder Matt Rogers... More »

$500K? Not Enough to Woo Google Programmer

Startup founder's offer comes up about $2.5M short

(Newser) - Business Insider has a tale from Silicon Valley that might be educational for tech entrepreneurs looking to build a staff or college freshmen trying to figure out a major: The founder of a successful startup wooed a Google programmer with a seemingly generous salary offer of $500,000, only... More »

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