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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 »

A Guide to Today's FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

FCC decision will almost certainly head to the courts

(Newser) - The Federal Communications Commission will vote on net neutrality today, after lengthy debate. Though the topic seems destined for the courts, the FCC's decision "is going to be a benchmark," a researcher tells USA Today . The board is expected to approve chairman Tom Wheeler's guidelines to... More »

Tech Expert's Proposal: Self-Driving Cars That Own Themselves

Ex-Google employee describes a new system of transportation

(Newser) - The future, as one ex-Google employee sees it, could involve cars that not only drive themselves but own themselves, too. The idea, Mike Hearn tells the BBC , is to create "the most moral, socially minded capitalist possible." The cars wouldn't actually think, he explains. Instead, in his... More »

Internet Guru: 'Digital Dark Ages' May Be Coming

Google executive Vint Cerf says our data may well vanish

(Newser) - Think we've stored so much data that future historians will be swimming in the stuff? Not necessarily: A Google executive says the "digital Dark Ages" may be coming, when people will have little idea of how we think or live today, NPR reports. Google Vice President Vint Cerf... More »

Google May Make a High-Tech Deodorant

Company patents wearable device that counteracts your smell

(Newser) - Google is considering what might be termed a digital deodorant. The company has obtained a patent for a device that would counteract your own BO and even keep you away from friends when you're at your smelliest, the New York Daily News reports. The "odor removing device,"... More »

Obama to Tech World: Share Your Cyberthreats With Us

But Facebook, Yahoo, Google CEOs won't attend today's cybersecurity summit

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sony hack , President Obama will be speaking at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University today, where he plans to sign an executive order calling for companies to share cyberthreats, both with the government and each other. But the CEOs of at least three major Silicon... More »

Google Halts Glass Sales for 'Transition'

New, improved version will be out this year, company says

(Newser) - Google is calling time on the first phase of its Glass experiment, but it promises that it will be back with an improved version of the smart eyewear. The company says sales of the $1,500 Google Glass through its Explorer program will end on Monday for a "transition"... More »

Gmail Now Fully Blocked in China

It had been usable via 3rd-party apps

(Newser) - The Great Firewall has apparently expanded. Gmail hasn't been directly accessible for six months in China; now users can't reach it through third-party services like Microsoft Outlook either. The latest crackdown on Google in the country appears to have begun on Friday, according to Google data , the Wall ... More »

Google Reveals Top Search of 2014

Search requests for information about Robin Williams top the list

(Newser) - Google has revealed the topic of the year's fastest-rising search request: Robin Williams' suicide. Reaction to his death tops this year's list, the AP reports. Some notable examples: In the first few days after, the number of searches for "carpe diem," a phrase Williams popularized in... More »

Google's Big New Project: Autism Research

Company aids in sequencing thousands of genomes

(Newser) - To learn more about the genetics behind autism, researchers are planning to sequence the genomes of thousands of people—and they've enlisted a partner who knows a thing or two about sifting through scads of data. Using its Genomics tool, Google will host on its servers and index the... More »

New Google System Watches Your Cursor to Tell if You're Human

ReCAPTCHA system uses 'model of how a human behaves'

(Newser) - Google may have just made your web-browsing life a little easier. You're probably familiar with CAPTCHAs, which pop up on websites asking you to read and re-type distorted text to prove you're human and not a robotic clicking system. Well, today, Google revealed a new version of what... More »

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