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April 5, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Google has asked for feedback about its concept-stage augmented-reality specs Project Glass.  And the company is getting it. Much of it is admiring; some of it is definitely not. Henry Blodget of Business Times tweeted of the headgear: "Ridiculous toy that shows Google is rapidly becoming Microsoft. " "Has anyone asked Google whether the Project Glass video post-production simply missed a deadline of April 1?" (David Chartier). The Glass eyewear would project info graphics in pop-ups on a small screen a few inches from the wearer's right eye.  The gear might incorporate motion-sensing capability, GPS location services, 3G or 4G wireless connections and Google Goggles' augmented-reality software.  Or it might not. It's all apparently very much up in the air -- the unveiling of the project Wednesday made it clear that this was an effort to find out what people thought and what they wanted.
April 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - At 6 feet 4 inches, JR Curley is used to getting noticed. Just not like this. Ever since he got a pair of Google Glass in November, he has been turning heads at the grocery store, in restaurants, on the street, even at Disneyland. People approach him all the time to ask about his head-mounted, Internet-connected computer, which is worn like a pair of glasses. He spends so much time letting them try on Glass that his wife has begun referring to herself as the "Glass bystander.
December 10, 2013 | By David Ng
More than 45 years ago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art created an experimental program to bring artists and technology companies together in the hopes of inspiring innovative thinking in the visual arts. This week, the museum announced that it is resurrecting the program in the form of a laboratory and has partnered with companies including Google and SpaceX. LACMA said its new Art and Technology Lab will award grants and make museum facilities available to help artists explore new boundaries in art and science.
March 30, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. I am 70 years old and retired. I recently applied for housing at an apartment complex and asked the leasing agent what my chances were of getting an apartment. He told me they had received a lot of applications. When I asked if it was worth it to apply at all, he shrugged and said I was "up against some Google people. " I was outraged. Am I being discriminated against, since he implied that I did not stand a chance of being chosen over a person who works for Google?
December 10, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the Art + Technology Lab, which will provide grants and lab space to artists who want to experiment with new technologies. LACMA said the new program and lab space would encourage innovative ideas and foster collaboration across disciplines and industries. "The endeavor will award grants, in-kind support, and facilities at the museum to help artists take purposeful risks in order to explore new boundaries in both art and science," the museum said Tuesday in a press release.
September 18, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Google wants to help you live longer. On Wednesday, Google Chief Executive Larry Page announced the launch of Calico, a company that will focus on health and well-being. In particular, Calico will attempt to tackle the universal challenge of aging and related diseases. "These issues affect us all -- from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families," Page said in his post on Google+.
June 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more information about requests it gets from national intelligence agencies for its users' emails and other online communications. The technology giant made the request in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday. Google is trying to counteract damaging media reports that the company allows the National Security Agency access to users' online communications.
May 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
UC Berkeley has won a $60-million grant from the Simons Foundation to establish the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, the University announced Tuesday. The institute, which hopes to draw top computer researchers from around the world, will be up and running in July. The first scientific programs are expected to start in January 2013. Richard Karp, a Berkeley professor of computer science, will serve as the institute's founding director. Computer theory is being used increasingly in scientific communities to help scientists analyze the huge quantities of data that better and cheaper technologies have made it possible to collect.
November 10, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Max Mosley won fame in the motorsports world as the longtime chief of Formula One's governing body. Five years ago, however, Mosley's notoriety spread far beyond the race circuit, and not in a good way. A British tabloid released a prison-themed sadomasochistic sex tape featuring Mosley and five prostitutes, and alleged that Mosley had paid for an orgy set in an ersatz Nazi concentration camp - an accusation made all the more sensational by the fact...
May 22, 2012
Re "Is it possible to get a human on the phone at Google?," Column, May 18 I agree with David Lazarus that it is frustrating to be unable to contact a "live" person for customer service. Some companies offer free live help for a limited time after you buy a product. Before I buy a product that may require help to use, I always ask about the customer support policy. Google, however, is a totally different issue. It is not charging for the use of its search engine. Its revenue comes from advertisers, which I am sure have no problem contacting Google by phone to talk with a sales rep. I can understand Google not providing live telephone support because the users pay nothing for services.
March 19, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to see "Nymphomaniac" now or wait for the edited version on cable. The Skinny: Caught Sunday's "The Walking Dead" last night where the Lizzie character got Fredo'd. Godfather fans will get the reference. Tough to watch, but she had to go. Wednesday's roundup includes a recap of Disney's annual meeting and Viacom's settling of a long legal fight with Google's YouTube. Also, a profile of NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.
March 17, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Google is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a stained-glass doodle in green. On Sunday, Americans celebrated Irish ancestry across the nation, with traditional parades in London, Boston, Montreal, New York and other cities.  West Boylston, Mass., even held what it billed as the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade -- participants marched 75 feet from Finder's pub to Keeper's pub. Many of them then likely lifted a pint to the...
March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Palo Alto man who searched his name on Google wound up finding out more about himself than he bargained for when he discovered he was a wanted man.  San Leandro police said 27-year-old Christopher Viatafa -- who was wanted by authorities for allegedly firing a gun toward an inhabited dwelling -- turned himself in after seeing the photo. "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website ... he did use good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," according to a news release from the San Leandro Police Department.
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Monday morning began with a thud for many Internet users who have reported problems with Google Hangouts and Google Drive. Users say they are experiencing issues accessing Hangouts and Drive, Google's instant messaging and cloud-based office suite service, respectively. Hangouts, which is commonly referred to by many as "Gchat," has been having problems since at least 9:22 a.m., according to Google . The Mountain View, Calif., company said it is investigating the problems with both services and will offer an update shortly.
March 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California.
March 9, 2014 | By Christopher Chabris and Jonathan Wai
Laszlo Bock, the head of human resources at Google, made quite a splash with his announcement last year that the technology firm has changed the way it hires people. Gone are the brainteaser-style interview questions that so many candidates abhorred. But also gone, it would seem, is any concern with discovering how smart applicants really are. "GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless.... We found that they don't predict anything," Bock told the New York Times.
June 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After the Supreme Court's rulings Wednesday in favor of marriage equality, many Silicon Valley tech giants joined in the celebrations. Apple, which in 2008 donated $100,000 to fight California's same-sex marriage ban, told AllThingsD that it strongly supports marriage equality. ALSO: Google the word 'gay' and see a rainbow "We consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today,” the company said.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his timeline to share with followers that he felt proud of his country for the day's decisions.
September 25, 2009 | David Sarno
The millions of out-of-print books scanned by Google Inc. and now sitting unread on the company's cyber-bookshelves will have to sit a while longer. A New York judge on Thursday ordered the postponement of a long-standing October hearing meant to address a settlement between Google and a group of authors and publishers that sued the Mountain View, Calif., company more than four years ago. Earlier this week, the publisher and author groups requested a delay in the proceedings so they could address copyright and antitrust issues raised by the Department of Justice in a brief filed last week.
March 6, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's mysterious barge has set sail for a new mooring on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta. Richard Aschieris, the director of the Port of Stockton, confirmed a  report by CNet that the Google barge was headed for his city after being ordered to leave San Francisco. "We've reached an agreement for them to dock at the Port of Stockton," he told the Stockton Record. "I'm absolutely delighted to have this agreement. " Under the agreement, the port would house the Google barge for six months while it completes construction.
March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Yahoo has announced that soon it will no longer let users access its services with their Facebook or Google accounts, meaning users will be required to create a Yahoo email address if they do not already have one. The change will be rolled out over time. The first service to be affected will be Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em, the company NCAA college basketball tournament, according to Reuters . Later on, users of other services, such as Yahoo Fantasy Sports and Flickr, will also be required to have a Yahoo email address in order to gain access.
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