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June 27, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize ... cats. That may sound inconsequential at best and downright ridiculous at worst -- but in fact, it is very important. The research shows that if a computer is big enough, and programmed correctly, it can learn to make sense of random, unlabeled data, in just days without any help from humans.
April 23, 2014 | By Shan Li
Google Inc. is partnering with solar panel maker SunPower Corp. to invest up to $250 million in leasing solar systems to homeowners. The Mountain View technology giant is contributing up to $100 million, and San Jose-based SunPower will invest $150 million, Google said in a blog post . The goal is to make "it easier for thousands of households across the U.S. to go solar. " "Using the fund ... we buy the solar panel systems," Google said. "Then we lease them to homeowners at a cost that's typically lower than their normal electricity bill.
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.
April 21, 2014 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
“Why don't we have more female stand-up comedians?" The radio was buzzing Monday morning about that question , still brewing after Stephen Colbert's much-deserved ascension to host of “Late Night.” Now, I'm all for more women running the show everywhere (including this nation - are you listening, Hillary Rodham Clinton?), but in a week in which the nation's elite colleges are releasing snapshots of their newly admitted classes, I wonder if the question on the radio shouldn't be: “How many of you accomplished young women will head toward computer science, tech, finance or business - where scholarships, mentoring, internships and well-paid jobs (and, some would say, true decision-making careers)
August 29, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Back in prehistoric times, when Google was going public, its founders wrote in its stock registration statement: "Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one. " I suggested in response that good intentions such as that were often thwarted by little things, like showers of money. But it was 2004, an innocent time, before smart phones and video that could be downloaded on your handset, and the message of hope being wholesaled by Larry Page and Sergey Brin seemed uplifting.
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.
July 17, 2009 | David Zahniser and Phil Willon
Frustrated by a slow and antiquated computer system, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies.
May 16, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
As Microsoft's Bing is becoming more social by adding integration with your Facebook friends, Google's search is getting smarter and sharper as the company introduces a new feature called Knowledge Graph.  The search tool, being rolled out starting Wednesday, works this way: When you type in a keyword on the Google search site, in addition to the search results you have always gotten, you'll get a box on the right that will offer you...
March 31, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn and David Pierson
Tensions ran high again Tuesday when Google Inc. blamed Chinese government censors for a temporary outage of its search engine in mainland China. Even as access to Google was restored, the public outcry over the interruption underscored the heightened sensitivity of Chinese Internet users who fear Beijing regulators will permanently block Google as retaliation for the company's recent defiant public stand against censorship in China. China's powerful filtering system, dubbed "the Great Firewall," has blocked other U.S. sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that ran afoul of government watchdogs.
November 30, 2010 | Jessica Guynn and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Google may be on the verge of clinching its biggest deal yet with a reported $5-billion bid for Groupon, the fast-growing company that is blitzing the Internet with daily coupon deals. The purchase would extend Google's dominance in online advertising, helping it gain local business dollars to fend off surging competition from Facebook Inc., which rolled out its own deals initiative last month. Groupon sends its subscribers daily e-mails offering 50% to 90% discounts on products and services, such as spa treatments, fitness classes and restaurants.
April 18, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun contacting customers and offering them the chance to try out the company's Glass wearable device before committing to pay $1,500 for the gadget. The company is offering to send those users trial kits that come with Glass units in four different color options along with the device's various frame styles. "We've heard from potential Explorers that they'd love to be able to try Glass on at home before committing to purchase it," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not sure what to spend that tax refund on? Well, Google has an idea. The tech giant on Tuesday is selling Glass, its $1,500 wearable device, from its website to any adult U.S. resident. Normally, the company sells Glass only to users who have an invitation to join its "explorer" program, but it decided to remove that restriction for one day only. PHOTOS: Top 5 tech acquisitions of 2014 so far Buyers can choose the color of their device, a frame design and their preferred attachable shades.
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has applied for a patent that details a way to fit a camera into a contact lens. The patent has to do with the tech giant's smart contact lens project, which was first announced earlier this year . By fitting a camera into a contact lens, users could process all kinds of data that could then be relayed to a connected smartphone. The patent, which was reported by Patent Bolt , outlines a way that Google could fit a camera into a contact lens without drastically increasing its thickness.
April 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has acquired New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace, the company said on Monday. The Mountain View tech giant did not say how much it paid for the start-up, which specializes in building drones capable of staying in sky for years on end. “Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world," a Google spokesman said. "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.
April 13, 2014 | By Hannah Kuchler
Biz Stone is the other Twitter founder. Not the one who first came up with the idea, not the one with the original investment, but the founder famous for donning a nutty professor costume to introduce the messaging platform to the world in a comic video. In the torrid tale of Twitter's foundation - complete with betrayals and counter-betrayals - he was neither a back-stabber nor the back-stabbed. His new book from Grand Central Publishing, "Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind," offers a clue about why: He seems to be quite a nice guy. Management books written by nice guys do not abound.
April 10, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
If you've been unsuccessful getting your hands on a pair of Google Glass, now's your chance. Beginning Tuesday at 6 a.m. Pacific time, U.S. adults can purchase the Explorer version of Google's head-mounted, Internet-connected computer for $1,500 plus tax on the company's website . "Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. But every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too," the company said in a Google+ post on Thursday.
October 13, 2011
Google Inc said its profit grew 26 percent in the third quarter, as the Internet search leader's revenue jumped 33 percent to $9.72 billion. Google said it earned $2.73 billion in net income in the third quarter. Earnings per share, excluding certain items, were $9.72 during the third quarter, it said.
January 13, 2012 | By Shan Li
British confectioner Cadbury unveiled its latest candy bar on social network Google+ . "Remember this moment: the first time Cadbury revealed a new product on Google+," the candy maker wrote on its page. "The delicious new Dairy Milk Bubbly, available with milk or white bubbles, will be the first of many we hope!" Cadbury, which is owned by Kraft Foods Inc., didn't specify whether it meant more product announcements on Google+ or just more sweet inventions that look like chocolate bubbles stuck together.
April 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Comcast Corp., already the nation's largest cable and Internet provider, says it needs to get bigger to compete against the formidable giants of Silicon Valley. The Philadelphia-based cable behemoth said in a government filing Tuesday that its proposed $40-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition. Both companies contend that they need muscle to compete against emerging competition from Google Inc., Apple Inc., Netflix Inc. and Inc. Comcast said in a 175-page document filed with the Federal Communications Commission that the deal would mean better Internet and cable TV service for millions of consumers.
April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nest this week halted sales of the Nest Protect, its smart smoke detector, after an issue was found within the product that could cause it to delay ringing an alarm if there were a fire. The company, which was acquired earlier this year by Google for more than $3 billion, also encouraged users who own the device to disable a feature called Nest Wave, which is the source of the problem. The feature allows users to turn off the Nest Protect with a wave of their hand, but under certain circumstances, the feature could cause the device to not function properly.
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