June 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Scrutiny of the role technology companies played in a clandestine government surveillance program is intensifying, and nowhere have the revelations that companies turned over users' personal information been more unsettling than in Silicon Valley. Executives here whose livelihood depends on maintaining the trust of users are urging the government to disclose more about the scope and the extent of their cooperation with the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance program PRISM.
June 15, 2013 |
Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. want people the world over to trust them with the most intimate details of their lives. Now both Silicon Valley companies are fighting to preserve that trust in the wake of damaging revelations that they turned over users' data to the National Security Agency's secret Internet surveillance program. Facebook and Google each vigorously deny they gave the U.S. government special access to their servers or complied with broad requests for users' information and communications.
June 14, 2013 |
Two prosecutors leading a nationwide campaign urging cellphone makers to embed a powerful antitheft feature in smartphones credited Apple and Samsung for moving in the right direction after a summit on the issue Thursday. New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón have repeatedly called on the tech industry to create phones that would no longer be usable once reported stolen. They met in New York on Thursday with leaders of Apple Inc., Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Microsoft Corp.
June 13, 2013 |
Just hours before they were scheduled to meet with representatives from four leading phone manufacturers Thursday, two public officials announced they have lined up support from 40 government leaders and scholars urging phone makers to make devices with antitheft features. Warning about the prevalence of violent robberies involving cellphones, New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón have repeatedly called on the tech industry to create phones that would no longer be usable once reported stolen.
June 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. snatched a popular mobile mapping service from the outstretched hands of its Internet superpower rivals, securing its dominance in real-time navigation information. Tuesday's $1-billion deal for Waze and the weeks of fevered speculation leading up to its acquisition signal the growing importance of digital maps, apps that are shaping up to be among the most important ones people use on smartphones and tablets. Waze, which helps drivers find the fastest and easiest routes, was being wooed by Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., among others.
June 12, 2013 |
For its latest Chrome browser video game, Google Inc. has created a modern version of the classic arcade title Pong that lets users play against their friends over the Internet and see one another using Web cams. The game is called "Cube Slam" and was released Wednesday. Like Pong, the point is to use paddles to direct balls at your friend's wall and away from yours. Once a user hits his or her opponent's wall three times with a ball, they win. But unlike Pong, "Cube Slam" is filled with obstacles and power ups that enhance the game.
June 6, 2013 |
The decision about what movie to see on a Friday night is no spur-of-the-moment exercise, according to a new study from Google Inc. that examined the correlation between movie searches and box office performance. Moviegoers typically consult 13 sources before deciding what to watch. Even though the number of major studio releases is contracting, Google found that film searches actually rose 56% in 2012 compared with a year earlier. Search volume predictably rises as a film approaches its theatrical debut, but Google found that the strongest predictor of box office is how many people sought out the movie trailer four weeks before a film's release.
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June 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Faced with a steep rise in smartphone theft, the San Francisco district attorney and New York's attorney general said Wednesday that they will convene a summit next week with the top four phone makers to push for a technological fix to what they call a crime epidemic. “Last year, 50% of all robberies in San Francisco involved a mobile communications device,” San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon said in an interview. “In Los Angeles it was 30%; 1.6 million Americans last year were victims of smartphone theft, and we've started to see some violence.” Gascon said representatives from Apple Inc., Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp.
June 1, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - As soon as the credits rolled on "The Internship," Rachel Kang, a 20-year-old UC Berkeley sophomore from Torrance, headed straight back to her apartment to Google jobs at Google Inc. "I have always loved Google. I think everyone does. The movie just cemented my appreciation even more," Kang said after seeing a sneak preview of the film last month. "I do think a lot of people will be even more drawn to the company than they are now. " That's just what Google wants to hear.
May 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Activists say an online campaign to curb misogynist content on Facebook could be a watershed moment for a growing movement to remove posts and images that promote violence against women on the Web. Women, Action and the Media launched the campaign last week, urging major companies to pull their advertisements from Facebook that could run alongside graphic language and images of rape, abuse and other violence against women. Heeding the call, more than a dozen advertisers, including Nissan Motor Co. and Nationwide Building Society, removed their ads from Facebook, while others, such as American Express and Unilever's Dove brand, pressured Facebook Inc. to remove the offending pages.