Watchdogs ask Googlers to stop it favoring its own search results

A new coalition of activist groups led by Yelp and TripAdvisor are renewing the fight to get Google to give a fair opportunity to all sites instead of putting its...

Starbucks’s mobile payment service is slightly outpacing Apple’s

People really love getting their coffee more quickly. Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011, is the market leader in terms of mobile payments users,...

Lawsuit aims to win British iPhone users $4.3 billion from Google

A campaign group in the United Kingdom is pressing forward with its lawsuit that claims Google owes a payout to everyone who used an iPhone between 2011 and 2012, because...

Augmented reality’s latest trick? Simplifying directions on Google Maps

Google Maps keeps growing up. Already one of the most popular tools on anyone’s smartphone, the navigation app has successfully mapped 220 countries, and helped 1 billion users find their...

As Wear OS ticks to a stop, Google needs to wind it back up

Smartwatches make me mad. Really red-faced, fist-clenchingly, I-can’t-take-it-much-more angry. Actually, more accurately, it’s Google and its treatment of Wear OS that makes me huff and puff when I use a...

Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws?

Google’s Duplex, which calls businesses on your behalf and imitates a real human, ums and ahs included, has sparked a bit of controversy among privacy advocates. Doesn’t Google recording...

What we know about Google’s Duplex demo so far

The highlight of Google’s I/O keynote earlier this month was the reveal of Duplex, a system that can make calls to set up a salon appointment or a restaurant...

Leaked docs show Google may be cooking up a stand-alone AR headset

Leaked documents show Google is currently working on a stand-alone headset for augmented reality based on one of two Qualcomm processors designed for Internet of Things devices. It may be...

Here’s what’s changing with YouTube Music, YouTube Red, and Google Play Music

Google’s music strategy is confusing, and its latest effort to streamline everything isn’t helping. We reached out to Google to clarify a few questions we had with the launch of...

YouTube revamps its Red subscription service to offer standalone music streaming

Like Google’s messaging focus, YouTube’s efforts to spin out successful streaming and music products has felt confusing and haphazard. Now the company is simplifying and consolidating that play by decoupling...

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‘Heroic’ ransomware blocker charged with creating bank malware

A man hailed as a hero just a few months ago for stopping the global spread of damaging ransomware has now been accused...