Google Just Bought a Whole Lot of Phone From HTC

After a string of decent phones that failed to sell, and a stock price that plunged so low the company was de-listed from the largest Taiwanese stock index, Google is finally ending months of speculation, but not by buying HTC, as previously rumoured. Rather, Google is purchasing the HTC staff behind the design of last year’s Pixel phone, and gaining the (non-exclusive) use of HTC’s big bucket of intellectual property rights. All for the tune of £814 million. Bargain! Read More >>

Google Throws £1m in Vague Direction of Anti-Terrorism Efforts

The media has been battering Google over the apparent free availability of bomb-making tutorials on its video-sharing site, so it's time to do something about it. It's time to get the virtual wallet out to make the bad news go away. Read More >>

Experts Are Divided Over Google’s Depression Screening

The idea of Google offering a quick online screening test for users who search for "am I depressed" has split opinion among medical experts. Read More >>

Ford Funded That Weirdo in a Car Seat Costume Who Pretended to be a Self-Driving Car

At first, it seemed to be a quirky prank—a man was driving around town dressed up like a car seat and convincing people his car had no one at the wheel. Then we learned that it was all a shadowy research project by Virginia Tech. And now we know that Ford was behind the whole thing and it’s all for science. Read More >>

Bing’s New Fact-Checking Feature Should Let Users Kick Fake News Squarely in The Keester

Are you the sort of free-thinking individual who shuns conformism at every turn? The kind of person who would rather pop onto Lycos than ever bow down at the feet of the all-conquering Google machine? Then good news: one of Google's main search engine competitors has just implemented new fact-checking features. Read More >>

Journalist Nearly Banned From YouTube and Gmail For Posting Al-Qaeda Videos From Chelsea Manning Trial

YouTube’s latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O’Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as “being dedicated to terrorist propaganda.” Read More >>

Chrome Will Soon Block Autoplay Videos With Sound — Here’s Why You Should Be Worried

Google has surveyed the advertising landscape that it dominates and determined that it’s time for a change. Beginning in January, its Chrome web browser will block autoplay video ads with sound by default. The effort is being framed as a drive to clean up the web, but it could just as easily be interpreted as a disguised move to further solidify Google’s monopoly. Read More >>

Psychologists Think Google Probably Shouldn’t Be Your Therapist

A few weeks ago, Google announced that it had teamed up with a mental health advocacy group to take a stab at addressing the epidemic of depression. People who type the words “clinical depression” into Google search via mobile in the US are now presented automatically with a link to a screening questionnaire to assess their depression. The assertion that Google has the answer to everything just got taken to a whole new level. Read More >>

5 Things Google Needs to Do to Make the Pixel 2 Great

Now that Apple has officially announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it’s Google’s turn to try to wow the world with what it thinks is the future of smartphones. And even though last year’s Pixel was a success in many ways, there are still a number of improvements I’d like to see on the Pixel 2 (or whatever Google calls it) when it’s expected to be announced on 4 October. Read More >>

Former Employees Are Suing Google Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

Three former Google employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for allegedly discriminating against women. The complaint claims that Google systematically pays women less than men performing similar jobs, promotes men more often than similarly qualified women, and keeps women in lower-paying and lower-level positions. Read More >>

Declutter Your Chrome Browser Tabs or This Tamagotchi Clone Will Die

Google cleverly designed Chrome to prevent inevitable website crashes from bringing down the entire browser. But that stability comes at the cost of tremendous RAM usage when you’ve got countless tabs open. There are tools you can use to help curb Chrome’s memory appetite, but turning tab maintenance into a game might be the best solution. Read More >>

Google’s Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat Too

When Google’s Safe Browsing tool is working at its best, it’s invisible—a silent barrier between you and all the malware, phishing attempts, and other goblins lurking on the web. But every once in a while, you’ll see a glaring red warning when you try to visit a website that tells you to get the hell out of there. Read More >>

European Finance Ministers Want to Force Tech Companies to Start Paying More Taxes

Tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook which do business in the European Union have long ... avoided paying billions in taxes on their European operations through, uh, creative use of tax laws. That all might come to an end soon, if a group of member countries led by France is able to get their way. Read More >>

Whoops, Spotify’s Web Player No Longer Works on Apple’s Safari Browser

Music streaming service Spotify no longer officially supports Apple’s Safari browser, and Safari users who attempt to access it say they are being redirected to use another browser or download Spotify’s desktop client. Read More >>