, May 27 (Reuters) – Google Inc
is building cars that don’t have steering wheels,
accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of
the Internet company’s efforts to develop self-driving cars.
The small electric cars, which seat two passengers, are
currently prototypes that Google has been building through
partnerships with automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Google
co-founder Sergey Brin said at the Code conference in Southern
California on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 22 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has
changed a privacy setting on its social network, limiting the
audience that sees new users’ first posts in a reversal of a
feature that had critics said forced people to over-share
The company said on Thursday that the status updates that
new users post will now be viewable only to friends by default,
instead of being viewable to the general public as it had
previously been. Facebook users will continue to be able to
customize their settings so that status updates can be seen by
as big or small an audience as they want.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Nest Labs is recalling 440,000 smoke detectors, according to a U.S. government notice on Wednesday that provides the first public revelation of how many of the smart home appliances have shipped since sales started in November.
Nest, which Google acquired earlier this year for $3.2 billion, shipped 440,000 of its smoke alarms in the United States between November 15 and April, according to figures contained in a notice by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will
add technology to its mobile apps that recognizes the music,
movies or television shows its users are enjoying, in the
company’s latest move to give prominence to media and
entertainment on its social network.
The new feature, which must be activated by the user and is
off by default, would create a status update on Facebook that
identifies the song a user is listening to and provide a
30-second preview of it that’s available to the user’s friends.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is expanding its new video advertising service, allowing marketers to show the television-like spots to users of the social network in Britain, Brazil and five other countries, the company told Reuters.
The move marks a significant ramping up of one of Facebook’s most closely watched new advertising products, which analysts believe could help the Internet company capture a bigger slice of lucrative brand advertising budgets.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 20 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is
expanding its new video advertising service, allowing marketers
to show the television-like spots to users of the social network
in Britain, Brazil and five other countries, the company told
The move marks a significant ramping up of one of Facebook’s
most closely watched new advertising products, which analysts
believe could help the Internet company capture a bigger slice
of lucrative brand advertising budgets.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe’s top court ruled that subjects have the “right to be forgotten,” a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The world’s No. 1 Internet search company has yet to figure out how to handle an expected flood of requests after Tuesday’s ruling, said the source, who is not authorized to speak on the record about the issue.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) – Google Inc’s self-driving car technology likely will not be available for several more years. But the Internet company is already beginning the job of making the public comfortable with the futuristic vehicles.
A fleet of Google’s robot cars ferried more than two dozen reporters around Mountain View, California, on Tuesday, in 30-minute ride-alongs that showcased their ability to automatically and safely navigate around city streets packed with cyclists, pedestrians and traffic signs.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Messaging startup Snapchat has settled charges with U.S. regulators accusing it of deceiving consumers by promising that photos sent on its service disappeared forever after a certain period of time.
Under the terms of the settlement, Snapchat’s privacy practices will be monitored by an independent professional for the next 20 years.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet entrepreneurs made their television debut in April with the fictionalized comedy series Silicon Valley. Now start-up entrepreneurs are getting a self-help TV show in which aspiring tech moguls can call in anonymously and get advice from experienced industry players.
The new weekly television program, called FounderLine, will fill a void for the growing ranks of tech start-up company founders, said Joe Beninato, a serial tech entrepreneur who created and is hosting the show.