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Google sibling Verily launches COVID-19 screening website

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google sister company Verily has launched a website to screen people who think they might have COVID-19 and point them to testing sites. But you probably can't use it to get test...

Apple to pay up to $500M over battery-related phone slowdown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IPhone owners could get $25 from Apple after the company agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle claims over intentionally slowing down older phones to preserve older batteries...

Google updates terms in plain language after EU scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is attempting to make sure people know exactly what they're signing up for when they use its online services — though that will still mean reading a lengthy document. ...

Video of Pelosi brings renewed attention to 'cheapfakes'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The issue of misleading political messages on social media arose again last week, when President Trump tweeted out an edited video showing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi repeat...

Netflix holds its own in the streaming wars - for now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing expectations at a time when it faces heated competition from new streaming challengers such a...

Sex tech from female-led startups at CES gadget show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sex tech will grace the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week after organizers endured scorn for revoking an innovation award to a sex device company led by a female founder. ...

Insider Q&A: How YouTube decides what to ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Halprin, the global head of trust and safety for YouTube, has a tough job: He oversees the teams that decide what is allowed and what should be prohibited on YouTube. ...

Calif. vastly expands digital privacy. Will people use it?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forty million Californians will soon obtain sweeping digital privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S. — rights that could pose a significant challenge to Big Tech ...

Calif. vastly expands digital privacy. Will people use it?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forty million Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data econ...

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s co-founders are relinquishing their executive positions just as state and federal regulators, not to mention the Department of Justice and Congress, are taking a keen int...

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google ...

Workers fired from Google plan federal labor complaint

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four workers fired from Google last week are planning to file a federal labor complaint against the company. They claim the company unfairly retaliated against them for organizing...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google announced a partnership with a large U.S. health care system aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant's latest for...

Fitbit buy is Google's latest step into gadgetry

Google's deal to buy Fitbit will help it compete with health tech companies. But the deal also helps Google build out its own hardware line. Google has historically been a late bloom...

Google digs into deeper meanings of searches

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Google is paying more attention to the small words in your searches. Want to figure out how to park on a hill with no curb? Google now takes that "no" into account, an...