Google Launches A New Home For Journalists With “News Lab”

TechCrunch – Google today announced the launch of a new site called News Lab, a destination that aims to connect journalists with programs, data and other resources to aid in their reporting. The site will feature a number of tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and best practices on how to use Google products in reporting, as well as provide acc… Read the rest

Google Chrome promises to fix that battery drain problem for Mac users

Mashable – Google Chrome users on Macs are getting a fix for the browser’s biggest weakness: battery drain. The company announced it is updating its browser so that it sips, not guzzles, a Mac’s battery when compared to the built-in browser, Safari. Google has already made some changes to curb Chrome’s battery appetite, accord… Read the rest

Google Search Will Now Also Feature Content From iOS Apps

TechCrunch – For the last two years, Google has been showing Android users relevant content from apps they have installed on their phones and tablets. Now, it’s also bringing this feature to iOS users and apps. Last month, Google started showing results from Android apps that users didn’t have installed on their phones, something it will now also… Read the rest

Google’s Project Fi Invites To Reach Everyone By Mid-Summer

TECHCRUNCH - Project Fi, Google’s recently announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service, appears to have a lot of demand – or at least, that’s what an email sent out to potential customers seems to imply. The email informs those who previously registered their interest in trying out the new service that, due to the  number of requests Google… Read the rest

Google Reveals the Problem With Password Security Questions

ABC – Google analyzed hundreds of millions of password security questions and answers, revealing how startlingly easy it is for would-be hackers to get into someone else’s account. Case in point: What’s your favorite food? Using one guess, an attacker has a 19.7 percent chance of guessing an English speaking user loves pizza, accordi… Read the rest

Google Says Its Self-Driving Cars Drive Better Than You

TechCrunch – Google has been testing self-driving cars for years. Six years in fact, with a fleet of 20+ self-driving cars, which have self-driven almost a million miles over that period — and are now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles per week. Image from TechCrunch So how many accidents have Google’s autonomous rides got into over th… Read the rest

Microsoft And Google Battle Once Again For Title Of Second Most Valuable Tech Company

TechCrunch – After reporting earnings yesterday, Google and Microsoft are once again locked in their long-running battle for second. Apple, the most valuable technology company, is also the most valuable company in the world, with Google and Microsoft rounding off the top three. Google, up 3.56 percent as of the time of writing, is currently worth… Read the rest

Google is making a giant change this week that could crush millions of small businesses

Business Insider – On Tuesday, April 21, Google is making a major update to its mobile search algorithm that will change the order in which websites are ranked when users search for something from their phone. The algorithm will start favoring mobile-friendly websites (ones with large text, easy-to-click links, and that resize to fit whatever sc… Read the rest

Google Faces Trouble Abroad

USA TODAY  — Facing intensifying scrutiny from regulators, Google is conducting one of its most important searches yet: for an answer to its growing problem in Europe. The European Commission has formally accused the U.S. technology giant of abusing its dominance in online shopping searches. It has also expanded the antitrust probe to look into whether G… Read the rest