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Google is a US company providing Internet-related products and services, including internet search, cloud computing, and software and advertising technologies. Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin with an unofficial slogan of “Don’t be evil”, the company has established itself in the mobile sector through its widely used Android operating system, and has a major presence in the smartphone market. 

Google must not give up on the Chinese market

Google announced its retreat from China in 2010 over censorship issues. Photo: AP

The blocking of Gmail in China has caused heartbreak and despair for hundreds of millions of Chinese users. I know this because I am one of them.

Wednesday, 7 January, 2015, 7:44am 3 comments

Robin Williams' death the top Google search this year

Robin Williams' death the top Google search this year

Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:25am 2 comments

Google image at stake amid taxing issue in Europe

Google is not immune to being perceived as an evil empire.

The "Google tax" badly needs a dictionary definition. Both Spain and Britain recently introduced one, but the two measures are completely different. Surely, journalists use the search giant's name for click bait, but their choice also signals that in Europe Google has come to embody the evil excesses of the US-dominated technology industry.

16 Dec 2014 - 11:43am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

Android allows smartphone applications to access users' personal data. Photo: AFP

Google's Android operating system allows smartphone applications to access users' personal data such as photos and files without notifying them, the privacy watchdog has found.

16 Dec 2014 - 9:39am 4 comments

European lawmakers back motion to break up Google

Google has been in the EU's sights since 2010.

European Union lawmakers backed a motion yesterday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular internet search engine.

28 Nov 2014 - 4:41am

European Parliament wants power of Google search engine curbed

Call for Google break-up in Europe

The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google's search-engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the internet company's dominance in the search market.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:13am

Google reworks its YouTube Music Key subscription service

Music Key has been speculated about for months while Google haggled over the licensing terms with recording labels.

Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of advertising-free subscription service Music Key and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs available free of charge.

14 Nov 2014 - 5:03am

Google leases Nasa airbase for robots, planes and space exploration

The Moffett Field Naval Air Station has a working airfield, two runways, an operations building and three large hangars. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Google has leased a Nasa airfield in San Francisco, which includes three hangars capable of housing robotics research and space-exploration vehicles.

13 Nov 2014 - 12:35am

Canada fines Google HK$15,000 for Street View photos of woman’s cleavage

Google’s Street View cars drive around public streets with cameras that capture a 360-degree view of the environment. Photo: EPA

Google has been ordered to pay a Canadian woman C$2,250 (HK$15,540) for an image on Street View that captured her cleavage.

2 Nov 2014 - 6:48am

Google explores early warning system for serious illnesses

Google is seeking way to search bodies for disease. Photo: AP

Google is exploring ways to search people's bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease.

30 Oct 2014 - 3:41am

Google in US$1.6b push for expansion in Silicon Valley

Google had 55,030 full-time employees as at September 30.

Google is accelerating a real estate deal spree, spending US$585 million to buy more than half of a Silicon Valley office park and agreeing to lease an entire campus in development to make space for its growing workforce.

29 Oct 2014 - 5:28am

Google’s Street View offers a rare peek into Bhutan

An image of downtown Thimphu in Bhutan is shown as part of the Google Street View project. Photo: AFP

Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan yesterday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers.

24 Oct 2014 - 4:01am

US Navy treats Google Glass addict

A US servicemen is thought to be the first patient to be treated for internet addiction disorder brought on by Google Glass. Photo: Reuters

Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.

16 Oct 2014 - 4:06am 1 comment

Tokyo District Court orders Google to delete wrong criminal history

Individuals have the right to ask Google to delete personal data produced by its search engine. Photo: AFP

A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users.

11 Oct 2014 - 3:40am

Female stars threaten to sue Google for not removing stolen nude photos

Hacked celebs: Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna. Photos: AFP, AP

A lawyer representing female celebrities whose nude photos were posted online by hackers has threatened to sue Google for failing to take the photos off its websites.

4 Oct 2014 - 3:49am 1 comment