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Scientists use Google Maps technology to study human body

Scientists use Google Maps technology to study human body

According to The Washington Post, the technology which drives Google Maps is now being employed for studying the human body in extreme close-ups. Stanford and Brown University researchers have associated with the University of New South Wales and they have started making use of Google Maps algorithms in an attempt to create layered images of the human body, which can be zoomed in as close as nanometers.

The technology will help scientists get extreme close views of internal organs, bones and cells. It is presently used to find out the association between the development of osteoporosis and a cell's behavior.

You Tube Kids App targets Children with Unfair and Deceptive Advertising

You Tube Kids App targets Children with Unfair and Deceptive Advertising

In February, Google introduced the YouTube Kids mobile app. The app was projected as a safer place for children to view videos as the content was family oriented. The content has been filtered for viewing by children but the app contains lot of advertisements.

But a group of consumer advocates said that the app is full of advertisements and product placements. Therefore, it becomes difficult to differentiate between entertainment and commercials.

In a letter Tuesday, the consumer advocates have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the matter. As per the activists, digital media should follow the same rules as television, where commercial content is limited with regard to kids' programming.

Google to pay new CFO Ruth Porat more than $70 million

Google to pay new CFO Ruth Porat more than $70 million

Search and technology major Google informed that its new chief financial officer, Ruth Porat will receive over $70 million in the next two years through a combination of restricted stock units and a biennial grant.

Porat was hired by the company earlier this week. According to Google, compensation package of Porat involves a grant of $25 million through restricted stock units, a special one-time $5 million sign-on bonus and a $40 million biennial grant in 2016.

Porat will become part of Google's finance division on May 26 and she will receive an annual base salary of $650,000. Porat is an American financial executive and has been Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Morgan Stanley since January 2010.

FTC defends Decision not to Pursue Competition Charges against Google

FTC defends Decision not to Pursue Competition Charges against Google

President Barack Obama and Google top-notch officials were meeting on regular basis, revealed visitor logs. As per the logs, Google officials have met White House officers once a week for the last four years.

Since the time President Obama was first elected, high-profile search giant staff including Chairman Eric Schmidt has met with President Barack Obama's White House 230 terms, revealed the log obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Ruth Porat to be new CFO of Google

Ruth Porat to be new CFO of Google

Google has announced that Ruth Porat, who is presently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will join as CFO of the technology major. The announcement was made after Google CFO Patrick Pichette expressed his plan to retire through Google+ post.

In 1987, Ruth joined Morgan Stanley and was posted at various positions at the company, together with Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and co-Head of Technology Investment Banking. During the financial crisis, Ruth handled the Morgan Stanley teams, giving advice to the US Treasury on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the New York Federal Reserve Bank on AIG.

Google celebrates Vernal equinox and total solar eclipse with animated doodle

Google celebrates Vernal equinox and total solar eclipse with animated doodle

The vernal equinox, first day of spring 2015 on Friday was celebrated by Google with a stop-motion animation doodle in the US.

The doodle displayed flowers coming into bloom and a bee collecting pollen from a daffodil. The term 'equinox' is derived from the Latin for equal ('aequus') and night ('nox').

The vernal equinox is the time of year when day and night are of equal duration. It marks the in-between point of the year's shortest and longest days.

Equinox acts more like a label in order to separate the point of Earth's revolution around the sun in which there is more daylight than darkness. Sping equinox happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year, which marks the first day of spring for those in the Northern Hemisphere.

FaceNet Facial Recognition is practically perfect: Google

FaceNet Facial Recognition is practically perfect: Google

Internet company Google and social network company Facebook have been involved in an algorithm war to come up with the perfect facial detection system. Now, California headquartered Google claims that it has developed new FaceNet system, which is practically perfect. According to the company, the FaceNet system gets the right person more than 99% of the time.

FTC did not sue Google to avoid a tough case

FTC did not sue Google to avoid a tough case

According to The Wall Street Journal, FTC staff was aware that Google has misused its dominant position in the market and it has used it for anti-competitive decisions. The report mentioned that experts at a federal regulatory agency concluded this in 2012 but still no further inquiry was conducted.

However, Google ignored a big antitrust fight since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) didn't precede a legal action it on basis of those findings. In 2013, the FTC concluded a two-year investigation into the company's online monopoly power.

Google Executive Eric Schmidt ends up Facing Criticism from Company’s Own Diversity Manager

Google Executive Eric Schmidt ends up Facing Criticism from Company’s Own Divers

Google Executive Chairman was joined by Walter Isaacson and Chief Technology Officer for the United States region, Megan Smith, while speaking at the 'How Innovation Happens' talk at South By Southwest festival.

Eric Schmidt was blamed by his company's own diversity manager after talking a lot about gender inequality in the tech industry that he actually started to drown out his female counterpart.

The Wall Street Journal reported that at numerous points throughout the discussion, Schmidt would cut Smith off, interrupting her to make his own points. An audience member also challenged Schmidt for continuously interrupting Smith throughout the session.

23andMe to Develop New Ways to Treat Diseases

23andMe to Develop New Ways to Treat Diseases

23andMe, the Google-backed genetic-testing startup, is planning to expand its working and will now make new medicines to cure people affected by diseases.

The company has hired a top biotechnology executive to help in the project. Richard Scheller will be heading the 23andMe’s new therapeutics group. Scheller has spent 15 years at Genentech. At Genentech, he has led research and development section, which pioneered cancer drugs Herceptin and Avastin.

It is the next big step for 23andMe, which started from selling novelty ancestry kits and then doing business with major pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Genentech and now, it is getting geared up to compete with big giants.

Google’s Finance Chief Patrick Pichette decides to Retire

Google’s Finance Chief Patrick Pichette decides to Retire

On Tuesday, chief financial officer (CFO) of search and technology major Google, Patrick Pichette, said that he has planned to retire from his job. It will be the latest change in a series of changes in the Internet company's management level. According to some analysts, Pichette's resign will not cause major disruptions in the company.

Google engineers and other researchers make Significant Advancement towards Quantum Computer’s Development

Google engineers and other researchers make Significant Advancement towards

Google engineers along with other researchers have been able to solve a problem associated with quantum computing.

One of the basic features of computer is to auto-check for any mistakes. However, such is not the case with quantum computing in which act of checking an error can cause an error at the same time. This aspect is known as bit-flipping.

The error takes place when a microprocessor witnesses external interference. Google engineers and the researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara affirmed that they have found the solution.

Google scraps ban on sexually explicit content on Blogger

Google scraps ban on sexually explicit content on Blogger

Washington, Feb 28 : Google has changed its decision to ban sexually explicit content on Blogger as it might have a negative impact on users who post such images to express their identities, said a post on the company's product forums by Social Product Support Manager Jessica Pelegio.

According to the Verge, the company earlier banned porn and other sexually explicit images from its blogging platform and had given users a time period of 30 days to comply or get banned from hosting public blogs.

Pelegio wrote that rather than banning the content, the company decided to step up enforcement around the current policy that prohibits commercial porn .

She said that they received feedbacks from users regarding the retroactive enforcement of the policy.

Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

San Francisco: Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on smartphones running on the company's Android software.

The technology unveiled today launches Google's attempt to turn Android phones into the digital hub of people's personal and professional lives. The expansion will pit Google Inc against Microsoft Corp and BlackBerry Inc, which have been focusing on the corporate market for years.

Google will also be battling its biggest rival in mobile computing, Apple Inc, which forged a partnership with IBM Corp last year to build more iPhone and iPad applications tailored for businesses and government agencies.

YouTube launches 'bright and playful' app for kids that features 'parental controls' too

YouTube launches 'bright and playful' app for kids that features 'parental contr

Washington, Feb 24 : Finally heeding to parents' demands, YouTube has reportedly released an app for kids.

It is touted to be "the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind" and is available for Android and iOS users, The Verge reported.

It offers a curated selection of videos appropriate for young viewers and features a "bright and playful design" meant to grab the attention of kids.

YouTube for Kids has four sections: shows, music, learning, and explore.

The collection of videos comprise a pretty extensive vault of popular children's content from Reading Rainbow, DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, and others.

Google wins lawsuit that claimed it coerced manufacturers to offer its apps

Google wins lawsuit that claimed it coerced manufacturers to offer its apps

Wellington, Feb 23 - Google has reportedly won a lawsuit that claimed it abused its market power by forcing device makers that used its Android platform to provide the search engine company's applications.

Google was accused of forcing manufacturers to make its search engine the default option on devices powered by Android and coercing smartphone makers like, Samsung, to offer less popular Android applications in order to pre-load, for free, favourites such as YouTube, reported Stuff.co.nz.

U.S. District Judge Beth L Freeman in San Jose, California, said that the consumers failed to identify the damage that the antitrust laws they sued under were designed to address. The judge gave the consumers' lawyers three weeks to amend some of their claims and refile the case.

Google doodle marks Alessandro Volta's 270th birthday

Google doodle marks Alessandro Volta's 270th birthday

New Delhi, Feb 18 - Google has dedicated it's doodle to Alessandro Volta's 270th birthday.

Born in 1745 in the town of Como, the Italian physicist was known for the invention of an early form of battery in 1799.

He had become a professor of physics in 1774 at Como's Royal School before going on to work on the development of the "electrophorus", a device that produced static electricity.

Volta, who raised three sons with his wife Teresa Peregrini, was made a count in 1810 by Napoleon Bonaparte, and he retired in 1819 to his estate in Camnago, where he died in 1827. (ANI)

Google acquires iOS, Android app Odysee

Google acquires iOS, Android app Odysee

Washington, Feb 09 : Google has announced its acquisition of Odysee, an iOS and Android app that facilitates automatic back up of photos and videos taken on users' cameras or tablets to their home computers.

Odysee also allows users to set up private, automatic sharing with other people, and it had an API for integrating the service with other apps.

According to Tech Crunch, the company announced that it had acquired the app via a note on Odysee's home page, as well as through a notification being sent out to app users. In it, the startup thanks users and also notes the details of the shut-down process.

The app is set to be shut down on February 23 and the Odysee team will join Google+. (ANI)

Google developing `ride-sharing` app

googleWashington, Feb 03 : Google is reportedly working on a ride-sharing service that will allow people to catch a lift from one of its driverless cars, a report said.

According to The Verge, Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, who is on Uber's board of directors, has informed them that the company is considering stepping into the ride-sharing space.

Uber's board is also reported to have seen screenshots of Google's app, which is apparently being used by its employees.

Google says YouTube too crammed to keep check on terror related videos

Google YouTubeWashington, Jan 29 : Google says that its video-sharing website YouTube is overloaded to the point where the staff is finding it difficult to filter terror related content.

The overflowing content on the site is slowing down the task to stop terrorists from uploading propaganda and hostage videos.

According to CBS News, Google Public Policy Manager Verity Harding said that about 300 hours of video material is being uploaded to YouTube every minute, making it virtually impossible for the company to filter all images.




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