The European Union’s highest court has ruled against Google, upholding the “right to be forgotten” for Europeans on the Internet.
Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision means Google and other search engines must now remove links to personal data on Web pages published by third parties, if requested by an individual. And if they do not grant the request, individuals may now bring the matter before authorities in order to obtain the removal of links from the list of results. Continue reading
In a robotics lab at George Washington University, there’s a small-scale race track, complete with a loop-the-loop. A battery-powered car hurls itself around the room, flipping over jumps and around the vertical spiral. “They are really robust, so when a grad student destroys ten of them, it doesn’t cost very much,” says Gabe Sibley, the lab’s director. No one is driving the fearless little machine—it navigates the course all by itself. Continue reading
Major tech companies including Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel have settled a huge class action lawsuit alleging they colluded not to go after each others’ employees, effectively holding down salaries. Alison Stewart talks with Arik Hessedahl of Re/code about the economic and social tensions troubling Silicon Valley. Continue reading
A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. Continue reading
The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue. Continue reading
Every weekday morning, dozens of sleek buses roll through the heart of San Francisco, picking up a cargo of workers commuting south to companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. But critics say the buses are clogging city bus stops and are symbolic of the disparity in wealth between the new tech workers and the long-time working class residents. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
It seems that Google Flu Trends, which launched to much hype in 2008, has been off the mark. Continue reading