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"The Muppets were a family" for Jim Henson.

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Google celebrates Jim Henson 75th birthday anniversary featuring a doodle with 5 Muppets.   Jim Henson Google Doodle   The logo is HTML5-powered and it is interactive, clicking on the circle below each character, it follows the cursor with its eyes, and double-clicking on one, it opens its mouth. One of them throw its glasses, and other eats its neighbor. Brian Henson, Jim Henson‘...

Bettina Wulff, wife of former German president Christian Wulff, sued Google because auto-complete suggested words linking her to escort services

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Google has been ordered by a German federal court to clean up the auto-complete results its search engine suggests. The court said Google must ensure terms generated by auto-complete are not offensive or defamatory. The court case was started by an unnamed German businessman who found that Google.de linked him with “scientology” and “fraud”. Google must now remove defamato...

NORAD and Google Santa Tracker competition to follow Father Christmas as he travels the globe

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...and allows children to follow the sleigh online. But this year it has a competitor – using its Google Earth and Google Maps products, the internet search giant is tracking Santa on its own this year with a new algorithm. “While we’ve been tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s j...

According to Google's Transparency Report, governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests for access to its data in the first six months of 2012

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According to Google’s Transparency Report, governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests for access to its data in the first six months of 2012. Google’s Transparency Report indicates government surveillance of online lives is rising sharply. The US government made the most demands, asking for details 7,969 times in the first six months of 2012. Turkey topped the list for request...

Google has been asked by Microsoft to remove more than 500,000 links from its index in the last month

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Google has been asked by Microsoft to remove more than 500,000 links from its index in the last month, figures show. The vast majority of the links in question were ones which took people to sites connecting to pirated Microsoft software. Google shared the statistics as part of its efforts to be more transparent about what influences search results. Microsoft’s requests dwarf those of the B...

Google announces that Chromebook and Chromebox, its computers using Chrome operating system, have been updated with faster processors

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Google announces that Chromebook and Chromebox, its computers using Chrome operating system, have been updated with faster processors. The Samsung-manufactured laptop and desktop PCs include processors based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge technology, addressing criticism that the launch models were underpowered. Chrome-based computers run all their applications through the firm’s web browser...

Google chief executive Larry Page apologized to analysts on a conference call after the market closed

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Google shares’ trading was suspended for two-and-a-half hours after the internet giant released its third-quarter results early by mistake. Its quarterly profits fell 20% from a year earlier to $2.18 billion – below analysts’ expectations. Google blamed financial printing firm RR Donnelley for filing an early draft of the results, which had been expected after the closing bell. Shares...

Developers working on apps for Google Glass have been informed they will not be allowed to place ads within the device's display

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Developers working on apps for Google Glass have been informed they will not be allowed to place ads within the device’s display. The newly-published terms and conditions for developers working on Google Glass also prohibit companies charging for apps. The smart glasses, which have a five megapixel camera and voice-activated controls, have started to be shipped. The first devices will go to...

Google has published for the first time mapping information on North Korea, a country that has so far been mostly blank on the popular website Google Maps

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Google has published for the first time mapping information on North Korea, a country that has so far been mostly blank on the popular website Google Maps. The data was compiled on Google’s Map Maker tool which allows ordinary people to contribute information mainly using satellite images or local knowledge. Map data is not widely available for the reclusive nation. Launched in 2008, Map Ma...

William Poundstone claims that Google requires its applicants to answer perplexing trivia questions and riddles

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It may take a sharp mind to work for Google, as author William Poundstone claims that the search giant requires its applicants to answer perplexing trivia questions and riddles. William Poundstone claims to have unlocked the secret of acing an interview at Google and other top technology firms, and is revealing his secrets in a new book. In Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google, William Poundsto...

Google has been fined $7 million for collecting people's personal data without authorization as part of its Street View service

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Google has been fined $7 million for collecting people’s personal data without authorization as part of its Street View service. In a settlement with 38 US states, Google agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories. The data was harvested from home wireless networks as Street View cars photographed neighborhoods between 2008 and 2010. Google said it was pleased to have resolved t...

Google has been fined $22.5 million by the FTC for ignoring the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari browser

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Google Inc. has been fined $22.5 million by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for ignoring the privacy settings of customers using Apple’s Safari browser. The staggering sum would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the FTC. But, with Google reporting a net income of $2.89 billion in the first quarter of this year, it would take just over 17 hours for the company...

Google Drive is likely to offer 5 GB of free storage with more available for a monthly fee

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Google is expected to shortly launch Google Drive, a major new consumer service offering cloud-based storage for photos and other online content. Google Drive is likely to offer 5 GB (gigabytes) of free storage with more available for a monthly fee. It would challenge services including Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Experts suggest it could also force rival Facebook to enter the cloud m...

Oracle claims Google's Android system infringes intellectual property rights relating to the programming language

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...acle – a business hardware and software provider – inherited the intellectual properties when it took over Java’s original developer, Sun Microsystems, in 2009. The language is used by many business applications as well as other software, such as the video game Minecraft, on PCs. Oracle claims Google's Android system infringes intellectual property rights relating to the pro...

In a drastic makeover for the search engine, Google search will soon “answer questions” instead of just hunting words

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In a drastic makeover for the search engine, Google search will soon “answer questions” instead of just hunting words. Google searches will no longer throw up a simple list of blue links – a huge change for the page that forms the world’s “doorway” to the web. Within few months, the top of the Results page will be dotted with information that “answers questions” posed in Search. The m...

Iran has restricted access to Google’s search engine and to its email service, Gmail

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Iran has restricted access to Google’s search engine and to its email service, Gmail. A firewall already prevents Iranians from accessing many Western sites. The latest move coincides with protests throughout the Muslim world – including some in Tehran – against an anti-Islamic film posted on Google’s video-sharing site YouTube. A government deputy minister announced the upcomin...

Google shares have reached the $1,000 milestone for the first time after the company reported better-than-expected earnings

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Google shares have reached the $1,000 milestone for the first time after the company reported better-than-expected earnings. Google posted a 36% jump in net profits to $2.97 billion for the July-to-September period. Shares in the giant online search and ads company rose more than 13% to $1,006, and are now up 41% since the start of 2013. Google’s revenues also beat forecasts with a 12% rise...

Google has unveiled Hummingbird algorithm, an upgrade to the way it interprets users' search requests

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Google has unveiled Hummingbird algorithm – an upgrade to the way it interprets users’ search requests. Hummingbird is the first major upgrade for three years. The new algorithm has already been in use for about a month, and affects about 90% of Google searches. At a presentation on Thursday, Google was short on specifics but said Hummingbird is especially useful for longer and more c...

Bettina Wulff, wife of former German President Christian Wulff, has included Google in legal action to stop rumors about her private life

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Bettina Wulff, wife of former German President Christian Wulff, has included Google in legal action to stop rumors about her private life. When the name Bettina Wulff is typed into Google’s search engine, suggested search terms include the words “prostitute” and “red light district”. Google says the auto-generated text reflects what others are already searching for o...

Google has announced that it does not want the ruling in the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit to "limit" consumers' access to Android devices

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Google has announced that it does not want the ruling in the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit to “limit” consumers’ access to Android devices. A US jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple over $1 billion on Friday after ruling it had infringed several of the iPhone maker’s software and design innovations. Samsung said it intended to appeal. There has been speculation that the news c...

Google's $12.5 billion purchase of phone maker Motorola Mobility has been completed days after it received approval from the Chinese government

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...ker Motorola Mobility has been completed days after it received approval from the Chinese government Google’s takeover of the business allows it to move into the manufacturing of phones and tablet computers for the first time. Google’s chief executive, Larry Page, said in a blog post that there were people using devices now who may never use a desktop machine: “The phones in our...

Google and Sony have announced a tie-up that will see Google's interactive TV service made available outside the US for the first time

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Google and Sony have announced a tie-up that will see Google’s interactive TV service made available outside the US for the first time. The set-top box allows users to browse the internet through their television, as well as access a range of specially designed applications. The device, which will cost around £200 ($320) when it is released in July, will compete with Apple’s own TV bo...

Made by LG, Google's Nexus 5 is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the Nexus 4 but its 4.96 in touchscreen is bigger

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Google has launched Nexus 5 – the latest incarnation of its flagship Nexus smartphone. Made by LG, Google’s Nexus 5 is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the Nexus 4 but its 4.96 in touchscreen is bigger. The Nexus 5 has been developed to show off the capabilities of the new version of the Android operating system. Called Kitkat, the software has been designed to work well on both high...

Google has reported a profit of $2.97 billion for July -September period

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Google has reported a profit of $2.97 billion for July -September period, beating expectations. The company missed forecasts during the last quarter. However, a closely watched measure, cost per click – how much advertisers pay to place an advert – declined by 8% from the same period last year. Google shares jumped to an all time high in after hours trading, rising 6% to $941.25. The...

Google says, in future, customers could be driven to restaurants, bars, shops and venues by driverless cars

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Google has patented a way of linking online ads to free or discounted taxi rides to the advertising restaurant, shop or entertainment venue. The transport-linked ad service could encourage consumers to respond more often to location-based special offers, experts say. Algorithms would work out the customer’s location, the best route and form of transport, Google says. Advertisers will mine h...