Google wants to help you find your lost phone

Google's search team has noticed that people regularly type the phrase "I lost my phone." Instead of just returning articles with conflicting advice on what to do when your phone is stolen or hiding under the bed, Google will direct people to a new Find My Phone page.

It's one a handful of features the company is adding to its My Account hub.

Twitter abandons the "buy" button and now you can eat your six-pack

1 – Twitter has stopped caring about “buy” buttons.

Twitter is said to have moved most of the staff working on its “buy” buttons initiative and many other have left the company, according tothis report.

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Oracle judgment sets high bar for fair use

Had the verdict gone the other way, it could have cost Google as much as $9 billion. Oracle will appeal the decision, but if it stands it sets a lofty precedent for fair use.

“The ruling certainly sets a high bar for creativity before deserving protection from fair use,” declares Al Hilwa, program director of software development research for IDC. “In this sense, developers will broadly view this as a relief from the burden of copyrights in crafting or copying APIs to a certain degree.”

Google defeats Oracle in Java code copyright case

Oracle had argued that Google had infringed its copyright and had sought nearly $9bn (£6bn) in damages.

The outcome was eagerly awaited by software developers who feared that a victory for Oracle might encourage more such legal actions.

The company says it will appeal against the decision.

Google uses Java in its Android smartphone operating system which powers about 80% of the world's mobile devices.

The company had argued that extending copyright protection to pieces of code called APIs (application programming interfaces) would threaten innovation.

Google is going to start showing you more ads

Later this year, Google is going to start handing over more space to advertisers, and allow their ads to pop up in loads of new places: Google Maps ads could even start showing up while you're driving.

Drone delivery start-up Flirtey taking on Google, Amazon in race to satisfy safety regulators

It may sound far-fetched but it is closer to reality than you think. And a tiny Australian company called Flirtey claims to be at the front of the flying drone pack.

Flirtey has already made a commercial drone delivery, albeit under strictly controlled conditions.

"I see a not too distant future where seeing a drone delivering a package to you or your neighbour is more common than seeing a postman or Fedex van deliver packages today," Flirtey chief executive officer Matt Sweeny said.

Google wins copyright battle over books

The Court said it would not hear an appeal from the Authors Guild, which claimed Google breached copyright laws by scanning books without permission.

The technology giant began the process in 2004, so it could include extracts in a searchable database, and it was sued by the Authors Guild in 2005.

The Supreme Court's judgement is the final ruling on the matter.

Google's database of books lets people search through millions of titles and read passages and selected pages from them.


You can now tour Buckingham Palace in VR thanks to Google

Forget immersive games and interactive TV shows though, Google is giving us a virtual tour of the one landmark we all want to peek inside - the Queen's house.

Dubbed the Buckingham Palace Expedition, the Google Cardboard and Gear VR-friendly YouTube experience gives you free ​reign rein to nose around every nook and cranny of the big house.

Google helps analyze if rooftop solar panels are good deal

Google is rolling out a new online service that quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels costing thousands of dollars. Google's Project Sunroof combines the eye-in-the-sky images behind Google Earth with calculations on how much shade trees cast over a rooftop, data on local weather patterns, industry pricing and available subsidies to arrive at its bottom line.

Facebook, Twitter, Google quietly step up fight against terrorist propaganda

Facebook said it took down a profile that the company believed belonged to San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband is accused of killing 14 people in a mass shooting that the FBI is investigating as an "act of terrorism."