With free food, showers, and gyms, it's not surprising some Google employees have decided to make the most of the benefits on offer at work.Read the full story ›
The first test flight of Google's drone delivery has proved successful as shown in a video revealing the self-flying vehicles in action in Queensland, Australia.
Google's Project Wing drones are being developed to make deliveries of goods. In the initial testing, seen here, they carried a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a few Australian farmers, Google said.
Project Wing is a Google plan for developing a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles. As part of the research, a vehicle was built and test flights were done in Queensland, Australia. A first aid kit, sweet bars, dog treats, and water were successfully delivered to a couple of Australian farmers.
High street bakery Greggs avoided a PR nightmare after a spoof of its logo went viral on social media.Read the full story ›
Tech giant Google is to reinforce its undersea internet cables because sharks keep biting them.
It is going back to 100,000 miles of fibre optic cable that it owns around the globe and reinforcing it with a protective matting made with a Kevlar-based material.
Since the mid-1980s it has been known that sharks are drawn to undersea cables but it is unclear why.
Some have suggested that they are attracted by the electromagnetic signals given off by the lines which resembles the field created by fish.
In the clip below, an underwater camera caught a large shark biting a fibre optic cable in 2010.
He obviously wasn't using Google maps, as he drove his Google Street View car the wrong way down a one way street and then smashed into another car as he tried to correct his mistake with a U-turn.
Alexander Spurr, 28, told police in Little Rock, Arkansas that he would probably be fired over the incident, according to the accident report posted on the Smoking Gun website.
While both cars suffered significant damage, neither driver was injured.
Responding to the peers' report, justice minister Simon Hughes said:
The Government wants to protect privacy rights and freedom of speech while taking action to bolster economic growth.
Our greatest challenge is getting that balance right, and we welcome the support of the Lords for our position in negotiating new European data protection legislation.
I agree that it is neither accurate nor helpful to say that the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice has given a right to be forgotten. We need to be clear that the judgment does not give individuals an unfettered right to have their personal data deleted from search engine results.
In its report, based on evidence from data protection evidence, the Office of the Information Commissioner, justice minister Simon Hughes and Google itself, the Lords committee said that the court's judgment had resulted in material being blocked on the basis of "vague, ambiguous and unhelpful" criteria which did not reflect the current state of information technology.
Peers warned the court against trying to "enforce the impossible".
Committee chairman Baroness Prashar said:
Although this was a short inquiry, it is crystal clear that neither the 1995 Directive, nor the Court of Justice's interpretation of it reflects the incredible advancement in technology that we see today, over 20 years since the directive was drafted. Anyone anywhere in the world now has information at the touch of a button, and that includes detailed personal information about people in all countries of the globe.
The European Court of Justice's demand for internet search engines to respect individuals' "right to be forgotten" is unworkable and unreasonable and should be written out of future EU law, a House of Lords committee has said.
In a new report, the Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee said it was "wrong in principle" to give search engines the power to decide what should or should not be deleted and called on the UK Government to fight to ensure that updated EU regulations do not contain a "right to erasure".
The court ruled in May that links to irrelevant and outdated data should be erased on request from searches within the EU, sparking concerns over censorship of material which is accurate and in the public domain.
Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is planning to sue internet giant Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party.
Mosley, the youngest son of former fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, is seeking to stop Google from gathering and publishing the pictures that first featured in the now-defunct News of the World.
The 74-year-old won £60,000 in privacy damages from the newspaper in 2008 after the High Court ruled the party was not Nazi themed and the article was not in the public interest.
He has now issued High Court proceedings against Google Inc and Google UK Limited for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act, through his lawyers Payne Hicks Beach.
Announcing the action he said: "Google should operate within the law rather than according to rules it makes itself. It cannot be allowed to ignore judgments in our courts."
His lawyers Payne Hicks Beach added that the proceedings follow "extensive attempts to persuade Google to resolve the matter outside the courts".
New website lists the links Google has removed from European search results following the 'right to be forgotten' ruling.Read the full story ›