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Google Glass to go on US sale for just one day

Google Glass will be available to consumers for a single day next week for £894, the technology giant has announced.

The search engine developer announced that on April 15, customers in the US will be able to buy it on their website for a 24 hour period.

This will be the first time the general public will have the chance to buy Glass.

Google Glass is a miniature computer you can talk to, attached to a frame. Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA

Google Glass started as a concept project in 2012, before going into development shortly after as a headset that syncs with your smartphone and enables users to have their messages and other digital interactions appear in their peripheral vision as they go about their day.

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Users can also take photos and make video calls using the device.

"We'd planned to post this next week, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now," said Google in a post, referring to leaked documents which hinted at the sale.


Google won't face email privacy class action, judge rules

Google has won a significant legal victory after a US judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accuse the search company of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action.

Google won't face email privacy class action, judge rules Credit: Reuters

In a decision released last night, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs' claims were too dissimilar to justify combining them in a single lawsuit, which could have added pressure on Google to settle.

Manchester United team up with Google to get fans to watch pitch side

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney holds an official UEFA Champions League match ball.
United and Google+ present Front Row. Credit: PA

Manchester United have teamed up with technology giant Google to offer them front row seats via Google Hangout, a video streaming service.

The 'Front Row' initiative will give fans the opportunity to appear on the hoardings around Old Trafford streamed from Google+.

On Sunday 16 March, as United line up at home against one of their biggest rivals, Liverpool, fans will have the opportunity to cheer on the team from anywhere in the world.

Richard Arnold, the group managing director at Manchester United, said: "This ground-breaking initiative offers a dynamic and innovative way for our fans worldwide to get even closer to the club they love".

To have a chance of winning, United fans must share a picture of themselves showing their support for the team on Google+ and adding #MUFrontRow.


Google adopts rainbow hue to honour Olympic Charter

Google has weighed in on the debate surrounding gay rights at the Winter Olympics in Sochi by rebranding its front page in rainbow colours.

The design features a range of Winter Olympic sports and includes a quotation from the Olympic Charter stating that the "practice of sport is a human right".

The front page of the search engine
The front page of the search engine Credit: Google

Vladimir Putin: 'No danger' for gay people in Russia

Russian authorities have been criticised for passing legislation banning the provision "propaganda" on homosexuality to under-18s by law.

Officials insist that gay athletes will be free to compete in the Games and that gay spectators will face no danger, but there have been calls to boycott the event in protest.

Watch: Channel 4 rebrands in rainbow colours for Sochi games

Google's EU settlement means changes to search results

Google has agreed to change the way it displays its competitors' links in search results after reaching a settlement with the European Union's antitrust watchdog.

The agreement brings an end to a three-year-old case of Google allegedly abusing its dominant position in internet searches.

Under the proposal, Google will display results from three competitors in a similar way to its own whenever it promotes its specialised search services such as Google shopping, restaurant or hotel searches.

Google search currently favours its own results. Credit: European Commission/Google

It will also label their results more clearly, to allow users to distinguish between natural search results and those promoted by Google.

The new rules will only apply to searches made in Europe.

Under the new rules, it will include competitors' results as well Credit: European Commission/Google

At the moment, the search engine doesn't alert users to its "favourable treatment" of in-house services.

The EU said this was a problem, as it makes it harder for people to access competing sites.

Reaching a settlement will spare the company a longer antitrust procedure that could have resulted in fines of up to 10% of the company's annual revenue, or about £3.07 billion.

Neighbours fans can have a 'Street View' of Ramsay St

Fans of the Australian soap Neighbours can now take a look around the show's most famous cul-de-sac online.

Pin Oak Court - where the soap Neighbours is filmed - has been added to Google Street View. Credit: Google Maps/Street View

Ramsey Street - real name Pin Oak Court - has now been added to Google Street View.

Fans can now navigate around the famous neighbourhood - in the suburb of Vermount South - which is used to film the Australian soap.

Start exploring Ramsey Street here

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