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Google to give all US residents an opportunity to buy Glass, its Internet-connected eyewear

SAN FRANCISCO - A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500, the same price that Google Inc. has charged for Glass since sales of the device began last year, the company said Thursday.

Google to sell Glass to public next week

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program. In a blogpost, Google did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited.

Google pays co-founders Page, Brin customary $1 while compensation soars for Chairman Schmidt

SAN FRANCISCO - Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million. Most of Schmidt's raise stemmed from stock grants valued at $11.4 million. Google issued them to make up for an administrative error in the handling of another large award given to Schmidt in February 2011, according to regulatory documents filed Friday. If not for the mix-up, Schmidt's pay package last year would have risen 4 per cent from the $7.6 million that he got in 2012.

Google's Page says US online spying threatens democracy

Google co-founder Larry Page on Wednesday condemned US government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy. His comments came during an on-stage chat at a prestigious Technology Entertainment Design gathering, where a day earlier fellow Google founder Sergey Brin had a virtual encounter with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. A photo of Brin smiling with a robot remotely controlled by Snowden from a refuge in Russia, where the wanted man is in hiding, was tweeted by TED curator Chris Anderson and became an instant online hit.

University of California, Berkeley hires first Wikipedian-in-residence

BERKELEY, Calif. - A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. The school announced recently that it had hired Kevin Gorman to advise students and professors on the complex task of editing articles for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia that gets 500 million monthly visitors. Many universities around the country have classes producing content for Wikipedia, but in-residence Wikipedians have previously been tied only to private institutions like the U.S. National Archives.

Timeline of World Wide Web

While some concepts of the Internet date back to the 1950s, the public-facing World Wide Web traces its history back 25 years. Here is a timeline: March 12, 1989: British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee circulates his "informational management proposal" at the European organization CERN, laying the foundation for the World Wide Web. He releases the code to the public on Christmas Day 1990.

5 things to know about Google's mystery barge; some aren't a secret

SAN FRANCISCO - A Google barge built with recycled shipping containers proved its seaworthiness Thursday as it cruised from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. But many other details about the odd-looking vessel remain a mystery. Here are five things that we do know so far: ___ GOOGLE IS AN UNCONVENTIONAL COMPANY THAT CAN AFFORD TO BE FANCIFUL

Google expands reach with new investment arm

Google on Wednesday unveiled a new investment arm to put the technology titan's touch on startups hitting stride, in a further expansion from Internet search. Google Capital fund launched with a slightly different focus than five-year-old Google Ventures, which backs early-cycle firms. The new investment team is out to fund startups that have established solid foundations and are poised for rapid growth, according to an online post by Google Capital partner David Lawee.

Google to award $1.6 mn to four Brazilian NGOs

Google will award $1.6 million in prize money to four non-profit groups submitting winning proposals to help Brazil combat lingering social ills, the company announced Monday. The Internet giant said it also will offer technical assistance to help the organizations start their projects. "Brazil, the third country where we are launching this contest, is one of Google's biggest markets in the world," said Fabio Coelho, head of the company's Brazilian operations, told reporters in Sao Paulo.

France's Hollande slams Internet giants on tax

President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France would not continue to tolerate the tax optimisation strategies used by multinational Internet giants like Google. "This is not acceptable and that is why, at both the European and the global level, we must ensure that tax optimisation... can be called into question," Hollande said on a visit to the offices of Internet sales company vente-privee.com in the Paris suburbs. His comments follow reports that France is seeking one billion euros ($1.36 billion) in tax from Google over its fiscal strategies.
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