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Federal judge in NYC dismisses lawsuit challenging Google's plan for digital library

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A federal judge handed Google Inc. a victory in a long-running legal battle on Thursday, tossing out a lawsuit claiming the Internet giant was violating copyright laws by scanning books without their permission to create the world's largest digital library. The Authors Guild had sued Google in federal court in Manhattan 2005, claiming the Mountain View, Calif.-based company was not making "fair use" of copyright material by offering searchable snippets of works in its online library.

Google says government data requests surging

Google said Thursday the number of requests for user data from governments and law enforcement has doubled since 2010, as it renewed a push to reveal more about US demands. In its updated "transparency report" covering the first six months of 2013, the tech giant said the largest number of requests -- 10,918 -- came from the United States. That accounted for more than a third of the 25,879 requests Google received worldwide.

Report: Google's under-construction barge moored in San Francisco Bay proposes to hoist sails

SAN FRANCISCO - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday. After weeks of speculation that barge would be "a party boat," a data storage centre and a store to sell its Internet-connected glasses, Google on Wednesday revealed that it plans to use the vessel as an "interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

Google says mystery solved: barge will be interactive learning space

Internet giant Google says it is exploring using a large barge as an interactive learning centre. A statement released Wednesday from Google's press centre may help end weeks of speculation about the purpose of structures on two barges, one being built in the San Francisco Bay, another off Portland, Maine.

French court orders Google to rid search results of 9 images of Max Mosley orgy

PARIS - A French court ruled Wednesday that Google must rid its search results of nine images of an orgy involving former Formula One chief Max Mosley. Google's associate general counsel, Daphne Keller, said the ruling amounted to asking the search giant to build a "censorship machine" and that the company would appeal. In 2008, the now-defunct News of the World newspaper published a story alleging that Mosley participated in a sex session with prostitutes. It also posted a video on its website that purported to show Mosley during the session.

Google rivals asked if concessions go far enough in antitrust inquiry

PARIS (Reuters) - European regulators have asked Google's rivals whether the Internet search engine's revised proposals to settle an antitrust case will boost their bargaining power in commercial negotiations, a European Commission document showed. Google has promised to post more prominent links to rival shopping, travel and restaurant sites when a user searches for content, as well as reduce the minimum price advertisers can offer to pay for paid ads.

French court orders Google to block Max Mosley orgy pictures

In a landmark ruling, a French court on Wednesday ordered Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to images of a sadomasochistic orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley. Google, which had strongly opposed Mosley's request, immediately announced that it would appeal a decision it fears will set a dangerous legal precedent for costly and heavy-handed automated censorship of the Internet. "This decision should worry all those who defend freedom of expression on the Internet," said Daphne Keller, Google's legal representative in the case.

French court orders Google to block Max Mosley orgy pictures

A French court on Wednesday ordered Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to images of a sadomasochist orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley. Google had strongly opposed Mosley's request, arguing that it would set a dangerous legal precedent for censorship of the internet. The landmark ruling relates to nine widely circulated images taken from a video of the orgy that was filmed by Britain's now defunct News of the World. spe/am/ric

Silicon Valley mystery: What, exactly, is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?

San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory. Construction became obvious a few weeks ago.

Google offers live video chats on range of topics with new service

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is launching a service that lets consumers pay for live video chats with experts who can provide everything from step-by-step turkey cooking instructions to marriage counseling.
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