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Judge tosses push for class-action status for lawsuit accusing Google of violating privacy

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy terms of email users. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late Tuesday that too many users have too many dissimilar claims to pursue a single class-action lawsuit that could expose the search engine giant to billions of dollars in potential losses.

Google Chromecast hits Europe, with a new way to watch TV

Gone are the days of squinting at your smartphone as you try to make out what is happening in your favourite film. On Wednesday, eight months after the American release, Google launched its latest innovation -- Chromecast -- in Europe and Canada, a small device the size of a finger which allows you to transfer online video content from a mobile device onto an HD television. According to the Internet giant, the device has done well in the US, with "millions" sold to date, although it has not revealed a precise figure.

Google unveils version of Android for Internet-connected watches, other wearable devices

SAN FRANCISCO - Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet's most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing with a version of its Android software tailored for high-tech watches and other devices that can be worn instead of held.

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," a joint statement by the companies said, without offering details. The suit dates back to 2007 when Viacom accused the Google-owned video-sharing division of using pirated video clips to attract viewers.

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," a joint statement by the companies said, without offering details. The suit dates back to 2007 when Viacom accused the Google-owned video-sharing division of using pirated video clips to attract viewers.

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," a joint statement by the companies said, without offering details. The suit dates back to 2007 when Viacom accused the Google-owned video-sharing division of using pirated video clips to attract viewers.

Google launches virtual tour of rafting trip on Colorado River through Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The search giant partnered with the advocacy group American Rivers to showcase views of nearly 300 miles of whitewater rapids, towering red canyon walls, and rich geologic history. The 360-degree views that went live Thursday in Google's Street View map option once were reserved largely for rafters who were lucky enough to board a private trip through the remote canyon, or those willing to pay big bucks to navigate its whitewater rapids.

Google grabs Green Throttle video game talent

Google on Wednesday confirmed that video game gear gurus from startup Green Throttle have joined its team, fueling talk of plans for an Android-powered game system. The Internet titan did not disclose details regarding the deal under which co-founders Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend and other members of the Green Throttle team are putting their skills to work for Google. Another co-founder, Charles Huang, continues to run California-based Green Throttle, according to Google. Huang is known for his role in creating hit music video game "Guitar Hero."

Google mystery barge floats to new US berth

Google's mystery barge arrived at a new home at a port in the California city of Stockton on Thursday. Calm waters after a storm allowed the vessel to make the trip from a former Navy base in the San Francisco bay to Stockton in about 7.5 hours, port director Richard Aschieris told AFP. "It came up here very quickly," Aschieris said after returning from the dock serving as the barge's new home. "It is certainly a relationship with a terrific company, so we are extremely happy."

Yahoo spurns Facebook and Google sign-in credentials

Yahoo on Wednesday confirmed that it will stop letting people sign into its online services using credentials from rival Internet titans Facebook or Google. The shift began with the Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em arena and will gradually expand to all of the company's online services and products, including photo-sharing website Flickr. "We are moving towards requiring all users to access our service with a Yahoo username over time," the faded Internet search star said.
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