Google acquires maker of military robots — now what will it do with them?

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Google is on a robot shopping spree, and its recent purchase of a military robot maker has some wondering what exactly the company intends to do with its own zoo of electronic creatures that creep, crawl, and climb.

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Sources: US intelligence agencies tap servers of top Internet companies

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U.S. intelligence agencies have a direct tap into the servers of the United States’ largest internet companies where agents can troll for suspicious activity, sources confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.

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The new Gmail sorts email into categories for you

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In an attempt to aid you in the battle against email overload, Google has redesigned the Gmail inbox. 

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Google Maps gets new look, built-in Earth and (later) mobile update

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Google Maps got a few significant updates at the company’s I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday, with a refreshed look and some handy new features aimed at letting you explore your surroundings without keyword searching. The updated maps will be coming to desktop and mobile, though you may have to wait a bit to try them out.

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Google I/O begins: Expect a music service, revamped Maps and more

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Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer’s conference, kicks off today, with a keynote event taking place in San Francisco. We’re right here and ready to bring you all the news live, starting at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET, but for now, here’s what we expect.

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Goodbye productivity… Google image search leads to impromptu game of ‘Atari Breakout’

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Always looking for new opportunities to turn its mammoth search engine and associated features into interactive and exceedingly distracting Easter eggs, Google has put on another show in honor of the 37th birthday of Atari’s classic video game “Breakout.”

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Seeing the future: My first hours with Google Glass

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Right now my Google Glass is sitting next to my laptop. It’s resting … er, charging. From the moment I picked it up this morning, my first hours with it have been a whirlwind.

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No Google Glasses allowed, declares dive bar

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Google’s high-tech augmented reality “Project Glass” spectacles are still in development, and not available for purchase. But Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe is getting ahead of the game — and fueling a debate over privacy — by banning the devices from the bar in advance.

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Google Glass is an all-knowing virtual assistant — is your head ready?

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"One thing that we’re really excited about and working hard on is transforming the way that people interact with Google." The words of Scott Huffman, Google’s vice president of engineering for Search, echoed through my head as I watched a video demonstrating the search engine giant’s latest sensation, Project Glass. "From the stilted one-keyword-at-a-time conversation, to more of a natural conversation … like a human assistant."

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Google: ‘Gangnam Style’ generated over $8 million in advertising deals

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"I get tired or I get sick of it," Psy said of “Gangnam Style” during a news conference in Singapore in December. However the South Korean sensation feels about his infectious song and dance, there’s certainly one thing that he can’t complain about: Cold, hard cash.

Google Maps for iOS: The best map app … since Google Maps

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As the brouhaha over Apple Maps failures reached fever pitch, rumors spiked about a new app in the works. Made by Google, it would run natively on the iPhone, bringing all of the previous features of the Google-powered Maps together with free navigation, the one thing it had been missing all these years. It seemed like a dream. Today, it is real.

Google putting final touches on iOS maps app, says report

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The Wall Street Jounal reports that Google is nearly ready to submit its Maps app to Apple for approval on iOS devices. The new app would compete directly with Apple’s poorly-received Maps. Though you can’t delete Apple native apps, the Google version would likely replace it, at least in use, for millions of iPhone owners.

Google cameras map popular Grand Canyon trails

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Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a push cart and to British Columbia’s snow-covered slopes by snowmobile.

'Where the internet lives': A virtual window on Google's secret world of data

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AP reports — Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers where an intricate maze of computers process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people. The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website unveiled Wednesday.

Google patent lets you zoom in from your photo to theirs

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A Google patent has just been granted that allows for “zooming using pre-existing imaging” — in other words, zooming in from your photo to another one. For instance, you could go from your snapshot of the Mona Lisa directly to a high-res scan from the Louvre.