Google Invests Billions on Satellites to Expand Internet Access

Google Invests Billions on Satellites to Expand Internet AccessGoogle is planning to invest more than $1 billion in a new fleet of satellites that will expand Internet access to unconnected regions of the world.

The company’s decision to purchase 180 small, high-capacity satellites is just the first step in a project that could cost the search giant over $3 billion, reported The Wall Street Journal. The project’s price tag will depend on whether the company decides to embark on a second phase of the project, which would double the number of satellites needed, Google insiders told the WSJ.


Iran link to social media spying on military leaders

Iran-link-to-social-media-spyingFake social media accounts have been used by Iranian hackers to spy on senior military and political staff worldwide, a report suggests.

10 biggest patent troll targets in business

PatentPatent trolls filed 19% more lawsuits in 2013 than in 2012.

Wireless carrier AT&T (T) was the top target of so-called patent trolls in 2013, having been sued more than 54 times by them in 2013—more than once a week.

The NSA Mines an Insane Amount of Data From Every Tech Service You Use

Wow. Nothing is sacred. The Washington Post has discovered that the NSA and FBI have teamed up to tap into the servers of nine US tech companies—Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, you name it—and have extracted e-mails, photographs, audio, video, documents and connection logs. They basically have free reign to take whatever they want. And they’ve been doing it since 2007.

Top 10 greatest tech stories of 2011

The technology industry often finds itself pontificating about the future, but the busy news cycle this year gave us plenty to discuss.

The new Bill Gates: Google’s Larry Page

When Bill Gates testified via videotape in Microsoft’s antitrust trial in 1998, he was combative and defensive, as if he couldn’t believe how stupid the entire procedure was.

One of the world’s richest people sues Silicon Valley firms

A company linked to Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen is suing 11 major corporations, including Apple, Google and Facebook, accusing them of infringing on technology patents.

Bill Gates has nothing to do with Microsoft anymore

Love him or hate him, Bill Gates was, and still is, the face of Microsoft. What Microsoft doesn’t want you to know though is that Gates has almost nothing to do with the company anymore.

Germany wins Eurovision 2010

German singer Lena has won the Eurovision Song Contest, the continent’s biggest musical competition, which allowed musicians from 25 countries to shrug off the economic gloom shrouding Europe, at least for a day.

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