Why Google’s New Anti-Porn Policy Is Such a Big Deal

The corporate giant's stance against explicit content could have Internet-wide ramifications. Read More

While some tech industry experts are using their talents to push Silicon Valley innovation and Wall Street excitement, many have turned their attention to a new arena, as well: solving the problems of the developing world.

From simple, easy to use creations such as water filtration systems and low-cost health care, to advanced technologies spreading Internet access, these inventions have the potential to save lives around the world. Read More

This week, the Google Cultural Institute (which is apparently a thing) has launched the Street Art Project. Google’s Amit Sood explained the new initiative to Time, saying, “These works of art that decorate our streets do not always hang about for long, which is why we’re delighted to work with partners around the globe to help them tell a story of street art around the globe.” Users can now use a series of interactive features to browse the works of street art, find out where local pieces are located and even tour the insides of buildings that have been covered in murals and graffiti ... Discuss

If you’ve visited the homepage of Google this morning, you may have noticed this awesome, animated Google Doodle, illustrating an imaginary “transformative water purifier” that would help those without access to clean water. Google was so inspired by 11-year-old Audrey Zhang, who won their 7th annual doodle competition, that they are donating $20,000 in her name to charity:water, awarding her a $30,000 scholarship and giving her school $50,000 in Google for Education technology grants ... Discuss

The future is now. Google has unveiled their new self-driving car prototypes, even giving a few riders test drives in the futuristic vehicles. The small, pod-like cars have no steering wheels or pedals—just a computer and two seats. Though it’s still not clear when we’ll actually see self-driving cars out on the streets regularly, if the video below is any indication, it looks Google is pretty close to making the concept into a reality ... Discuss

The Wall Street Journal noticed an interesting line in a letter that Google filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission back in December, but was first disclosed this week. The company wrote, “[A] few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities." Just weeks after the letter was filed, Google purchased the popular smart-thermostat company Nest, which uses apps, interactive schedules and Internet technology to more inefficiently regulate temperatures in your home. Though the information that Google is able to learn from the thermostats is valuable, the inclusion of thermostats in the list of devices that “companies” may want to run ads on seems conveniently timed. There’s got to be some way that they can recoup the $3.2 billion investment in Nest ... Discuss