YouTube is copying the RIAA’s legal tactics, except this time you win

To defend the legitimate reuse of copyrighted material, Google plans to raise the cost to content owners of filing baseless copyright infringement claims by defending uploaders of videos to YouTube against what it feels are baseless…
Movies & TV

A long search ago: Google adds gold Star Wars crawl for famed franchise phrase

Type the words 'a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away' into Google, and you'll get a pretty cool result as the mega media company helps celebrate the upcoming launch of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

This is how you should shop on Black Friday, according to Google

This new font of wisdom from Google provides some pretty incredible insights as to when to shop, where to shop, and of course, how to plan ahead. So without further ado, here are a few pro tips to help you do Black Friday better.

Use Android Pay for a good cause: Google donates $1 per purchase to special education

For every Android Pay purchase you make until December 31, Google will donate $1 — up to $1 million — to On Black Friday, Google will double its donation. The proceeds go to students and teachers.

Google now offers quotes for home mortgage rates in California

Credit cards, auto insurance, and now mortgages? Google's new site lets you see and compare home mortgage rates — but it's only available in California for now. You can even request a callback from the lender to a random number.

Will you join the Dark side? Google’s Star Wars promo brings X-Wings to Maps and more 1:00

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is getting closer and the hype is getting stronger. Google's running a promotion that lets you change how its apps look, depending on how you feel about the force.

Google once made, but never released, a Star Trek-style Communicator badge

Google built its own version of the famous Communicator pin from Star Trek. The revelation came from a Google executive, who also revealed the device never made it past the prototype stage.

Google promises Force Awakens goodies if you decide between the Light or the Dark Side

Google's excited about The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars film out before the end of the year, and has launched a promotion where Google apps and sites get a Star Wars makeover, depending on your allegiance to the Force

Is that a Google ad or a search result? Kids can’t tell

Kids these days, guys. Despite all their technical prowess, they're still as naive as we were at their age -- at least, when it comes to Google ads and Google search results.

Google's Play Store may finally return to China in 2016

Google wants to have a presence in China again with the possible launch of the Google Play Store in the country next year. According to Reuters, Google will comply with Chinese law on filtered content.
Social Media

Google's newest update lets you Hangout with anyone

Google has lifted the requirement to have a Google account if you want to join a Google Hangout audio or video meeting. The update is said to be an attempt to catch up to Skype's latest feature.

Google Fit updates to give you real-time stats and track your strength training

The new Google Fit update is rolling out and can track strength training with pushups, situps, and squats. The app can now also pull data from various other fitness and nutrition apps.