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Google draws rush of demand for new bond | Reuters

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (IFR) - Google was deluged with orders Thursday for its new US$1bn 10-year bond, with demand said to have surged to around US$5bn by midday for the Internet giant’s second-ever debt offering.<p>A Google logo is reflected on the screen of a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone in this photo …

Protesters Demand Google Stop Funding Climate Change Deniers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Several dozen people gathered at Google’s headquarters on Tuesday to protest the company's membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing group known to be one of the most influential climate change deniers.<p>Approximately 40 people demonstrated in front …

Google Plans to Bring Ultra-Fast Internet to More Than 30 Cities

Google Fiber is devoted to making the Internet a hundred times faster than it is for most of the United States. On Feb. 19, the company announced …

Google Fiber

Google reportedly offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

Yesterday Facebook announced their plans to purchase WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion, with plans to keep the service running separately, which means that Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will co-exist, at least as far as the immediate future is concerned.<p>According to Fortune, however, there is …

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Should Campus Smoking Bans Start Including E-Cigarettes?

Most college students today don't know what it's like to be able to burn a cigarette on campus, but if current trends continue, they may not know what it's like to use an e-cigarrette at school either.<p>Around 1,200 colleges ban the use of conventional cigarettes on campus, according to the American …

Jury is out on health effects of e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again.<p>There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence …

Public Health

Everything You Need to Know About Electronic Cigarettes in One Minute

While electronic cigarettes have become wildly popular, many questions remain unanswered about the legal status and health benefits of these newly …

E-cigarettes sales ban considered

Ministers will seek to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 this week and make it illegal for adults to buy e-cigarettes for children.<p>They are acting in response to concerns that the battery-powered devices, which simulate smoking by vaporising a liquid solution that is usually infused …

Are Hollywood Starlets Glamorizing Smoking By Using E-Cigarettes?

<b>By Sally Satel, M.D.</b><p>At the recent Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood glitterati were not the only ones under the hot lights. The electronic cigarette, battery-operated devices that release water vapor and nicotine, also had its close-up as several stars were seen puffing away. Some U.S. Senators …

E-cigarettes: helping smokers quit or glamorising a dangerous habit?

Smoking is cool again. At least, electronically. The electronic cigarette (e-cig, vapouriser, fake fag, digital cancer) is, if you believe the adverts and scare stories in the press, the new black.<p>No longer happy with the adverse health effects of smoking analogue traditional cigarettes, a large …

Public Health

CVS move won’t slow e-cigarette sales

The news Wednesday that CVS Caremark CVS, -1.98% would stop selling tobacco products drew praise from the White House and anti-smoking groups. But …

E-cigarettes as good as patches in helping smokers quit

Electronic cigarettes work about as well as nicotine patches in helping smokers kick the habit, researchers report. And e-cigarettes helped people smoke fewer cigarettes overall, even if they didn’t quit completely.<p>The study is the first major piece of research to show that the products, which …

Public Health

Miami moves to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

The city of Miami took its first step Thursday to make the sale of trendy e-cigarettes to minors illegal.<p>The city commission voted unanimously on …

Google and Facebook in bidding war over Waze travel app company

The travel app company Waze is believed to be the subject of a billion-dollar bidding war between Google and Facebook, in a move apparently aimed at tying its social functions more closely into the rival firms' networks.<p>A fortnight ago reports suggested that Facebook had bid $1bn for the business, …

Google And Microsoft: 'Today Our Two Companies Stand Together' Against US Ban On Email Surveillance Disclosures

To followers of technology issues, there are many days when Microsoft and Google stand apart. But today our two companies stand together. We both remain concerned with the Government's continued unwillingness to permit us to publish sufficient data relating to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act …

Google starts new health company to tackle aging

Calico, a new company backed by Google, may use powerful data crunching to tackle age-related illness and disease.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Google is not happy just organizing the world's information. The Internet search giant wants to help you live longer now too.<p>Google unveiled Calico Wednesday, a new …

Should Your Company Be on Google+?

For the last few years, social media experts have heavily debated Google+ and its role among the big social media platforms. While many claim that …

Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest for $3.2 Billion

Soon, Google may be a greater part of your life than simply the sites and apps you use on your computer or phone: the company’s tech may be wired …

Why Google Paid Three Billion Dollars for a Thermostat Company

On Monday, Google announced that it will acquire a three-year-old company that makes thermostats and smoke alarms. The company, Nest, was raising money that would have valued it at two billion dollars; Google’s C.E.O., Larry Page, wanted Nest so badly that he offered three billion dollars.<p>Nest’s …

Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M

Secretive London-based company specializes in combining machine learning to build general-purpose learning algorithms.<p>Google is expanding its ambitions in artificial intelligence with the acquisition of AI company DeepMind for a reported $400 million.<p>DeepMind's Web site describes the London-based …

Google tops Exxon to become second-most valuable U.S. company behind Apple

Why Google is so eager to spend its money on other companies

Google is already the technology world’s top dealmaker. In the last three years, it was involved in 126 deals worth $17.6 billion according to Bloomberg, and its venture capital arm, Google Ventures, has already funded 14 startups in 2014, according to Crunchbase.<p>Today, the search and internet …