Google, the company that 'knows everything', turns 20

What started out as a search engine has turned into one of the most influential companies in the world.

The Listening Post

Google's China push outweighs censorship concerns

The tech giant's re-entry into China signals a major policy U-turn involving the world's largest market.

The Listening Post

Bowing to Beijing? Google's Project Dragonfly

Google's planned Chinese search app comes under fire. Plus, censorship in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Google staff condemn plan for censored Chinese search engine

China restricts internet users by blocking websites, censoring words and clamping down on free speech.

Google staff condemn plan for censored Chinese search engine

European Union

Google fined record $5bn by EU over Android

US tech giant forced major phone makers to pre-install its search engine and browser, EU anti-trust chief says.

EU hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules

Counting the Cost

GDPR: How Europe's new Internet rules could change your life

New data protection laws in the European Union mean the Internet is about to change for millions of users.

Science & Technology

Remembering the 'Prince of Mathematicians'

The 'Prince of Mathematicians' is hailed for contributions to number theory, geometry, probability theory and astronomy.

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss: Why Google honours him today

Arts & Culture

Hannah Glasse and the Art of Cookery

One of the pioneering English cooks and writer of The Art of Cookery, Hannah Glasse would have been 310 today.

Hannah Glasse: Why Google honours her today

The Listening Post

Deleted, suspended, demoted: Censorship, Silicon Valley-style

A look at how the tech giants are policing their platforms and whether this amounts to a new kind of censorship.

The Listening Post

Headlines and hyperbole: Covering the Sergei Skripal story

The Skripal affair and the battle of narratives between Russia and UK; plus, Google and Facebook's censorship tactics.

Business & Economy

Google, Samsung, EU invest in Belgium's MolenGeek

In the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, an idea to offer digital skills to deprived youth is attracting hi-tech attention.

Google, Samsung, EU invest in Belgium's MolenGeek

Arts & Culture

Guardian of the 'beautiful Arabic language' remembered

An Egyptian poet and the host of the popular radio programme, Our Beautiful Language, Shousha would have been 82 today.

Farouk Shousha and the beautiful Arabic language


Indian-American DNA biochemist remembered

Hailed for constructing the first synthetic gene, Har Gobind Khorana would have been 96 on January 9.

Har Gobind Khorana: Why Google honours him today

Women's Rights

Emma Ihrer: Why Google honours her today

The birthday of Emma Ihrer, seen as principal founder of Germany's proletarian women's movement, observed with a doodle.

Arts & Culture

The Hollywood star 'at the front lines' of WW2

Described as 'a wild original', Dietrich was a high-profile entertainer during World War II.

Marlene Dietrich: Why Google honours her today