This week saw Google defending the tax deal it came to with HMRC, banning Flash form its adverting network, and outlining the potential future for its driverless cars.
V3 put Google’s Nexus 6P smartphone up against Apple’s iPhone 6S, meanwhile, to see which one is worth your money.
Google defends £130m tax deal and criticises complex HMRC processes
Google defended its UK tax activities, claiming that the £130m deal with the government is the right amount to pay, and criticised Whitehall for its complex tax systems.
The company’s UK and finance executives blamed HMRC for the six years it took to come up with a tax bill for Google’s activities in the UK.
Google to ban Flash ads from its network
Google banned the use of Adobe Flash content on its AdWords and DoubleClick networks, which account for the bulk of the world's internet advertising.
"To enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100 percent HTML5," the firm said.
Google's self-driving cars could soon arrive in London
Google’s autonomous cars could soon zip along the streets of London, if Google decides to bring its driverless cars to the UK.
"We met Google a few weeks ago to see whether it would do trials here. It is still very early days, but we would be keen for trials to happen in London whenever Google is ready to move them into other countries,” said Isabel Dedring, London's deputy mayor for transport.
iPhone 6S vs Nexus 6P review
Google’s Nexus 6P smartphone went head-to-head with the Apple’s iPhone 6S. We decided that both are excellent, but compared the two to see which is suitable for you.
Google's self-driving car AI will be considered a driver under US law
Google's driverless car systems could be considered as drivers under US federal law if a letter sent to the firm's self-driving car director is to be believed.
"NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the [self-driving system] and not to any of the vehicle occupants,” NHTSA chief counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh said in a letter to Google’s Chris Urmson.
New light-guiding nanoscale device can control and monitor a nanoparticle trapped in a laser beam with high sensitivity
Optical traps are scientific instruments in which a focused laser beam is used to exert an attractive or repulsive force on a microscopic object to hold it in place
Scientists estimate that the exoplanet has already lost up to 35 per cent of its mass over its lifetime
The observations were made using the Atacama Array in the Chilean desert
J1043+2408 was observed for more than 10 years, and its radio light curve exhibited a periodic signal repeating in about 563 days