Stories by Sharon Gaudin

Google updates Hangouts with guest access

Google just made it easier to have a business meeting, or any kind of meeting, via Google Hangouts. The company announced that people no longer need to have a Google account to use Hangouts. They just need to be invited to one.

Poof! Facebook tests Snapchat-like disappearing messages

Facebook is now running a small test of a Snapchat-like feature, enabling users to send messages that will automatically disappear.

Calif. cop pulls over Google autonomous car -- for driving too slowly

A Google self-driving car had a run-in with the law this week when it was pulled over in California for driving too slowly and blocking traffic.

Google's About Me page helps users control personal info

The About Me page, tailored for each user and editable, contains information including work history, contact information, educational background and places the user has lived, along with gender and birthday.

Facebook’s new Notify app aims to push news to you

Facebook today unveiled Notify, a standalone app designed to push news directly to users' smartphone lock screens.

No connectivity? No problem for Google Maps

Ever tried to use Google Maps in an area with spotty – or even no – Internet access? That may no longer be an issue.

Hello, Facebook! Obama gets his social media on

Hello, Facebook! That's part of the message that President Obama posted on his first Facebook page.

U.S. readies for space storms that could crash critical networks

The U.S. is making preparations to protect communications and transportation systems from potentially dangerous space weather events.

Facebook reportedly ready to launch Notify app

Facebook reportedly is getting ready to launch Notify, a new app designed to bring users the latest news.

With A.I. advances, Facebook tests M, your newest assistant

Striving to keep up with the increasing demands of delivering users' News Feeds, Facebook is pressing hard to advance artificial intelligence.

Google to autonomous cars: Brake for kids!

Google engineers asked employees and their children, who were on site to trick-or-treat for Halloween, to walk around some parked driverless cars so the autos’ sensors could work on detecting children.

Facebook aims for slow-download empathy with 2G Tuesdays

Facebook wants its employees to understand the pain of a slow, really slow, connection. On Tuesdays, Facebook employees can opt in to use a slower mobile Internet connection to give them a better understanding of users in developing countries saddled with slow network speeds.

Clock is ticking for Dorsey as Twitter's earnings fail to impress

Twitter's earnings call on Tuesday didn't go quite as investors might have hoped. That can't be good news for Jack Dorsey, who recently took over – again -- as the struggling social media company's CEO.

Twitter apologizes to, tries to woo back, developers

Twitter's new CEO took to the stage at the company's developer conference today and basically asked programmers for forgiveness.

When storms hit, the Weather Company needs the cloud

When major storms hit, the team at the Weather Channel wants to focus on the science behind the weather and getting information out to the people who need it most. That's why the Weather Company has gone all-in with the cloud.