Stories by Sharon Gaudin

Microsoft and Yahoo shake up their search deal

Nearly six years after Microsoft and Yahoo inked a search partnership, the companies are extending their agreement while changing it up a bit, as well.

With EU challenging Google, this time 'stakes are high'

With the European Commission leveling antitrust charges against Google, the company should be bracing itself for a big and potentially costly fight over its dominant search business.

Google patent envisions Cloud control of an army of robots

Google received a US patent this week for technology that would enable it to use the Cloud to control an army of robots.

AWS offers machine-learning service to make sense of Big Data

Enterprises will soon be able to do the kind of Big Data analysis that enables Amazon to recommend books, video games and toasters to its customers.

How to prep, in 7 steps, for Google's mobile search change

With Google about to make a change that will affect how websites are ranked in its mobile search results, now is the time for companies to make sure their websites don't sink to the bottom of the pile.

Here's what Google's mobile search change means to you

In about two weeks, Google plans to make a major change to the algorithm for its mobile search, giving mobile-friendly websites a higher position in search rankings.

NASA code-a-thon uses IBM Cloud to build space tech

NASA this weekend is pulling together more than 10,000 developers, scientists, students and entrepreneurs across 62 countries for a code-a-thon aimed at building technology for space exploration.

Robotics can now give you a leg up -- literally

It sounds easy enough for the average healthy person, but could it be made easier for people who have to do a lot of it - like nurses, soldiers, police officers or postal workers?

Want to secure your social info? Facebook shows you how

Facebook today launched 11 interactive guides and how-tos to help users secure their social information.

Is your robot a little cheeky? Google may build it that way

Google is working toward the day when robots have individual personalities, according to the company's U.S. patent application.

5 ways to use virtual reality in the enterprise

With Facebook executives focusing so much of their annual F8 developers conference on virtual reality, people are wondering how the technology will affect gaming and social networking.

Facebook wants to blur lines between reality and virtual reality

Facebook doesn't want to simply build a virtual reality game where users put on a headset and pretend they're flying a jet or commanding a tank.

At F8 today, virtual reality may be next phase of social networking

Whether it's two, five or 10 years from now, virtual reality technology may change the way people play and communicate on social networks.

NASA's Curiosity finds new ingredient of life on Mars

After already finding evidence of water on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered another key element necessary for life on the Red Planet.

Facebook releases social time capsule with On This Day

Want to know what you were excited about, what was making you sad or what your friends were doing a year or five years ago today?