Google has increased spending in recent years on areas including cloud computing and consumer electronics that it views as essential to maintaining its industry leadership.
Google researchers expect that quantum computers within a few years will fuel advancements in fields such as artificial intelligence, materials science, and chemistry.
Leaders of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee investigating potential antitrust laws said they had begun receiving data from big tech firms.
Facebook can be ordered to police and remove illegal content worldwide, Europe’s top court said on Thursday, in a landmark ruling that rights activists say raises concerns some countries could use it to silence critics.
London-based charity Privacy International called Google “especially deficient” in disclosure of information about targeting, which enables advertisers to deliver tailored messages to different groups of users.