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  • Germany Finds Kismet, Custom Code In Google Car
    By on June 4, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments


    theodp writes “While waiting for a hard disk of Wi-Fi data that Google says its Street View cars gathered by mistake, the Hamburg Information Commissioner’s office performed tests on a Google Street View car in a controlled environment with simulated wireless networks and issued the following statement: ‘For the Wi-Fi coverage in the Street View cars, both the free software Kismet, and a Google-specific program were used. The Google-specific program (more…)

  • A Matter of Trust: 10 Places Google Collects User Data From
    By on May 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Google has been collecting detailed user data since day one. Why? Essentially, as market research, which is then used to enhance their services. While the improvements that come as a result of Google’s data collection may benefit us all, it does come at a cost.

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  • Google PAC-MAN Cost 4.8M Person-Hours
    By on May 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The folks at Rescue-Time, who make software that helps you (and companies) figure out how you spend your online time, did a modest calculation based on their user base and concluded that Google’s playable PAC-MAN doodle cost the world over 4.8 million person-hours of productivity last Friday. “Google PAC-MAN consumed 4,819,352 hours of time (beyond the 33.6M daily man hours of attention that Google Search gets in a given day). $120,483,800 is the (more…)

  • Party over for Beijing’s Google set
    By on May 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    While all eyes of the tech world were on Google’s annual developer’s conference in San Francisco last week, a recent gathering of the intelligentsia in the world’s largest Internet market went unnoticed.

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  • Google Resolves Gmail Name Dispute In UK
    By on May 8, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    united_notions writes “Slashdot has previously reported the legal challenges over the Gmail brand in Europe. Now, the BBC reports that UK users can finally register @gmail.com addresses — and existing @googlemail.com users can switch to @gmail.com too. Google has put up a page describing the change.”

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  • HTC Legend vs HTC Desire vs Google Nexus One
    By on March 31, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The days when the T-Mobile G1 was the big cheese in the Android world are happily gone. Now, the Android OS is being used to create some truly industry leading handsets and HTC is behind some of the best.

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  • Chinese ad partners beg Google for information
    By on March 17, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Twenty-seven advertising partners in China also ask Google how they will be compensated if the company goes ahead with a threatened withdrawal.

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  • Google Makes Apps Script Available To All
    By on March 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “Formerly only available to Apps Users, Google has made Apps Script available to everyone (sample script), including you Google Docs low-lifers. Apps Script lets you automate actions across spreadsheets, sites, calendars, and other Google services. No spamming, kids!”

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  • Google, Yahoo and Others Fight the Aussie Filter
    By on February 15, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    TheFrunj writes “In the wake of an attack on Australian Government websites comes a statement from a joint group of companies banding together to oppose Senator Conroy’s infamous Internet Filter. AtomicMPC has posted the statement up on their site: ‘We, the Australian Library and Information Association, Google, Inspire Foundation and Yahoo! agree that Australia needs to take effective action to ensure that internet users, and particularly children, (more…)

  • Google Tweaks Buzz To Tackle Privacy Concerns
    By on February 12, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    CWmike writes “Just two days after launching its Buzz social networking tools, Google said Thursday night that it had tweaked the technology to address early privacy concerns. Google said in a blog post that the quick updates makes it easier for users to block access to their pages and eases the path to finding two privacy features. ‘We’ve had plenty of feature requests, and some direct feedback,’ wrote Todd Jackson, a product manager for Gmail and (more…)