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  • Google - You're Fired!

    07/02/2012 12:29:06 PM PDT · by Noremac · 26 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | 7/2/2012 | Richard Cameron
    It is sometimes fascinating how certain purposeful intentions and actions can align themselves to the point of convergence. Case in point. I had come to the personal conclusion that Google has and is becoming much too large, too diffuse, too intrusive and much too much part of the problem of loss of privacy on the internet. As a consequence, I decided to move my internet research activities over to Yahoo. I have used Yahoo in the past – in fact Yahoo was the go to search engine back when I first started using the internet in around 1997. Yahoo, in...
  • Google bans gun sales on US shopping center

    07/01/2012 5:01:05 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 46 replies
    Google is banning the sale of weapons and ammunition within its shopping center, causing firearms owners to second guess their use of the search giant. The company announced on May 31 that it would be changing its product search policies for Google Shopping. “All of the items in your feed must be in compliance with Google Shopping policies,” the company said on the site’s support center. “In particular, all items have to be family safe.” ..... “Google now has a worse policy than ebay,” wrote The Firearm Blog, which posted the email on its blog Thursday. The eBay policy allows...
  • Hand's Free Porn

    06/30/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT · by Kenika · 35 replies
    Martinez Report ^ | 29 Jun 12 | Melvin Martinez
    How GOOGLE Glasses Could Revolutionize the Porn Industry Written by Melvin Martinez on June 29, 2012 The new ‘Google Glasses’ could be great for point-of-view porn, and Pink Visual thinks so as well. According to a spokesman: ‘Obviously, a device that allows you to shoot high quality video in a truly hands-free fashion will make shooting POV porn that much easier. ‘To really know their full potential, we’ll need to get a pair to play around with, but we’re already dreaming up ways to use the glasses to get shots (sex-related and otherwise) that just aren’t feasible using a traditional...
  • Google Confirms $199 Asus Nexus 7 Android Tablet

    06/27/2012 11:31:47 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 29 replies
    Toms Hardware ^ | 6/27/2012 | Jane McEntegart
    Google has officially unveiled its very first own-brand tablet. We've been hearing rumors about a Google/Asus tablet collaboration for several months now. Today, at Google I/O, the search giant confirmed its partnership with Asus and showed off the fruits of their combined labor: The Asus Nexus 7.
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Google: Obama Administration Increases Requests for Content Removal

    06/18/2012 9:36:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/18/12 | Thomson/Reuters
    U.S. authorities are leading the charge as governments around the world pepper Google (GOOG) with more demands to remove online content and turn over information about people using its Internet search engine, YouTube video site and other services. Google provided a glimpse at the onslaught of government requests in a summary posted on its website late Sunday. The breakdown covers the final six months of last year. It's the fifth time that Google has released a six-month snapshot of government requests since the company engaged in a high-profile battle over online censorship with China's communist leadership in 2010. The country-by-country...
  • Google Ignores Flag Day, while rival Microsoft celebrates (honors Pac-Man, Russia Day)

    06/14/2012 1:19:55 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 6-14-12 | Fox News
    June 14 is Flag Day, a national holiday celebrating the Stars and Stripes since 1949. But don’t ask Google about it. The search giant is known for its colorful, interactive logos for everything from the 78th birthday of the inventor of the Moog synthesizer to Earth Day to the anniversary of Pac-Man. But for Flag Day, the company was presenting visitors with nothing but its usual site, declining to play up the red and blue in its logo. Even Google users noticed the omission. "You create elaborate doodle's for random holidays like when the Ferris wheel was created, but Memorial...
  • Beware the spy in the sky.. snoopers, Google and Apple ..film you sunbathing in your back garden

    06/10/2012 8:33:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 June 2012 | Vanessa Allen
    Software giants will use military-grade cameras to take powerful satellite images Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple. The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide. But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London. Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood...
  • Vanity - How Do I Block Pictures of Obama On My Internet Browser?

    06/09/2012 8:10:34 PM PDT · by conservativeimage.com · 31 replies
    self ^ | 6/9/12 | redfox
    How come every image search i do on google has muBarack oFUBARak in it? Like an image search "it's gonna come to that" or it's coming around. Why does he get to be on my facebook page when I never invited him?
  • Obama’s data advantage [Drudge Headline: "Obama Watching You"]

    06/09/2012 8:12:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 95 replies
    politico ^ | 6/9/12 | Lois Romano
    On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election. The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the...
  • Google goes for Drive-Ins, not D-Day for today's logo.

    06/06/2012 8:14:37 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 14 replies
    American History ^ | June 6, 1944 | Dwight D. Eisenhower, SHAEF CIC
    IN MEMORY AND SALUTE TO OUR BRAVE GENERATION About 12 hours ago European time, 68 years ago as the invasion fleet was en route, this was broadcast: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over...
  • Google forgets D-Day, again.

    06/06/2012 2:17:30 AM PDT · by central_va · 16 replies
    WWW.Google.com ^ | June 6th, 2012 | Google
    Well its D-Day + 68 years. As of 5:15 A.M. on this historic day Google has chosen to commemorate the drive in movie theatre.
  • Safely Integrating Online Reputation Management, Social Media, SEO, PR

    05/31/2012 12:06:44 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | May 31, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Safely Integrating Online Reputation Management, Social Media, SEO, PR By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency New York --- May 31, 2012 ... The most powerful marketing tool today is something called online reputation management. Online reputation management is the PR of 2012. It represents controlling both negative and positive content in the most potent and expanding communications media channel - the Internet. As we are wired today from our offices, homes and all between using iPads and Smartphones, we are constantly pushing information out about our personal and commercial lives. Whether it be through social media platforms such as Facebook,...
  • Amtrak and self-driving cars aka "road trains" [vanity]

    05/31/2012 7:50:04 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 18 replies
    Two days ago I asked you all to answer my ignorant questions about Amtrak, which I misspelled as Amtrack. (Thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2889095/posts) First, thanks for the helpful responses. It was very informative. Today I made the 5 hr trip by car that I loathe. This same trip that would have cost me ~$300 and 16+ hrs round trip on Amtrak, according to the estimates on their website. By car, (assuming gas prices stay the same), it will be $100 and 10 hrs. Obviously, the car wins. But there's one thing missing from the comments on the other thread--something no one even...
  • Google Thinks You’re Stupid—and Works to Keep You in the Dark

    05/30/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 29, 2012 | Andrew Blum
    If every technological extension is also an amputation—as Marshall McLuhan said—then I wonder what part of me Google will cut off next. First there was the part that forgot to include attachments with emails. “Did you mean to attach files?” Gmail helpfully asked one day. “You wrote, ‘I’m attaching’ in your message, but there are no files attached.” Then there was the part that could quote Marshall McLuhan without Googling. Soon, perhaps, I’ll actually be looking for a recipe for “marshmallow fondant”—not the old master himself. We used to say that Google was making us stupid. But now the process...
  • Complaint (vanity)

    05/30/2012 7:38:10 AM PDT · by Baynative · 19 replies
    All me ^ | 5/30/2012 | baynative
    Did anyone notice Thatch Google that goes to great effort to change its logo to recognize different people or achievements had NO recognition of Memorial Day?
  • What was Larry Ellison thinking in Java Android lawsuit?

    05/23/2012 11:39:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Egan Orion | Egan Orion
    Column Oracle won't win this case against Google IT SEEMS that Oracle's lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android has fallen apart. Although the trial is still ongoing, and the judge has yet to hand down an important copyright ruling while the jury has yet to return its verdicts on patents and damages, if any - it's already apparent that Oracle is unlikely to win billions or even millions of dollars from Google, and it's possible that Oracle might lose entirely. This lawsuit is rather important, however, if only because it has raised the spectre that software...
  • Google Closes The $12.5 Billion Deal To Own Motorola

    05/22/2012 6:57:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22/2012 | Steve Kovach
    Google has officially acquired Motorola Mobility as of today. Sanjay Jha, Motorola's former CEO, has stepped down. He'll be replaced by Google's Dennis Woodside. Here's the official announcement from Larry Page, Google's CEO: ___________________________ The phones in our pockets have become supercomputers that are changing the way we live. It’s now possible to do things we used to think were magic, or only possible on Star Trek--like get directions right from where we are standing; watch a video on YouTube; or take a picture and share the moment instantly with friends. It’s why I’m excited to announce today that our...
  • Google Chrome world’s most popular browser

    05/22/2012 5:04:46 AM PDT · by rawhide · 25 replies
    ajc.com/business ^ | 5-21-12 | George Mathis
    The Internet king is dead, or at least has to share the crown. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the web browser leader since the Netscape coup (circa 1995), has been surpassed globally by Google’s Chrome browser, according to recent numbers from StatCounter.com. There’s a good write-up at PC Magazine. Chrome now make up about 33 percent of web traffic, a percentage point or two over IE. Firefox has about 24 percent of the market. It is quite a change from a year ago, when Google only had a 20 percent share, IE 45 percent. Since then, Chrome has been on a tear:...
  • Oracle v Google Judge Is A Programmer!

    05/16/2012 5:08:14 PM PDT · by DarthFuzball · 20 replies
    I-Programmer.info ^ | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 09:20 | Sue Gee
    One month into the Oracle v Google trial, Judge William Alsup has revealed that he has, and still does, write code. Will this affect the outcome? So far all that Oracle has managed to prove is that Google copied nine lines of Java code, that are incorporated into Android operating system and eight test files that are not part of the production code. And yesterday, in a hearing about "infringer profits" Judge Alsup challenged Oracle's lawyer David Boies for trying to pin so much on the rangeCheck infringement. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, Northern District of California (Image: Hillary Jones-Mixon/The...
  • Google Shuts Down Another Conservative Blog: KSM Trial Edition

    05/14/2012 5:39:59 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 May 2012 | Christian Browne
    This past Sunday morning, I took to my blog, The New York Conservative, to opine on the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (“KSM”) and his fellow terrorists. The full text of the post is available further below. The New York Conservative was a blog hosted by Google Blogger. I started the blog in February of this year and had posted 17 columns prior to the KSM entry, commenting on political matters and issues affecting the Catholic Church. I would post my entries on Facebook and occasionally would email a link to friends or other interested parties. I received no complaints...
  • Google, authors go head to head over digital books

    05/08/2012 8:31:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | | Thu May 3, 2012 2:55pm EDT | Grant McCool
    Google Inc, in a long-running legal dispute over its plans to create a digital library of books, argued in court on Thursday that associations of authors and photographers should not be allowed to sue the company as a group. Manhattan federal judge Denny Chin did not make an immediate decision, but noted during oral arguments that "it would take forever" to resolve cases brought by individual authors and it "seems to make sense" to consider the lawsuits as a group.The judge reserved decision on Google's motions to dismiss the lawsuits by the Authors Guild and the American Society of Media...
  • The muddled mess of the Oracle vs. Google trial

    05/08/2012 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Zdnet ^ | May 7, 2012, 3:46pm PDT | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: There were no winners in Oracle vs. Google. Only losers, including all programmers, and perhaps everyone else as well.Not counting the APIs, here's how much code Google was found to have copied from Java.On the surface, it may look like Oracle won the first round of its intellectual property (IP) lawsuit with Google. Look again. No one’s won anything and that includes Oracle.While we wait to see what the jury has to say about the two remaining patents, let’s take a closer look at what the jury decided. They said that Google’s Android mobile platform infringed on part of...
  • Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 billion in 2017 and Android to Dominate as OS

    05/07/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies
    Wireless Design and Development ^ | 5/3/2012 | anine E. Mooney
    Smartphones will outperform the overall market for mobile phones, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.9% for the period 2011–17 to reach 1.7 billion units, according to Ovum. Predictions show Android as the dominant operating system over the next five years as handset vendors rush to make it their primary smartphone platform. In its latest forecast*, the leading telecoms analyst house reveals global annual mobile phone shipments will grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2011 and 2017, driven primarily by demand from emerging markets where connection growth will continue to fuel handset shipments. New shipments in...
  • Engineers, lawmakers prepare for driverless cars

    05/06/2012 11:56:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | May 6, 2012 | Ana M. Valdes
    It may be years before you can take your hands off the wheel and have your car go where you tell it. But driverless cars are on their way and Florida is already embracing the vehicles, whose technology promises to save lives, create jobs and free minds from the grind of the road. Last month Florida became the second state to pass a bill allowing tests of self-driving cars. Lawmakers in places such as Florida and Nevada - the first state to legalize self-driving cars for testing - have realized that embracing the technology could be fruitful during tough economic...
  • Need help with reference search

    05/06/2012 12:09:36 PM PDT · by GunsAndBibles · 12 replies
    vanity | 5/6/2012 | gunsandbibles
    When I was reading F.A. Hayek "The Road to Serfdom," I remember being astonished that Hayek reported that in Britain during the 1930's, workers were consigned to their jobs by the British government, and failure to comply would result in prison time.I no longer have book and I would like to find sources to confirm this history.I did a search for "Socialist Britain" and found no mention of this.Any help would be appreciated
  • SPY GAMES: Google Drive terms of service 'let US authorities raid your cloud'

    04/29/2012 9:53:47 PM PDT · by brityank · 15 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 30 April, 2012 | Claire Connelly
    SPY GAMES: Google Drive terms of service 'let US authorities raid your cloud'By Claire Connelly, Technology Reporter | April 30, 2012 10:53AM Terms of service "destroy expectation of privacy" US authorities could view cloud files without warrant Australian law is "all but irrelevant" THE terms of service of Google's new cloud service "Drive" could allow US law enforcement agencies to access your data, without your knowledge and without the need for a warrant. Or so says the inventor of one of the first cloud computing services, TrendMicro cloud evangelist, David Asprey. Mr Asprey told news.com.au that the terms of...
  • "Without Government, Google and Facebook would not exist" - Obama

    04/21/2012 2:13:22 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 27 replies
    times247.com ^ | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama insisted ... that without government spending, “Google, Facebook would not exist.” (snip) “I believe in investing in basic research and science because I understand that all these extraordinary companies ... many of them would have never been there; Google, Facebook would not exist, had it not been for investments that we made as a country in basic science and research,” Obama said.
  • Google execs, director Cameron in space venture

    04/20/2012 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 20, 2012 | Gerry Shih
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and billionaire co-founder Larry Page have teamed up with "Avatar" director James Cameron and other investors to back an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture, details of which will be unveiled next week. The fledgling company, called Planetary Resources, will be unveiled at a Tuesday news conference at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, according to a press release issued this week. Aside from naming some of the company's high-profile backers, the press release disclosed tantalizingly few details, saying only that the company will combine the sectors of "space exploration...
  • Google Gets Transparent With Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project

    04/05/2012 10:40:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    allaboutjazz.com/ ^ | 2012-04-04
    Larry Page and Sergey Brin have long had the dream of a hands-free, mobile Google, where search was a seamless process as you moved around the world. As the years progressed the vision did, too, expanding beyond search to persistent connections with the people in your lives. In other words, Google’s view of the world now has the social side fully baked into it. Today, Google is revealing that it is taking concrete steps towards that vision with ProjectGlass, an augmented reality system that will give users the full range of activities performed with a smart phone — without the...
  • Why Google Will Abandon Android

    04/02/2012 10:00:13 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2 April 2012 | Charlie Kindel
    In short order, Google will launch its tablet. And in doing so it will start down the path of abandoning Android. As I explained in my article on how to think about Android fragmentation, fragmentation is not the end of android, but means Google has lost control of Android. Google has lost control of both the Android platform and the Android brand. Google is desperate to compete in the phone and tablet spaces (not to mention social networking). Android is a perfectly suitable technical platform to build on, but as a brand it is atrocious.
  • Google's new car allows blind to get behind wheel

    04/02/2012 7:38:10 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    PakTribune ^ | March 30, 2012
    Web giant Google has already changed the way we search the internet, watch video and navigate. But the firm's latest breakthrough could be its biggest innovation yet, reports the Daily Mail. The company promises that its self-driving car will enable blind people to drive, as the vehicle takes over nearly all the functions of the car currently controlled by humans. The project has been several years in the making, and was officially unveiled in October 2010. But recently it has taken a further step forward, after putting blind people in the driving seat and inviting them to test the technology...
  • Google's April Fools Joke is "Google Antonymous Driving in NASCAR"?

    03/31/2012 11:26:53 PM PDT · by Drago · 6 replies
    Google ^ | 04-01-2012 | Google
    If you go to Google.com right now, you see a "Driving change: get up to speed on our winning new partnership" link under the Google search box...if you click it you go here: http://www.google.com/racing/ April Fools I would guess!!
  • Google's hilarious April Fools' Maps launch

    03/31/2012 12:43:58 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 12 replies
    C|Net News web page ^ | March 31, 2012 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Google is funny. I have wanted to write that sentence for so long in a context where funny meant "intentionally humorous." So here is an April Fools' work of art from the company that, to many minds, just might deserve righteous laughter. For here, purportedly, is the launch of Google Maps 8-bit for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Windows Live calendar sync with Google calendar

    03/30/2012 9:45:13 AM PDT · by bcsco · 10 replies
    Vanity | 3/30/2012 | bcsco
    Has anyone successfully synced Windows Live calendar with Google calendar? I have a tried various methods that come up in a Google search, but none work. Ultimately,I want my Windows Live calendar to sync with my Android (google) tablet. But the only apps I can find for Android (Hotmail + Seven) and Remo Sync have their own problems. Hotmail installs on Andriod and links to my Windows Live calendar (as well as Google). And my Windows Live calendar then displays on my Android. But, if I turn off my Android and reboot at a later time, the sync is gone....
  • Google withholding more data from marketers

    03/29/2012 12:30:31 PM PDT · by ensignsj · 6 replies
    DAC Group ^ | 3/29/2012 | Scott Ensign
    It’s been just over five months since Google announced that it would withhold referrer data for signed-in users who click on organic search results. The result of that decision is that marketers who look at analytics (Google Analytics or otherwise) won’t be able to see what keywords were searched to generate a certain percentage of organic search traffic. At the time, Google’s Matt Cutts declared pretty emphatically that this would impact only a single digit percentage of organic traffic. That assertion was called into question right away, and there have been all kinds of anecdotal reports that show the percentage...
  • The Case Against Google

    03/22/2012 4:43:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    gizmodo ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | Mat Honan
    For the last two months, you've seen some version of the same story all over the Internet: Delete your search history before Google's new privacy settings take effect. A straightforward piece outlining a rudimentary technique, but also evidence that the search titan has a serious trust problem on its hands. ... It's not surprising that the tracking debate had people up in arms. A Pew Internet study, conducted just before Google combined its privacy policies (and after it rolled out personalized search results in Search Plus Your World) found that three quarters of people don't want their search results tracked,...
  • Oakland-based BrightSource Energy seeks to raise up to $182.5 million in IPO

    03/21/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/21/12 | Dana Hull
    Solar thermal technology startup BrightSource Energy hopes to raise $182.5 million in a long-awaited initial public stock offering, according to an amended S-1 filed with the SEC Wednesday. The Oakland-based company plans to issue 6.9 million shares, .. at a price between $21 to $23 per share. .. BrightSource uses mirrors to concentrate the sun and turn turbines that generate electricity. It's most advanced project is the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System currently under construction on federal land in California's Mojave Desert. When completed next year, Ivanpah will be the largest solar thermal power plant in the world, generating...
  • Darpa director leaving the Pentagon for Google

    03/14/2012 5:43:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 12, 2012 | RT
    One of the most top-secret Pentagon departments —the same that spawned America’s drones, military robots, electromagnetic guns and other sci-fi weaponry —is about to lose its top officer to Google. Regina Dugan oversaw the development of some of the US military’s most marvelous high tech accomplishments as director of Darpa, but the head of the DoD’s research lab is parting ways with the Pentagon to take on a role with Google. Not even three years after she took on the role as the first female director of the America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, Regina Dugan is now...
  • Google International Woman's Day Doodle

    03/08/2012 10:42:21 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-8-2012 | MOTUS
    Today is International Women’s Day (IWD)! That would be great news except I remember back in the day when women got a whole year, not just one stinkin’ day... ...So, I know you’re wondering about today’s Google Doodle tribute to International Woman’s Day, aren’t you? Me too. Here’s Melanie Jone’s interpretation: International Women’s Day 2012 Google Doodle: 5 Things To Know About Google Tribute. She writes for the INTERNATIONAL Business Times, so you know she’s an International woman. If you understand it, would you tweet me?
  • Google Ancient Places digs into the past

    03/02/2012 5:00:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | University of Southampton
    An exciting new project exploring how people in the past viewed the geography of the ancient world, has been backed by $50,000 grant from Google, Inc. via its Digital Humanities Awards Program. Google Ancient Places (GAP) is developing a Web application which allows users to choose a classical text or book (from between 500BC - 500AD) and then search for references to ancient places within it, presenting the results in a user-friendly interface.
  • A public notice about your private history (Or Google will do bad things to you).

    02/27/2012 6:55:39 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 57 replies · 3+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2/27/12 | Kathleen McCaffrey
    I don’t worry that some of my information can be easily accessed on the web. I think I’m typical of most people in my generation who have grown accustomed to taking privacy into their own hands. My rule of thumb is this: if it’s a free service on the internet, you’re probably the product. In many instances, that’s not a terrible trade off. Facebook, for example, uses my information to target ads to my profile, but I can think of worse violations of my privacy in exchange for an easy platform to share information with my friends. Google is revising...
  • VANITY - Getting rid of Evil Google

    02/26/2012 10:45:30 AM PST · by lowtaxsmallgov · 44 replies · 2+ views
    02/26/2012 | Self
    Ridding my life of Google. Does anyone have suggestions for search engines that combine... - neutral or conservative oriented results - doesn't track personal info, either on a personal or aggragated level - performance - fast, relevant, current, etc - monetization (banner ads, etc) directed towards conservative owners, conservative causes, conservative politicos, etc etc etc
  • Hedging its bets, Google picks Romney backer [Molinari] as new top Washington lobbyist

    02/26/2012 4:19:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill - Hillicon Valley tech report ^ | February 26, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    By hiring former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.), a supporter of Mitt Romney, to head its lobbying team, Google is hedging its bets on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. The Internet giant already has close connections with the Obama administration. Company Chairman Eric Schmidt advised Obama during his 2008 campaign and is a frequent guest at the White House. Google employees are the third biggest contributors to Obama's re-election campaign, according to campaign finance data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. But with so much at stake in legislation and policy, Google wants to be on good terms...
  • Egypt presses ahead with NGO trial of Americans

    02/25/2012 3:11:53 PM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    The trial of 16 Americans and 27 others opens Sunday at a Cairo courthouse in what critics say is a politically charged case linked to a government crackdown on nonprofit groups that has touched off the deepest crisis in U.S.-Egyptian relations in decades.
  • 36 state AGs blast Google's privacy policy change

    Attorneys General from 36 states are concerned over the potential implications of Google's new privacy policy, especially for government users and owners of Android-powered smartphones. In a sharply-worded letter to Google CEO Larry Page, the officials questioned Google's commitment to consumer privacy and said the changes would force Internet users to share their data without giving them a proper ability to opt out. The letter is the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, expression of concern stemming from Google's announcement that it would create a single privacy policy for all its online products. Under the new policy, scheduled to go into...
  • How to delete your Google browsing history in three simple steps . . .

    02/23/2012 2:49:35 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2012 | Julian Gavaghan
    There is just a week to go until Google controversially changes its privacy policy to allow it to gather, store and use personal information about its users. But there is one way to stymie the web giant's attempts to build a permanent profile of you that could include personal information including age, gender, locality and even sexuality. From March 1, you won't be able to opt out of the new policy, which has been criticised by privacy campaigners who have filed a complaint to U.S. regulators. But before that date you can delete your browsing history and, which will limit...
  • How to delete your Google browsing history in three simple steps

    02/23/2012 2:35:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/12 | Julian Gavaghan
    There is just a week to go until Google controversially changes its privacy policy to allow it to gather, store and use personal information about its users. But there is one way to stymie the web giant's attempts to build a permanent profile of you that could include personal information including age, gender, locality and even sexuality. From March 1, you won't be able to opt out of the new policy, which has been criticised by privacy campaigners who have filed a complaint to U.S. regulators. But before that date you can delete your browsing history and,
  • Internet is a powerful catalyst for jihad: Dutch security service

    02/16/2012 12:31:58 AM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies
    DUTCH NEWS.nl ^ | February 14, 2012 | n/a
    The internet has become a powerful catalyst for international violent jihad, according to a new report from the Dutch security service AIVD.
  • Scroogle unplugged for good this time.

    02/21/2012 10:51:13 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 21st February 2012 | Kelly Fiveash
    Scroogle - a not-for-profit search engine that offered users something of a pro-privacy antidote to Google - has been killed... Daniel Brandt (its creator), called it quits after his servers were repeatedly targeted by DDoS attacks on Scroogle. (NOT) Google to once again attempt to banish the site from the interwebs, but.... a number of DDoS attacks that hit Scroogle, rendering the site utterly useless. “Scroogle.org is gone forever,” Brandt told BetaBeat. “Even if all my DDoS problems had never started in December, Scroogle was already getting squeezed from Google’s throttling, (DATE SORT) and was already dying. It might have...