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  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection
    By on June 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The U.S. Supreme Court declined to throw out a class-action lawsuit against Google for sniffing Wi-Fi networks with its Street View cars. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks. Several class-action lawsuits were filed against Google shortly after the company acknowledged that its Street View cars were accessing (more…)

  • Former Google Lawyer Michelle Lee To Run US Patent Office
    By on December 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter Tigger’s Pet writes “The BBC report that ‘Google’s former top patent lawyer has been put in charge of America’s patent and trademark office (USPTO). Michelle Lee was made deputy director of the USPTO this week and will run the agency while it seeks a new boss. Ms Lee joined the patent office after leaving Google in June 2012 but said the opinions of her former employer would not guide her work.’ Maybe she will use her (more…)

  • Don’t Panic, But We’ve Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)
    By on June 16, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    waderoush writes “Over the last decade, just three companies — Google, Apple, and Facebook — have generated most of the new ideas and most of the business momentum in the world of computing. (Add in Amazon, if you’re feeling generous.) But it’s been a long time since any of these companies introduced anything indisputably new — and there are good reasons to think they never will again. This Xconomy essay argues that the innovation (more…)

  • Google’s BigQuery Vs. Hadoop: a Matchup
    By on April 16, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Nerval’s Lobster writes “Ready to ‘Analyze terabytes of data with just a click of a button?’ That’s the claim Google makes with its BigQuery platform. But is BigQuery really an analytics superstar? It was unveiled in Beta back in 2010, but recently gained some improvements such as the ability to do large joins. In the following piece, Jeff Cogswell compares BigQuery to some other analytics and OLAP tools, and hopefully that’ll give some additional (more…)

  • Google Delays Nexus Q Launch, Pre-Orders Get It Free
    By on July 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    MBCook writes “After a mixed reaction from the press, Google will be delaying the launch of the Nexus Q. People who pre-ordered will receive the current version of the device for free. ‘When we announced Nexus Q at Google I/O, we gave away devices to attendees for an early preview. The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it (more…)

  • 5 reasons Google+ is here to stay
    By on July 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A few weeks in, the honeymoon period is over for Google+ and it seems like some people are already losing interest. Yes, the backlash has already begun. But is Google+ going to fail? In a word: No+.


  • Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications
    By on July 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    dkd903 writes “Yesterday, many users of Google+ noticed Google spamming their inbox with multiple email notifications in very quick succession. Earlier today, Vic Gundotra, Head of Social at Google, explained what was causing it – Google ran out of disk space on the server that keeps track of notifications.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Google Agrees To Biennial Privacy Reviews
    By on March 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Blacklaw writes “Google has publicly apologised for the mistakes it made during the launch of its Twitter-like social networking tool Buzz, and claims that it’s learned its lesson — and will be undergoing independent privacy reviews to keep it on the straight and narrow.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Google Give Searchers ‘Instant Previews’ of Result Pages
    By on November 9, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    First pressing ‘Enter’ was to much work… now actually clicking on the links and visiting the sites is to much too… Google is now testing instant previews where you can see a miniature rendered view of the landing page without requiring you to click through and back-arrow.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Google Chrome Frame brings HTML5 to old versions of IE
    By on September 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Google Chrome Frame literally puts Google Chrome and its standards-supporting HTML5 features inside Internet Explorer…so long as you have admin privileges.