Google Apparently Wants To Get Sued Again, Now Including Gmail Content In Search Results

Google Apparently Wants To Get Sued Again, Now Including Gmail Content In Search Results

Because Google didn’t learn anything from the Google Buzz privacy debacle, the company has now decided to begin testing the integration of users’ Gmail content into general search results. [More]

It Took Half An Hour For Hackers To Totally Shred Tech Journalist's Digital Life

It Took Half An Hour For Hackers To Totally Shred Tech Journalist's Digital Life

Hackers wanted access to technology journalist Mat Honan’s Twitter account. It doesn’t just have 16,000 or so followers, but was tied to Gizmodo’s account, allowing for exponentially more mischief and, above all, lulz. So how did they get access to his account and destroy most of his digital life in the process? Knowledge of how different companies confirm customer identities and how their password retrieval systems work are all that a determined person needs to get into your life and mess everything up. The weakest links in this rather insecure chain? Apple and Amazon. [More]

Verizon Must Pay FCC $1.25 Million Fine, Let Android Users Tether For Free

Verizon Must Pay FCC $1.25 Million Fine, Let Android Users Tether For Free

Good news for people who enjoy tethering their smartphones, but dislike having to pay their phone company extra for the privilege. Well, as long as those people are customers of Verizon. Who have Android devices. And aren’t grandfathered onto an unlimited data plan. Yesterday, the Federal Communication Commission announced that Verizon Wireless has to allow customers access to third-party tethering applications. Verizon insists that they totally never told Google to withhold tethering apps from their customers in the Android Market/Google Play. But they’re “voluntarily” paying a $1.25 million fine as a result of the investigation, and have agreed to train all employees on why they can’t block users from downloading any (legal) apps. [More]

Google Introduces The World To The Nexus 7 Tablet

Google Introduces The World To The Nexus 7 Tablet

Proud parent Google has finally unveiled what we all knew was coming — its very own tablet to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet will sell for $199 and will run on Android software dubbed Jelly Bean. Cute. [More]

Google Reveals What Kinds Of Stuff Governments Asked It To Remove Last Year

Google Reveals What Kinds Of Stuff Governments Asked It To Remove Last Year

Google might have complied with some governments’ requests to remove content, but the subject matter of those censored pieces has been revealed in the company’s latest transparency report. Also included in the report were demands from countries to turn over information about Google users. [More]

Google Product Search Results Will Now Depend On How Much Retailers & Advertisers Pay

Google Product Search Results Will Now Depend On How Much Retailers & Advertisers Pay

Big changes are coming to Google’s shopping business soon, the company announced yesterday, starting with a renaming of Google Product Search to Google Shopping. And unlike now, with a free program where product results appear based on relevance, starting in the fall, results will be influenced by how much retailers and advertisers are paying. [More]

Google Update Begins Transition From Search Engine To 'Knowledge Engine'

Google Update Begins Transition From Search Engine To 'Knowledge Engine'

Over the last few years, several updates to Google have improved the quality of its search results, and features like page preview have helped cut down on unnecessary clicking. But today the Internet biggie announced the roll-out of what it calls the Knowledge Graph, which supplements search results with information and links that you might also be interested in based on your search. [More]

Google's Self-Driving Cars Get License To Cruise Nevada's Highways And Byways

Google's Self-Driving Cars Get License To Cruise Nevada's Highways And Byways

It’s not just about heading to Taco Bell anymore — Google has been granted a license in the state of Nevada to test its driverless cars on public streets and highways. Back in March, Google got permission from local police in Santa Clara, Calif. to let a blind man sit behind the wheel of the self-driving car to test it out. [More]

FCC Report Says Google Knew It Was Collecting Data With Street View Cars

FCC Report Says Google Knew It Was Collecting Data With Street View Cars

Google is all about showing the report the Federal Communications Commission wrote up detailing its probe into the company’s Street View cars collecting data from Wi-Fi networks. Which is great, but it seems its claim that it had no clue info was being gathered is kind of suspect. [More]

Google Play Store Is Now Selling Devices Directly To Customers

Google Play Store Is Now Selling Devices Directly To Customers

It’s not just about books, apps and audio now — the Google Play store unveiled its “Devices” section today, where it’s selling the unlocked GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This new section of the store will offer hardware directly to customers, something the company tried to do before with “eh” results. [More]

Science Figures Out How To Identify Groups Of Fake Online Reviewers

Science Figures Out How To Identify Groups Of Fake Online Reviewers

Anyone who has sifted through anonymous “user” reviews of products is likely aware that there’s a good chance some of those comments were posted by shills trying to game the system to make the product look much better or worse than it is. While there are already a number of common-sense ways to suss out a bogus review, science has found a way to identify entire groups of review spammers. [More]

Brief Gmail Outage Shows Us All How Dependent We Are On One Company

Brief Gmail Outage Shows Us All How Dependent We Are On One Company

Some time around noon ET today (some say it was earlier; Google says it was later), many Gmail users were unable to access their accounts and instead received a message reading “Temporary Error (500).” As to be expected, the world came perilously close to being engulfed in rioting, looting and other fun stuff. [More]

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Privacy Watchdogs To Government: Probe Google A Little Harder

Now that the Federal Communications Commission has said Google didn’t do anything wrong while accidentally collecting data with its Street View cars (besides impeding the investigation), privacy watchdogs are pressing for further probes into the company. [More]

FCC Fines Google, Says It Was Deliberately Impeding Street View Investigation

FCC Fines Google, Says It Was Deliberately Impeding Street View Investigation

The Federal Communications Commission is going after Google, even though they’ve officially cleared the company of charges that it had collected WiFi data illegally with its Street View Cars. While they didn’t do that on purpose, the FCC says Google was deliberately obstructing the investigation into those charges. [More]

Google's Photos Of New Glasses Prove They Really Are Fans Of LeVar Burton

Google's Photos Of New Glasses Prove They Really Are Fans Of LeVar Burton

We just knew Google was aiming for a Geordi La Forge eyewear revolution when rumors first started flying about their new hi-tech glasses, and now there are pictures to prove it. Fans of LeVar Burton’s character from Star Trek: Next Generation will now be much closer to realizing their dreams with the ocular gadgetry. [More]

A Million People Download Instagram For Android & Annoy All Their iPhone Friends

A Million People Download Instagram For Android & Annoy All Their iPhone Friends

Just the other day, you might’ve been enviously watching your roommate flip through his Instagram pictures on his iPhone, shooting your Android sullen glances for its Instagram deficiency. But then, then there was yesterday –¬†when one million downloads of Instagram for Android went flying through space and into eager hands. [More]

Google's Helpful Self-Driving Car Brings Blind Passenger To Taco Bell

Google's Helpful Self-Driving Car Brings Blind Passenger To Taco Bell

If Google is handing out cars to take people to get chalupas, sign us up. While testing the company’s new self-driving vehicle, Google had the Toyota Prius navigate city streets to take its blind “driver” to Taco Bell, as seen in a video of the test. [More]

Google's New Privacy Policy Leads To At Least Four Class-Action Lawsuits

Google's New Privacy Policy Leads To At Least Four Class-Action Lawsuits

Google’s new privacy policies, which allow the company to combine user data across all its various products (Google, Gmail, YouTube, Google+), have only been in effect for a few weeks, but they have already resulted in at least four class-action suits from consumers. [More]