Microsoft Ad Attacks Google For Only Caring About Money

Once upon a time, a lot of people viewed Microsoft as the epitome of corporate omnipresence, as many of us wrote our 11-part fantasy series in Word, checked our Hotmail accounts while surfing the web on Internet Explorer, probably on a computer running Windows. But now we have Google Docs, Gmail, and Chrome, and Microsoft is taking out full-page ads warning consumers of how this other company is the one to be reviled. [More]

FTC Commissioner Puts Verbal Smackdown On Facebook & Google Over Privacy

FTC Commissioner Puts Verbal Smackdown On Facebook & Google Over Privacy

Aww, snap! Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill doesn’t care that her speech opening a forum on Data Privacy Day was being streamed on Facebook and likely Googled by many — she still put the verbal smackdown on those two companies for their problems protecting user privacy. [More]

If Google's New Privacy Rules Have You Ready To Flee, Here's How To Close Your Account

If Google's New Privacy Rules Have You Ready To Flee, Here's How To Close Your Account

Feeling like you don’t so much want Google to be able to use your information across products, as they announced yesterday with their new terms of service? For those who have just had enough and want to quit, there are a few steps you’ll need to take to cancel your Google account once and for all. [More]

Google Reaching Its Grabby Arms Out To Combine More Of Your Personal information

Google Reaching Its Grabby Arms Out To Combine More Of Your Personal information

Google wants to change things up a bit and grant itself the right to combine your personal information across its products. So how is it planning on doing that? By simply rewriting its privacy policy to let you know about it first, which they figure you’ll agree to if you want to keep using Google stuff. [More]

Google's Matt Cutts On Why SOPA Is Bad For Everyone

Google's Matt Cutts On Why SOPA Is Bad For Everyone

As the Stop Internet Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act have inched their way into the headlines, a number of people — even some who make their living on this here Internet — have shrugged and said things like, “I don’t download any pirated movies, so why should this bother me?” So we spoke to Matt Cutts, Principal Engineer at Google, who gave his feelings on why we should all be concerned. [More]

Google Breaks Down SOPA Opposition By The Numbers

Google Breaks Down SOPA Opposition By The Numbers

As you probably already know, a number of websites have gone silent today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act currently being considered by Congress and the Senate’s similarly controversial Protect IP Act. And while Google, which has previously voiced its opposition to both pieces of legislation, didn’t shut down for the day, it is making its feelings known to the public. [More]

How To Banish Google's Personalized Gimmickry From Your Search Results

How To Banish Google's Personalized Gimmickry From Your Search Results

If you’re not a fan of Google’s new personal search results and would rather return to the old Googling you’re used to, you can do so with a few simple steps. [More]

Bing Beats Out Yahoo To Claim Distant No. 2 Search Engine Spot Behind Google

Bing Beats Out Yahoo To Claim Distant No. 2 Search Engine Spot Behind Google

When you’re trudging up a mountain with not even a glimpse of the summit, and all you know is that you’re really, really far behind the guy in the lead, it might be nice to know that hey, at least you’re in second. Bing can claim that status now in the search engine world, as it has surpassed Yahoo to sit a distant second to Google. [More]

Google Calls Its Social Search Effort "Your World" But Only Includes Its Own Products

Google Calls Its Social Search Effort "Your World" But Only Includes Its Own Products

Google wants to connect you to your online social world — well, at least it wants to connect you to the social products it pushes, Picasa Web and Google+. Their new joint venture between the Google search engine and those two social media sites will start rolling out tonight. [More]

Google Knocks Chrome In Its Search Rankings After Sponsored Blog Post Controversy

Google Knocks Chrome In Its Search Rankings After Sponsored Blog Post Controversy

Google is slapping itself on its own metaphorical wrist after a bit of controversy over sponsored Chrome ads on various blogs boosted the site’s Google PageRank. The company announced they’ll lower the offending page’s rank for two months at the least. [More]

MySpace's Tom Advises Google+ On How Not To Become A Cesspool

MySpace's Tom Advises Google+ On How Not To Become A Cesspool

Remember that guy who started the first successful social network, only to see it fall by the wayside, weighed down by flashing gifs and pornbots? MySpace founder Tom Anderson is back in the news, doling out advice to Google+ on how not to become a cesspool like his site did. [More]

Apple Wins Small Victory In Patent Battle Against Android Smartphones

Apple Wins Small Victory In Patent Battle Against Android Smartphones

There are so many patent battles going on around the globe between Apple and various smartphone companies, it can be hard to keep track of all the suits and countersuits. In one small but important battle decided recently, Apple has come out on top of HTC, in a ruling that could also affect the way Google’s Android operating system works. [More]

Microsoft Wants To Soothe 5 Traumatized Android Users With Free Windows Phones

Microsoft Wants To Soothe 5 Traumatized Android Users With Free Windows Phones

Do reports of malware on your Android phone have you in a cold sweat? Are dreams of scary phone viruses dancing in your head? Microsoft is taking advantage of those fears and using recent bumps in the road for Android to offer free Windows phones to five Android users with the worst malware horror stories. [More]

Google Continues Free Voice Calls To U.S. & Canada Through 2012

Google Continues Free Voice Calls To U.S. & Canada Through 2012

If you use the “Call Phone” function in Gmail’s Chat menu to chat with your phone pals in the U.S. or Canada — or if you’re looking for a free way of doing so — Google has announced it will continue to offer this service for free through the upcoming calendar year. [More]

Verizon Blocks Google Wallet On Some New Smartphones

Verizon Blocks Google Wallet On Some New Smartphones

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus may run on Google’s Android OS, but that doesn’t mean Verizon Wireless is going to allow the device to run Google’s pay-by-phone app Google Wallet. [More]

Google Reportedly Testing The Waters Of Speedy Delivery Service For Online Shoppers

Google Reportedly Testing The Waters Of Speedy Delivery Service For Online Shoppers

Watch out, Amazon, there’s a new kid on the retail block and it comes with a familiar name tied to it: Google is said to be discussing a new service with various retailers that would offer web shoppers super speedy delivery. [More]

Google Maps 6.0 Will Show You The Inside Of Certain Locations

Google Maps 6.0 Will Show You The Inside Of Certain Locations

Getting lost inside the sprawling wonderland that is any IKEA is likely a shared experience, and one that may happen less for Android smartphone users. Google Maps 6.0 rolled out some changes on Tuesday, including indoor mapping of certain retail locations and airports. [More]

Google Steps Up Browser Security To Keep Data Safe From Hackers

Google Steps Up Browser Security To Keep Data Safe From Hackers

Internet common sense tells you to look for an “https” prefix on site URLs before offering up private information such as credit card numbers. Thanks to efforts from Google, sites with that security designation should be even more secure. [More]