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Google Answers G+ Privacy Questions, Declines Others

Google Answers G+ Privacy Questions, Declines Others

Dan Gillmore, writer, teacher, and Google+ member has been in communication with Google over the past few weeks, asking questions about security and safety of information as it pertains to Google+. As he says in his own words, "I find Google's responses (and non-responses) disappointing." As you'll see below, Google answered some key questions and uncovered a few rocks we're sure you'll be interested in seeing under. There's also a list of questions they did not reply to, and assuming Gillmore actually DID send these questions in and Google DID decline to answer, the implications are immense.

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Google+ and the Privacy Pit

Google+ and the Privacy Pit

Google may not have said it publicly, but its Google+ social network was deemed a Facebook rival from the very start. Now, as more elements of the Google+ experience reveal themselves, it's beginning to look like Google's push for social isn't just about taking on Facebook and Twitter, but changing its own positioning and strategy on public sharing. With the Picasa and Blogger brands under threat, private profiles facing the chop and +1 buttons spreading across the web, is the "Google+ vs. Facebook" showdown hype masking a potentially more significant rebalancing of public vs. private?

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Google faces bi-yearly privacy reviews after FTC Buzz settlement

Google faces bi-yearly privacy reviews after FTC Buzz settlement

Google has agreed to a bi-yearly independent review after US FTC investigation over privacy concerns regarding Google Buzz. The service initially used users' Gmail databases to build social networking connections, in a manner which roundly criticized. Google rapidly changed its approach, but was left facing regulator inquiries - including by the Federal Trade Commission - over its privacy policies.

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Google pays $1 compensation in Street View privacy case

Google pays $1 compensation in Street View privacy case

Google has agreed to pay a US couple $1 in compensation, after Aaron and Christine Boring, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania accused the search giant of invading their privacy, trespassing, negligence and unjust enrichment when a Street View camera car was discovered to have driven onto their private driveway. According to the couple's lawyer, the compensation is "one sweet dollar of vindication."

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Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Over the weekend, we relayed some info about Nest’s new functionality with Google Now. The ability to change your temperature via voice control sounded pretty neat, but also a long way off. It wasn’t, and is now ready for all Nest users. With a simple “Ok, google” voice command, you can now change your home temperature to whatever you like. Not only will you be able to change the temperature, but Google Now will provide a card that tells you when Nest is changing things up.

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Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

If you've been putzing around in Google+'s settings today, you might have noticed some new options under "Gender". Google software engineer Rachael Bennett announced on the company's social site today the arrival of "an infinite number of ways" for users to display their gender identity. Previously those who didn't want to use the "male" or "female" options were only given an "other" selection, but now there are four options, one of which is customizable.

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Google Glass v2.0 may fit anywhere, new patent suggests

Google Glass v2.0 may fit anywhere, new patent suggests

Google Glass, for all its success and failures, still isn’t mainstream. The concept of a heads-up wearable is still really interesting, and a new patent suggests Google hasn’t given up hope just yet. In their latest patent filing for Google Glass, Google looks to be slimming the form factor down, and making it a bit more approachable. It also appears to be a bit more modular than before, with all components being housed in the main body rather than throughout the entire band.

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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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