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Google quiet on social network privacy

Google quiet on social network privacy

Google is yet to follow Facebook's lead and commit to a password privacy policy that would prevent intrusive employers snooping through Google+ profiles, though pressure is likely to mount as lawmakers wade into the debate. Facebook made headlines last week by altering its "Rights and Responsibilities" policy to make sharing or soliciting an account password a violation of its terms & conditions, threatening legal action to anyone found doing so. The move followed reports that some job applicants had been forced to hand over access to their Facebook accounts for scrutiny by would-be employers.

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Google+ Hangouts integrates Voice for telephone calls

Google+ Hangouts integrates Voice for telephone calls

Now you can call out from your desktop using Google+ Hangouts using a brand new Telephone feature, this in addition to several other features added this month including Google Docs and screensharing. It's Google's Vincent Paquet who lets us in on the several updates we can expect imminently for our desktop-based Google+ experience, showing how simple it is to dial someone in at the tap of a few buttons. This calling feature will be free for the United States and Canada while dialing out to France, Germany, India, and Mexico will cost you a bit per minute.

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Did Google raid Milk for Google+ tablet app design talent?

Did Google raid Milk for Google+ tablet app design talent?

Google+ or its mobile apps could be in line for a significant redesign, with suggestions that Google selectively and specifically raided the design talent at Kevin Rose's Milk app incubator, leaving the engineers behind. The roughly 50/50 split saw Milk engineers Amber Reyngoudt and David Peck spurned by Google, with Reyngoudt confirming to Business Insider that the search giant's focus is apparently on "adding design talent."

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Google’s Kevin Rose and Milk team grab confirmed

Google’s Kevin Rose and Milk team grab confirmed

Kevin Rose has announced that he has taken a job with Google, just as rumored earlier this week, along with the team brought together for short-lived mobile app incubator Milk. The Digg founder somewhat appropriately took to Google+, the search giant's social network, to confirm his new employer, though there's still no indication of what it is that Rose will be doing at Google.

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Google grabs ex-Digg Kevin Rose tip insiders

Google grabs ex-Digg Kevin Rose tip insiders

Google has hired Digg founder Kevin Rose, sources claim, with the exec along with other people from the mobile app incubator Milk reportedly being brought on board at the search giant. Google hasn't bought Milk, AllThingsD's insider says, but instead raided its talent, with Rose supposedly starting his first day at the company on Monday, March 19.

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Google Hangouts gets Google Docs integration

Google Hangouts gets Google Docs integration

The coolest feature for many people that Google+ offers is Hangouts. Hangouts is a feature where multiple people can chat and share content via Google+ and feature is used by people in the workplace, at school, and for a myriad of other needs. Google Hangouts has a new feature that has launched that gives it a new and interesting twist that users are sure to appreciate.

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Google News gets instant Google+ sharing

Google News gets instant Google+ sharing

Google has quietly updated Google+ and Google News with closer integration, making promotion of news stories among your social network circles more straightforward. Although Google News did have "+1" buttons before, a redesign of the icon has arrived today; clicking it brings up a sharing box for a comment.

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Gundotra says Google+ numbers part of a greater strategy

Gundotra says Google+ numbers part of a greater strategy

There's been a lot of talk recently about the relatively low numbers being reported on Google+, the social networking site created by Google just months ago- Vic Gundotra this month tells the world that he simply disagrees with the negativity. Because of numbers being reported recently by comScore reflect what appears to be a failing project by Google to enter the social networking world, Google's Senior VP of Engineering and giant proponent of Google+ Vic Gundotra is having to defend the process repeatedly, coming this month with some fighting words on behalf of Google.

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Google+ should’ve squashed Instagram for Android (but it hasn’t)

Google+ should’ve squashed Instagram for Android (but it hasn’t)

News that Instagram for Android is in private beta and will be launching imminently is great for filter-obsessed photographers, but it's another slap to the face for Google's Google+ team which could - if it had got its act together - have cut Instagram off before it had even arrived. The camera app already has over 27m users and Facebook-style levels of engagement in its iPhone version, according to Instagram's co-creators, with its sharing abilities and convenience both cited as key factors in that appeal. Thing is, Google+ was on the way to tick both those boxes, until Google's teams apparently got distracted.

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Google working on unified gaming platform

Google working on unified gaming platform

Google consolidated its range of services yesterday, taking the Android Market, Google Music, Video, and Books, placing them all under the new Google Play banner. Punit Soni, group product manager for Google+, has said that the company plans to do the same for gaming across its various platforms.

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Google+ visitors spend average of three minutes per month

Google+ visitors spend average of three minutes per month

Among everyone who visited Google's nascent social network over the last few months, the average amount of time they spent there during the entire month was three minutes. Yeah, you read that right - three minutes out of the entire month. By comparison, those who visited Facebook spent an average of 405 minutes per month, or nearly seven hours.

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Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

There's an abnormally large amount of attention being payed to so-called privacy here at the start of 2012, and Google's "Do Not Track" button has fired up the stove for further fanning of flames here in late February. There's a lot of ways to "protect" yourself in the connected, mobile, and communicative world of today, but none is better than this: just keep away from the keyboard. What I'm saying is that should a person want to have total and complete severance from tracking on the web, there's only one way: stop using it. For everyone else in the world that wants to be realistic, here's five steps that will lead you to glory.

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