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Google fires back at Privacy critics as Congress demands answers

Google fires back at Privacy critics as Congress demands answers

Google has struck back at outcry around its newly-combined privacy policy, insisting users "still have choice and control", amid demands by the US Congress for answers on data use and collection. "You can use as much or as little of Google as you want" policy manager Betsy Masiello said on the search company's Public Policy blog, reiterating that Google is "not collecting more data about you." However, US lawmakers are already insisting on answers [pdf link] as to whether users can take advantage of Google services without leaving an unexpected data trail.

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FBI seeks to track Social Media en masse

FBI seeks to track Social Media en masse

There's a brand new job alert out there this week, engineers and developers, and you should hop right on it if you want to help the FBI work on a tool which will provide them with an "Open Source and social media alert, mapping, and analysis application solution." What I want to do right now is, in a very basic way, debunk how this situation will almost certainly be blown out of proportion by the same crew of people that ultimately (and thankfully) took down the SOPA and PIPA bills. This tool, if I'm to trust the job offer I'm reading here from the Federal Business Opportunities website, is not going to be hacking into your personal or secured information in any way. Instead it will be a mass organization and search tool for the FBI to keep track of all social and open source sites on the internet at all times.

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Google+ speaks on teens, privacy additions, digs on Facebook

Google+ speaks on teens, privacy additions, digs on Facebook

There can be no denying that Google+ has one main competitor in Facebook, so it should come as no small surprise when they mention one another in day to day updates. What we're seeing today is an update to both the age range of Google+ users and the privacy which they all can enjoy on the Google-based social network. The mention of Facebook comes in the sad state of affairs Google sees on Facebook where 'teens end up over-sharing with all of their so-called “friends.”'

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Twitter, Facebook and MySpace team tells Google “Don’t Be Evil”

Twitter, Facebook and MySpace team tells Google “Don’t Be Evil”

Engineers at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have joined the protests against Google's search integration of Google+ results, crafting a browser add-on called "Don't Be Evil" that adds a far broader range of social into search. The tool, distributed at a site called Focus on the User, argues that rather than just pull Google+ profiles and topics into the search engine, Google would better serve actual users by integrating far more social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and more. Rather than see exactly what Google wants you to see through its forced Google+ promotion, you can be shown what the company's pure algorithm believes is relevant.

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Obama using Google+ for post-State of the Union interview

Obama using Google+ for post-State of the Union interview

President Obama will deliver a live Google+ hangout answering questions from US citizens, the White House has announced, the first entirely virtual interview staged by the government. Set to take place on Monday, January 30, the President will answer questions submitted via the government's YouTube channel, particularly those concerning the topics Obama is set to discuss at the State of the Union address tomorrow.

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Google pushing Google+ and Gmail on new sign-ups

Google pushing Google+ and Gmail on new sign-ups

Google has redesigned its account sign-up page, now requiring new users to create a Gmail address and to join its Google+ social network. Previously, if you simply wanted to use Google Docs or Google Calendar you could sign up for a Google Account without having to add any additional services, but now the company has made Gmail and Google+ the two main entry points into the Google network.

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Google Earnings show lowest quarter of 2011

Google Earnings show lowest quarter of 2011

The fourth quarter earnings for the 2011 season for Google have been reported this week, results showing up as a slightly less impressive jump than analysts suspected. Google's fourth quarter earnings rose by 6.3%, but as this did end up being the slowest revenue increase of all four quarters of 2011, estimates jumped the gun - meanwhile shares in Google today fell 9.7% amid news in after-hours trading to $577.92. Perhaps its time to buy then, said those who wished they'd invested in Google when they had the chance all those years ago, as a 34% increase was seen over last year's Google ad clicks overall, this being also a 17% increase over the 3rd quarter of 2011.

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Google+ passes 90,000,000 users

Google+ passes 90,000,000 users

Google's social network, Google+, may only have been operational for little over a year, but it has already accrued over 90,000,000 users according to CEO Larry Page. Announced as part of Google's Q4 2011 financial results today, the milestone comes just four months after Google+ was opened up to general public registrations. However, it's still in the shadow of the Facebook behemoth.

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Twitter acquires Summify for social aggregation

Twitter acquires Summify for social aggregation

The folks at Twitter have picked up a startup by the name of Summify, a group whose main goal it is to aggregate the social media users around the world deal with on a daily bases. As Twitter scoops up this company, so too does the Summify team move over to San Francisco and their products be transitioned into Twitter-centric orbs. Their main service, the aggregation product which moves Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and other streams into one product, will be shut down inside a month.

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