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Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Yesterday, news surfaced of an annoying and somewhat unanticipated so-called hijacking of hotel links within Google+ Local accounts by yet-unknown spammers. When clicked, the compromised links took prospective customers to a third-party book service. Whether the third-party services were responsible for the compromised accounts or another entity entirely -- someone operating under an affiliate account sees most likely, in that scenario -- also isn't yet known.

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Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Coming a few hours after word surfaced that Google will be appealing a fine issued by France over privacy violations, issues have arisen over another breach of privacy, with this particular instance resulting in Canada. According to the nation's Privacy Commissioner, Google utilized so-called "sensitive personal information" to target certain advertisements in violation of privacy law.

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Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

Chrome for Mobile update brings data compression, page translation and app shortcuts

The latest iteration of Google's Chrome for Mobile browser -- both the iOS and Android varieties -- will be bringing some new handy features with them. Among them, and perhaps most notably, will be data compression for both of the mobile OS apps, allowing iOS and Android users to reduce the amount of data their mobile browsing habits use up, something that brings Safe Browsing with it in tow.

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Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

Net Neutrality is a mess: We can’t even decide what the Internet is

The internet as we know it is in peril. Verizon's victory in the court of appeal this week, seeing the FCC's attempts to regulate broadband providers in the name of Net Neutrality defeated, has the potential to change how we access the internet and web services like Netflix, Hulu, and others more fundamentally than 2013's SOPA threatened to. In question isn't whether internet access should be a free-for-all, but what it is fundamentally, legally classified as, and who therefore has control over what gets shuttled through: Verizon and the broadband providers, in control of the "pipes", or the FCC as protector of infrastructure that uses public rights of way. For all both sides are claiming some degree of victory this week, we're still no closer to settling that fundamental question.

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Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Chrome makes noisy tab icon mainstream in latest browser release

Google has rolled its noisy-tab feature into the stable release of Chrome, giving users of the browser a visual clue as to which tab might be frustratingly playing music or video in the background. Outed back in November as a beta feature, the noisy tab indicator - a tiny speaker icon which sits next to the "close tab" cross - is now a core feature of Chrome 32, released today, among a number of other features Google says should make browsing safer.

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Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

It is no secret the Internet is a breeding ground for its own sort of language, a common amalgamation of symbols, smileys, acronyms, hashtags, and @mentions. Twitter was the breeding ground for the latter of those staples, bringing into popularity a feature that makes it easy to grab another user's attention by using an @ symbol to tag them and send a notification their way. Such functionality is available across many services -- Facebook, Disqus -- and starting today, Tumblr.

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Twitter advertising update allows targeting based on email addresses and IDs

Twitter advertising update allows targeting based on email addresses and IDs

Yesterday, Twitter revealed a refresh to its Web design, something still rolling out and ushering in another change, this one for the company's advertising partners: the ability to target based on email addresses and Twitter user IDs. The announcement was made on the company's advertising blog today, and expands the functionality to excluding users just the same, offering more control over all.

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YouTube adds comments page following user outcry

YouTube adds comments page following user outcry

YouTube revealed last fall that Google+ would be integrated into its comment system, causing a sweeping overhaul to the video service and forcing many onto Google's social network. The change went live by early November, and with the changes came a user outcry on multiple levels -- from those who resented being pushed onto Google+, and from creators who found managing comments unnecessarily difficult as a result.

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FCC Net Neutrality powers struck down by federal court

FCC Net Neutrality powers struck down by federal court

This morning a court has struck down the FCC's ability to enforce certain key "Net Neutrality Rules" on companies that would favor certain kinds of web traffic over others. That's what Net Neutrality protects the public against, after all: with a "neutral" law in place, all web data is treated equally. Without these rules in place, companies that provide web connectivity are able to legally place restrictions on some content while making other content run faster - whichever they do so choose.

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