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Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Over the past few weeks Google has found itself in some hot water over its Privacy Policy changes on its wide range of websites, today being called by Consumer Watchdog to testify on the matter. Consumer Watchdog has called Google CEO Larry Page to the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee as they hold hearings on the new Google privacy and data policies. Both subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC) have been called in a letter sent today.

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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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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 blames marketers for Chrome paid-link blunder

Google blames marketers for Chrome paid-link blunder

Google has stumbled into an embarrassing sponsored marketing blunder, with campaigns for Chrome ironically contravening the very paid link rules that saw thousands of sites penalized in the Panda cull last year. Over 400 pages were spotted with the text "This Post Sponsored By Google" by Search Engine Land and SEO Book, but not using the "nofollow" link attributes Google itself demands, in an apparent attempt to buoy the search giant's own rankings for Chrome-related content. "Not us!" Google has cried, however, blaming a third-party marketing firm that, it says, stepped outside of its bounds.

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Firefox Google deal renewed, 84% revenue loss avoided

Firefox Google deal renewed, 84% revenue loss avoided

Not that we ever though Google would really abandon its best buddy in the world Mozilla, but the news that Firefox would lose 84% of its revenue certainly came as a shock to us as it was reported earlier this month - it appears now though that this disaster for the big red panda was a false alarm, Google renewing their contract for a further three years. Kind of reminds you of Jurassic Park, doesn't it? Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Silicon Valley nonprofit software makers whose most famous product is the web browser itself are certainly high-fiving one another today as Google remains the default search engine for the browser.

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Microsoft So.cl official: Study group killer not Facebook killer

Microsoft So.cl official: Study group killer not Facebook killer

Microsoft has officially unveiled So.cl, and contrary to Facebook-challenger expectations it's a hybrid system pulling together social networking and search and targeted at students. Found at so.cl, the new tool allows "montages of visual web content" including photos, video and text to be constructed and shared for collaborative editing and discussion, as well as "video parties" for real-time conversation.

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Google Zeitgeist 2011 details top searches

Google Zeitgeist 2011 details top searches

Rebecca Black, Steve Jobs, Adele and the iPhone 5: not a group you might expect to necessarily find together, but they're all among the top ten in Google's Zeitgeist 2011 roundup of how the world searched. Each year the search giant tots up the most frequently searched-for topics in the hope that it might give some insight into the collective consciousness: we can only assume 2011 was dominated by iOS-lovers desperate for Friday to come around.

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Microsoft socl social network seen and denied

Microsoft socl social network seen and denied

Today it would appear that there's a new social network in town by the name of Microsoft socl, one where having the same basic bone structure as Google+ doesn't seem to bother the developers behind the project - is it real or is this just an internal design project as Microsoft Research claims it is? What we've got here are two opposing sides of a coin. One has http://www.socl.com/ noting that the site was published by mistake by Microsoft Research, the other has Thomas Houston of The Verge showing off screenshots of the site describing it as a project that will indeed be moving forward soon.

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Google+ Pages announced for businesses [Video]

Google+ Pages announced for businesses [Video]

This week brands, businesses, bands, and more are being welcomed back to Google+, provided they didn't get offended after having gotten kicked out several weeks ago, in an initiative known officially as Google+ Pages. As Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product for Google+ notes, "As most of you know, we "kicked out the brands" in the early going on Google+... Not because we don't love them (we do!) but because we wanted to create the right experience for users, as well as the brands themselves." Will the Google-based social networking powerhouse be able to gather the brands to its bosom?

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