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How to ditch Google for more privacy and fewer ads
Google's search engine, browser, and other products present a Faustian bargain: In exchange for excellent, free Google services your data is used for advertising. And for some it's getting to be too much.ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: Google Graveyard: Here\\'s what Google has killed so far in 2014 If you've decided that keeping all your eggs in one online basket is unwise, there are viable alternatives. Some are arguably not as full-featured as what Google has. But using your email without ads or knowing that performing a web search won't result in a ton of related advertisements may be enough to encourage you to go on a Google-free diet.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Google looks for public input on right to be forgotten
Google is planning a series of seven public meetings across Europe to discuss people's right to be forgotten with the public's right to information.The Google Advisory Council announced the meetings and said the first one will be held in Madrid on Tuesday.Other public meetings will be held in Rome, Paris, Warsaw, Berlin and London. The last meeting will be held in Brussels on Nov. 4.MORE ON NETWORK WORLD: Free security tools you should try "A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union found that European law gives people the right to ask search engines like Google to remove results for queries that include their name," the council said in a statement. "Since then, we've received removal requests on all sorts of content: serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, instances of online bullying and name-calling, decades-old allegations, negative press stories, and more."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

EU wants more concessions from Google in antitrust case
Apparently affected by the strong blowback to its proposed settlement with Google over antitrust concerns, the European Commission is planning to seek more concessions than the company has granted to date.The regulator and Google came to terms in February, in the case that dates to 2010, when competitors complained that Google favored its own services in search results, reducing the visibility of results from competing sites. But over the last few months, the Commission has received largely negative feedback from Google competitors on the settlement proposals.“Some of these replies are very, very negative. And in some of those replies, some complainants have introduced new arguments, new data, new considerations,” said Joaquín Almunia, Commission vice president in charge of competition policy, in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Saturday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google adding GPS, offline music playback to Android Wear smartwatches
Smartwatches powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system will soon become a little more useful, with features like GPS support and offline music playback.Google said Friday that previously released Android Wear watches as well as new ones will be receiving the features in the coming months. It’s part of a larger, gradual push to bring more of the functions available on smartphones to people’s wrists, which might eventually support altogether new applications that make particular sense for a “smart” watch.With the upcoming features, users will be able to listen to music stored on their watches via Bluetooth headphones, Google said. If a watch includes a GPS sensor, users can track their distance and speed when they go for a run, or receive navigation directions on-the-fly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Google, Facebook ID codes found in Android malware stash
Research on Android malware called KorBanker has uncovered a treasure trove of text messages that include authentication codes for Google and Facebook and VPN passwords.How the thieves made use of the data is not known. However, FireEye researcher Hitesh Dharmdasani assumes cybercriminals have figured out a way to exploit it for financial gain.[Android now 'mobile world's equivalent' of Windows for hackers]"It is potentially bad that someone else apart from the intended recipient would have it," Dharmdasani said Thursday of the stolen data.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Chinese man sues state telecom firm for blocking Google
A 26-year-old in China is suing one of the country’s state telecommunication firms for disrupting access to Google after the government started blocking the company’s services in May.Wang Long, a legal practitioner, filed the lawsuit in a Shenzhen court, which heard his case on Thursday. One Chinese state-run publication said its the first time a local resident has sued a company for failing to provide access to Google.The legal action came about when Wang found that he could no longer access Google’s Hong Kong search engine and Gmail from his Internet and mobile service provider China Unicom. He is now demanding that China Unicom provide an explanation, and refund his Internet broadband and mobile charges from the past five months.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google offers to accelerate Web servers with new software
Web server administrators who wish to trim bandwidth costs and hasten the delivery of their Web pages should take a look at a newly updated free module from Google designed to automate a number of techniques used to compress content.Simply installing the module, called PageSpeed, could cut bandwidth usage by a significant amount, noted Mano Marks, a member of the Google developer platform team, who posted a blog item announcing the module update Thursday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Google's plan for Chrome worries certificate authority vendors
Google intends to make changes in its Chrome browser later this year that would have Chrome display a warning on websites using certificates based on the secure hash algorithm, SHA-1. Google wants to do this to get websites migrating to the stronger SHA-2 algorithm for certificates, which is not as easy to break through raw computing power. Certificate authority vendors are calling Google’s plan overly aggressive in its timeframe, and say it’s likely to cause mass confusion right as the holiday shopping season commences. Google’s Chrome browser is expected to be changed in the November timeframe so that users will find that when they visit websites that use SHA-1-based certificates, the browser will give them a warning that could surprise them, says Dean Coclin, senior director of business development at Symantec. Coclin is active in two industry groups, the Certificate Authority Browser Forum and the CA  Security Forum, which are  carefully monitoring Google’s plan.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google to pay $19 million to refund kids' in-app purchases
Google has agreed to pay at least US$19 million to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company unfairly billed Android mobile device owners for in-app purchases made by their children, the agency said Thursday.Google will provide full refunds to affected Android users, and it has agreed to change its billing practices to ensure that it obtains informed consent from customers before charging them for items sold within mobile apps, according to the FTC.The FTC this year has brought similar complaints against Apple and, and in March, Google customers filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for children’s in-app purchases.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

White House names Google veteran as CTO
U.S. President Barack Obama has named long-time Google executive Megan Smith as the government’s new CTO, in charge of improving technology and the use of data across agencies.Smith, formerly vice president of new business development at Google, led the company’s acquisition of Google Earth, Maps and Picasa.Smith’s focus in the White House will be on the Obama administration’s IT policy and initiatives and pushing advanced technology adoption across the U.S. economy, John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said in a blog post Thursday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


7 sexy smartphone technologies coming your way

A slew of new technological features are (or could be) coming to future smartphones. Here are seven that have been in the news over the last few years.


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