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Google And Nest: Home Invasion Or Parlor Tricks?

Jan 15, 14 Google And Nest: Home Invasion Or Parlor Tricks?

Posted by in Google This, Technology

Much ado has been made over privacy concerns related to Google’s recent acquisition of Nest, a company that makes smart thermostats, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. However, it’s difficult to see how Google knowing your preferred thermostat setting amounts to a virtual home invasion.

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Forgoing Permission, Google Asks for Forgiveness (Not Really)

Nov 22, 13 Forgoing Permission, Google Asks for Forgiveness (Not Really)

Posted by in Google This, Technology

On Monday, Google agreed to a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over privacy violations worth $17 million. The dispute was regarding Google’s circumvention of a part of Apple’s Safari browser that allowed the search giant to track users’ Internet activity in an effort to show them targeted advertisements in 2011 and 2012.

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Apple Nervous As Google Eyes Retail/World Domination

Nov 21, 13 Apple Nervous As Google Eyes Retail/World Domination

Posted by in Google This, Technology

Not content with having taken the Internet by the scruff of the neck, or with running the two biggest search engines on the web, Google is now looking at expanding to be major a contender in the tech and retail markets, as it opens its ‘Winter Wonderlabs’ in certain US cities for Christmas.

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If You Believe Android Is Secure, I’ve Got A Bridge To Sell You

Oct 09, 13 If You Believe Android Is Secure, I’ve Got A Bridge To Sell You

Posted by in Google This, Technology

I don’t want to say Android is insecure, but whenever it walks by a group of giggling junior high girls, it impulsively checks its nose for spare boogers. I don’t want to say Android is insecure, but when it was rejected by a pretty girl, it stopped by her apartment that night to see if she really was just “washing her hair.” I’ll literally be here all week.

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Google Maps Wins Award For Being On iOS

Oct 05, 13 Google Maps Wins Award For Being On iOS

Posted by in Google This, Technology

I’ve spoken before about the disparities between Google Maps in real life and the perception of Google Maps following the iOS 6 Maps fiasco. Granted, it’s a difficult discussion to have. Discussing mapping applications (because apparently that’s something I do at bars) can be like discussing wireless carriers. (Another conversation I have at bars. I’m a blast to drink with. No, really.)

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Google Wants To See (And Maybe Sell) Your Soul

Aug 24, 13 Google Wants To See (And Maybe Sell) Your Soul

Posted by in Google This, Technology

In a previous blog I claimed Google is enormous and knows everything. Today, upon reading several news stories about a new patent they’ve been granted, I’d like to amend my previous claim: Google is enormous and knows everything, including what you see. The information they gather is used to develop more ads while we’re seeing the ads that have already been aimed at us. But this is old news.

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Google Is Enormous And Knows Everything

Jul 29, 13 Google Is Enormous And Knows Everything

Posted by in Google This, Technology

Wired published an article recently claiming 25 percent of North America’s Internet traffic is served up by Google. In other words, more than 62 percent of all those connected devices we have laying around -- smartphones, tablets, those incredibly hideous glasses -- visit a Google site at least once a day.

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Google To Email You Ads

Jul 23, 13 Google To Email You Ads

Posted by in Google This

It shouldn’t be all that surprising, but Google could begin emailing advertisements directly to your inbox. Sure, we’re used to seeing Google ads in search, YouTube and elsewhere, but receiving them directly to a special folder feels just a little bit more violating.

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Google Says No To Boobs And Glass

Jun 06, 13 Google Says No To Boobs And Glass

Posted by in Google This, Technology

Well, isn’t this interesting…Google, the company infatuated with “openness” and not limiting free speech, has just borrowed a move from Apple by banning any porn apps on their new, ultra-geeky Glass spectacles. It’s not that Google has a problem with porn, mind you.

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Cook Calls Google Glass “Difficult”

May 31, 13 Cook Calls Google Glass “Difficult”

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There are many reasons to wish Steve Jobs were still on this earth, but perhaps the most superficial reason is to hear his thoughts on Google Glass. Jobs had a great ability to say exactly what he meant so succinctly. There were times when this meant cutting down a competitor or existing technology.

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