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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China: The Intercept
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Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. From the report: The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search […]

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Google Defends Gmail Data Sharing, Gives Few Details on Violations
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Google defended how it polices third-party add-ons for Gmail in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday, saying that upfront review catches the “majority” of bad actors. A report adds: Google said it uses automated scans and reports from security researchers to monitor third parties with access to Gmail data, but gave no […]

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Google responds to lawmaker concerns over Gmail scanning
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In July, Senators John Thune (R-SD), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) sent Google a letter that sought information on Google's practice of allowing third-party app developers access to its users' emails. While Google stopped scanning Gmail…

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Death Watch Begins for Google
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The European Union has been stretching its wings. In the shadow of Brexit, it apparently has decided it has the real enemy of the people in its sights: social media companies and Google. France is even more aggressive than the EU overall, suggesting that the region’s “right to be forgotten” law should apply worldwide. Given […]

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OnePlus, Google are hosting a trippy-looking puzzle competition     – CNET
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And the winner will get a $30K gaming setup.

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Google Digs In Heels Over Global Expansion of EU's 'Right to Be Forgotten'
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Google took on French lawyers at the European Union Court of Justice this week, in an effort to fend off expansion of the EU’s “right to be forgotten” judgment. The EU’s attempts to broaden the scope of that judgment would be “completely unenvisagable,” and it could result in impositions on the values of different countries […]

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Google Temporarily Brings Back the www In Chrome URLs — But Should They?
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An anonymous reader quotes Digital Trends: With the launch of Chrome 69, Google stunned users last week with a surprising decision to no longer display the “www” and “m” part of the URL in the Chrome search bar, but user backlash forced Google to soften its stance. Google’s course reversal, although welcomed by users, is […]

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Senators Bash Google at Russian Election Meddling Hearing
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An empty chair reserved for Google became the focal point for harsh criticism Wednesday at the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. After thanking Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for agreeing to testify at the forum, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., added, “I’m disappointed […]

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Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet's Most Successful Failure
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Blair Levin and Larry Downes report via Harvard Business Review: In 2010, Google rocked the $60 billion broadband industry by announcing plans to deploy fiber-based home internet service, offering connections up to a gigabit per second — 100 times faster than average speeds at the time. Google Fiber, as the effort was named, entered the […]

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