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Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future [...]

Federal Court Dismisses Pittsburgh Couple, the Borings (no joke), Privacy Suit Against Google Street View

Federal Court Dismisses Pittsburgh Couple, the Borings (no joke), Privacy Suit Against Google Street View

Looks like the Borings are upset the Google StreetView car drive down their Private Drive and took photos of their home, outbuildings, and pool. Seems reasonable considering they have a "Private Road - No Trespassing" sign at the entrance. Wonder if it will be appealed. If I were them I would also be concerned with the images from Microsoft's [...]

Google StigView™

Google StigView™

This is from BBC White City in London... and it's not a model. It is actually The Stig, standing there, watching you. (more…)

Google: A new approach to China

Google: A new approach to China

Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first [...]

Dear Google: You keep using that word…

Dear Google: You keep using that word…

Google's Jonathan Rosenberg wrote a paean to 'open,' in which his company's commitment to 'open' is pitched at great length. The most remarkable paragraph, however, is the one dealing with things that Google keeps closed: While we are committed to opening the code for our developer tools, not all Google products are open source. Our goal is to [...]

Google Streetview gets mooned

Google Streetview gets mooned

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Google Phone Is “Like An iPhone On Beautifying Steroids”

Google Phone Is “Like An iPhone On Beautifying Steroids”

We told you the Google phone was confirmed. And now some Googler's seem to be confirming it, too. There is a lot of chatter on Twitter about Google employees with HTC-built unlocked Google Phones running Android 2.1. And the devices look to be coming out in January. We noticed a Twitter message from a Google Program Manager, who writes "Stuck [...]

Google: Only miscreants worry about net privacy

Google: Only miscreants worry about net privacy

If you're concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn't be doing. At least that's the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," Schmidt tells CNBC, sparking howls of incredulity from the [...]

Google expands tracking to logged out users

Google expands tracking to logged out users

Anyone who's a regular Google search user will know that the only way to avoid the company tracking your online activities is to log out of Gmail or whatever Google account you use. Not any more. As of last Friday, even searchers who aren't logged into Google in any way have their data tracked in the name of providing a 'better service'. The [...]

Prostitutes on Google Street View

Prostitutes on Google Street View

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Murdoch-Microsoft deal in the works

Murdoch-Microsoft deal in the works

Microsoft is ready to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to remove its news content from Google, according to the Financial Times. Microsoft has also approached other "big online publishers" with similar deals. "One website publisher approached by Microsoft said that the plan 'puts enormous value on content if search engines are prepared to pay us [...]

LOL @ Google book scanning

LOL @ Google book scanning

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Google’s Free Airport Wi-Fi: Five Ways to Protect Yourself

Google’s Free Airport Wi-Fi: Five Ways to Protect Yourself

Free Wi-Fi while you're waiting for your flight? Sounds like a great way to save money, and kudos to Google for offering it at many U.S. airports during the holidays. Unfortunately, Google's generosity may also lure identity thieves and nefarious hackers to the nation's terminals to prey on clueless travelers. Public hotspots, which by nature [...]

Google Offers Free Wi-Fi at Airports During the Holidays

Google Offers Free Wi-Fi at Airports During the Holidays

Delayed flights and hold-overs won't tempt you with $10-a-day Wi-Fi this holiday season. That's because Google has bought out web service at 47 airports through Jan. 15, 2010, and offers it free, assuming you don't mind a little soft advertising. (more…)

Satellite photography alphabet

Satellite photography alphabet

The Google Earth Alphabet has upper and lower case and numbers and punctuation formed inadvertently by geographic features visible from space. I've always thought this stuff was cool, from my earliest "Sesame Street" days. There's something very appealing about letters and numbers formed in structures, et cetera. Upper case | Lower case | [...]

Decide Which Search Engine You Really Prefer with Bing-Google Mashups

Decide Which Search Engine You Really Prefer with Bing-Google Mashups

Unable to choose between Google and Bing? That's ok; these three mashups display results from both search engines in handy side-by-side frames and make life simpler for the indecisive. Back in July when users were asked to share their search engine of choice, 85% of them were strongly in the Google camp, but Bing had already managed to garner [...]

Google acquires ReCaptcha

Google acquires ReCaptcha

Google has acquired ReCaptcha, one of those companies behind the distorted text boxes at the bottom of many Web site sign-in pages. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google plans to use ReCaptcha's technology both as a security measure within certain Google sites and to make its massive book-scanning project a little smarter, the [...]

Google’s Data Liberation Front commits to making it easy to get your data off of Google’s servers

Google’s Data Liberation Front commits to making it easy to get your data off of Google’s servers

Kudos to Google for committing to data-portability in its online applications: its new "Data Liberation Front" initiative makes it easier to take your data and move it back to your own computer, or a competing service... We're a small team of Google Chicago engineers (named after a Monty Python skit about the Judean People's Front) that aims to [...]

Google goes Fortean

Google goes Fortean

I got a kick out of the special Google logo I just spotted on their home page. It links to a search for "unexplained phenomenon."

Did Google Street View spot rapist/kidnapper Phillip Garrido?

Did Google Street View spot rapist/kidnapper Phillip Garrido?

A followup on the wacko blog and gadget hallucinations of kidnapper/rapist (now also a murder suspect) Phillip Garrido. Weighing in on that post, if you do a Google Maps search for 1554 Walnut Avenue, Antioch, CA -- the address of the Antioch home where Garrido detained Jaycee Dugard (and her children, fathered by rape) -- you can see an [...]

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