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Gmail may hand over IP addresses of journalists

Gmail may hand over IP addresses of journalists

A California court has issued a subpoena demanding Google reveal the IP addresses of journalists writing for a corruption busting journal from the Caribbean. The August 28 subpoena, issued by the Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, as part of a "libel tourism" action taken by non-US property developers, demands detailed information about the [...]

Why AT&T Killed Google Voice

Why AT&T Killed Google Voice

Earlier this month, Apple rejected an application for the iPhone called Google Voice. The uproar set off a chain of events—Google's CEO Eric Schmidt resigning from Apple's board, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigating wireless open access and handset exclusivity—that may finally end the 135-year-old Alexander Graham Bell [...]

Not your normal road on Google Street View

Not your normal road on Google Street View

Google van's keeping up with the race cars too. Yee-ha! Drive it like it's a rental, StreetView guy. Here's more about the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing track. (more…)

I now pronounce you monetized: A YouTube video case study

I now pronounce you monetized: A YouTube video case study

Last week the world watched in wonder as Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party transformed a familiar and predictable tradition into something spontaneous and just flat-out fun. The video, set to R&B star Chris Brown's hypnotic dance jam "Forever," became an overnight sensation, accumulating more than 10 million views on YouTube in [...]

Gmail Offers to Automatically Unsubscribe You from Mailing Lists

Gmail Offers to Automatically Unsubscribe You from Mailing Lists

Ever get an email from a legit mailing list but went ahead and marked it as spam anyway because you just don't want it? Gmail has smartened up to this common behavior, offering to automatically unsubscribe you from certain messages. From Gmail's help pages: We don't think you should be burdened with managing messages you don't want to receive. [...]

Google announces Chrome Operating System. An open-source Windows competitor

Google announces Chrome Operating System. An open-source Windows competitor

Nine months after having launched the Chrome web browser, Google just now announced the Google Chrome Operating System, "an attempt to re-think what operating systems should be." Google plans to offer the OS for use on a wide array of devices in about a year. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be [...]

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Google has questioned Microsoft's entire approach to online infrastructure, while taking some wonderfully sly shots at the company's new decision engine search engine. The undeniable highlight of Thursday's cloud-happy Structure 09 conference was Vijay Gill, Google senior manager of engineering and architecture. As he described how Google's [...]

Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch

Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch

Brand loyalty is a powerful thing, especially when it comes to technology. Consider the battle brewing now between Google and Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing. Even if Bing proves to be just as good as Google, it might not matter because of the strength of Google’s brand. An independent usability and consumer preference study, which [...]

Google van: “We’ll come back and get this street later.”

Google van: “We’ll come back and get this street later.”

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RIAA/MPAA hit men private enforcement site indexed by Google

RIAA/MPAA hit men private enforcement site indexed by Google

Techdirt are reporting that the data collection systems ued by BayTSP (the company appointed by the RIAA and MPAA to deal with p2p infringers) is wide-open. Thanks to BayTSP's inability to write a robots.txt file, Google has indexed just about every page on their server. You can get a good idea of the kinds of things that the company are sending [...]

HOWTO: Display the Date a Web Page Was Published in Google Search Results

HOWTO: Display the Date a Web Page Was Published in Google Search Results

You're practicing a little Google-fu to figure something out, and the top few results look like they're exactly what you're looking for. The problem: When you get to the page, they're completely outdated. To make sure you know when a page was published before you visit the site, just add the following to the end of the URL of your search [...]

Mowing with goats

Mowing with goats

Lulz from the Official Google Blog... At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing [...]

The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay

When The Pirate Bay was ordered shut down by the Swedish courts because it linked to infringing torrents on the Internet, many people pointed out that Google links to whole mountains' -- whole planets' -- worth of infringing stuff. Now, to make the point, comes The Pirate Google, a Google mashup that finds torrent files: "The intention of this [...]

Google Book Search settlement gives Google a virtual monopoly over literature

Google Book Search settlement gives Google a virtual monopoly over literature

Writing on O'Reilly Radar, preeminent legal scholar Pamela Samuelson cuts through the distractions associated with the Google Book Search/Authors Guild settlement and goes right to the heart of the matter: Google, in acceding to the Authors Guild's requests, have attained a legal near-monopoly on searching and distributing the majority of books [...]

Google street view car vs low bridge

Google street view car vs low bridge

Has anyone else noticed that a disproportionately large number of these "Google street view car does something ridiculous" events are in Pittsburgh? It is probably because Pittsburgh has the one of the most ridiculous road layouts of any city I've ever been to. My favorite Pittsburgh directions are "You can't get there from here." Clicky [...]

Inside Google’s Server Infrastructure

Inside Google’s Server Infrastructure

Google is tight-lipped about its computing operations, but the company for the first time on Wednesday revealed the hardware at the core of its Internet might at a conference here about the increasingly prominent issue of data center efficiency. Most companies buy servers from the likes of Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, or Sun Microsystems. But [...]

Google’s April Fools: GMail Autopilot

Google’s April Fools: GMail Autopilot

The easiest email could possibly be. As more and more everyday communication takes place over email, lots of people have complained about how hard it is to read and respond to every message. This is because they actually read and respond to all their messages. Based on responses I've gotten from Google customer service in the past, I don't think [...]

How the different “map” services hide sensitive information

How the different “map” services hide sensitive information

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Google Begins Behavioral Targeting Ad Program

Google Begins Behavioral Targeting Ad Program

On March 11th, Google launched its behavioral targeting ad program, which it calls "interest-based advertising." This move has been widely expected once Google completed its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick one year ago today. The issues with behavioral advertising have been with us for over a decade (DoubleClick was founded in 1996, [...]

Why I Sued Google (and Won)

Why I Sued Google (and Won)

I feel that Google should be able to defend its cancellations, and it's going to find a number of them that were in fact mistakes. On January 15, 2009, I walked over to the Santa Clara County courthouse in Palo Alto, which conveniently fell within the same county lines as Google's home of Mountain View, and filed a civil small claims lawsuit for [...]

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