Public Flocks To Google Alternative DuckDuckGo After PRISM Controversy

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The PRISM controversy has rocked a large number of people, as it presented an example of just how unprotected our data is really is. It has caused a lot of people to lose faith in many of the internet companies that we use on a daily basis, but seems to have done a lot of good for Google alternative, DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo market themselves as an entirely anonymous search engine, claiming that they are the only ones that do not track or filter searches based on your past history. It was launched in 2008 by entrepreneur Gabriel Weinberg and he claims that there data is so anonymous, that it would be completely useless to the NSA! Continue Reading

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No More Need for a Parental Lock: Porn Now Banned from Google Glass

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Anyone who was looking forward to the more adult features of the Google Glass might be a little put off by this recent development.

On Monday morning, MiKandi, an adult app store for the Android, posted their first pornographic app for the new Google Glass. This app would allow the viewers to witness photographs and video footage of people in the midst of having sex, which would be recorded through the use of Google Glass, allowing people to observe pornographys from a whole different vantage point. With the success of MiKandi’s previous adult apps, they no doubt assumed this new app would surely be a hit, as it would market on a first person point of view experience of a magnitude not really coined in the porn world yet.Continue Reading

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The Times They Are a Changing: New URL Extensions Coming This Summer

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Domain names are gong to become a lot trickier to remember sometime in the next month or so. URL extensions are going to undergo a change, which is going to mean a whole lot less .com and .org extensions. This change will allow for companies and businesses to purchase their own decided upon URL extension, provided they have enough money to buy one. This is said to be the largest expansion of the Internet’s naming system in the last ten years, and many companies are already vying for particular URL extensions they want to own. For example, Google wants to coin such URL extensions as .google, .docs, .youtube, and .lol. Yes, you read that correctly, pretty soon we might actually have to tag “.lol” at the end of our URLs. Other domain extensions that have been suggested are .apple, .nyc, .book, and the list goes on. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which have been the ones in charge of all these changes, are asking for $185,000 for every proposal that comes their way.Continue Reading

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Google to Send Wifi Blimps Out Over Africa

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Google has become much more than a simple search engine. It is now one of the most prestigious companies in existence, leading the way in many technological advancements and worldwide issues. Most recently, Google is looking towards releasing blimps over the sub-Saharan part of Africa, making wifi available to more rural towns that do not have access to Internet connections. Google has said that this project is “well-suited to provide low cost connectivity to rural communities with poor telecommunications infrastructure, and for expanding coverage of wireless broadband in densely populated urban areas”.

While this would first start in Africa – they’ll be starting small at first – Google is hoping to eventually bring this mode of wifi to Southeast Asia as well. The company has also entertained the idea of soemday building satelittes to help get wifi to more rural parts of the world.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Says Money Motivated Assange To Redact Names From WikiLeaks Articles

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In 2011 Google executive Eric Schmidt conducted a clandestine interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was under house arrest in the UK. Now, a week prior to the release of Schmidt’s new book “The New Digital Age” the actual nature of that interview has been revealed and Schmidt has made some controversial allegations against Assange.

In the interview Schmidt questioned Assange on the subjects of secrecy, transparency and the free flow of information for the purpose of his book. But now Schmidt has claimed that the only reason Assange redacted documents to protect his sources was for financial purposes – ensuring that WikiLeaks donors were kept happy. Continue Reading

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German Courts Fine Google $190,000 For Using Street View Cars To Capture Personal Data

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The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has landed search engine giant’s Google with a $190,000 fine for carrying out illegal Wi-Fi snooping with their Street View Cars during 2008 – 2010.

The investigations into the case began nearly 3 years ago when it emerged that Google had been using these roaming vehicles to illegally capture recorded personal data including emails, passwords and pictures from Wi-Fi networks. This data that the Street View Cars captured is said to have been deleted.Continue Reading

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Person Tattoos Google to Their Arm in Hopes of Making Money

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People are always looking for easy ways to make money, even if those easy ways happen to be incredibly stupid and not thought out at all. On March 20th, someone posted this picture over in Google’s product forums along with the question, “I have Google tattoo’d on me can i make advertising money??” A few people in the forum have joked about how Google now owns this guy’s arm, and he should expect either “an amputation order or an invoice for monthly/annual licensing fees.”Continue Reading

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Google Working on a New Layout Design for Home Page

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Web-sites know that, over time, they’ve gotta shake up their design. Styles for web design are constantly changing, and if web-sites don’t keep up with what’s popular, then they often end up falling behind and failing. Google, the world’s leading search engine, is now testing a new design for the first time in ages, which was first spotted by the Google Operating System blog.Continue Reading

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Google Debuts Talking Fitness Shoe At SXSW

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Debuted at 2013′s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is Google’s latest innovative invention – the talking fitness shoe. This unusual footwear is designed to measure the wearer’s activity and provide comments and encouragement on their actions. Apparently though it’s not just encouragement that you’ll get out of this curious device, as its haughty British tone can often be heard admonishing the wearer and criticizing them for slacking or sitting down on the job!

Those of you who are just desperate to get their hands on the talking footwear with the snide attitude will be disappointed however, as it is not a product that has been developed for sale, but rather a clever marketing ploy. Continue Reading

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RIAA Unhappy With Google’s Anti-Piracy Efforts

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The RIAA is unhappy with the efforts Google has made in order to push sites that receive plentiful DMCA notices down the pecking order in search results. After a lot of pressure, 6 months ago, Google finally caved into their requests and agreed to comply with some of the RIAA’s demands.

However just recently, the RIAA has issued an assessment on how well they feel Google has performed and unsurprisingly, they aren’t pleased with the results. Continue Reading

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