Google has offered some concessions to settle claims that it unfairly restricts search competition in Europe — but the man in charge of competition policy there says Google hasn’t gone far enough yet and could face penalties.
Unlike a lot of Google’s doodles that are interesting homages to inventors, painters, and important events, today’s doodle commemorates the 46th anniversary of the original Star Trek. Unlike most doodles that have limited movement or interactivity, this doodle is very engaging.
Google really wants you to buy a Nexus 7 tablet. No, I mean really really. So much so it has gifted the device a prime advertising spot on its homepage.
Google has started rolling out vanity URLs to the biggest celebrities and brands currently using its Google+ social network. Whether us mere mortals will also be afforded the pleasure of being ourselves rather than a random series of numbers remains to be seen.
Google has long been known for its very generous employee benefits. The company has from the start gone out of its way to keep its workforce happy and healthy, with the idea being that that happiness and healthiness contributes to productivity and consequently the bottom line. But it has now taken the idea a step further, in fact as far as you can take it.
Google is working on including messages from your Gmail account in the results when you use its main search engine. While it could be useful for some, it will need incredibly careful handling to avoid further raising privacy concerns.
The European Union has announced it is in serious talks to reach a settlement with Google in an ongoing antitrust case. The settlement would avoid a lengthy court case and the potential for large fines.
YouTube has begun suggesting to users that they use their real name when making comments. It’s a plan that will work perfectly assuming every one is a Google+ user and can’t bring themselves to tell a lie.
Google+ has overtaken Facebook. Unfortunately only in terms of customer satisfaction. Not that that’s unimportant, but more users and more of everything else would be preferable.
Google is reported to have agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle claims that it broke promises about respecting consumer privacy. The fine would be the highest ever paid to the Federal Trade Commission.
The Google Nexus 7 offers real value for money, but it’s not perfect. Still, it’s all the tablet most people are ever likely to need.
Recently a joke did the social media rounds about how you could recreate the YouTube experience on your TV set by taping a sheet of paper full of racist comments to the bottom of the screen. Now the company says it’s time to crack down on such abuses — but it isn’t ready to say how.
Google has indeed decided to go into the hardware business. It’s new tablet called the Nexus 7 will be running the companies newest version of Android called Jelly Bean or Android 4.1. It isn’t the software that makes it so fast, it’s the technology used in the tablet that makes this $199 tablet more of a competitor to Samsung’s seven inch tablets than the Kindle Fire.
What a novel concept, building electronic gadgets in the good old USA. Most of our devices are manufactured in Korea or China. We all know that Apple products are made by Foxconn in China. The fact that Google has decided to manufacture it’s new home media device in the United States may be the start of an American manufacturing renaissance.