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Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies – NYT

DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH – Google is encrypting more data as it moves between servers “Internet companies like Google and Facebook are working to keep governments and especially their spy agencies out of their servers after revelations from Edward J. Snowden that they had been invaded…As fast as it can, Google is sealingContinue Reading

Google Video playback checklist

“Video playback checklist You may experience poor video quality — slow loading, buffering or choppy playback — due to a number of factors, such as issues with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), inconsistent Internet connection speed, browser or device issues, or problems with the video itself. While the Video Quality Report provides information on how your ISP typically performs,Continue Reading

Email encryption in transit – Google Report

“Many email providers don’t encrypt messages while they’re in transit. When you send or receive emails with one of these providers, these messages are as open to snoopers as a postcard in the mail. A growing number of email providers are working to change that, by encrypting messages sent to and from our services using TransportContinue Reading

Leveraging Market Power Through Tying and Bundling: Does Google Behave Anti-Competitively?

Benjamin Edelman, HBS Working Paper Number: 14-112. May 2014. Via SSRN - http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2436940 “This paper presents a series of incidents in which Google used tying and bundling to expand its dominance in a number of online markets and into additional markets. The author assesses whether these incidents raise concerns under antitrust law, and concludes that they do.Continue Reading

Google Workforce Report Omits Any Mention of Age

Follow up to precious posting - Google Posts About Lack of Diversity in their Workforce, more information on another group that is not represented in the company’s workforce due to their, age!   See Google’s So-Called Diversity Makes No Mention of Age  “Google shared their EEO-1 report (PDF link), a survey the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires big employers toContinue Reading

Google requires copy of a valid photo ID and a form for EU takedown action

Follow-up to EU Court of Justice – Google Must Remove Links Upon Request, via Ars Technica, Google’s “right to be forgotten” response is “disappointingly clever - You’ll need a copy of your photo ID and a list of every URL you want taken down.

Google Posts About Lack of Diversity in their Workforce

Posted by Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations: “…Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts. So, here are our numbers…there are lots of reasons why technology companiesContinue Reading

Searching Social Media – Googling Facebook, Searching Twitter

 Stosh Jonjak, Part 1, | Part 2 “Have you experienced an increase in social media search requests? As attorneys become more likely to turn to social media during their informal discovery processes, I have found an uptick in questions like: “could you please do a social media background check on this person?” This is a growing information need I believe law librariansContinue Reading

Google Public Data Explorer

This Google search tool allows user to query for open data sets from 131 organizations that produce big data, including: Eurostat, Destatis, Statistics Ireland, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Central Statistics Office (Ireland), the World Bank, the OECD, the World Economic Forum, WHO, OMB, and the IMF. Users may compare data sets and create visualizations. “TheContinue Reading

Google Plans Advertising on Appliances, Including Nest Thermostat

EPIC – “In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Google announced plans to place targeted ads on Google-controlled appliances. Google wrote that “a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.” The proposalContinue Reading

CIO – Google to launch automated tool for those wanting to disappear from search results

Follow up to EU Court of Justice – Google Must Remove Links Upon Request this news via  CIO: “People will be able to use an online tool to ask Google not to display search results about them, according to a German data protection commissioner. Google will create the tool following a decision by the Court of JusticeContinue Reading

Go almost anywhere with public transit on Google Maps

Official Google Blog:  “More than 70 percent of the world’s population doesn’t own a car—a surprising fact for anyone who’s sat for what seems like hours on end in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Millions of people rely on public transit to get around. That’s why, since 2007, we’ve worked to include public transit routes and schedules inContinue Reading