Author Archive for: ‘Drew Bowling’

Dejected iGoogle Users Create Petitions to Save the Doomed Product

Since Google announced that it’s going to be closing down its personalized homepage product, iGoogle, not everybody has been welcoming of that news. In fact, some are downright angry and upset. Since Google slipped the announcement through Tuesday afternoon, Search Engine Roundtable’s Barry Schwartz points out that the Google Search Forum section for iGoogle Personal Homepage topics has been inundated …

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Every Tech Company Is Dying to Put Computers on Your Face

Thanks, Google. Thanks a lot. Because of you, the race for novel gadgetry has been escalated to include the very personal landscape we all call “face.” It was bad enough trying to juggle computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, but you just had to set Sergey Brin loose these past few months perpetually wearing those Project Glass in order to mystify …

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Microsoft adCenter Now Let’s You Rotate Only Ads With the Most Clicks

In order to help marketers to amass more clicks from targeted ads, Microsoft adCenter has announced a new feature today called Ad Rotation. The new tool will allow advertisers to select from two ad-serving options so you can either rotate only the ads that are getting the most clicks or distribute all of your ads evenly with no regard to …

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See Street Maps As Awesome Mondrian-like Art

The graphic design warlocks at Stamen Design have come up with another awesome production that demonstrates how cartography really can be a gorgeous work of art. Using this map of London’s Kerning as inspiration, the studio conjured up several different map tiles using OpenStreetMap that sport minimalist designs of cities throughout the world. Some of them depict only the names, …

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Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case

In spite of what appeared to be a decision from the United Kingdom’s Home Office to continue with the extradition of accused copyright-infringer Richard O’Dwyer to the United States, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales maintains that reports of the Home Office’s decision are false. On Tuesday, V3 published a comment from U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May’s office saying that it would …

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Does Anyone Actually Agree on What Do Not Track Means?

If you’ve been following issues regarding online privacy for the past year or so, you most likely have read or heard people talking about Do Not Track, the proposed utility that permits internet users to indicate to third-party data collectors that they do not wish to have their information tracked. In brief, the problem with third-party data collectors is that …

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Google Shopping Incites 2nd Amendment Row by Removing Guns from Search

Google announced back in May that Google Product Search will be replaced by Google Shopping, meaning a number of changes would be on the horizon for Google’s dedicated corner for online merchants. However, Google recently sent a letter to merchants of firearms and weapons that have listings on Google Shopping telling them that the sale of weapons will not be …

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Self-Driving Cars Will Be Waiting Next to You at Red Lights by 2017

If you think all the hubbub about Google’s fancy self-driving cars is just a fleeting novelty, Ford, it of the automobile industry, thinks you should check yourself before you wreck yourself. According to ExtremeTech, Ford predicts that driverless cars will be a way of life in 2017. That’s only five years from now. If you think that seems somewhat quick …

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Google Trims the Fat Off of Products; Google Mini, Google Video, Symbian Get Chucked

If Google was some digitized version of Wipeout!, inevitably some of the products won’t get to move on and compete in the next round. It’s a fact of life: there has to be losers. For at least a few of those products, the judge’s scores have been added and today Google will be sending them home with a sad collection …

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Google Wants You to Get in Touch with Your YouTube Community

Despite YouTube being the Mordor of online discourse, you may actually want to engage with that community from time to time. It’s not all bad, just 99.45% bad. If you actually feel daring enough to invite the YouTube community to your website, Googlers Eric Lundberg and Jeffery Posnick presented at Google I/O last Wednesday about an embeddable widget that will …

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Google Maps Indoors of UK, Plus a Treat for Harry Potter Fans

Whether it’s been a torrentially stormy summer for you or a tumbleweed-dry fire-storming summer for you, you more likely than not want to stay indoors. For those of you lucky enough to be enjoying benign, temperate, and agreeable weather, good on you. For the rest of us, though, we probably don’t need to be lingering outside unless there’s a legitimate …

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New Photo of Saturn Shows Just How Freakishly Big It Is

The big gaseous giant called Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun in our Solar System, is typically remembered because of the multiple rings that encircle the planet. However, it’s also a e-freaking-normous planet. At 95 times more massive than Earth and with a radius 9 times the equatorial radius of Earth, Saturn easily claims the prize of the second-largest …

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