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Drew Bowling is a staff writer for WebProNews. He never met an all-you-can-eat buffet he didn't like. Twitter: @bentfortherent Google: +Drew Bowling
Google Drive Proves It: Google Is Officially the Internet’s Bad Guy Google Drive Proves It: Google Is Officially the Internet’s Bad Guy
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Here we go again: Google has launched a new free service, something that actually sounds pretty useful, but the glowing coals of privacy concerns have been stoked to bring forth a fiery revival of the issue. At issue this time …

Google Self-Driving Car Makes a Trip to Lake Tahoe Google Self-Driving Car Makes a Trip to Lake Tahoe
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In case you misplaced the self-awareness that working at Google will always be cooler than your job, Sebastian Thrun, Google Fellow and Vice President, took a moment to remind you today and uploaded a photo to his Google+ account announcing …

Google Ideas Backs Anti-Extremist Group with New Website Google Ideas Backs Anti-Extremist Group with New Website

In June 2011, Google Ideas hosted the Summit Against Violent Extremism that brought together a group of over 80 people who were former survivors and perpetrators of radical extremism ranging from gang members, right-wing extremists, 9/11 victims, and jihadists in …

Facebook Kill List Prompts School Expulsion, ACLU Lawsuit Facebook Kill List Prompts School Expulsion, ACLU Lawsuit
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The hyper-vigilance against bullying continues to produce situations where it is difficult to discern between legitimate threats or intimidation and dark but innocent adolescent humor. The latest entry into the pool: three eighth-graders in northwest Indiana have been expelled due …

Having Sexy Facebook Friends Boosts Your Popularity Having Sexy Facebook Friends Boosts Your Popularity

This just in from the Weather Desk: new study shows that the key to being popular on Facebook is to collect attractive friends! Two researchers in the Netherlands conducted a study with 78 Facebook-using students to seek the answer to …

Google Maps Gives 19 More Cities 45° Imagery Google Maps Gives 19 More Cities 45° Imagery

Google Maps has updated the imagery for 19 more cities so as to offer 45° angles in addition to the standard 90° view. This round, there are 8 international locations and 11 locations in the United States. This update is …

AdWords Quality Score Explained with Latest Update AdWords Quality Score Explained with Latest Update

In addition to Google offering account labels for keywords in AdWords, it’s also now offering a new tool that details the Quality Score of a keyword so marketers can optimize an ad’s performance. When looking at your AdWords account, hover …

WolframAlpha Now Offering Time-Sensitive Business Search WolframAlpha Now Offering Time-Sensitive Business Search

If you’ve got time on your side, what search tool you use to find a particular business really comes down to user preference. Maybe you like the way Google organizes the results, maybe you prefer to use Yelp for searches …

Google Maps Offers Up 3D Photo Tours Via User Photos Google Maps Offers Up 3D Photo Tours Via User Photos

If you’re a regular user of Google Maps, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that photos contributed by other Google Maps users are showing up on the map whenever you hunt down a location. In the Map view, they appear as blue dots …

China Censors Weibo Amid Rise of Political Rumors China Censors Weibo Amid Rise of Political Rumors

Rumors of a coup and a scandal linking a top Chinese official to corruption and murder have prompted China’s government to shut down several accounts on the country’s ultra-popular Twitter-like site, Sina Weibo. Authorities are said to have shut down …

TED-Ed Gets Its Own Site With Fun New Educator Tools TED-Ed Gets Its Own Site With Fun New Educator Tools

TED, the organization dedicated to making the world smarter in all the coolest ways, announced today the launch of a new website fitted for its education services, TED-Ed. The new site consists of select content that represents the best collaborations …

Alleged Copyright Infringers Could Be Outted By ISPs, EU Court Rules Alleged Copyright Infringers Could Be Outted By ISPs, EU Court Rules

Earlier this month, a District Court in California ruled against a copyright holder who had wished to obtain the identity of a number of BitTorrent users by subpoenaing the ISP identified with the piracy. The copyright holder, Hard Drive Productions, …

Google Street View Visits Ukraine, Drives Fearlessly Google Street View Visits Ukraine, Drives Fearlessly
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Earlier this year, Google Maps expanded its Street View gallery to Poland in order to offer ground-level panoramic imagery of Warsaw and Cracow ahead of this summer’s 2012 European Football Championship. Now, Google Maps has added cities in Ukraine, which …

Thinking Outside the Box of Banner Ad Clicks Thinking Outside the Box of Banner Ad Clicks
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Think seriously for a moment: when was the last time you legitimately saw an ad online and clicked on it to find out more about the product being advertised? Unless you said, “Never,” you are lying because nobody clicks on …

More Small Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Based Apps More Small Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Based Apps

If you’re running a small business, finding great resources to support the back end of your shop is vital. Being a small business, however, typically means that you don’t have mountains of money to devote towards buying the biggest and …

Why No One Reads (And Never Will Read) Privacy Policies Why No One Reads (And Never Will Read) Privacy Policies
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Because of all the high-profile breaches of information around shady privacy policies associated with mobile apps and Google’s public relations trouble with their recently updated, one-ring-to-rule-them-all privacy policy, it’s beginning to feel like “privacy policy” will be the internet meme …

Facebook App Privacy Risk Assessed by New PrivacyChoice Tool Facebook App Privacy Risk Assessed by New PrivacyChoice Tool

For anybody curious about what private information of yours is bleeding out through the apps you use and enjoy on Facebook, PrivacyChoice has updated their browser extension to include privacy feedback about those apps. The extension, Privacyscore, in case you …

Iran, Syria Receive New Sanctions for Using Technology Against Protesters Iran, Syria Receive New Sanctions for Using Technology Against Protesters

The White House announced an executive order today that details new sanctions on Iran and Syria due to each country’s use of technology for the cause of human rights abuse. The sanctions include a provision to ban U.S. visas against …

Yelp Brings Something Yummy to the State of Denmark Yelp Brings Something Yummy to the State of Denmark
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Attention Dutch gourmands both green and seasoned: ready your palates and forks and save room for your typing skills because Yelp has announced that their network of customer reviews and rankings of restaurants and businesses are now available to your …

Your Social Music Experience: A Primer Your Social Music Experience: A Primer

2012 is probably going to be year that the word “social” reaches its saturation point and it becomes a parody of itself. Social nose-blowing, social traffic (cars, not browsers), social bathrooms – you name it, someone will probably find a …

Google Street View Goes to Jerusalem, Gets Lost Google Street View Goes to Jerusalem, Gets Lost

Google Maps announced a new location that was recently added to Street View and given it’s one of the oldest places in the world, this update is a fun one: Jerusalem. While most people might not consider the city “fun” …

How to Mobilize Social Media for Earth Day How to Mobilize Social Media for Earth Day

Earth’s coming up this weekend, Sunday, April 22, that one day a year when everybody embraces environmentally-friendly practices that they should actually be incorporating into the way they live the other 364 days of the year (or 365, since 2012′s …

Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine
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Do you remember earlier this week when the Federal Communications Commission issued a $25,000 fine to Google? You know, because of the unauthorized collection of personal information Google obtained from unsecured wi-fi networks while the Google Street View car was …

Google Maps Updates Imagery for a Bevy of Locales Google Maps Updates Imagery for a Bevy of Locales

Google’s Lat Long Blog announced that it’s published updated imagery with higher resolution for an enormous host of locations around the globe in both Google Maps and Google Earth. The full list is at the bottom of this article, but …