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Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting. A little bit neat and possibly useful, but pretty damn weird as well. Google has just launched a new feature …

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Facebook Says Its Intentions Were Pure with Those Rainbow Profile Pics

Facebook Says Its Intentions Were Pure with Those Rainbow Profile Pics

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage, Facebook was ablaze with status updates, link shares, and photo uploads. If you were on Facebook in the hours following the landmark decision, it sure seemed like the entire world was sounding off – or at least you and your friends. Soon after, Facebook announced a seemingly fun and …

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Google Launches Upgraded URLs For AdWords Ads

Google announced the launch of new “Upgraded URLs” for AdWords Ads, which enable advertisers to spend less time managing tracking updates while reducing crawl and load times for their websites. They also come with new ValueTrack parameters, which provide new insights about ads. As Google notes, with current destination URLs, you have to update the entire thing whenever you want …

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Twitter Wants to Track Which Apps You Have on Your Phone; Here’s How to Stop It

Twitter has just added a section to its security & privacy terms that explains how the company is about the start “collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device”. Re/code first spotted the updated page, which explains Twitter’s ‘App Graph’ and what it means for you. In short, Twitter is occasionally checking in on which …

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Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’

Last year, Google was handed the largest fine for a single company in FTC history when it was penalized to the tune of $22.5 million in relation to the tracking of Safari users. Critics felt the fine didn’t go far enough, but a federal judge disagreed last November, ruling that the settlement was “fair, adequate and reasonable.” Google had been …

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Google Adds Auto-Event Tracking To Tag Manager

Google announced on Thursday that it has launched Auto-Event Tracking for Google Tag Manager, enabling users to measure events happening on the page without HTML or Javascript. You can use the Event Listener tag to tell Tag Manger when you want to listen for events, and write rules for what to do next. “Once you have your event listener set …

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Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee

We brought you word earlier this month that Sen. Al Franken was trying his hand at passing a privacy bill again. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require any and all app makers to request permission to track users before being able to do so. His first attempt at passage in 2011 failed, but it’s looking a bit more optimistic …

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Archify Is A Tool You Might Actually Want Tracking Everything You Do Online

Sometimes people actually wish everything they did was tracked online. That may be a hard concept for some to swallow, but surely you’ve encountered an experience where you ran across some piece of online content, but then want to see it again, days later, only to realize that you can’t find it. You can’t remember where you saw it, and …

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Google Tag Manager Lets You Consolidate Site Tags Into One Snippet Of Code

Google has announced the launch of Google Tag Manager, a new tool to consolidate the various tags you may use for your site into one snippet of code, and to manage from a single web interface. Users can add and update their own tags anytime. It’s not limited to Google-specific tags. It includes asynchronous tag loading, so “tags can fire …

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IBM’s New Augmented Reality App Will Track Your Grocery Shopping

If you simply can’t get enough targeted advertising into your life, IBM’s new augmented reality mobile shopping app is probably for you. IBM research scientists today announced the app, which will allow customers to scan store shelves with their smartphone to receive coupons and recommendations on the spot. It’s the modern version of the grocery store card. IBM envisions customers …

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Googler: Nobody Wants To Be Tracked Online

Last week, Google launched Google Consumer Surveys. These were designed both as a way for publishers to potentially make a bit of revenue, as well as a way to easily and cheaply collect market research. So far, at least Googlers themselves are running some interesting surveys. We already reported on one Matt Cutts ran, finding that only one in five …

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