Is Google considering giving websites that use strong encryption preferential placement in its search results? Google's Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts has hinted at this, having recently spoken about about such a move.
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Twitter is clamping down on graphic sexual activities and provocative nudity that people post on quick clip video app Vine, making it clear that explicit sexual content is unwanted.
Google reportedly has spent $400 million to buy a London based artificial intelligence company called DeepMind. Neither firm offered up more information, but reports indicate DeepMind's team will be working with Google's search team.
A U.S. court has ordered customer review website Yelp reveal the names of seven of its anonymous reviewers. The order follows a lawsuit filed by a carpet cleaning company which suspected that some of the reviews placed online about it were made up.
Wired found that the block list on Android contains 1,400 odd words. Some are obvious, others less so, and Wired said that even "butt" and "geek" are no no words.
Over time Yahoo built up quite a portfolio of domain names, and it is now ready to part with some of them. Most interesting is sandwich.com. The auction started today and runs for a week. Yahoo is calling the event Domainapalooza.
Just days after the validity of the Bing It On Challenge faced serious questions, Microsoft has apparently decided that people need more marketing pokes aimed at Google and kicked off another Bing It On advertising campaigns, this time in the UK.
Google has not responded in a timely manner to the French data protection authority's demand that it make changes, and will now face sanctions in the form of a fine of more than $400,000. Google maintains their policy respects European laws.
Twitter has launched Twitter Alerts, a way of broadcasting critical information from emergency reporting organizations during emergencies and natural disasters. Users will see highlighted alerts in the Twitter feed and receive push notifications.
"We're delighted that CERN opened its doors to Google Maps Street View allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to take a peek into its laboratories, control centers and its myriad underground tunnels housing cutting-edge experiments," said Google.
The report found that three-quarters of respondents admitted using search engines as a route to their plundered content and that 58% of searches were generic hunts without any pirate tinged keywords. The majority of queries (82%) came from Google.
Yahoo has finally unveiled the logo that it spent 30 days counting down to releasing. Its new logo, designed over on weekend this summer, isn't dissimilar to previous Yahoo logos. It has a slightly slimmer font and retains the exclamation mark.
Google has told the UK High Court that it isn't subject to UK privacy laws because it's a U.S. company. Google is in court because it danced around security settings on the Apple iPhone and collected some users' personal information through Safari.
Bing has added a pop-up warning that will appear when someone is about view images of child abuse. Searchers who are almost upon such content will see a message that says, "Warning! Child abuse is illegal," and links them to help and advice.
Letter asks that the government release its own transparency reports that show the number of individuals targeted and the number of accounts and devices covered. Supporting this would be more detailed transparency reports from the companies involved.
Google has told the world that it will not approve any facial recognition software for Glass until it's had time to have a good think about it. Officially, Google says it "won't be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time."
YouTube has been serving its clips of animals, planking, people falling over and monkeys in sheepskin coats for eight years. The video streaming website launched eight years ago with a single video. Now, 100 hours of video are uploaded per minute.
Facebook has confirmed that it will remove videos of people having their heads cut off. "We will remove instances of these videos that are reported to us while we evaluate our policy and approach to this type of content," Facebook says.
Google will discontinue the Meebo toolbar and hopes that users will switch to Google+ and its single sign on. Google acquired Meebo for about $100 million last summer. The Meebo Bar will stop loading on publisher sites on June 6.
Google has accepted a fine from the German data protection authority over its mistaken and unused collection of WiFi data using Google Street View cars. Germany calls it "one of the most serious cases of violation of data protection regulations".