Microsoft accused Google of circumventing Internet Explorer user settings in a blog post Monday but forgot to mention this information was released two days ago and also named Facebook as a culprit. Google quickly sent out a rebuttal.
A report says Google was ignoring settings on Safari intended to block tracking tools. Google platforms were reportedly able to log user activity on both the OS X and iOS versions of the browser. Google says the report "mischaracterizes" the issue.
Why is Google motivated to take such a hard line on identifying people by their real name on Google+? The simple answer, perhaps, is that Google and the government both want to make the Internet more about accountability, rather than anonymity.