Archive for the ‘Google’ Category
The words Google won’t let you use: Bizarre list of 1,400 words banned from predictive text (including ‘geek’ and ‘condom’)Posted: 2013/12/03 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
- List of words were found in the source code for Android’s KitKat software
- It includes synonyms for sex, genitalia and pregnancy plus the word ‘geek’
- If a user types these words, Google doesn’t show them in its predictive text
- Controversial allowed words include ‘marijuana’ and ‘bong’ as well as ‘Nazi’
Senator Thomas Byrne has secured interim High Court orders restraining Google from publishing his bio with photo of convicted solicitor by the same namePosted: 2013/12/02 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Message to Google: change your algorithm, allow for more removal options, or read your mail
Jim O’Callaghan SC, for Mr Byrne, said the publication appeared to be a mistake with no malicious intent on Google’s part but three efforts to contact Google with a view to have the photograph removed had elicited no result.
Mr Byrne had also tried to use the self-correcting mechanism on the Google site to remove the material but to no avail, counsel added.
Mr Byrne’s solicitor had written to Google Ireland at its address at Barrow Street, Dublin, about the matter seeking to have the image removed and Mr Byrne himself had also sent a communication to Google to the same effect but had received nothing other than a “standard form reply” to his own communication, counsel said.
There had been no response to letters from his solicitor sent on November 26th and 27th last.
That was why Mr Byrne was seeking the court orders, counsel said.
Adblock Plus now lets you remove 10 ‘annoyances’ from YouTube, including the Google+ commenting systemPosted: 2013/12/02 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Google is forcing us to make google+ accounts and invading our social life to comment on a youtube video and trying to take away our anonymous profile. They are also trying to censor us unless we share the same worldview as they do.
The Digital Awakening Has Begun. Dutch Data Protection Authority: Google Is Creating Its Own Web Of Personal DataPosted: 2013/11/28 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, The Cloud
…and they’re not asking your permission to do so. Oh, and they’re also acting in breach of the Dutch data protection legislation.
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“Google has forfeited its chance to show true good will and make meaningful proposals to a quick settlement”Posted: 2013/11/27 in Education / Awareness, Google, Litigation, New Business Models, Online advertising, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
…which means Beijing would have to block it completely or not at all, rather than the selective search results it blocks today.
Secondly, Smith urged Google to redirect users trying to visit blocked sites to a mirrored version of that site hosted by the Chocolate Factory.
Google’s Eric Schmidt: Huge drift of Chinese citizens towards social networks would lead to a “liberalisation of the country”Posted: 2013/11/26 in Education / Awareness, Google, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Products appearing at the top of a Google search are pricier than those that show up lower in the resultsPosted: 2013/11/25 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Stats / reports
Music can be stored as 320Kbps MP3 files.
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Google knows so much about you that it could “generate personalized reactions” on social media on your behalfPosted: 2013/11/22 in Education / Awareness, Google, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
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The Limit To Freedom Of Information: Google to replace satellite image showing scene of California teen’s murderPosted: 2013/11/19 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
The limit to freedom of information: Google blocks child porn in 100,000 searches, plans filter for YouTube
Cameron welcomes Microsoft and Google moves to block child porn. Blocks on internet porn to begin in new yearPosted: 2013/11/18 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
New algorithms have been introduced by Google that block child abuse images, videos and pathways that lead to illegal content, covering 100,000 unique searches.
Auto-complete features offering people child abuse search terms have also been blocked.
Google and Microsoft will now work with the National Crime Agency and the Internet Watch Foundation to bring forward a plan to tackle peer to peer networks featuring child abuse images
Google will also introduce new technology that will put a unique identification mark on illegal child abuse videos, which will mean all copies are removed from the web once a single copy is identified.
Blocks on internet porn to begin in new year: 20 million families will have to make a Yes or No choice on access to filth
- Scheme to combat internet porn has been accelerated, says Prime Minister
- TalkTalk and Sky are now insisting new customers choose whether pornographic filters are switched on or off
- BT and Virgin confirm on Monday whether they will follow suit in January
- Existing internet users will also be contacted by service providers and told they must make a similar choice over the next few months
‘Rape porn’ possession to be punished by three years in jail, David Cameron to announce
The limit to freedom of information: Google blocks child porn in 100,000 searches, plans filter for YouTubePosted: 2013/11/18 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Technology is supposed to be destroying the traditional media, but tech gurus can’t seem to keep their mitts off the sectorPosted: 2013/11/14 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
In written testimony submitted to a U.S. Senate judiciary subcommittee, a Google executive said that the official secrecy was contrary to American values and hurting U.S. economic interests.
“Governments have a duty to protect their citizens. The current lack of transparency about the nature of government surveillance in democratic countries, however, undermines the freedoms most citizens cherish,” Google’s director for law enforcement and information security, Richard Salgado, said in the written testimony. He was expected to take questions later in the hearing.
Members of Congress are grappling with what changes to make to U.S. surveillance programs and laws after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to newspapers revealed the extent of the spying.
Google Key In Distribution Of Pirated Files As It Deleted 200 Million “Pirate” Search Results in 2013Posted: 2013/11/12 in Google, File Sharing, New Business Models, Illegal File Sharing, Education / Awareness, Tech Evolution, Stats / reports, Enforcement, Online advertising, Copyright
…and still the pirate sites are popping up in their search results…
Trusted global brands Apple and Google have been exposed as making available for download mobile applications that publish pirated content to Internet users in the Ukraine, undermining sustained measures by leading Ukrainian media groups and public sector organisations to eradicate online piracy in the country.