Tech Stocks Show Weakness Amid Uncertain Global Economy

2067062407_c0ebf2204e_o Tech stocks fell sharply on Friday, setting a somber mood for the industry this weekend. The carnage was widespread, with giants taking a stumble — Microsoft, -3.97%; Google, 2.92%; Facebook, -3.95%; LinkedIn, -3.84%; Yahoo, -3.65%; and Alibaba, -3.28% — and newcomers joining in the general mayhem. MobileIron fell 6.92%. ZenDesk was off 8.06%. GoPro dropped 4.63%, Twitter fell… Read More

Google Adds European Search De-Listing Requests To Its Transparency Report

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 7.15.09 PM Google has published some new details about the search index de-listing requests it’s receiving in Europe. The information is being put online in a new section of its Transparency Report where it also details link removal requests it fields from governments and courts, and also copyright requests — the latter forming the vast majority of Google link removal requests. Read More

Another Google White Spaces Trial Brings You Live Meerkat Action From London Zoo

meerkats London Zoo You can say one thing about Google, it sure knows how to push the Internet’s buttons. The company has figured out the perfect way to spice up a dry technology trial: by partnering with London Zoo to use the wireless tech in question — white spaces spectrum — to stream live footage of animals on to YouTube. Specifically meerkats. Otters. And Galapagos Giant Tortoises. Read More

Google’s Conversational Search Gets Smarter, Adds OpenTable Integration

conversational search update Google’s conversational search is a great example of how well the company can handle natural language queries. It’s not just about the initial search (“How old is Barack Obama?”), though, but also about the follow up, which means the service has to be able to understand pronouns and the keywords they relate to (“Where was he born?”). Read More

Google Hangouts Is Now A Dedicated App For Chrome OS And Windows PCs

google-hangouts Google wants to make it easier and faster for customers to use its free video and voice chat service Hangouts, which is why this morning it is rolling out a new Hangouts Chrome App for Chrome OS and Windows PCs. (No word yet on Mac support). The app lets you use Hangouts alongside whatever else you’re doing on your computer, instead of having Hangouts buried within a sea of browser tabs. Read More

Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

google-primer Google has rolled out a new iPhone app called Primer, aimed at teaching startups the fundamentals of marketing – with a Google spin, of course. The new app, available only on iOS for now, but coming soon to Android, complements the Google Primer website which further explains how the mini-marketing lessons Google provides overlaps with the company’s larger agenda. “We… Read More

Google Launches New $50/Year Chromebooks For Work Subscription Option

chromebook-family-homepage-promo_2x Google today is launching a new subscription service for businesses that use Chromebooks. For $50 per year and device, businesses can now subscribe to get access to Google’s advanced Chrome OS management features and support. Read More

Google Turned A Camel Into A Street View Car To Map The Liwa Desert

trekker-camel-desert Google took to the sands to expand its globe-spanning Street View imagery, using its Trekker camera pack modified and mounted to an actual camel’s hump to capture photos from the Liwa Desert, a pristine wonderland straight out of fantasy tales in the United Arab Emirates. The use of camels was meant to avoid having any kind of impact on the surrounding environment, which has played home… Read More

Twitter Sues The Government Over Data-Request Disclosures

twitter-rise Twitter wants you to know that it is serious about data request transparency, and that is a darn fine good thing. The social company is suing the government for the right to share, in more granular detail, the requests for user data that state makes. The United States government would like such data to be opaque. Twitter, the opposite. Read More

Social Networks And Directories Main Target Of European Search De-Listing Requests

Facebook Standalone Apps Some interesting data has been released today by the Forget.me service, regarding Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The data suggests most requests for de-listing personal information focus on the parochial targets of social media sites and directory websites, rather than mainline media outlets. Read More
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