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A Week in Google: Tracking iPhone Browsing, Unlocking Androids and Better Google+

After causing a privacy fuss a few weeks ago, Google is back in the news again having been found circumnavigating Apple's Safari browser privacy to track user's surfing habits. On the positive side, it has found new ways to unlock Android phones and added further features for Google+ to keep it gaining in popularity.

 

Ektron's New CTO Sees Big Things for Customer Experience and Big Data

When business is doing great, you don't just sit back and ride the wave -- you go out find yourself a Chief Technology Officer. At least that's what Ektron did.

eMarketer Predicts Online Ad Trends in 2012: Hint - Video is Big

Once there were radios, then came television, and now, with computers quickly becoming America’s primary source of entertainment, advertisers are being forced to take notice. The latest trends in online advertising reflect this changing vantage point, as a new analysis from eMarketer shows video will be the fastest growing digital ad format over the coming years, slowly but surely gaining momentum against search and banner ads. The oracle has spoken. 

Yahoo Chairman Jumps Down

Thumbnail image for yahoo_logo.jpg In a letter to the Yahoo board, Chairman Roy Bostock announces that he won't be seeking re-election at the next shareholder's meeting. Is Bostock stepping down? Or is it more like jumping ship?

Apple Threatens App Cheats as iPhone Racks up Sales and iPad Enters Parliament

applelogo.pngA whole bag of Apple-related news snippets have flooded in from various places today, as the company deals with the price of market success, app store shenanigans and the risk of being road-tested by those ultimate fuddy-duddies, British Parliamentarians. Oh, and something called the iPad 3 might be happening soon. 

Why Is Microsoft Hush, Hush on Google's Search Plus Your World?

microsoft_logo_2010.jpgGoogle has received significant public reprimand for their "a little more Google for everyone" Google+ powered Search Plus Your World. Twitter was outraged. Facebook was disappointed. Microsoft was...wait, why isn’t Microsoft saying anything?

A Week in Google: Are 100 Million Google+ Users Still Wrong?

With all the news of Facebook's IPO this week, Google's still-fledgling social service marched over another user milestone as the improvements and other changes in the Google ecosystem keep on coming.

A Week in Google: He's Not a Search Company, He's a Very Naughty Boy

So say Google's critics about a company which, lets face it, is only 14 years old. We know what they're like; trying to grow up quickly, but really still a kid at heart. And that pretty much sums up the company's week as it keeps trying to please users while trying to obey the grown-ups.

Out With IBM's Lotus Symphony, In With Apache OpenOffice IBM Edition

Out With IBM’s Lotus Symphony, In With Apache OpenOffice IBM Edition IBM Symphony appears to have arrived at the end of the road. It’s not exactly unexpected, given the moves in productivity and collaboration space. According to Ed Brill, Director of Messaging and Collaboration Solutions at IBM, the release of Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 is likely to be the last release of the free productivity suite.

Google's Comprehensive Privacy Program Announced

Being true to its settlement agreement with the FTC in March of last year, Google pre-announced yesterday a comprehensive update that consolidates some 60 privacy policy documents, plus a refresh of its terms of service agreement. Both are to begin March 1, but are available now for review online.

This policy shift is generating buzz online over concerns of privacy, search anonymity and control over just what information gets shared.

A Week in Google: Q4 Shocks Investors, PageRank Changes May Shock Users

Google briefly shocked investors with poor fourth quarter results which, on top of its recent troubles, can be defined as a distinct wobble in the company's otherwise stellar evolution. But, down at the coalface, it continues to tweak its search systems, throw out new apps and improve features in its fledgling social network.

A Week in Google: Treading on Dangerous Ground?

Google is on the rack this week for ignoring Twitter from its "plus Your World" expanded search feature and over-focusing on its own Google+. We look at the ramifications of that, a ruckus in Africa and see what else happened in the wide world of the company this week.

Google's Search Plus Your World Peeps Into Your Life

Google announced several new features to its search service yesterday that leverage information from your Google+ social identity to deliver what it hopes will be more personalized and contextually accurate results. Google is calling it Search plus Your World: vocal opponents are calling it bull cheating.

A Week in Google: Search Tweaks, Cheap Tablets, Faster TV

This week in Google, the search engine gets some further refinements, and it's making moves on the tablet front while Google TV moves from Intel to ARM.

A Look Back at Google in 2011

Google fell under new management this year, and the shake up resulted in some heavy changes. A new idea of what legitimate content should look like, a social network that the company refuses to call a social network, and the loss of an experimental playground are just a few. In case you missed a beat, here's a look back at the highlights.  

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