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Thank you, Google, for being so ‘evil’

Thank you, Google, for being so ‘evil’

By on March 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM.

Using Google’s “don’t be evil” slogan in articles criticizing the technology giant’s hunger for private data is a pastime tech bloggers and journalists have long since worn out. Yes, we know Google is an advertising company. Yes, we know nearly every single product and service in Google’s massive portfolio is used in part to collect personal data from the company’s massive user base. Yes, we know that data is then used to build profiles of each Google user. And yes, we know those profiles are used to serve targeted advertisements.

Advertising is Google’s business, and business is good. Google’s net income came in at about $3.4 billion last quarter on massive revenues totaling $16.9 billion. More →

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Internet Censorship Report

Watchdog group declares United States an ‘enemy of the Internet’

By on March 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM.

Watchdog group declares United States an ‘enemy of the Internet’

Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders publishes its updated “Enemies of the Internet” list each year. The report looks to shed light on the current state of the Internet, revealing which countries across the globe stand in the way of unfettered access to the wealth of information the Web has to offer. Places like North Korea and China are regulars on the list, as you might have guessed, but the 2014 version of this important report includes a troubling new addition: America. More →

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Home Internet Service

Almost one-third of U.S. households have no choice for broadband Internet service

By on March 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Almost one-third of U.S. households have no choice for broadband Internet service

Nearly one-third of households in the United States have either no choice for home broadband Internet service, or no options at all. The frightening statistic comes from a presentation given to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week by SoftBank CEO Mayoshi Son, and it cited data provided by the Federal Communications Commission this past December. More →

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Google YouTube UK Security Officials

Google gives U.K. government ‘special access’ to YouTube

By on March 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Google gives U.K. government ‘special access’ to YouTube

National security officials in the United Kingdom will be given “special access” to some key YouTube features by Google, The Irish Times reports. Apparently Google will give officials in the U.K. the ability to raise a “super flag” on videos that they deem dangerous to national security. The Irish Times says that these “super flagger” powers mean that any content that U.K. officials flag will be immediately reviewed for takedown. Additionally, national security officials will have the ability to flag content in bulk so they won’t have to flag individual videos to be reviewed on a one-at-a-time basis. More →

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Google Drive Price Cut

Google Drive undercuts Dropbox, OneDrive with huge price cut

By on March 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Google Drive undercuts Dropbox, OneDrive with huge price cut

Cloud storage is more affordable than ever with Google’s latest price cut for Google Drive. Google announced the massive savings on its blog on Thursday, a surreptitious reveal just hours after Amazon jacked up Prime prices. Under the new plans, customers will have access to 15GB of storage for free while rates will be $1.99 per month for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99) and $99.99 for 10TB. Re/code has put those numbers into perspective with comparisons to other cloud storage services: a year of 100GB of storage now costs $23.88 on Google Drive, $50 on Microsoft’s OneDrive and $99 on Dropbox. Head over to your Google storage settings if you want to upgrade your account or check to see your new rate.

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger Vs. Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

While Sprint pledges a price war, Comcast won’t even promise smaller price hikes

By on March 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

While Sprint pledges a price war, Comcast won’t even promise smaller price hikes

For the past few months we’ve written a lot about two controversial potential mergers that have shaken the American Internet service and telecom landscape: A proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and a not-yet-formally-proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. What has become fascinating to watch about each merger is the way that both Sprint and Comcast have gone about trying to convince the general public that it should support letting them become bigger and more powerful by acquiring smaller players. More →

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Time Warner Cable Data Caps

Time Warner Cable customers reject offer of cheaper service with data caps

By on March 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Time Warner Cable customers reject offer of cheaper service with data caps

Internet service provider Time Warner Cable recently made customers an offer. In exchange for a discount of roughly $60 per year on their home Internet service, subscribers could opt for a new service plan that capped their data at 30 gigabytes each billing period. While the prospect of saving money on steep monthly cable bills is certainly appealing, TWC customers have spoken loud and clear: No, we don’t want data caps. More →

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Google Fiber Vs. Comcast Time Warner Cable

ISPs won’t be laughing at Google Fiber for much longer

By on March 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

ISPs won’t be laughing at Google Fiber for much longer

ISPs will ignore Google Fiber at their own peril. MarketWatch’s Nat Worden writes that many cable executives he talked with four years ago were openly dismissive of Google’s chances of succeeding as an ISP because the company didn’t have the experience managing a network and dealing with customer service to make it work. Now, however, Google Fiber is up and running in three markets and is considering an expansion to nine other major metropolitan areas encompassing 34 cities and towns, meaning the time for Comcast and Time Warner Cable to scoff at Google’s broadband adventure may be at an end. More →

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Google Search Banner Ads

Google decides it won’t ruin searches with annoying banner ads

By on March 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

Google decides it won’t ruin searches with annoying banner ads

Good news, everyone: You’ll be able to keep searching through Google without the specter of annoying banner ads hanging over you. Marketing Land brings us word that Google search boss Amit Singhal said this week that the Google had cancelled its experimental program to introduce banner ads into searches that it played around with last fall. Under that program, people who searched for company names would be served an enormous banner ad that would be placed at the top of search results. Such giant ads would have run counter to Google’s statement back in 2005 when it said that “there will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages” and that there “will not be crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site.”

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Internet Of The Future

Here’s what the Internet might look like in 2025

By on March 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Here’s what the Internet might look like in 2025

The World Wide Web turned 25 on Wednesday, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than by envisioning the Internet of the future? The Pew Research Center asked a group of what The Wall Street Journal refers to as “thinkers in science and technology” about what the Internet might look like in 2025. Their responses carry forth many of the concept of the Internet of Things we have seen so often recently, but they also take things much further. More →

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Assange Wikileaks SXSW Interview

Wikileaks founder Assange vows more damaging leaks on the way

By on March 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Wikileaks founder Assange vows more damaging leaks on the way

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, criticized the NSA and hinted at future leaks in a Skype interview at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, did not give any details about what would be included in future leaks. He also blasted the Obama administration for its weak response to the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. More →

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Samsung Milk Music Radio Service

Samsung unveils an iTunes Radio rival that won’t annoy you with ads

By on March 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Samsung unveils an iTunes Radio rival that won’t annoy you with ads

Samsung announced on Friday that it has officially entered the music streaming market with a brand new app on Google Play called Milk Music. Milk Music is a radio service much like Pandora, but will be exclusive to Galaxy devices. Best of all, Milk is completely ad-free without any subscription fee to speak of. You are still limited to six skips an hour on any given station, but according to Samsung, you’ll never hear an ad on Milk Music. More →

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