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Google’s Unified Privacy Policy Draws Threat Of $15M Fine In The Netherlands

Wednesday 17 December 2014 @ 3:20 am
youtube nl The national data protection authority in the Netherlands has warned Google that it could be fined up to $15 million if it does not make amendments to its privacy policy by the end of February 2015, to comply with Dutch data protection law . Read More

Google Drive gets Gmail attachment support, Google voice search on Android, uploading from other apps on iOS

Tuesday 16 December 2014 @ 1:52 pm

Google today rolled out new Google Drive features in Gmail, as well as updated Android and iOS apps. Gmail attachment support is live now, while the Android update is rolling out on Google Play “over the next week or so” and the iOS app is available now on Apple’s App Store.

First up, you can now share Google Drive files through Gmail as attachments, as opposed to links. When you select the “Insert as Attachment” option from Google Drive, you can attach non-Google files directly to your Gmail message.

In other words, you no longer have to worry about accidentally removing a person’s access to a file. If you delete a file from Google Drive, the people you shared it with will still have a copy.

Insert from Drive

Next up, the Google app on Android has gained voice search for Google Drive. All you have to do is say “OK, Google — search for [file name] on Drive” and you’ll get your file without opening the app and typing in keywords.

It’s worth noting that the Google Drive app on Android already has voice search. However, getting to that function requires opening the app, tapping the search icon, and then hitting the microphone icon. If you do all your voice searching from the Google app, this new feature should be a sweet addition.

The iOS app meanwhile now lets you upload content to your Google Drive from other apps, although only on iOS 8. Google is perfectly fine with you using an iOS device, but it still wants you to store all your files in its cloud.

Finally, both the Android and iOS apps now let you access and share custom maps you create with Google My Maps. This isn’t huge, but it just further emphasizes how badly Google wants to keep integrating all its services together.

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Google plans to integrate its fact database Freebase into Wikimedia’s Wikidata

Tuesday 16 December 2014 @ 1:32 pm
The Freebase page for the Fiery Furnaces.

Google will move the information inside its Freebase free database of structured data — about music, books, film, and other subjects — into Wikidata, a somewhat similar free database from the Wikimedia Foundation.

Next year the Freebase website will become read-only, and later the website will go down, as will the accompanying application programming interfaces (APIs) that developers have been able to tap to stream Freebase data into their applications, according to a post today on Freebase’s Google+ page.

But not all is lost for developers who have come to value the information inside Freebase. Freebase will “launch a new API for entity search powered by Google’s Knowledge Graph,” states the post, which comes from Google’s Knowledge Graph team.

Freebase first started in 2007; Google came to possess it by acquiring MetaWeb, the startup behind the database, in 2010.

The move to Wikidata is a bit ironic, given that some of the data sitting inside of Freebase — including musician genres, album names, and record labels, for instance — originated from pages on Wikipedia, which the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation hosts. And Googlers understand that.

“Loading Freebase into Wikidata as-is wouldn’t meet the Wikidata community’s guidelines for citation and sourcing of facts — while a significant portion of the facts in Freebase came from Wikipedia itself, those facts were attributed to Wikipedia and not the actual original non-Wikipedia sources,” the post states. “So we’ll be launching a tool for Wikidata community members to match Freebase assertions to potential citations from either Google Search or our Knowledge Vault, so these individual facts can then be properly loaded to Wikidata.”

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As promised, Google News says ‘adios’ to Spain

Tuesday 16 December 2014 @ 4:18 am
Google News shut down in Spain today.

Google News ceased operations in Spain today, a move the search giant said was the result of a new law that would have required it to pay publishers for their content.

Google had said last week that it was going to stop the service. Today, the company posted a notice on the Google News Spanish site saying the service was gone.

“We’re incredibly sad to announce that, due to recent changes in Spanish law, we have removed Spanish publishers from Google News and closed Google News in Spain,” the post says.

At issue is a new Spanish law that takes effect Jan. 1. The law requires search engines to pay publishers for the right to display snippets of text from stories and headlines. The law was passed amid broader concerns from publishers across Europe that Google wields too much power.

But Google said its news service does not make money since it doesn’t display advertising on the site. As such, the company said operating under such a law was “not sustainable.”

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Google’s top searches of 2014: Robin Williams, World Cup, and Ebola

Tuesday 16 December 2014 @ 12:00 am

Just like everyone else, Google puts together end-of-year lists for its various properties. We’ve already seen YouTube and Google Play, but now it’s time to see what the company is best known for: Search.

The company today released the fourteenth installment of its year-end zeitgeist. Here are the top 10 global trending searches for 2014:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Flappy Bird
  7. Conchita Wurst
  8. ISIS
  9. Frozen
  10. Sochi Olympics

The top 10 list in the U.S. is nearly identical. Just replace Conchita Wurst with Ferguson and the Sochi Olympics with Ukraine. Even the ranking is very close:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. Flappy Bird
  6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  7. ISIS
  8. Ferguson
  9. Frozen
  10. Ukraine

As always, there are also a bunch of categories that we’re frankly not interested in (I’m almost shocked, but more saddened that there’s a section dedicated solely to “Celebrity Pregnancies”), but there are a few that we think are worth highlighting. Below are three of them.

Trending Tech Gadgets

  1. iPhone 6
  2. Samsung Galaxy s5
  3. Nexus 6
  4. Apple Watch
  5. Chromecast
  6. Xbox One
  7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  8. LG G3
  9. Moto 360
  10. Surface Pro

Most Searched Places on Google Maps

  1. Walmart
  2. Starbucks
  3. Target
  4. McDonald’s
  5. Home Depot
  6. Bank of America
  7. Walgreens
  8. CVS
  9. Wells Fargo
  10. Costco

Trending Video Games

  1. Destiny
  2. Titanfall
  3. Watch Dogs
  4. ArcheAge
  5. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  6. Madden 15
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. Dragon Age Inquisition
  9. Battlefield Hardline
  10. League of Angels

As always, Google’s Year in Search site will give you a closer look at the stories that defined 2014. This time, however, Google has also made it easier to find the trending topics of the year directly from Google Search: just type in “google 2014″ without the quotes to see the top trending lists from around the world.

For a complete look at the top searches, head to Last year, the top three trending searches were for Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, and the iPhone 5s.

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These Were The Top 10 Most Popular Searches On Google In 2014

Tuesday 16 December 2014 @ 12:00 am
google Each year, Google releases a list of the topics we’ve collectively searched for the most over the past 12 months. Each year, I try and see how many I can guess beforehand. This year, I got about half. How many can you get? [Pro tip: remember, people generally search for depressing/scary stuff more than pretty much anything else.] Read More

Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

Sunday 14 December 2014 @ 11:05 am
Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 1.49.53 PM The Internet is like a delicate rainforest ecosystem. You remove one player and the rest suffer and die. That happened in Spain this week when the government there began cracking down on Google. The Spanish government is requiring the company to pay Spanish news providers every time their content appears on the site. The search giant will shut down Google News there in response and no content… Read More

Here’s a typical day for a pampered Google engineer

Saturday 13 December 2014 @ 6:10 pm
The Google drink machine.

Year after year, list after list, Google consistently ranks as the best place to work in America. Great pay, fun projects, and a downright astounding number of perks make it so.

But what’s it really like to work there, as in what’s a typical day in the life of a Google engineer? A lot more ordinary than you might think, according to a description posted on Quora by Google software engineer Kenny Leftin.

“I’ve been asked this question a lot at recruiting events and while interviewing potential candidates. As a SWE (Software Engineer) going on my 7th year at the company, I think I can answer pretty accurately,” he writes.

He says the hours are flexible. He usually starts right before 10 a.m. Others work early, leave early, or come in late, work late. The day mostly involves email, coding, chatting with coworkers, a free lunch with coworkers, and meetings.

He sums it up like:

Though people think it, my day doesn’t typically include:
— Playing in the Google ball pit.
— Trying to see how many free cookies I can eat in one sitting.
— Designing breakthroughs in quantum sorting algorithms.
— Nerf gun wars (ok, maybe sometimes)

What my typical day can include:
— Constantly iterating / improving on Google products that are used by millions of people.
— When a crazy idea pops into my head, taking an afternoon to work on that rather than my main project. (20 percent time)
— Working with incredibly smart coworkers who are motivated.

While that all sounds almost downright ordinary, other Google engineers have explained that working at Google gets better as time goes by.

That’s not just because they are pampered with perks, although they are (stuff like Wi-Fi commuter buses, climbing walls, games, bowling alleys, lap swimming pools).

Happy Googlers say they’re happy because they feel that the work itself is rewarding. They build products that are often, ultimately, used by millions of people. And that’s really what turns an engineer’s light on: building things that people find useful. But the pay, food and toys, those things don’t hurt.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider.

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Google Analytics will drop IE9 support on January 31

Friday 12 December 2014 @ 2:23 pm
Internet Explorer

Google today announced that its Analytics service will stop supporting Internet Explorer 9 next month. Starting on January 31, Google Analytics users should only use Microsoft’s browser if they are running IE10 or IE11.

While you can continue to use Google Analytics with IE9 after this date, Google warned that “some features may not work properly going forward.” In other words, if you haven’t upgraded yet, just pull the trigger.

In September 2013, Google first announced that it plans to discontinue support for the third-oldest version of browsers in Google Analytics. IE8 support was then killed off in December of the same year.

This means the January 31 date only affects IE. Google says it will continue to support Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and “other modern browsers,” but since their version numbers change more frequently, and they don’t have as high of a market share, they don’t get their own deadline announcement.

If you’re still using an old version of any browser, you can expect problems when using Google Analytics. Well, that goes for the web in general, but Google Analytics can be particularly heavy on certain functions.

It’s important to emphasize that Google Analytics will still count and track visits from users of all browsers, including IE9. This change merely affects accessing the service, not what it actually measures.

IE9 is only available for Windows Vista and Windows 7. The latest browser figures show it has about 9.14 percent market share.

That means it’s still the third-most used IE version. IE11 is first (a recent development) and IE8 is second, largely because Windows XP users can’t upgrade past it.

Similarly, Windows Vista users can’t upgrade past IE9. Of course, if you’re still using Vista, you need to upgrade a lot more than just your browser version. Whether you’re a Google Analytics user or not, it’s time to go get an upgrade.

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Yahoo sites start telling Chrome, IE users to ‘upgrade’ to Firefox

Friday 12 December 2014 @ 1:01 pm

Yahoo is putting some site real estate behind its browser ally, Mozilla Firefox. At a variety of Yahoo sites (like Flickr) today you can see a small link at the upper right saying “Upgrade to the new Firefox.”

When you click the link you go to a Firefox download page that says: “Choose Independent. Choose Firefox.”

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 12.29.57 PMThe link to the download page appears if you are using a Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Opera browser. However, if you use Apple’s Safari browser you won’t see it.

Mozilla and Yahoo announced a five-year partnership on November 19 in which Firefox will make Yahoo the default search engine in its browser — replacing Google.

Firefox users would be introduced to a “new enhanced Yahoo Search experience” starting in December, the companies said.

Firefox had used Google’s search engine since 2004, but when the renewal of the agreement came due this year the two companies parted ways.

The partnership between Yahoo and Firefox may end up helping both — and both need help. Firefox’s user numbers have been declining for years, and Yahoo search lags behind rivals Microsoft Bing and Google Search.

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