Google tried to “partner” with Facebook in a bid to gain access to its users’ personal information, the search giant’s executive chairman has revealed. Eric Schmidt believed Facebook data would improve Google’s search function.
Google’s Music Beta will put an end to the need for wires in digital music, the firm claimed yesterday at the launch of the “cloud-based” music service.
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Eric Schmidt, the political donation, and the attempt to censor Google search results – what really happened
For those of you whose interest was piqued by the throwaway line in the New York Times report on the new Google biography by Steven Levy, and who can’t wait to buy the book on 12 April, more info on that allegation against chief executive Eric Schmidt.
Internet users tired of being pestered by personalised adverts will be able to avoid them in future after Google launched an extension to stop their browser cookies being tracked by online companies.
Google has begun offering downloads of its Chrome, Picassa and Earth programmes in Iran for the first time after a US embargo banning their transfer was relaxed.
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Charles Arthur, on a device (right) to charge your phone while you walk. Not sure it’ll catch on: it’s one minute walk time for one minute talk time.
Ed Yong, on analysis of language change using Google’s astonishing database of 12 per cent of all books ever published.
David Aaronovitch, in tomorrow’s Times (pay wall), [...]
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You know, I really think we might all have been had over this Sesame Street, Katy Perry story. Surely the whole thing a stunt dreamed up in unholy alliance between the show’s producer and Google’s YouTube.
Consider the evidence:
- Elmo is waving at us from the YouTube logo today, to drive traffic to the site’s Sesame [...]
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