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Google Maps will speed up efforts to replace satellite image depicting slain teen’s body

Google will fast-track its efforts to replace a satellite image from its map service that shows the body of a slain California teenager. The Google Maps image shows police standing near the body of 14-yeart-old Kevin Barerra, who was found shot to death in 2009 along some railroad tracks in…

YouTube co-founder: ‘Why the f*ck do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?’

Few would deny that the former Youtube comment system was in need of a refresh and that it was the most trolled platform this side of Fourchan, however Youtube fans are viewing the decision to tie in its replacement to Google+ as a sign that Google’s “Don’t be evil” mask…

Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother

The big online companies are calling for urgent reforms to protect us from having data intercepted Over a few weeks’ worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the…

Snowden document reveals key role of Yahoo, Microsoft and Google in NSA data collection

File shows number of intelligence reports being generated from data collected from the likes of Yahoo, Microsoft and Google The key role US telecoms and internet companies play in National Security Agency surveillance programs is detailed in a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden and published…

San Diego woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass

Traffic citation: Google Glass-ing while driving (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google Glass team member Salil Pandit wears Google Glasses at a booth at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Sunglasses may be necessary eyewear for driving, but Google Glasses? Wearing the smart spectacles could land…

NSA compromised Yahoo and Google data centers

The US National Security Agency has tapped into key communications links from Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Post, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials, said the program can collect data at will from hundreds…

U.S. spying in Europe: Will it backfire on Google and Facebook?

US spying in Europe: Will it backfire on Google and Facebook? (via The Christian Science Monitor) German Chancellor Angela Merkel (r.) and French President François Hollande attend a European Union leaders summit in Brussels Thursday. German and French accusations that the United States has run spying operations in their countries…

Google files patent for gesture-activated car controls

Distracted driving is the latest and greatest menace to the children of America, and automakers are both morally and legally obligated to reduce distractions to the driving experience. Voice commands…  …

How to opt out of Google’s shared endorsements

How To Opt Out of Google’s Shared Endorsements (via EFF) Google recently announced an update to its Terms of Service, focused on displaying your profile name and photo next to advertisements and reviews. The new feature, which goes into effect on November 11, is called Shared Endorsements and will allow…

Surprised? Drivers would rather buy a self-driving car from Google than Ford

Drivers would rather buy a self-driving car from Google than Ford (via The Inquirer) RESEARCH HAS FOUND that drivers would rather buy a self-driving car from Google than from a carmaker like Ford. The KPMG study “Self Driving Cars: Are We Ready?” was based on a combination of surveys and…

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