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  • On The Importance Of Forgetting

    On The Importance Of Forgetting

    The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

  • How Informed Consent Has Failed

    How Informed Consent Has Failed

    “That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.” – Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items The quote above from Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California has implications far beyond the holding of that case. In rejecting the government’s… Read More

  • Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing

    Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing

    Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations for most commonly used languages. It’s still far off from being perfect, though, and today Google announced a new initiative that aims to get more input from its users to improve its translations. The Google Translate Community, which is now open for everybody, gives… Read More

  • Google Docs Makes Collaborative Editing Easier For Word Users

    Google Docs Makes Collaborative Editing Easier For Word Users

    At its I/O developer conference earlier this month, Google announced a major update to its suite of productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets and Slides. The main feature there was the integration of QuickOffice, which now makes editing native Microsoft Office documents online easier. Today, Google recapped some of those updates in a blog post, but it also threw in a new Google Docs feature… Read More

  • Google Granting Around Half Europe’s Search De-Index Requests — But Won’t Show Its Workings

    Google Granting Around Half Europe’s Search De-Index Requests — But Won’t Show Its Workings

    Following a meeting between European regulators and search engines yesterday, to discuss the latter group’s implementation of a recent European Court of Justice privacy ruling, it has emerged that Google has received around 91,000 requests from Europeans to de-index personal information that is outdated or irrelevant, with requests relating to a total of around 328,000 links. Read More

  • Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinate, Into Maps Engine Pro

    Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinate, Into Maps Engine Pro

    Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data. Until now, this offering was purely about map creation, but today, Google is adding Maps Coordinate into the $5 per month and user Maps Pro subscription service and is building it right into the existing Maps Engine Android app. Read More

  • Google Opens $1M Contest To Shrink A Power Inverter

    Google Opens $1M Contest To Shrink A Power Inverter

    Google opened up applications today for the Little Box Challenge, announced in May, with plans to give away $1,000,000 to the group that can create a smaller and cheaper power inverter. Inverters take direct current from power sources such as solar panels and turn it into alternate current so that it can be used in homes, cars and businesses. Making the inverter smaller allows for more… Read More

  • Google In The Running To Turn NYC Pay Phones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Google In The Running To Turn NYC Pay Phones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

    A New York meeting providing information to companies interested in offering free Wi-Fi access counted Google among its attendees, according to a new Bloomberg report. Others at the event included IBM, Samsung and Cisco, but Google’s ambitions regarding blanketing the U.S. with free or affordable Internet connectivity could be a good reason so suspect it’ll submit a compelling… Read More

  • With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

    With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

    During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number. Read More

  • Google Previews A ‘Material Design’ Inspired Look For Chrome OS

    Google Previews A ‘Material Design’ Inspired Look For Chrome OS

    All of Google’s properties will eventually bear a look inspired by ‘Material Design‘ and Android L, and Chrome OS is part of that sweeping visual overhaul, too. A new preview posted by Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort today (via 9to5Google) shows a very early design inspired by the card-style multitasking view that made an appearance in Android L… Read More