Google Buzz raises concerns over privacy

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Google Buzz, Google’s new social-media utility, has got some disturbing security flaws according to user reports.

For example, when you are creating a new account, a dialogue box gets you to make a profile and upload a photo. Then it automatically builds your buddy list based on the contacts in your Gmail.

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Inside Google World: A CBC documentary

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Last night I was with family and housework free, I decided to do some channel surfing on the tube and came upon a special called ‘Google World’ on CBC’s Doc Zone. I had not seen any promotions for the show in the past, so I was intrigued and fascinated by how current the information was on Google’s position in our lives today and their future plans for cloud computing.

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Google’s Nexus One phone gets multitouch, 3G fix

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A recent software update to the Nexus One phone from Google will include “pinch-to-zoom” multi-touch capabilities, an attempt to improve 3G connectivity, and direct accessibility to Google Goggles, where searching the web is done with pictures, not words.

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Google interested in mobile data collection, $1.35M grant given to research project

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The grant for $1.35 million was awarded to University of Washington’s Gaetano Borriello and Deborah Estrin of UCLA. He’s a professor at UW with interests in ubiquitous computing, specifically: locatation-aware computing, sensor-based activities and mobile computing and she’s the director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at UCLA and a professor of computer science.

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Google Nexus One desktop dock arrives

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Put the rumors to rest. Google announced a custom designed Nexus One Desktop Dock. A sleek design to slip your Nexus into, immediately activating the Clock app giving quick access to your alarm setting, local weather, photos, and music. There’s even a dim option for night use.

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Earmuffs: Google censors Nexus One speech-to-text engine

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They have replaced the most common swear words with ‘####’. Google wants to avoid any situation where the user pronounces a word and the speech-to-text engine misinterprets it and inadvertently tells your boss to go #### himself.

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Google Mobile App fresh for the BlackBerry

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Google Mobile App now searches your phone’s e-mail and address books and performs a full web search when you type or speak a name into the search bar. The latest version responds to keywords as well as names, tiny icons that match the keyword you‘ve entered to content within your address book, email or from the web search.

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Google flips the switch on SSL encryption for Gmail

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Google announced Wednesday that it will start encrypting all its Gmail traffic when using a remote wireless server.

This comes within days of Google’s announcement that it might pull its offices from China after discovering concerted attempts to break into Gmail accounts of human rights activists.

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Google contemplating pull-out in China after Gmail cyber attack

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Google has made the announcement that it is not willing to censor its Chinese search engine – google.cn – any longer, after e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists were targets of a coordinated attack that happened in December. This move would result in closing the site and the offices.

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Cancel Nexus One Service, Pay Fees to T-Mobile and Google

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As it turns out, it really may be in your best interest to pay the full unlocked and unsubsidized price for the Nexus One “Google Phone.” As you may recall, the Nexus One clocks in at $529 for full retail, but you can have that subsidized down to just $179 should you sign up for a qualifying contract with T-Mobile USA.

For most Americans, the subsidized route sounds more appealing, but it could come with a rather expensive penalty should you choose to cancel your T-Mobile service within the first 120 days.

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