Google to start country-specific censorship soon

Last week we wrote about Twitter's rather controversial plans to begin censoring tweets in certain countries. Even though the move seems justified and will be executed in a way that looks (for now anyway) pretty fair, it's still raised a lot of serious issues about online censorship and the control governments may have over restricting…

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Becca CaddyGoogle to start country-specific censorship soon

Google: Who does the search engine think YOU are?

Over the past few days you may have seen a few people tweet random stuff about who Google thinks they are "It thinks I'm a man!", "It thinks I like cats!" or "It thinks I'm 70!". Don't worry, Google hasn't suddenly taken human form and started hurling abuse at your mates, instead they've accessed the…

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Becca CaddyGoogle: Who does the search engine think YOU are?

Google's Zeitgeist 2011: What has the world been searching for?

Every year Google publishes its Zeitgeist, a trip down the winding rabbit hole of the internet, which looks at the way the world has been searching over the past 12 months and it's always a very interesting read. The year of 2011 saw lots of crazy things occupy our time online, like pop sensation Rebecca…

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Becca CaddyGoogle's Zeitgeist 2011: What has the world been searching for?

Google celebrates Robert Noyce's birthday with microchip doodle

Today Google's famous home page doodle has become rather techy to celebrate Robert Noyce's 84th birthday. Noyce founded Intel alongside Gordon Moore back in 1968 and he's well-known for pioneering the first integrated microchip, which has played an integral part in the personal computer revolution since. Noyce passed away back in 1990 at the age…

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Becca CaddyGoogle celebrates Robert Noyce's birthday with microchip doodle

Google Music officially launches (but only in the US)

Earlier in the year Google introduced Music Beta over in the states, and for some time now we've all been speculating about when it'll be officially launched, what it'll mean for Google+ and whether people will ditch the likes of Spotify and Deezer in favour of Google's shiny new offering. Yesterday on the Official Google…

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Becca CaddyGoogle Music officially launches (but only in the US)

Will you 'hangout' with your favourite brands on Google+?

Earlier in the week Google+ launched pages for brands and businesses, and since then we've seen big brands take to the platform, some users slate the whole idea (like Google+ advocate Robert Scoble) and others discuss its huge potential. The general consensus seems to be that it's still such early days for Google+ as a…

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Becca CaddyWill you 'hangout' with your favourite brands on Google+?

Google+ launches pages for brands and businesses

Today Google+ has officially opened its doors to brands and businesses looking to create dedicated pages, not just individuals according to the Official Google Blog. It's called Google+ Pages (no surprises there then) and basically allows all kinds of businesses to interact in the same way individuals do on the social network, taking part in…

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Becca CaddyGoogle+ launches pages for brands and businesses

Will cool YouTube integration make us care about Google+ again?

Google has just announced that there'll now be much more integration between video treasure trove YouTube and the social network we keep forgetting about, Google+. Just take a quick look at your Google+ news stream now and on the right hand side you'll see a little YouTube icon. Hover over it and the icon turns…

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Becca CaddyWill cool YouTube integration make us care about Google+ again?

APP OF THE DAY: Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has now officially launched

Yes, we know, we know everything has been a little too Google-centric recently, hasn't it!? But, we just had to tell you about the latest announcement on the Official Gmail Blog that Google has now just launched its official app for iOS devices. Google promises the application combines everything that's great about the Gmail mobile…

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Becca CaddyAPP OF THE DAY: Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has now officially launched

Google makes Gmail changes available to everyone

Yesterday, when changes to Google Reader were rolled out to all users, there was a lot of talk about the Gmail revamp too and today the long awaited revamp of Google's popular email service is available to everyone, simply click "switch to the new look", which should be in the bottom right hand corner of…

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Becca CaddyGoogle makes Gmail changes available to everyone

Google Reader gets revamp and Google+ integration but did we need it?

This week Google has changed the way its popular RSS reader product works, making it much more integrated into the Google+ experience and giving it a clean new redesign too. Google has stopped the native social sharing features that used to be available to Reader users, such as "Like", "Share" and "Share with note". Instead…

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Becca CaddyGoogle Reader gets revamp and Google+ integration but did we need it?

Will new Google music store mean Google+ and Facebook showdown?

Google is set to launch a new music store in the coming months (or even weeks), which will allegedly play a key role in the brand's social network, Google+, making it very similar to the most recent Facebook integration with the likes of Spotify and Deezer. There have been rumours of a new music offering…

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Becca CaddyWill new Google music store mean Google+ and Facebook showdown?

Move over Flipboard. Here comes Google Propeller for the iPad/Android

If you have an iPad you'll know that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to RSS and social curation apps. In fact we did a round up just the other day. You'll also know that the app that has been blazing the trail, Flipboard, has been a huge hit and can boast over…

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Ashley NorrisMove over Flipboard. Here comes Google Propeller for the iPad/Android

Blogger no longer looks like rubbish vintage wallpaper

As if Google hasn't launched, changed and tweaked enough stuff over the past few months, its blogging platform, Blogger, has now had a shiny new revamp. Everything looks much more neat and sparse than before and luckily that gross grey/brown sludge colour, which looks a bit like wallpaper from the 70s is long gone, replaced…

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Becca CaddyBlogger no longer looks like rubbish vintage wallpaper

Google buy phone-makers Motorola for $12.5 bn: WHY?

In a surprise move, Google have forked out $12.5 for American phone-maker Motorola. Massive. And very unexpected. So we guessing it's because Google want to start making phone hardware as well as the Android software that goes inside them. We imagine they've noticed Apple's enormous profit margins - $7billion out of $28billion earnings last quarter…

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Anna LeachGoogle buy phone-makers Motorola for $12.5 bn: WHY?

Poll: Are you still using Google Plus? New Social Network experiences tail-off

We've joined Google + in our millions - with a reported 20mill signing up to the service. Despite a blip last week when Google started deleting anonymous accounts, the reviews have been positive and techies have effusive. But, news this week has been a little chiller with the service reporting a 3% fall in usage.…

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Anna LeachPoll: Are you still using Google Plus? New Social Network experiences tail-off

Google + iPhone app just about to go live!

Get it! It makes Google + much more exciting. It's been on Android since launch but has taken a while to get through the approval processes at Apple. Looks like it's finally there - there's a preview up in the iTunes store, see the screengrab. It does have the automatic picture upload feature that the…

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Anna LeachGoogle + iPhone app just about to go live!

The Google+ backlash: Do we really need Friend Circles? Aren't they all… just Friends?

I know - five days ago I was writing about how the ability to sort your friends into Circles was a massive winner for Google+. But now, after a few days of sorting my friends into circles I've decided it's Not Such An Incredible Thing After All. The ability to group friends has been sold…

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Anna LeachThe Google+ backlash: Do we really need Friend Circles? Aren't they all… just Friends?

Where Google+ beats Facebook: Friend sorting

It's a common complaint against Facebook that it mushes all your friends in together. The guy you met on holiday, your mum, that girl from school. "How do you know they're your real friends?" is a question that people not on Facebook always ask about Facebook. But though I'm so used to brushing that argument…

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Anna LeachWhere Google+ beats Facebook: Friend sorting