Google to start country-specific censorship soon

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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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Google: Who does the search engine think YOU are?

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

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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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Google celebrates Robert Noyce's birthday with microchip doodle

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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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Google Music officially launches (but only in the US)

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

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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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Google+ launches pages for brands and businesses

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

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

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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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Google makes Gmail changes available to everyone

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

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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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Blogger no longer looks like rubbish vintage wallpaper

Becca Caddy Google, Trending 3 Comments

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

Anna Leach Google, Top Stories 1 Comment

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

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

Anna Leach Anna Leach, Features, Google, Top Stories 6 Comments

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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