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When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won’t have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words, as Google has now flipped on the switch to display your Google+ name and profile picture with all reviews you add to the store. I’m not so sure this is the best thing in the world, 100%, as you don’t have an option to turn it off. I like the idea of inviting people to share their thoughts, and mixing in real names and pictures if chosen by the user. That way, people know what reviews they might want to trust over other ones that are anonymous and thus, perhaps shady. The company seems to be choosing quality over quantity, though. Either way, Google is going all the way with its Plus initiative, as I’ve talked about before. Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture
Google Starts Showing Users Alerts For Accounts Hacked By "State-Sponsored Attackers"
Is Google replacing our memory? A Columbia University study has found that Google and other search engines are literally changing the way our brains process and retain information. The research was conducted by Columbia psychologist Betsy Sparrow and presented in a paper Science magazine published entitled “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips.” In that paper, Sparrow makes the case that rather than remembering things, we now simply retain the knowledge of how to find the information we need when we need it. In other words, the Internet as a whole has become what a major example of what psychologists refer to as "transactive memory." The Columbia press release has some nitty-gritty details of the study. Is Google replacing our memory?
As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline Yesterday, we reported that Google Realtime Search had mysteriously disappeared. Today comes the reason why: Google’s agreement with Twitter to carry its results has expired, taking with it much of the content that was in the service with it. Google sent us this explanation: Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2. As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline
Google Buys Giant New York Building for $1.9B Google is down with New York City. So down, in fact, that the web search titan just dropped $1.9 billion to acquire one of the largest and most historic buildings in all of the Big Apple. At nearly 3 million square feet, 111 Eighth Avenue, the former Port Authority building, sits like a beached, red-brick cruise ship overlooking New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The building is so big, in fact, that it has elevators large enough to accommodate 18-wheel semi-trucks. And yes, that’s a helicopter landing pad on the roof. Google Buys Giant New York Building for $1.9B
Google Said To Have High Level Mole At Twitter, Makes Massive Counteroffers To Retain Employees Google Said To Have High Level Mole At Twitter, Makes Massive Counteroffers To Retain Employees Google may have paid as much as $150 million in stock grants to retain key product employees Sundar Pichai and Neal Mohan, say multiple sources. Both were offered the chief product role at Twitter earlier this year (cofounder Jack Dorsey eventually filled the position), but Google offered Pichai $50 million and Mohan $100 million, respectively, to stay, say multiple sources. In what could be called an IQ test, both accepted Google’s offer. The stock grants are significantly higher than what we’ve unearthed previously, but the model is the same.
Google Boss: We’ll Fight Anti-Piracy Blocking Laws During a speech on Wednesday, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that proposals from both the U.S. and British governments to block access to file-sharing websites would threaten freedom of speech. Google, he said, is opposed to such measures and will fight them, presumably in court, if necessary. There can be little doubt that when it comes to hot tools for dealing with sites allegedly infringing the copyrights of the music and movie industries, site blocking and web filtering is absolutely in fashion this year. The United States (with its PROTECT IP bill) and the United Kingdom (with its Digital Economy Act), are both preparing what they believe could be their best chance at a silver bullet approach to piracy – the complete blocking of ‘infringing’ domains. Yesterday though, they discovered that apart from the usual legislative stumbling blocks, an Internet giant intends to hinder their progress. Google Boss: We’ll Fight Anti-Piracy Blocking Laws
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