From ProPublica: When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names… Continue reading Google Drops Tracking Ban
More and more people are becoming concerned that their smartphone microphones are being used for more than just calls. We recently investigated this phenomenon and discovered that it’s possible for apps to use voice data, detected via a device microphone, and display related content on your phone. Learn more at 9 Examples of How Smartphones Are Eavesdropping… Continue reading This Is Scary
Google offers many tools for genealogy research, but there are also a number of tools that can improve society operations and support your membership. Even better, Google offers non-profit organizations an amazing array of tools for free or at highly-discounted rates. Plus, they have an impressive support system to help you take advantage of those tools… Continue reading Google for Non-Profits
Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped… Continue reading What Privacy?
Took a quick look at the new Google Photos platform. I didn't see any metadata options (tags, EXIF, licensing) or any options for limiting viewing of individual pictures. I've been with Flickr for almost 10 years and don't see a reason to change.
Chrome books now available at Walmart, Staples and more . . . via The Next Web.
I am fascinated with the possibilities that Google + and Hangouts offer the genealogy community. And, with the new mobile apps things are getting even better. Hangouts gives us all the flexibility of Apple's FaceTime but without the only-Apple-devices limitations. I am especially fascinated with the Communities feature and the potential they offer. Pat and… Continue reading Thoughts on Google +