Tag Archives: Google

Google Drops Tracking Ban

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 […]

This Is Scary

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 […]

Google for Non-Profits

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 […]

What Privacy?

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 […]

Google Photos Thoughts

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.

Google’s privacy policy under attack

More fallout from PRISM: The problem with the privacy policy seems to be one that a lot of governments and their constituents are facing: the policy that Google has in place it too hard to understand. “In particular, we believe that the updated policy does not provide sufficient information to enable U.K. users of Google’s […]

Google triples stores selling Chromebooks

Chrome books now available at Walmart, Staples and more . . . via The Next Web.

Thoughts on Google +

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 […]

What’s going on with Feedburner?

Feedburner is looking more and more like an unwanted step-child. What’s going on and how will it affect you?