The company in February launched its Google+ sign-on service that allows Google accounts to be used when logging into third-party apps and Web sites. Users taking advantage of the Google sign-in also can instantly download the Android app version without having to turn on their phones. The move was viewed as a way for Google to weave its accounts more tightly into the fabric of the Internet and a … Read more
If a now-deleted tweet is to be believed, Twitter may already have created an app for Google Glass.
That's TechCrunch's conclusion, at least, as the technology news site has a story up this afternoon positing that someone may already have sent a tweet from an obviously as-yet-unannounced Twitter app for Google Glass.
April 29, 2013
In the photo that's embedded in the above tweet, it is possible to see that the tweet (assuming it actually existed) … Read more
Dennis Crowley, who also is a co-founder of the check-in and local search app, noted that Foursquare "doesn't talk about growth numbers that much," but the company pays attention to the number of active users, signups, check-ins, people using search and other metrics. All are rising, he said.
"There's a little perception we're not growing, which is false," Crowley said … Read more
The information network may already be testing such a tool for local discovery. The company reportedly wants to surface the most relevant tweets nearby, as determined by spikes in related activity. Twitter even piloted the feature in Boston around the time of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, according to AllThingsD.
The Boston example, though … Read more
If you've ever wondered what people near you are tweeting about in real-time and thought that might help you find cool things going on nearby, Twitter may soon offer exactly that feature.
According to AllThingsD, Twitter may well be working on new features that would show tweets from people near you.
"Twitter is in the process of testing a new feature that lets you discover tweets from people within a certain distance of your location," AllThingsD said it had been told by multiple sources. "The idea is to surface relevant activity based on where you are … Read more
Requests by governments worldwide to remove content from Google's services have hit an all-time high, according to the company.
Between July and December 2012, Google received 2,285 government requests for the removal of content on its services. In total, 24,179 pieces of content were asked to be removed by the government entities, setting a new record, according to Google. In the first half of 2012, Google received 1,811 requests to remove more than 18,000 pieces of content.
Google's release, which is part of the company's Transparency Report launched three years ago, indicates that … Read more
Google's proposal for resolving a European investigation into anticompetitive practices in search includes labeling its own services in search results, showing services from rivals nearby, and letting specialized search services block Google from using their content.
The European Commission on Thursday published Google's proposed resolution for the long-running case and issued a request for feedback. (For the full proposal in detail, see below.)
That feedback now includes criticisms from rivals that say Google has unfairly squeezed them off the Web, promoting its own services even when they wouldn't merit top placement when judged on the basis of … Read more
When two executives at the world's most optimistic technology company write about humanity's digital future, you might expect a book brimming with excitement about the wonders to come.
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen offer plenty of that, but what makes "The New Digital Age" worth reading is the correspondingly healthy dose of pessimism. The book, released today, ultimately is persuasive in making the case that people can steer technology so it helps us more than it harms us.
The book, with straightforward writing and compelling details, seeks to predict what happens as today's online population … Read more
Yahoo is doing some spring cleaning. The company announced its plans on Friday to shut down several products, including Yahoo Deals, Yahoo SMS Alerts, and the Yahoo Mail and Messenger apps used on feature phones.
It's all about getting rid of the old to make room for the new, according to Jay Rossiter, Yahoo's executive vice president in charge of platforms, who wrote about the changes in a blog entry.
"We want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day," Rossiter wrote. "That means taking a hard look at all of our … Read more
Google introduced a pair of new features today intended to help speed mobile users' searches.
"When you're searching for information on the go, speed matters," Google software engineers Hiroshi Mizuno and Alex Fischer wrote in a company blog post explaining the features.
Starting today, mobile users will be able to use expandable site links to quickly access specific sections of certain sites, trimming the number of pages.
For example, instead of navigating the Rotten Tomatoes home page while looking for a new movie to see, mobile users will encounter a quick link for "In Theaters" … Read more