Google Faces Tough Fines From Korean Antitrust Office

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
 
CNET has reported that Korean Fair Trade Commission is fining Google for allegedly obstruction an investigation regarding the search engine giant’s business practices. Officials from the commission raided Google’s offices in Seoul last September 2011. According to Kim Dong-soo, chairman of the South Korean antitrust commission, Google hampered the investigation by allegedly deleting vital files from co
 

Google Cuts Support for BlackBerry Gmail App

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
 
Google has been making cuts on services it has deemed beyond its focus and its latest move may anger a section of users. The company has announced that it will cut off its support of the Gmail application for BlackBerry Phones beginning November 22. Although current BB users who have installed the app would be able to continue to use it for a lifetime, the app will no longer be supported by Google or available fo
 

Google+ Now Offers Pages to Brands and Companies

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
 
Google+ has officially launched its social network to business and brands, encouraging them to create Google+ Pages. These branded pages are similar in function like individual Google+ accounts. Plusers are able to add their Page of choice to any of their existing Circles (or make a new one), while Page owners are able to share their updates and even take part in Hangouts. Pages are also optimized in Google search
 

Google+ Introduces Ripples and Creative Kit

Friday, October 28th, 2011
 
Google has unleashed a number of updates for its Google+ social network, including the availability to Google Apps domains. But what has been gaining interest among Gplusies is the browser-based photo-editing tool and a visualization tool that illustrates how popular posts get shared. The Google+ Creative Kit enables users to edit their uploaded photos straight from the site. It offers a wide range of photo filte
 

Google Launches Music Beta

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
 
Google has now made official its long-heard-about music streaming service called “Music Beta.” It is essentially like the media locker of Amazon’s Cloud service, but without the ability to sell songs to consumers. Well, they could have but discussions with record labels did not go well. Music Beta by Google enables users to store up to 20,000 of their own uploaded songs free of charge (at least
 

Google Street View Now Features Off-Road Images

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
 
Google Street View, a feature on Google Maps that lets users view metropolitan areas in the United States and 27 other countries on a street level, now includes off-the-road locations like hiking trails, university campuses, historical landmarks, and national parks. To achieve this, Google makes use of an off-the-road vehicle such as a tricycle mounted with cameras (pictured) instead of the usual camera cars it ut
 

Google’s New Algorithm Takes Aim on Content Farms

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
 
Google has updated its algorithm last week, aiming to demote what they call “lousy and useless” websites, most of which are content farms such as Associated Content and Demand Media. These sites always managed to float on top of search results on a variety of keywords. The effect of the update seems to become visible this week, with sites such as WiseGeek.com (pictured), EZArticles.com, and Suite101.c
 

Google to Battle iTunes Head On

Friday, February 18th, 2011
 
In what seemed to be a “slip of the tongue,” Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha (pictured) revealed at the Mobile World Congress that Google is about to launch a music service that is set to compete with Apple‘s iTunes as part of an upcoming upgrade to its Android Honeycomb mobile OS. “If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there’s a video service, there’s a m
 

French Government Accuses Google of Collecting Private Data

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
 
The French data protection agency (CNIL) reported that Google scooped up sensitive data like passwords and e-mail address when putting together its Street View service, which leads them to contemplate whether to prosecute the search firm. The data was gathered as it logged WiFi hotspots in an effort to develop its location-based services. Google handed over copies of the data it gathered, after CNIL requested for