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Privacy Issues, Google & Chrome 69

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Upset users reported that Google had materially altered the way Chrome Sync works without informing them of the changes. Now, whenever you log into a Google service — like Gmail — on Chrome 69, Google will automatically log you into the browser. Google denied that it made the changes to track its users.

Logging into a Google service through your Chrome browser, allows Google to automatically also log you into the browser. This change occurred after the Chrome 69 update, and users are concerned that your local browser data — such as passwords, bookmarks, web history, and more — could be automatically uploaded and synchronized to Google’s servers.

Before Chrome 69, Chrome users could decline to be logged into Chrome entirely, skipping the use of Sync and other features that require a login and they could use Chrome in a logged-out state while still making use of Gmail, for example.”

The revamped Chrome comes with a list of problems

Google’s 20th Birthday

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry PageGoogle founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Image: EPA)

 

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Google is 20 years old (Image: GETTY)

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first met when Page, 22, visited Stanford University, 30 miles south of San Francisco, as a prospective attendee and PhD student Brin, 21, was assigned to show

Their site was going to be called “Googol” – the name of the number consisting of a 1 followed by 100 zeros. This term was picked to signify the search engine’s mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web. But a misspelling resulted in Google and it stuck.

Google’s Page Rank algorithm is named after Larry Page but the search engine was devised on Stanford equipment the university owned the patent for it. Google was granted exclusive use of the technology in return for 1.8 million shares. These were sold in 2005 for $336million.

Page and Brin were forced to file for incorporation of Google as a company on September 4, 1998, after Sun Micro systems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote them a check for $100,000 made out to Google Inc rather than them personally. Other angel investors included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, now the richest man in the world, who put in $250,000. But since 2006 Google has chosen September 27 as its official birthday and has marked the occasion with an annual celebratory Google doodle.

The founders’ first workplace was the apartment and garage of a friend called Susan Wojcicki in the Californian town of Menlo Park. Wojcicki went on to become Google employee number 16 and is now CEO of YouTube. Brin married Susan Wojcicki’s sister Anne in 2007 and they went on to have a son and a daughter before separating in 2013 after Sergey got romantically involved with the English marketing director of Google Glass Amanda Rosenberg. Meanwhile Larry is still married to research scientist Lucinda Southworth, with whom he has two children. They live in Palo Alto and own a $45million superyacht called Senses

Page and Brin didn’t really want to run their own business and so tried to sell it in the early days for $1million – but arch rivals Yahoo, Altavista and Excite all turned them down. By the time Yahoo was offered the company again in 2002 the price had gone up to $5 billion and its counter-bid of $3billion was rejected. Today the company is worth about $800 billion.

On April 1, 2000, Google joined in the Silicon Valley tradition of dreaming up April Fool stunts by announcing the MentalPlex – its ability to read users’ minds as they visualized the search results they wanted. Later April Fools included the revelation that pigeon-power delivered its search results, the launch of the Googlunaplex – a research facility on the Moon – and a Gmail Paper service, which would print “a physical copy of any message with the click of a button” that would then be sent on via snail mail.

The company went public in 2004 with its shares trading at an opening price of $85, a rate that valued the company at $27 billion, almost as much as General Motors. About 900 of its employees became millionaires overnight.

 

Yahoo Going Through Huge Changes

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Once the proposed $4.8 billion sale to Verizon is completed, CEO Marissa Mayer announced she would resign from the company’s board and the company could even get a new name.

After the Verizon deal closes the company would be renamed Altaba

Google’s right To be Forgotten Requests

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The Court of Justice of the European Union found that individuals have the right to ask search engines like Google to remove certain results about them

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Using Firefox? Make Sure Its Updated

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Is Your Site Moble Friendly?

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Google site called Mobile Friendly Test helps companies determine just how friendly their mobile sites truly are. Sites that Google determines are mobile friendly earn a label that lets mobile searchers know the site works well on smartphones. Pages are either friendly or not friendly; there is no in-between. Don’t forget to work with your Web host. Squarespace, for example, has a dedicated how-to guide to help its sites optimize for mobile. Moreover, Google wants you to avoid some common mistakes

Facebook Using There Own Search Tool Instead Of Bing

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Facebook has removed Bing as its primary search engine. Will its own search tool

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