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I’ve always been surprised when I see Google or Facebook appear on any “top brands” lists. It’s branding 101 that a strong brand must have loyalty, awareness, positive associations, perceived quali…
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Google News’s personalization now gone. About the only Google service I used. Guess they really don’t want me using their stuff.

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An interesting post, ‘How the CIA made Google’: http://t.co/IgdoE2XDtK
Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments are moving fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting terrorism. US and European politicians have called to protect NSA-style snooping, and to advance the capacity to intrude on internet privacy by outlawing e...
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Julian Assange: how Eric Schmidt and others at Google are really just part of the Washington élite, with the imperialist tendencies you might expect from that lot (e.g. US multinational corporations are good for your health).

NSA calls Google ‘a key member of the Defense Industrial Base’.

Well worth a read.

http://www.newsweek.com/assange-google-not-what-it-seems-279447
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Don’t say I didn’t warn you, years ago. Google can take anything you upload, and do with it anything it pleases.
This week's updates to Google's terms of service spotlight the degree to which it considers anything you upload to any of its various services – YouTube, Google plus, etc. – to be fair game.
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How are we being tracked by Google, Facebook et al? The documentary, Terms and Conditions May Apply, is now on YouTube in full. Linked here.
My dislike of Google is no secret, and, as a precaution, I have every known Google tracking setting turned off. I even block the Doubleclick and YouTube cookies. However, I have to manage a page at...
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The previously undisclosed report by FTC staffers alleged the technology giant's conduct "has resulted — and will result — in real harm to consumers and to innovation."
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Proven once again, as I did two years ago: Google’s bot reads stale data. Even you can see a newer version of a site than the Google bot does. If you ever encountered a Google blacklisting, this is why the company’s claim of having it sorted in hours is absolute bullshit: it will take between days to months.
Google’s bot reads stale data Two years ago, when fighting a blacklisting by Google, I demonstrated that the search engine’s bot reads stale data and does not refresh properly. Most found it difficult to believe, and I realize how unlikely that sounds. Here is more proof: the site verification process. Due to the JY&A home page redesign, it appears some verification code was omitted. This code was replaced today. Six hours later, Google is still ...
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Julian Assange in the Huffington Post: ‘Google represents a push towards a technocratic imperialism or digital colonialism. While it can sound a bit strange to use these terms, that's very clear from Google's book about its vision for the future of the digital age, where Google envisages pulling in everyone, even in the deepest parts of Africa, into its system of interaction. Now that system of interaction concentrates global power into those people who already have a lot of it, and that means not just companies like Google but a lot of the alliance of interests that revolve around what we traditionally call the deep state—but it’s organizations like the National Security Agency and contractors that account for more than 80 percent of operations, institutions like Google and Facebook, which directly or indirectly are involved in the worldwide collection efforts of those organizations. At a less geopolitical level and at a more personal level, the global erosion of privacy for the average person brings democratic states socially into a position of where they are more like authoritarian states. That's the big problem for the average person.’
ECUADORIAN SOIL -- A police officer stands just inside the lobby of 3 Hans Crescent, a nondescript apartment building just around the corner from Harrods of London and a few blocks south of Hyde Park. He's watching the door to apartment 3b, a mini-fl...
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I know I could live without at least half a dozen of the standard Google apps I have on my phone—and I should not have to find an expert, in my own time, to have the phone rooted and the unwanted apps (e.g. Gmail, YouTube, Google Search) deleted.
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Time for Google to fork out the $2,000 million of taxes it avoids paying.
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Suddenly I feel justified about blocking Google Docs and Google Drive at work, because of Google’s past misdeeds. If you can see the page from this office, it’s probably the scam.
A very tricky phishing scam that takes advantage of Google Docs is making its way around the web. And since it uses a google.com URL and even makes use of Google's SSL encryption, it's almost impossible to tell that it's a hack. Your best safeguard, as always, is a little bit of common sense.
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