Monthly Archives: January 2012

McGill University Student Vows To Quit Using Google Over Privacy Concerns

I gotta let you guys read an article I came across in the student newspaper of McGill University in Canada. Mcgill is one of Canada’s most prestigious universities; it is often ranked number 1 in the country for academics.

The student who wrote the article calls Google “the biggest of the Big Brothers” and says that it basically “owns [her] soul” because Google knows just about everything about her. So she has resolved that by the end of February, right before Google implements a new version of their privacy policies (which many have said is going to make it even more intrusive than ever before), she will quit using Google services altogether.

I give this young woman two thumbs up for recognizing what Google is doing and for calling them out on it. More people should follow her example.

You can read the full article here

In other reading, you might be interested to read that Google’s 10% stock drop in January made it Nasdaq 100 worst, click here

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Google Is The ‘Big Brother’ We Have Been Worried About

I came across an article on the web which shows a very interesting, accurate, and scary graffiti art in New York City. The writer describes how he snapped a photograph of graffiti art that modified the famous logo of Google with two security cameras in the place of the letter O.

Whoever did the art piece has been obviously paying attention to the latest major privacy violation controversy surrounding Google. I will discuss the privacy violations in future posts.

In the meantime, you can read the article by Jeff Roberts yourself by clicking here

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Google Shares Have Plummeted Like Never Before

Recently, Google lost big in earning and stock price. Shares of the company plummeted significantly and this is extremely rare for a company like Google. It has everybody worried and scratching their heads as to what wrong. The future of the company is a huge question mark right now as analysts do not know exactly what to make of Google.

Some think that this is a disastrous trend and have sold off their shares of the company so that they can save themselves from a slowly sinking ship.

You can read about 8 arguments to avoid Google here

CNBC article that explains the recent revenue and stock problems of Google, click here

Analysts spilt on Google’s future, click here to learn more

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February 1st Is Change Your Password Day

 Hi Folks,

Tech blog Gizmodo has declared February 1st as Change Your Password Day. I think this is a great idea and it’s so important, so I want to pass it on you. It can be a hassle to constantly change your password but you rather be safe than sorry. Changing your passwords on a regular basis is smart.

Make sure you pick strong passwords that are really difficult to guess. It is better to remember your passwords rather than writing them down because you never know who will read it. There are lots of tips on how to choose a strong password all over the Internet, find something that works for you.

Stay safe and one step ahead of cyber criminals.

Read about the Gizmodo article here

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96% Of Google’s Revenue Is Advertising

 It does not hurt to emphasis this point: Google makes almost all its mega wealth from advertising! Since its services are free, such as its search engine, it makes its money by selling advertisers your personal information that you directly and inadvertently give Google.

It hardly makes money off stuff like its mobile phone service, its own computers, televisions, Internet browsers, etc. Google expands into other business platforms because it feels that it needs to in order to control power and stay relevant. It had to get into the phone business in order to make sure its services worked on mobile devices people were using because more and more people are now using mobile phones to do search. What matters to them is that advertisers continue to come to them.

 Which companies are paying Google click here

 Recommended furthur reading, click here

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Google Breaks Down Relationships With Facebook And Twitter

 As the growth of Facebook was reaching incredible levels and surpassing expectations, Google was sitting increasing anxious about its own future. The rise of Facebook, and standard it was setting for websites to protect its data from search engine crawlers, could only mean that over time Google would disintegrate.

As reported in various news articles, Google and Facebook had discussions on how they can work together so that both companies can have a win-win situation. Google knew that it could not ignore Facebook for too long, so they decided they needed to have some serious talks with executives there to come to agreements. There were some important talks between the two companies back in 2009 where Google asked Facebook if they could get into the personal data of its users. Google wanted to index all that data in its search engine and it would pay Facebook for it.

Facebook obviously was not going to let Google’s money try to distract it. Facebook told Google that it could come to some sort of compromise where it would let Google into some of its data but Google had to promise that it would never build a social networking type of website of its own. Ultimately, Google refused give up its chance to build its own copycat social website and Facebook simply could never forgo the mountain of personal data it has of its users. The two companies parted ways.

Fast forward two years later, and what did Google do? It launched a copycat version of Facebook and presented it to the world as the next big thing. Needless to say, Facebook was not amused by this but the founder of the website Mark Zuckerberg did not sweat a thing. Zuckerberg often times gives very gracious answers when asked about the threat of Google Plus by reporters and is not nasty about at all.

Around the time Google launched its social extension, in the summer of 2011, Google broke off a partnership it had with another social networking website called Twitter. The partnership they had allowed Google’s robots to crawl Twitter’s website to retrieve live updates of activity on the website. For example, during the partnership, if you did a search of “Earthquake” on Google to find out information about the earthquake in Japan that shook the country in March of 2011, you would get the usual search results but you would also get a small box within the search results that showed live updates of Twitter activity. It allowed you to see all the Twitter communication where people were discussing the earthquake – live, constantly updating, and all within the Google search results.

Well, that summer of 2011 the partnership was no more and the live twitter updates on Google was permanently gone. Google claims Twitter is to blame for the breakdown of the partnership and Twitter blames Google.

It will be made more obvious how much bad blood there is between these two companies when Google launches one of its most controversial new changes to its services yet – and neither Twitter nor Facebook are happy about it….

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Google Thinks It Can Solve Its Problems By Throwing Money At It

You have got to read this article detailing how Google employees are seeing the writing on the wall and are leaving their jobs to begin careers with Facebook: click here

CEO Larry Page is so desperate to beat Facebook that he is dangling bonuses over employee heads. If Google Plus does not work, employees can say bye bye to their bonuses. Ouch! Head over here to read more.

It does not seem like many people over at Google believe in their own product too much. Even top executives at Google do not use Google Plus – how embarrassing. It’s not just innocent Internet users who have to be tricked into and forced into using Google services, even Google employees have to be forced while kicking and screaming. Click here to learn more.

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