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Google+ mission creep continues with Hangouts slotted into Gmail

Google's social networking mission creep continued with Gmail on Monday when the ad giant slotted its Google+ Hangouts function into its web email service. The company confirmed it had ditched its peer-to-peer video chat feature. "Hangouts utilise the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2012
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Watchdogs quiz Google in Safari cookie-stalking probe

Regulators on both sides of the Pond are snapping on the surgical gloves after Google was caught bypassing privacy settings on Safari browsers. People on the inside track have whispered to the Wall Street Journal that the US Federal Trade Commission and France's CNIL are now investigating the search'n'advertising giant over …
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Google takes buzz saw to Buzz, other appendages

Google's first stab at social networking, the failed Google Buzz, is just one of a group of projects and programs that Mountain View has cast off in a "fall sweep", the sequal to its "fall spring-clean" of last month. "Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past," wrote Google VP for products …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Oct 2011
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Schmidt preaches 'deep integration' desire with Facebook, Twitter

Google chairman Eric Schmidt reckons that Mountain View's decision to keep invites to its latest social network to a minimum is already starting to pay off for the company. It announced Google+ last week, when it began a limited "field test" that was clearly done to make the project more desirable among the happy-clappy Web2.0 …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Jul 2011
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Privacy group wins $500k from Google Buzz settlement

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is to be awarded $500,000 in a class action settlement over Google's Buzz social network. EPIC brought the original complaint against Buzz to the US Federal Trade Commission in 2010, but failed to win settlement funds dished out by Google in March this year to a variety of …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Jun 2011
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Google's Eric Schmidt 'screwed up' over social network FAIL

Google's Eric Schmidt has shouldered the blame for the company's lack of effort in nailing a successful social networking strategy to compete with rival Facebook. "I clearly knew I had to do something and I failed to do it. The CEO should take responsibility. I screwed up," said Schmidt, who was speaking at the All Things …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Jun 2011
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Yahoo! Buzz! Given! Mercy! Bullet!

Yahoo! is pulling the plug on its Buzz service, making it the latest service/product/wild goose chase to be shuttered by the company. Buzz was a Digg-alike service, which allowed users to flagup content, and add their own headlines. Thus it was that last December Buzz users were informed they could expect: "Nonce Pope to …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2011
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Larry Page to Google staff: Your bonus is tied to Facebook envy

Larry Page has worked out who at Google is responsible for its long string of failures in the social media space: everybody. Page is tying a proverbial lamb chop around the neck of its new social thingy, "Google +1", in the hope that the dogs will pay it some attention. According to Business Insider, Chocolate Factory boss …
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Google gets biennial privacy audit after Buzz blunder

Google has agreed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to undergo regular privacy audits for the next 20 years, after bolting its ill-conceived Buzz social network on to Gmail in early 2010 without first seeking the consent of its users. "When companies make privacy pledges, they need to honour them," said FTC chairman …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2011
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Yahoo! buzzing over 'nonce Pope's' Christmas message

Yahoo!'s buzz service took a pop at the papacy overnight, apparently informing its readers: "Nonce Pope to deliver Christmas message on the BBC". Buzz, for those who haven't noticed, is a Digg-alike service allowing Yahoo! users to flag up content – and crucially giving them the ability to add in their own headline. And for …
Joe Fay, 23 Dec 2010
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'Don't panic: We're still Delicious,' says Yahoo!-owned Web2.0 outfit

Social bookmarking service Delicious won't be shutdown by Yahoo! but is looking to sell its Web2.0 wares to a new suitor. "While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2010
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Delicious, Yahoo! Buzz, MyBlogLog, AltaVista all face axe

Yahoo! is reportedly in the process of retiring eight products, following the company's announcement earlier this week that it planned to axe 600 jobs worldwide. Products on the hit list include Delicious, Yahoo! Buzz, MyBlogLog and AltaVista. However, so far the struggling web portal has only officially confirmed that Yahoo …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2010
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Google boss turns Wave demise into success of sorts

Google boss Eric Schmidt has labelled Wave, which the company just ditched, “a very clever product”. He was speaking to reporters at the Techonomy conference yesterday, just hours after the Mountain View Chocolate Factory confirmed that it was dumping Wave because no one was tinkering with the minimalist and very shaky real- …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Aug 2010
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Google switches on Buzz firehose

Google’s Buzz firehose trickled into action yesterday when the company opened up its data stream to developers. The world’s largest ad broker has teamed up with Collecta, Gnip, Superfeedr, OneRiot and Postrank Analytics in an undisclosed launch deal to help splatter coders’ apps with Buzz using an API that Google debuted in …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2010
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Californian university drops Gmail over privacy concerns

US academics at the University of California-Davis have reportedly canned a Gmail pilot project over privacy fears regarding Google’s ill-conceived launch of Buzz. According to Information Week the university’s IT officials backed out of plans to shift its email system for its 30,000 faculty and staff members over to Gmail …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 May 2010
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Google stung by more privacy complaints over Buzz

Canada's privacy chief is the latest high-profile politico to hit out at Google for its ill-considered stealth launch of Buzz in Gmail earlier this year. The country's privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart penned a joint letter to Google's CEO Eric Schmidt in which data protection authorities from Canada, Israel, the UK, …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2010
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US lawmakers urge trade commission to scrutinise Google Buzz

US lawmakers are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe privacy complaints about Google's Buzz, following a tirade of grumbles that greeted the creepy injection of the real-time Twitterbookish tech into Gmail in February this year. On 25 March, 11 American lawmakers from the House of Energy and Commerce …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2010
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Schmidt defends Google Buzz despite tweaks aplenty

Google boss Eric Schmidt admitted yesterday that the company misjudged public reaction to its decision to automatically load its Twitter, Facebook-like Buzz service into Gmail. Mountain View has been forced in the past few days to tinker with Buzz several times in an effort to offset an ugly tirade of criticism levelled at the …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Feb 2010

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