In the wake of the London riots, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced to Parliament that he was considering limiting the use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. What's your view - a good safety precaution or a ban of free speech?
Google has acquired the g.co domain which the search giant plans to use for official Google products and services only. According to the post on Google's blog, nothing will change with its public URL shortener goo.gl.
Zwap detects what apps you have now, allows you to see what apps your friends are downloading, and is attempting to build a social newsfeed that allows you to see app activity in real time, allowing people to comment and respond to updates.
So long, privacy. Although Google has recently decided not to launch their new technology, the fact that it even exists is just plain creepy. Google has developed software allowing people to enter their headshot into a database so they can be recognized by a mobile application when anyone takes a picture of them.
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Though it's not quite the Bing and Facebook integration, Google has launched its foray into social search with the +1 feature. The new feature allows users logged into Google to "+1" a search result or AdWords ad, and that endorsement will then be displayed to that user's other Google contacts. In addition to this feature, Google will also give each user the option of personalizing content and ads throughout the web.
A major algorithmic change is coming to Google's search engine in an effort to combat content farms. These low-quality sites have been penetrating Google's top results mainly through black hat SEO practices. This will be a major victory should Google make this vast improvement.
As part of its relaunch, Ask.com is taking a more social, personalized approach to its Q&A services. The expanded services are available on in beta by invitation and to its iPhone app users. A user can choose to input profile details from Facebook or LinkedIn, and this extra information will enable Ask.com to determine which users can best answer certain questions, and route questions accordingly. The search engine stresses that this profile information will not be used for targeted ads.