Gov’t takedown requests increased 68%, says Google in its latest transparency report

Censorship seems to be one of Google’s biggest concerns. The companyreleased its transparency report today after fielding thousands of takedown requests from governments around the world. And based on the report, the trend is only getting worse. Since 2010, Google has released eight transparency reports detailing government requests to take down this content. These requests come through law enforcement, individual politicians, court orders, and more. The company explained in a blog post that it is effectively being bullied by some of these entities to remove information. Google says the number of requests has increased by 68 percent since the second half of 2012, … Continue reading Gov’t takedown requests increased 68%, says Google in its latest transparency report

Now, just wink to click photos on Google Glass

Francisco: Google Glass on Tuesday announced updates to the software in its Internet-linked eyewear to allow users to snap pictures by winking. The new feature, which promises to escalate privacy concerns already being voiced about the high-tech gadget, came as one of an array of improvements. “We’ve got a new setting that lets you quickly and easily capture the moments you care about with a simple wink of the eye,” Google Glass posted on its Google+ social network page. “We’re starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible,” the message continued. Notions put forth included Glass wearers … Continue reading Now, just wink to click photos on Google Glass

Facebook tries to tackle the news with SportStream buy

The social network touches down with a purchase designed to bring real-time sports insights to media partners. The Facebook icon flag at the social network’s Menlo Park campus. (Credit: Facebook) Facebook announced Tuesday that has agreed to purchase SportStream, an 18-month-old San Francisco company that specializes in collecting real-time sports data and passing it off to media companies, sports organizations, and broadcasters. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We want to help people connect with their passion around sports, and the world more generally,” Facebook’s Vice President of Media Partnerships and Global Operations Justin Osofsky wrote in a Facebook update. “Through … Continue reading Facebook tries to tackle the news with SportStream buy

Twitter Could Challenge Google And Facebook On Advertising Front, Analyst Says

Could Twitter challenge Google GOOG -0.83% and Facebook for as dominant advertiser? According to one bullish analyst at RBC Capital Markets, the far-fetched-sounding scenario is actually quite likely. RBC teamed up with Ad Age to survey over 900 advertisers to get a sense of what advertisers think of Twitter’s potential as a marketing platform. The results were so positive that an RBC team of analysts led by Mark Mahaney are raising Twitter’s target price to $60 per share,  up from $33 per share. (Not factored into either the Ad Age survey nor the RBC report was Twitter’s blocking-now-mute-wait-just-kidding kerfuffle that incensed users Thursday night.) “We are positive on TWTR’s … Continue reading Twitter Could Challenge Google And Facebook On Advertising Front, Analyst Says

Tim Cook reflects on second anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death

Apple CEO Tim Cook used the eve of second anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death to write an email to all Apple employees, reflecting on the moment. Cook told employees that Steve would be “proud of all of you” and everyone should honour Jobs’ memory by “dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much.” Here’s the full copy of the letter obtained by 9to5mac. Team- Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Steve’s death. I hope everyone will reflect on what he meant to all of us and to the world. Steve was an amazing human being and left the world … Continue reading Tim Cook reflects on second anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death

Perils of chasing dollars ahead of Twitter IPO

The micro-blogging site Twitter’s share sale, which values the company at $US10 billion ($10.5 billion), will be the most eagerly anticipated in global tech circles since Facebook’s disappointing debut in February last year. Experts said Twitter would need to tap new and existing ad revenue streams to keep new investors happy and ensure that early investors, along with its co-founders Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, pocket the huge wealth to match the influence of their creation. In filing for its initial public offering, Twitter showed it has been growing revenue, but making losses. Its revenue grew by three times in 2012 to … Continue reading Perils of chasing dollars ahead of Twitter IPO