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20 Feb/12

Google Caught Red-Handed Reaching Into Internet Explorer’s Cookie Jar

Google Caught Red-Handed Reaching Into Internet Explorer’s Cookie Jar

The Wall Street Journal a few days ago described how Google and other advertising companies bypassed a user privacy feature of Apple’s Safari browser to drop “ad-tracking cookies on [..] Safari users”. Safari by default blocks third party cookies, which are often used by advertising companies to track users on the Internet. These cookies are used to track the user on every site the scripts of the advertising company run on, which in the case of Google are a lot of different...

20 Feb/12

Websites Can See If You Are Logged Into A Social Networking Site

Websites Can See If You Are Logged Into A Social Networking Site

Can websites find out if you are logged into Facebook, Twitter or Google+? That’s what Tom Anthony wanted to find out. If third party websites could, it could be used for different purposes, from user tracking to optimizing the websites services for the networks the user is logged in.Facebook for instance provides an API for that that developers can use to find out if users who are connecting to their website are currently logged into the social networking site.For Twitter and Google+,...

17 Feb/12

In Nevada via libera alle vetture dotate di sistemi automatici di guida

In Nevada via libera alle vetture dotate di sistemi automatici di guida

E' prima mattina, la temperatura sottozero, c'è nebbia e la voglia di guidare per andare al lavoro è pari a zero, ma non potete fare altrimenti, dato che la vostra zona è servita in modo pessimo dai trasporti pubblici; in quel momento vla vostra mente inizia a fantasticare su quanto sarebbe bello poter entrare in macchina, impostare la destinazione e poi mettersi comodamente a leggere, a rispondere alle prime mail della giornata o a prolungare il sonno interrotto troppo bruscamente...




13 Feb/11

“I’m bored… There’s Nothing on the Internet!” The Argument for a Walled Garden

“I’m bored… There’s Nothing on the Internet!” The Argument for a Walled Garden

The call “There’s nothing on TV” has long been a common phrase in households around the world, but now I’m beginning hear people express disappointment with the quality and availability of good stuff on the Internet.  This has just gotta be absurd, right!?  Well, perhaps not. There can be absolutely no doubting that the Internet is anything but boring.  There are billions of websites out there and so much fantastic content that it would be impossible...

29 Set/10

Google Hiding Search Results Pages

Google Hiding Search Results Pages

A few months ago, when you would have asked me why you are only seeing one page of results in Google Search, I would have told you that this is because you have searched for an exotic term that does not yield more than a handful of results. Today however I witnessed for the first time that Google seems to bey experimenting with their search results listings (again), by artificially limited the results to the first page. What happens? You search for a phrase in Google and see the...

27 Set/10

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Hit a big milestone today! We released the first beta of ThinkUp, the PHP/MySQL webapp that archives your social media interactions in a database you control. Download it here. Following eight alpha releases over the past eight months, I’m so proud that the ThinkUp community and the software product itself has reached beta. The beta represents hundreds of commits by over 20 thoughtful developers scattered across the globe, and countless conversations on the mailing list, in Wave,...

25 Set/10

Google: Apple is not our main competitor

Google: Apple is not our main competitor

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Alan Murray, the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, discussed how and who Google now needs to compete against and it’s clear that the foundation of the company, search, is still its main focus going forward. In the interview, Schmidt described Microsoft’s search engine as their main competitor, describing it as a “well-run, highly competitive search engine.” He said that Microsoft need to be watched and implied that...

20 Set/10

Germany.gov calls for Data Protection Code

Germany.gov calls for Data Protection Code

Germany is the largest country in Europe where Google’s controversial Street View has not gone live.  This is because of privacy complaints made about the service around the world.  Now the German government has called for a voluntary data protection code to be in place by 7th December this year, as reported by the BBC. The announcement follows a meeting with Google, Apple and other companies to discuss how personal data can be accessed online and at a time when mainstream...

16 Set/10

Now Available: The Complete Android Guide

Now Available: The Complete Android Guide

My fellow Lifehacker Kevin Purdy has just published The Complete Android Guide, a soup-to-nuts how-to book on making the most of that Android-powered computer in your pocket. The book is available to browse freely online, as a $9 PDF or ePub file, and in print for $20. (This week only, if you follow @completeandroid on Twitter and send them a direct message, you’ll get a 20% discount code.) Congratulations to Kevin for publishing his first book, and to our publisher 3ones for continuing...

10 Set/10

Train Your Fingers for Google Instant

Train Your Fingers for Google Instant

Google Instant promises to save you up to 5 seconds every time you search the Web, but you’ll only see those savings if you know how to take advantage of its new real-time mind-reading. Here are the must-know keyboard shortcuts for zipping your way around Google Instant predictions and results. Google Instant is rolling out to Google.com now, but it’s not available in your browser’s search box–yet. (Executives confirm Google is working on that, as well as making...