What’s Up Google? Latest News & Changes

One of Google's Doodles!

One of Google's Doodles!

For the past month, the internet has been really buzzing with various news headlines and articles related to Google! Apparently, Google is going through some major changes, mostly to the better, and everyone is excited about what’s next in line!

Therefore, I decided to dedicate this post to latest Google news that can change the way you deal with the internet in general and your view of Google in specific.

What’s Up Google? Latest News & Changes:

  • Google To Do More Piracy Fighting with Search:

Google, once considered by some media companies as a rogue actor on the issue of copyright, is stepping up antipiracy efforts, the company said today. (Read more at CNET)

  • Multiple Gmail Accounts Just Got A Lot Easier to Manage:

Google announced yet another awesome Gmail feature. Called e-mail delegation, the feature will allow you to easily manage multiple Gmail accounts without signing in and out of Gmail and switching accounts manually. (Read more at CNN)

  • Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture:

Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital books are sold. (Read more at Wall Street Journal)

  • Google Charges Feds $25 A Head for User Surveillance:

Microsoft does not charge for government surveillance of its users, whereas Google charges $25 per user, according to a US Drug Enforcement Admission document turned up by security and privacy guru Christopher Soghoian. (Read more at The Register)

  • Google Sued Over Knicker Images:

A Japanese woman is suing Google for displaying images of underwear hanging on her washing line on its Street View function. (Read more at The Telegraph)

  • Google Unveils Second Nexus Mobile Phone:

Google Inc. on Monday unveiled the Nexus S phone, the company’s second flagship device intended to showcase its increasingly popular Android mobile software. (Read more at Market Watch)

  • Wikileaks Documents Indicate China Behind Google Attacks:

Cables released by Wikileaks seem to indicate the cyberattack aimed at Google earlier this year was approved by senior Chinese politicians. (Read more at Digital Trends)

  • Google Adds Site Hacked Notifications To Search Results:

Matt Cutts of Google announced on the Google Webmaster Blog that they have added a new notification for hacked sites to the search results. (Read more at Search Engine Land)

  • Google Launches “Body Browser”:

On 9/12/2010, Google launched the Google Body Browser, said to be a Google Earth-like experience for the human body. (Read more at PC Mag)

The Best Is Yet to Come?

After reading all these news articles about Google, I can’t help but wonder: Are these headlines indications of a better Google? Or will things start going downhill from here on? And will Google remain to have the competitive edge it currently so proudly flaunts? Or will more attacks and lawsuits bring it down?

Looking forward to your insights and comments down below…

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com Amer Kawar

    I don’t think “better Google” is the proper question here. I mean, some of them such as the “Body browser” is giving back to the scientific community, which is “good”.

    Android and Google going into the mobile market is trying to break the monopoly of usable touch screen gadgets that iPhone, iPad, iX had on the market till one year ago. So, from an anti-competition perspective, it’s “good”.

    The Gmail feature is just being competitive in the email market, not sure if “good” or “evil” applies here.

    The User Surveillance point means that Google and other companies have a requirement to store what we all do online in a way that can be used to generate those surveillance reports. It collides with the “good” image Google attempts to keep up.

    My 2 cents…

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com M.Bamieh

    Sounds like they are starting to feel the heat of Facebook on their tail

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