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Aug

10th

Google Receive Record Fine Over Safari Cookie Privacy Row

Google has agreed to pay a fine of $22.5m (£14.4m) for monitoring internet surfers using Apple’s Safari browser who had selected the “do not track” privacy setting. This fine is the largest ever imposed by the US Federal Trade Commission on a single company. The penalty has been handed out for misrepresenting what it was...

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Aug

7th

Baidu Employees Arrested for Deleting Posts and Taking Bribes

Three employees of China’s biggest search engine Baidu have been arrested on suspicion of having accepting bribes to delete posts from its forum service. Baidu fired the three employees as well as a fourth person who had not been arrested. It is unknown what posts had been deleted. Chinese web companies and foreign websites looking...

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Aug

1st

Microsoft Replacing Hotmail.com with Outlook.com

Microsoft will be dropping the brand name of Hotmail in an overhaul of its free webmail service.  The name will be replaced with Outlook.com. The revamp of their service aims to help sort messages when they arrive and allow users to make calls on Skype.  And I love Skype. Outlook.com will attempt to automatically sort...

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Jul

27th

Twitter Hit by Technical Fault

Twitter became inaccessible for almost an hour yesterday on the eve of the start of that big event taking place in London over the next fortnight. The micro-blogging site continued to suffer intermittent faults after. The San Francisco, California-based company has said the interruption was caused by simultaneous failure in its main data centre and...

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Jul

26th

Google Now Showing Your Site’s Indexing Success

Google Webmaster Tools will now display the number of your website pages currently included in Google’s index. The ‘Index Status’, which can be found under the Health menu, highlights the number of indexed pages over the past 12 months. The steadily increasing number of indexed pages in the graph above tells us that our new...

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Jul

25th

Free Wi-Fi for those in London’s West End

A free wi-fi service has been launched today in central London’s West End. A deal made between Westminster City Council and O2 means the service is available to all internet users, regardless of who their current provider is.  Users can get this free service after completing the registration process. This free wi-fi network will initially...

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Jul

20th

Google Adds Unit Converter to Top of Search Results

Google has recently added a fancy-looking unit converter to the top of their search results pages. Users can now quickly convert several units without having to leave Google, which is triggered by searches for many types of conversion. All that is required is to search Google for the following or similar queries: 12 inches into...

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Jul

18th

YouTube Adds Face Blurring Option

As of today, YouTube has launched a face blurring tool that gives users the option to obscure faces within videos. According to the international human rights organisation, WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report earlier this year; “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.” YouTube is amongst the...

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Jul

17th

Yahoo! Recruit Google’s Marissa Mayer as new CEO

In a surprise move, Yahoo! has appointed Google’s leading executive Marissa Mayer as its chief executive. Yahoo! has almost gone off the face of the planet in recent years following the increased competition from search rivals Google, as well as the emergence of social platforms Facebook and Twitter. The company’s news service attracts good numbers...

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Jul

11th

Receptional Now Sell Puppies

After the Nth phone call asking for Husky Puppies, we managed to ask the question “where did you get our number?” before Joe Public could hang up. “I don’t really know. I’m not sure even what I’m looking at…” replied the voice. This was a simple case of another member of the public getting confused,...

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