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Google Ingress turns walking the city streets into a game of territorial control. Google

Turf war: pick your side and get outside with Google’s Ingress

Don’t read technology blogs? Then a new innovation in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMPORGs) may be passing you by. Perhaps, like me, such games have never been of much interest to you…
The imperative to remember information has been replaced with the imperative to remember where information is located. parkieblues

Outsourcing memory: the internet has changed how we remember

When Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” hit newsstands in the July/August 2008 edition of The Atlantic, the reaction was predictably vociferous. The essay itself – a 4,175 word editorial…
European data protection law and Google seem to be at odds. Vermin Inc

Google slapped hard in Europe over data handling

We all know the basics: when you sign up for a Google account you provide valuable personal information that allows hardworking people at the company to build a profile of you. This will include your age…
Google has attracted 20 million users in its race to capture the education sector. AAP

Google winning race to capture education market

After six years targeting the education sector, Google says it has more than 20 million students, faculty and staff around…
Replacing Google Maps with Apple Maps has not been without its hiccups. Bert Kaufmann

Get lost: is Apple Maps on a road to nowhere?

Mapping and navigation is at the heart of how we use smartphones today. By extension, the Apple Maps app is at the heart of iOS 6. And so Apple’s decision to swap Google Maps for Apple Maps in its new…
Mark Zuckerberg rings the Nasdaq’s opening bell from the Facebook Headquarters in California. EPA/Zef Nikolla

Mindshare is still Facebook’s biggest asset

With almost a billion accounts and growing, Facebook still has as strong a lock on the concept of sharing as Google does on the concept of search. As such, while no company is immune to failure, the current…
Google could face fines if it doesn’t address alleged anti-competitive practices. mark knol

The Google ultimatum: Europe has spoken, but what about Australia?

The European Commission (EC) has given Google “a matter of weeks” to address concerns the American search giant has “abused a dominant market position”. The announcement overnight (AEST) follows an 18-month…
Semantic search is about recognising the meaning of words, not just the words themselves. Chris P Jobling

Google’s Knowledge Graph – has search just changed forever?

Late last week, Google representatives unveiled a significant enhancement to the company’s ubiquitous search engine. They’re calling it the “Knowledge Graph” and claiming it will support “more intelligent…
We can already control computers with our thoughts, but how deep does the rabbit hole go? Warner Bros. Pictures

Into the Matrix: the future of augmented reality (and you)

The growth of augmented reality (AR) will almost certainly change the way we visually experience the everyday world. And, as discussed previously on The Conversation, it’s likely to be Google’s Project…
Google Drive has been launched in an already clouded marketplace. kilokon.tw

Dropbox and SkyDrive work – so why do we need Google Drive?

In late April, Google announced, in a relatively low-key post on the official company blog, the existence of Google Drive. The service, which has been the subject of rumours and enthusiastic chatter in…
Managing Director of Google Australia and New Zealand Nick Leeder. AAP/Lukas Coch

Google boss: let internet flourish to boost productivity

The annual $27-billion boost to Australia’s productivity from internet innovation is at threat from policymakers who would…
Should legislation be used to tame the search engine’s appetite? COG LOG LAB

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Google, that’s who

We all know Google has a history of privacy-related misdemeanors but a report in the Wall Street Journal last week suggests the search giant hasn’t learn from its mistakes. The report, about the findings…
The creative sector may need a little help protecting itself online. unsure shot

Should Google be doing more to combat online piracy?

Creators of online content should feel free to share material online without fear of non-attribution or piracy, or having their copyright or trademarks misused. Plainly, the current system of enforcement…
Going public is not without its risks, even for internet giants. Peter DaSilva/EPA

Facebook IPO – what it means for Zuckerberg and you

Facebook announced overnight that it’s going to sell US$5 billion of shares in its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO). Company executives filed the official paperwork to get the IPO process underway…

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