The ongoing dispute between Search engine giant Google and Chinese authorities over censorship dispute is set to take new twist with the company is learnt to have decided to shut down China search engine.
Google retains about 33 percent of the market share in China and is giving a stiff competition to the China-based, homegrown leader- Baidu which controls 63 percent market share according to the survey conducted by China iResearch Consulting in January.
Google Chief Executive, Eric Schmidt is optimistic of some positive outcome of its ongoing talks with Chinese authorities regarding firm's future in the country. Mr. Schmidt, while speaking at a conference, confirmed active negotiations with the China over censorship issue.
In a recent letter addressed to Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party – the leading privacy watchdog in Europe – has reiterated the opinion that Google’s ‘Street View’ product still violates European privacy laws.
Google is apparently head-on into trouble in Europe! This week, the European Commission launched an antitrust inquiry into the alleged competition-thwarting practices of the Internet search giant; and an Italian court convicted three Google executives of violating the country’s privacy laws via a controversial YouTube video that showed an autistic boy being bullied by his classmates.
A startling piece of news for Microsoft as Google will phase out support for Internet Explorer 6 Web browser starting in March.
It's suspected that the attacks originated in China and were "sophisticated and precisely targeted" attacks, following which Google threatened to withdraw from the Chinese market.
Hackers used a flaw of Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser to target the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
In its latest mobile tweak, a minor upgrade by Google has added to the smartphones - iPhone, Palm WebOS, and any Android-powered smartphone - the capability of streamlining its new movie search feature. The addition of the new function will facilitate on-the-fly movie search for users who only have a mobile phone to resort to in certain locations.
Boasting increased efficiency and readability, the upgraded movie function is accessible via a search for "movies" option on the google. com site, by the means of the iPhone, Palm or Android smartphone browser.
On Wednesday, Google announced the considerable slash in the price of online storage for users of its Picasa photo editing and sharing application.
With the price decline, the Picasa users can now obtain 20GB of online storage capacity -- sufficient to store more than 10,000 shots taken with a five mega pixel camera -- for $5 a year.
"Since most people have less than 10GB of photos, chances are you can now save all your memories online for a year for the cost of a triple mocha", said Google.
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