Google Buzz

  • FTC settlement with Google won't end privacy violations

    Posted October 25, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Despite the FTC's "tough" settlement with Google over privacy violations last year, companies will continue to mine and abuse user information for profit.
  • Group: Google Buzz settlement a 'killer' for e-commerce

    Posted April 26, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    A trade group raises concerns about the FTC settlement with Google over Buzz.
  • FTC's action over Google Buzz means Internet companies no longer will exploit personal data. Until they do.

    Posted March 31, 2011 - 6:00 am

    Even as some privacy watchdog groups cheer the Federal Trade Commission's decision Wednesday to force a settlement with Google over privacy violations resulting from last year's launch of the search company's Buzz social networking service, others are expressing concern that the FTC didn't go far enough.
  • Google settles FTC complaint over Buzz

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    The agency requires Google to implement a comprehensive privacy program but did not issue a fine.
  • BULLETIN: Google settles FTC complaint over Buzz

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Google settles an FTC privacy complaint over its Buzz social network.
  • Out with the old: Tech that died in 2010

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    2010 had its share of failures and (some thankful) endings. Here we explore some of the more interesting tech fails, social network bombs and bid farewell to the world's oldest Twitter user.
  • Google settles class-action lawsuit over Buzz

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    Sometimes Google adheres to its policy of getting "right up to the creepy line" but not crossing it. And sometimes it crosses that line, as the online search giant did with Google Buzz, its privacy-challenged social networking tool.
  • Google Hits Restart on Buzz Privacy Settings

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 10:48 am

    The launch of Buzz left Google with a black eye over several privacy mishaps. The main source of angst was the exposure of user Gmail contacts, and Google's rushed tweaks just weren't good enough. Now Google wants a total re-do--and perhaps forgiveness--with the implementation of even further fixes.
  • How to stop shared content in Google Reader

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 8:56 am

    If you use both Google Reader and Google Buzz, have you noticed more content flowing into Google Reader? For some, a lot more? Here's how to regain control.
  • Has Google become a big waste of time?

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 7:32 pm

    Google used to be a marvel of productivity. Zippy, uncannily accurate search. Minimalist e-mail. Fantastic RSS reader. What happened? It seems like I spend half my time nowadays just coping with the New Google.
  • How Buzz, Facebook, Twitter create 'social insecurity'

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    An insurance expert told the Britain's Telegraph newspaper that using location-centric mobile social services like Google Buzz, Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare could raise your home insurance premiums, or even result in the denial of insurance claims.
  • Does Google Buzz Worry Parents? Here are Alternatives

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    Are you concerned about your child's use of Gmail since the search giant introduced Google Buzz two weeks ago? Perhaps you should be. Buzz is relatively easy to use for sharing messages, photos and more, but a child may have difficulty understanding the complexity of Google Buzz's privacy settings. Here's a brief explanation of how one blogger found that out the hard way, and what you can do to keep your child's online life safer.
  • Google Remorse and the Buzz Privacy Backlash

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn is suffering from a massive case of what I call "Google remorse," and he's not alone. McElhearn's column, "Why I'm Dropping Google," is part of a much larger backlash I'm seeing against the search giant.
  • Don't want Buzz? No Profiles for you!

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 11:03 am

    One of the advantages of using the online services of a company with lots of products is that one product can "borrow" features from another. This is especially true for Google.
  • PleaseRobMe & our culture of fear

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 9:10 am

    The release of Google Buzz and it's location service has re-energized the discussion of location-based social networking and its threat to our safety. This is an old argument and a spurious one. Imagining worst-case scenarios is easy enough, sure. But if all you ever do is imagine worst-case scenarios, you're never going to leave your house.
  • Control Google Buzz Overload

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    Google Buzz has stirred a lot of emotion since it launched just ten days ago; the new social network has already been hit with a class-action lawsuit, a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, and a possible investigation by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Some are so fed up with Google Buzz they're opting out of the service altogether.
  • How to rob somebody using Google Buzz

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    Everybody is either outraged or amused by a new site called But Google Buzz is worse!
  • Google Buzz: Then and Now

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    As the initial excitement over Google Buzz turned to fears of poor privacy safeguards, Google scrambled to tweak the social networking service and satisfy its users. The result is a Google Buzz that's fundamentally different than the one Google unveiled at its Mountain View headquarters last week.
  • Goodbye, Google Buzz

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    It's tough to avoid all the buzz over Google Buzz these days. Since introducing the new social networking tool last week, Google has come under fire for everything from privacy concerns to feelings of information overload.
  • Google Buzz Faces More Scrutiny Over Privacy

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    Google Buzz has barely entered its second week of operation, and the new social network continues to be dogged by privacy issues. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said late Tuesday it is looking into privacy concerns surrounding Buzz, according to Canada's CBC News. This announcement comes on the heels of the news the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a privacy complaint over Google Buzz with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
  • Spammers already targeting Google Buzz

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Websense said its security analysts found that spam had started spreading through the new Google Buzz social network just two days after its unveiling.
  • Google Buzz: 10 Changes I'd Like to See

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    Google Buzz has generated a lot of controversy since its launch last week. Privacy concerns continue to dog the new social networking experiment, spammers are starting to move in on Buzz, and Google has rushed out several Buzz revisions in reaction to privacy concerns. Google is also considering other tweaks to make the site more usable, according to The Wall Street Journal. With that in mind, here are ten things Google could do to make Buzz a better experience for everyone:
  • Google Apologizes for Buzz Privacy Issues

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    Google has responded to anger over its Buzz social network with an apology and second round of privacy-related changes.
  • Google Buzz vs. Outlook 2010 Social Connectors

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 8:46 pm

    Google Buzz integrates social networking and traditional e-mail, but Microsoft has an entirely different approach in mind.
  • Looks like Google might fix Buzz after all!

    Posted February 15, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    Yesterday I posted five changes I believe Google needs to make to its new Buzz service -- or risk rejection by annoyed users. Those changes focused on giving control by users over how they view -- and don't view -- posts made by people they follow, and also provide basic functionality I believe users expect.
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