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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Google Slams MPAA Censorship Efforts After Court 'Victory' | TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    Google has claimed its first victory against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, who called for SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. After the court put Hood's subpoena on hold, Google called out the MPAA who they see as the main instigator behind the censorship efforts.
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    Google has claimed its first victory against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, who called for SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. After the court put Hood's subpoena on hold, Google called out the MPAA who they see as the main instigator behind the censorship efforts.
Paul Merrell

Google reveals where AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband * ... - 0 views

  • Google has named the next four areas in the US to get its gigabit-a-second fiber broadband.

    The advertising giant said on Tuesday it will next roll out high-speed connections to 18 cities in and around Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; and Nashville, TN.

    Charlotte city officials had indicated they were expecting to be named as one of the next places to feel Google's cable.

    The expansion will bring the total number of areas with Google Fiber deployments to seven: the California biz already offers fiber broadband in and around Kansas City, MO, Austin, TX, and Provo, UT.

  • Google charges $70 a month for gigabit internet, $120 if you want TV with it, or free if you're happy with 5Mbit/s for the downlink. Only the freebie option requires a $300 installation fee. Despite the price tag, the service is hotly anticipated in the few chosen cities.

    The presence of Google Fiber also has the side-effect of spurring rival carriers, such as AT&T, to offer their own high-speed broadband services in the area.

  • Later this year, the Chocolate Factory will also make its decision on where the next set of Fiber rollouts will take place. Five areas are being considered: Portland, OR; San Jose, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; and San Antonio, TX. ®
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Google drops three OS X 0days on Apple | Ars Technica (opensource war against propietary?) - 1 views

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    "Don't look now, but Google's Project Zero vulnerability research program may have dropped more zero-day vulnerabilities-this time on Apple's OS X platform."
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    "Don't look now, but Google's Project Zero vulnerability research program may have dropped more zero-day vulnerabilities-this time on Apple's OS X platform."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Victor Domingo: "La 'tasa Google' ha puesto a España al pie de los caballos e... - 0 views

  • Después de todo el revuelo que generó el cierre de Google News en España el pasado 16 de diciembre, motivado por la aprobación de la reforma de la Ley de Propiedad Intelectual, ésta entró en vigor casi sin hacer ruido el pasado 1 de enero. Lo hizo casi en su totalidad, pues algunos puntos, como el incremento del importe de las multas para luchar contra la piratería, estarán vigentes a partir de mañana.
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    Después de todo el revuelo que generó el cierre de Google News en España el pasado 16 de diciembre, motivado por la aprobación de la reforma de la Ley de Propiedad Intelectual, ésta entró en vigor casi sin hacer ruido el pasado 1 de enero. Lo hizo casi en su totalidad, pues algunos puntos, como el incremento del importe de las multas para luchar contra la piratería, estarán vigentes a partir de mañana.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Hollywood v. Goliath: Inside the aggressive studio effort to bring Google to heel | Ars... - 1 views

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    "Tensions between Google and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood exploded into public view this week, as Google filed court papers seeking to halt a broad subpoena Hood sent to the company."
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    "Tensions between Google and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood exploded into public view this week, as Google filed court papers seeking to halt a broad subpoena Hood sent to the company."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

This Email Shows Google And NSA's Close Working Relationship - 1 views

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    "If Google wasn't cooperating with the National Security Agency's spying program, as the company has vehemently claimed again and again, why were the guys in charge of each organization emailing so much in 2011 and 2012? "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

AEDE: codicia, falta de principios… y mucha, mucha incompetencia » El Blog de... - 0 views

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    "Hoy, día 16 de diciembre de 2014, como había sido ya anunciado, Google ha cerrado en España su servicio Google News, convirtiendo a nuestro país en el primero en el que se ve obligada a tomar una decisión semejante. "
Paul Merrell

Protect your synced data - Chrome Help - 0 views

  • When you sign in to Chrome and enable sync, Chrome keeps your information secure by using your Google Account credentials to encrypt your synced passwords. Alternatively, you can choose to encrypt all of your synced data with a sync passphrase. This sync passphrase is stored on your computer and isn't sent to Google.
    • Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
    • Select Signed in as <your email address> (you must be signed in to Chrome already).
    • In the "Sign in" section, click Advanced sync settings.
    • Choose an encryption option:
      • Encrypt synced passwords with your Google credentials: This is the default option. Your saved passwords are encrypted on Google's servers and protected with your Google Account credentials.
      • Encrypt all synced data with your own sync passphrase: Select this if you'd like to encrypt all the data you've chosen to sync. You can provide your own passphrase that will only be stored on your computer.
    • Click OK.
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    Just installed Google Chrome on a new system. When I went into settings to set my syncronization preferences, I discovered a new setting I never noticed before for synchronization. I suspect it's new and one Google reaction to the NSA scandal. End to end encryption with a local password that isn't sent to Google. If you're using Chrome, here's an easy way to help the Web fight back to NSA voyeurs.  
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

American cultural imperialism has a new name: GAFA - Quartz - 0 views

  • In France, there’s a new word on everyone’s lips: GAFA. It’s an acronym, and it has become a shorthand term for some of the most powerful companies in the world—all American, all tech giants. GAFA stands for Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.
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    [In France, there's a new word on everyone's lips: GAFA. It's an acronym, and it has become a shorthand term for some of the most powerful companies in the world-all American, all tech giants. GAFA stands for Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. ...]
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    [In France, there's a new word on everyone's lips: GAFA. It's an acronym, and it has become a shorthand term for some of the most powerful companies in the world-all American, all tech giants. GAFA stands for Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. ...]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

German Publishers Grant Google A 'Free License' Google Never Needed To Post News Snippe... - 2 views

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    "from the well-that-solves-that dept
    Remember earlier this year when German newspaper publishers, led by rights management firm VG Media, demanded Google pay them a massive amount of money (11% of all ad revenue on any page linking to their works) for having the gall to send those publishers traffic via Google News? VG Media insisted that Google's use of "snippets" was illegal."

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    "from the well-that-solves-that dept
    Remember earlier this year when German newspaper publishers, led by rights management firm VG Media, demanded Google pay them a massive amount of money (11% of all ad revenue on any page linking to their works) for having the gall to send those publishers traffic via Google News? VG Media insisted that Google's use of "snippets" was illegal."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Google Continues To Try To Appease Hollywood, Though It Is Unlikely To Ever Be Enough |... - 0 views

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    "Google has come out with the latest version of its "How Google Fights Piracy" report (pdf link), going to great lengths to show how the company goes above and beyond what is required by law to try to drive people to authorized copies of content while also increasing opportunities for content creators to monetize their own content."
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    "Google has come out with the latest version of its "How Google Fights Piracy" report (pdf link), going to great lengths to show how the company goes above and beyond what is required by law to try to drive people to authorized copies of content while also increasing opportunities for content creators to monetize their own content."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Safe Creative - Android Apps on Google Play - 0 views

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    "Register photos and files from your mobile device at Safe Creative copyright registry.

    You can choose an image from your gallery, browse your SD card or share any file from your favorite app.

    Official Safe Creative app."
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    "Register photos and files from your mobile device at Safe Creative copyright registry.

    You can choose an image from your gallery, browse your SD card or share any file from your favorite app.

    Official Safe Creative app."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Celebs whose nude photos were stolen threaten Google with $100M lawsuit | Ars Technica - 1 views

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    "Celebrities who had their nude photos stolen last month are now threatening Google with a $100 million lawsuit unless the search giant does a better job of removing copies of the photos found on its various services, including YouTube and Blogger."

    [# ! first '#They' '#leak' some pics
    # ! as a #promotion #strategy
    # ! and, then, #sue #searchengines...
    # ! to #grab some (#millions of additional) #bucks...


    [# ! #learnt form the #Media #industry
    # ! with its #piracy treatment
    # ! of the #P2P #networks...]]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Google Asked to Remove Half a Billion "Pirate" Search Results | TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    " Ernesto
    on October 2, 2014
    C: 0

    Breaking

    Google has been asked to remove half a billion copyright-infringing URLs since it started counting three years ago. The listing of pirate sites in Google's search results has turned into a heated conflict, which the search engine and copyright holders have yet to resolve."
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    " Ernesto
    on October 2, 2014
    C: 0

    Breaking

    Google has been asked to remove half a billion copyright-infringing URLs since it started counting three years ago. The listing of pirate sites in Google's search results has turned into a heated conflict, which the search engine and copyright holders have yet to resolve."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Google silent on support for group opposing net neutrality and muni broadband | Ars Tec... - 0 views

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    "Nonprofit that Google is part of also supports Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger"
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    "Nonprofit that Google is part of also supports Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

German Regulator Rejects German Newspapers' Cynical Attempt To Demand Cash From Google ... - 0 views

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    "from the nice-try-but-no dept

    Back in June we wrote about the ridiculous and cynical attempt by a number of big German newspaper publishers, in the form of the industry group VG Media, to demand 11% of Google's gross worldwide revenue on any search that results in Google showing a snippet of their content. We noted the hypocrisy of these publishers seeking to do this while"
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    "from the nice-try-but-no dept
    Back in June we wrote about the ridiculous and cynical attempt by a number of big German newspaper publishers, in the form of the industry group VG Media, to demand 11% of Google's gross worldwide revenue on any search that results in Google showing a snippet of their content. We noted the hypocrisy of these publishers seeking to do this while"
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    "from the nice-try-but-no dept

    Back in June we wrote about the ridiculous and cynical attempt by a number of big German newspaper publishers, in the form of the industry group VG Media, to demand 11% of Google's gross worldwide revenue on any search that results in Google showing a snippet of their content. We noted the hypocrisy of these publishers seeking to do this while"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Spain's Ill-Conceived 'Google Tax' Law Likely To Cause Immense Damage To Digital Common... - 1 views

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    [# ! another international ridicule]

    "from the digital-cluelessness dept

    Techdirt recently wrote about Spain's imminent and almost unbelievably foolish new copyright law designed to prop up old and failing business models in the publishing sector. Mike mentioned that it was potentially disastrous for things like fair use, Creative Commons and public domain material"
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    [# ! another international ridicule]

    "from the digital-cluelessness dept

    Techdirt recently wrote about Spain's imminent and almost unbelievably foolish new copyright law designed to prop up old and failing business models in the publishing sector. Mike mentioned that it was potentially disastrous for things like fair use, Creative Commons and public domain material"
Paul Merrell

Google Says Website Encryption Will Now Influence Search Rankings - 0 views

  • Google will begin using website encryption, or HTTPS, as a ranking signal – a move which should prompt website developers who have dragged their heels on increased security measures, or who debated whether their website was “important” enough to require encryption, to make a change. Initially, HTTPS will only be a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, says Google.

    That means that the new signal won’t carry as much weight as other factors, including the quality of the content, the search giant noted, as Google means to give webmasters time to make the switch to HTTPS.

    Over time, however, encryption’s effect on search ranking make strengthen, as the company places more importance on website security.

    Google also promises to publish a series of best practices around TLS (HTTPS, is also known as HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security) so website developers can better understand what they need to do in order to implement the technology and what mistakes they should avoid. These tips will include things like what certificate type is needed, how to use relative URLs for resources on the same secure domain, best practices around allowing for site indexing, and more.

  • In addition, website developers can test their current HTTPS-enabled website using the Qualys Lab tool, says Google, and can direct further questions to Google’s Webmaster Help Forums where the company is already in active discussions with the broader community.

    The announcement has drawn a lot of feedback from website developers and those in the SEO industry – for instance, Google’s own blog post on the matter, shared in the early morning hours on Thursday, is already nearing 1,000 comments. For the most part, the community seems to support the change, or at least acknowledge that they felt that something like this was in the works and are not surprised.

    Google itself has been making moves to better securing its own traffic in recent months, which have included encrypting traffic between its own servers. Gmail now always uses an encrypted HTTPS connection which keeps mail from being snooped on as it moves from a consumer’s machine to Google’s data centers.

  • While HTTPS and site encryption have been a best practice in the security community for years, the revelation that the NSA has been tapping the cables, so to speak, to mine user information directly has prompted many technology companies to consider increasing their own security measures, too. Yahoo, for example, also announced in November its plans to encrypt its data center traffic.

    Now Google is helping to push the rest of the web to do the same.

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    The Internet continues to harden in the wake of the NSA revelations. This is a nice nudge by Google.
Paul Merrell

Official Google Blog: A first step toward more global email - 0 views

  • Whether your email address is firstname.lastname@ or something more expressive like corgicrazy@, an email address says something about who you are. But from the start, email addresses have always required you to use non-accented Latin characters when signing up. Less than half of the world’s population has a mother tongue that uses the Latin alphabet. And even fewer people use only the letters A-Z. So if your name (or that of your favorite pet) contains accented characters (like “José Ramón”) or is written in another script like Chinese or Devanagari, your email address options are limited.

    But all that could change. In 2012, an organization called the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) created a new email standard that supports addresses with non-Latin and accented Latin characters (e.g. 武@メール.グーグル). In order for this standard to become a reality, every email provider and every website that asks you for your email address must adopt it. That’s obviously a tough hill to climb. The technology is there, but someone has to take the first step.
  • Today we're ready to be that someone. Starting now, Gmail (and shortly, Calendar) will recognize addresses that contain accented or non-Latin characters. This means Gmail users can send emails to, and receive emails from, people who have these characters in their email addresses. Of course, this is just a first step and there’s still a ways to go. In the future, we want to make it possible for you to use them to create Gmail accounts.

    Last month, we announced the addition of 13 new languages in Gmail. Language should never be a barrier when it comes to connecting with others and with this step forward, truly global email is now even closer to becoming a reality.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

La verdadera (y fascinante) historia del algoritmo de Google - 0 views

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    "El algoritmo PageRank no es una idea original de Google. El mérito fue su implementación eficiente en una red de miles de millones de nodos."
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