Google Scours 1.2 Million URLs To Conform With EU’s “Right To Be Forgotten” Law

An anonymous reader writes: According to a Google report the company has evaluated 1,234,092 URLs from 348,085 requests since the EU’s May 2014 “right to be forgotten” ruling, and has removed 42% of those URLs. Engadget reports: “To show how it comes to its decisions, the company shared some of the requests it received and its decisions. For example: a private citizen that was convicted of a serious crime, but had that conviction overturned during appeal, had search results about the crime removed. Meanwhile a high ranking public official in Hungary failed to get the results squelched of a decades-old criminal conviction. Of course, that doesn’t mean the system is perfect and the company has already been accused of making mistakes.”

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Google has received nearly 350,000 URL removal requests so far



In May 2014, Google complied with the EU’s ruling that enabled citizens to request certain URLs to be removed from search results

A year and a half later, in its bi-annual Transparency Report, Google has announced it received 348,085 such requests, the bulk of them coming from France and Germany, followed by the UK, Spain and Italy

The total number of URLs Google has evaluated for removal is 1,234,092. Google does not give exact numbers on how many of those it actually removed, but it says that 42% of the URLs that have been “fully processed” have been removed Read more…

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Google’s Plan To Accelerate The Mobile Web Will Go Live Early Next Year

google-amp-ex Google has plans to accelerate your web browsing on mobile devices, and we’ll start seeing the results of those efforts as early as next year, the company says. According to a new update regarding Google’s “AMP” project – or the “Accelerated Mobile Pages Project,” as it’s also known – thousands of publishers have expressed interest in… Read More

Google shows it’s serious by making its most ambitious projects pay for themselves



Google is about to make its famous moonshot projects a little more grounded.

Alphabet, the newly created parent company for Google, is planning to make its most ambitious — and some would say unrealistic — divisions more fiscally responsible by requiring them to pay for “backoffice” corporate necessities like recruiting, finance and marketing rather than simply mooching those services off the mothership. The move was first reported by reportThe Wall Street Journal

Google, er, Alphabet (we’re still getting used to this too) have a range of standalone moonshot companies, including Google X, a secretive lab that previously developed projects like self-driving cars and Google Glass, and Google Life Sciences, for ambitious healthcare research Read more…

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Google Wants To Text Message You With Holiday Shopping Deals

deals-alerts A number of startups emerged this year to offer consumers an easier way to shop: instead of immersive, e-commerce experiences, companies like Magic, Operator, Fetch, GoButler, and others, including Facebook, are testing out messaging-based virtual assistants that help you buy nearly anything from airline tickets to dinner reservations, to great gifts, and more. Now Google is getting in on… Read More

Google To Donate Up To $1 Million Toward Education In Android Pay Charity Campaign

tappaygive-blog In an effort to kickstart its mobile payments solution, Android Pay, Google this morning announced a holiday campaign that will see the tech giant donating up to a million toward special education projects in partnership with nonprofit This is the first time Google has ever worked with an NGO on a mobile payments campaign, the company notes. However, it’s not the first… Read More

Google to launch ‘Star Wars’ virtual reality experience on Cardboard



If you thought some app remakes and a couple of easter eggs were all Google is planning for its Star Wars onslaught, you were wrong

According to an announcement on the official Star Wars site, Google will launch a Star Wars virtual reality experience for Google Cardboard, the company’s low-cost VR platform

The experience, which launches on Dec. 2 as part of the official Star Wars app, “ties directly into the opening” of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is scheduled to hit cinemas Dec. 17

The Star Wars app is available for iOS and Android Read more…

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The Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience Drops On December 2nd

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 7.41.15 PM We’ve been waiting for an official Star Wars virtual reality experience for some time. With the movie coming out next month, that time is almost now. In an announcement today on, we got some updates on what to expect.
Here’s what they had to say:
Coming on December 2 is a new virtual reality experience developed along with Google and Verizon. This will feature the… Read More

Spectacular Google easter egg pays homage to ‘Star Wars’ opening crawl



It is the most famous opening title card in all of cinema history — 10 words that have told billions of viewers to prepare for a space fantasy fable that couldn’t be further removed from our time and place

And now that Google is getting into the Star Wars spirit, the tech giant couldn’t resist doing something special for anyone who enters the search term “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.”

In what is probably the company’s most spectacular easter egg yet, the regular search results are returned in the familiar form of yellow-on-black text crawling up over a field of stars. Read more…

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I’ll Take The Google Self-Driving Car With Florence Swanson’s Artwork On It

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 5.02.47 PM Google’s fun little project called “Paint The Town” for their self-driving cars is a great way to connect with communities. It takes trust to allow vehicles that drive themselves for the most part, and Austin seems to be trusting Google quite a bit.
That’s a good thing.

I just want to say this, if I were to ride around in Google’s self-driving car, I want mine… Read More