People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own names online, Europe’s highest court said Tuesday. In a landmark decision, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the Internet search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing their personal information. Campaigners say the ruling effectively backs individual privacy rights over the freedom of information
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Western governments, including the U.S., appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency report" released by Google. "It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect—Western democracies not typically associated with censorship," Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, wrote in a blog post on Sunday night. "For example, in the second half of last year, Spanish regulators asked us to remove 270 search results
The Federal Trade Commission is coming for Google. That’s the latest insight from sources close to the matter, who say that the agency may fine Google upwards of $10 million for allegedly skirting Safari privacy controls. The source, who spoke with Bloomberg, wants to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak on the record about the matter.
Google Inc. won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion and expand its mobile phone patents to increase competition with Apple Inc. The acquisition of Libertyville, Ill.-based Motorola Mobility gives Google, the biggest maker of smartphone software, more than 17,000 additional patents in the largest wireless equipment deal in at least a decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Google has demoted its Chrome browser in search rankings after an advertising effort for the tool ran afoul of its own rules governing paid promotions. The company is “taking manual action to demote” Chrome and lower its ranking for at least 60 days, Mountain View, California-based Google said in an emailed statement.
Google Realtime Search is coming back soon, and it will include data from Google+ and other social sources. Realtime Search was, until last month, the search giant’s method of delivering relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services in real time. Whenever a major current event made headlines—such as Osama bin Laden’s death — Google Search would start displaying tweets and Facebook updates from users talking about the recent developments. It made Google‘s search engine more relevant during major world events.