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Search giant Google has added a new feature on its Google Search where users would be notified with an alert every time their name is noted or seems on the Internet. The feature is said to be “Stay in the Loop” from which the users would get their names appeared on their Gmail IDs by the Google.

The new feature runs as long as a user stays connected with their official Google account. Also, they have to offer Google access to store their Web and App activity which can be activated through the Activity Controls menu.

The Activity Controls menu said, “Save your search activity on apps and in browsers to make searches faster and get customized experiences in Search, Maps, Now, and other Google products.”

To enable this feature, users have to make sure that they are logged into their registered Gmail account and have given all permission to Google to track their Web and App activity. This can be activated through the Activity Controls menu.

Once they have given all needed access to Google, the Stay in the loop widget adds at the bottom of the first page of the search results. Tapping on the widget moves users to a Google Alert form that already consist of username in quotation marks. Once they have managed the Settings, just tap on Create alert, and the user would be all set to get the alert.

From here on, users can adjust Google Alerts for their name references. Users can also have access to select from a number of suggestions to obtain alerts for like politics, music, sports, and automobiles. In addition to this, they can also manage settings like source types, languages, frequency, and region.

 

Google declared the feature in the previous month in a blog post, though it had not yet been updated. Now the search engine has officially brought the feature live to the users. Along with this feature, Google has also unveiled several changes and other features for My Account off-late. The company launched the ‘Find your Phone’ feature to allow users locate their smart devices in cases they are stolen or lost. It also brought a new feature where subscribers can use My Account through voice commands.

According to several reports, the feature is now made live in India too. But, The ‘Stay in the Loop’ doesn’t seem to locate at the bottom of the first page of search results yet, even after giving Google access to my Web and App activity through the Activity Controls menu.

http://tecake.in/news/tech/google-search-acquires-new-feature-stay-loop-notify-users-whenever-appeared-web-21403.html

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During the Google I/O on March 18, 2016, Google is expected to reveal its plan to access the Google Play Store from the chromebook. (Photo : YouTube/ CNET)

Google is finally rolling out the much needed Google Play Family Library feature that would allow families to share their paid apps, TV shows and movies inside their home for free.
Apple already has a Family Sharing feature for their iTunes app and content for several years now and the search engine giant has just recently unveiled a feature for their own Google Play Store. Members of a family can now share their content with each other without having to pay for it again or to give away their account details.

Google Play Family Library allows users to pay with their own credit card or from the main account provided they have access, The Verge has learned. It can work for up to six different accounts and across multiple devices as well.

The search engine giant is rolling out the new Google Play Family Library feature in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil and Australia. Users inside the Family Library can also choose whether they would like to share a content with a specific account or not.

For instance, an adult themed movie could be shared with other adults in the family but not with the kids' account. Parents inside the Google Play Family Library will also have the option to approve first the purchases of their children, Forbes reported.

It could then give parents the much needed control over app purchases as kids can sometimes buy as much as thousands of dollars even without the consent of adults. It was a glaring problem as parents often just gave their tablets and smartphones to their children without locking their account purchase capabilities first.

 

Apps and content that have been bought with the Google Play Family Library will be allowed to be used or consumed in other Android and ChromeOS devices. It can even allow the content to be used in other iPhones and iPads provided that a Google account is used.

Google is now rolling out the new Google Paly Family Library feature across the said countries and regions. It is unclear whether the search engine giant will still release the feature into more areas in the future.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/145968/20160728/google-play-family-library-feature-sharing-paid-apps-content-finally.htm

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Google, the world's leading search engine, has been unfairly subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, as part of a lawsuit to which it is not a party.

Federal prosecutors have asked Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL to turn over logs showing search terms entered by search engine users, and a list of websites indexed by the portals' search engines.

Google has refused the Department of Justice's demand for this data, which the government wants for an upcoming lawsuit concerning the 1998 Child Online Protection Act. Two years ago the US Supreme Court issued an injunction preventing enforcement of the Act. The DoJ wants that injunction reversed; the ACLU has filed suit to prevent any such reversal. The trial date is set for June 12th,2006.

Federal prosecutors are not asking for any specific information that concerns privacy advocates, or for any personal or private information about Google's users, but Google asks why it should share its data, and how it became a party to this lawsuit in the first place. In this writer's opinion, Federal prosecutors are clearly overreaching in subpoenaing Google for this information.

The defendant in the COPA case - - the government - - would like to use the million website addresses to simulate the World Wide Web to test the effectiveness of some of the filtering programs it is developing. Leaving aside Google's motives in refusing to deliver this information, the question is, should governments defend their cases by using their might to lean on third party businesses and private entities? And if companies do not comply with such requests, should governments invoke their subpoena powers?

 

Territorial Rights Management (TRM) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) are some of the technologies that, when coupled with encryption, security, user authentication and credit card validation, could most certainly address the concerns set forth in the COPA law and the reasons for the Court's injunction against its execution.

Similarly, given a little time, technological innovators could invent solutions that do not undermine the First and Fifth Amendments: another reason for courts to keep this law from being enforced until the industry can provide technological tools based on TRM and user authentication that will help parents protect their children from problematic websites and content. Such issues are explored in ABI Research's study Conditional Access & Digital Rights Management, which forms part of the Digital Media Distribution and Management Research Service.

http://www.hometoys.com/article/2016/07/raspberry-pi-and-matlab-based-3d-scanner/8541

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Here are some of the most whackiest and bizarre searches people make on Google

Nowadays we rely more on Google than books for information. As time goes, Google is becoming more and more wiser and dishing out exact results we want. But there are people on this Earth who have the most whackiest questions for Google. These people are taking Google search to a whole new level altogether. From wanting to know what happens if they drink blood to whether passing wind burns calories, these folks are more hilarious than curious.

A marketing agency, Digitaloft, did some research into these nerdy creatures and came out with some rib-tickling data about Google searches. As strange as it can get, here are a few strangest Google questions people have asked the search engine.

 

The top whackiest search made on Google is “am I  pregnant?”. Seems like there are people on Earth who trust Google more than doctors or pregnancy tests.

 

The most popular question on the pictorial chart, created by marketing agency Digitaloft is: 'Am I pregnant?' 

Some existential users are concerned with the big questions, with 8,100 monthly searches on Google for 'why are we here?' and 49,500 for 'when will I dies' shown above

According to the chart, 49,500 people a month ask whether farting burns calories, but unfortunately the myth this bodily function burns 67 calories is false. While a section of people have a really intuitive question, why men have nipples when apparently it doesn’t do anything. Some 22,200 are curious as to why men have nipples, while a more troubled 4,400 people a month Google ‘why does my bellybutton smell?’

Others are in search of answers to life's mysteries, with 8,100 people asking if the tooth fairy is real every month. The infographic provides and cute and child-friendly answer

Worryingly, 3,600 people a month ask whether men have periods (infographic shown above), with another 2,900 querying whether men can become pregnant, displaying a rather poor grasp of biology

Nearly 3600 people are worried whether men have periods and another 2900 queried whether men can become pregnant. A whopping 49,500 people think Google is god and searched “when will I die”on it.

 

 

Some 18,100 people ask Google whether penguins have knees every month, 8,100 want to know if pigs sweat and 2,900 are curious whether worms have eyes – they don’t.

An insecure 2,900 people every month ask the search engine ‘does my dog love me?’ every month.

Some 800 people a month ask Google 'Can I marry my cousin?' according to the infographic (pictured), meaning 10,560 people a year might be considering popping the question to a relative

If you have made such a similar bizarre search on Google, kindly mention it in comments and let others know how whacky you are!

http://www.techworm.net/2016/07/20-bizarre-whackiest-google-searches-people-make.html

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Early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump found nowhere in Google search engine results. Instead, results show Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as well as Jill Stein of Green Party. It remained no change for 8 hours or so and then Google fixed it.

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When an input the term “presidential candidates” is given to search engine, a box shows information of “Active Campaigns” highlights at the top of the page. Google lagged room for Republic Party nominee Donald Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and cult favourite contender Vermin Supreme. Donald Trump was included “presidential candidates” in Google search engine before accepting his nomination for president candidate by Republic Party.

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Search engine giant was accused of the biassed search result in favour of Hillary Clinton in June 2016. The company released a statement declaring all it happened due to a ‘technical bug’. “Google Autocomplete does not favour any candidate or cause. Claims to the contrary just misunderstand how Autocomplete works. We found a technical bug in Search where only the presidential candidates participating in an active primary election were appearing in a Knowledge Graph result. Because the Republican and Libertarian primaries have ended, those candidates did not appear. This bug was resolved early this morning.” A Google Spokesperson said.

Active Presidential Campaigns’

Google doesn’t reveal the source where the information is getting from. The problem persists in the absence of reference points, and it’s tough to find out where things had gone wrong. Without clear reference points, the search engine presents with a big font of all knowledge.

Political War Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Finally, the error is fixed, and the “Active Campaigns” info box now shows Donald Trump, Hillary CIinton, Johnson and Jill Stein. 

 http://techfactslive.com/donald-trump-left-out-of-google-search-results-for-active-presidential-campaigns/4717/

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Donald Trump was omitted from a Google search of presidential candidates earlier this week because of a "technical bug" in the search engine's information mapping system used for filtering top results.

"We found a technical bug in 'Search' where only the presidential candidates participating in an active primary election were appearing in a Knowledge Graph result," a Google spokesman told Snopes.com on Wednesday. "Because the Republican and Libertarian primaries have ended, those candidates did not appear.

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"This bug was resolved early this morning."

Internet users searching the term "presidential candidates" on Thursday found that the results produced text and pictures of Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Snopes reported.

No information on Trump or Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson came up in the search.
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However, the Snopes report includes a screenshot of similar search results that was taken by Stein on July 17, after she petitioned Google to be included in the results.

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That screenshot included both Trump and Johnson, according to the report.

Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination last Thursday. The last primaries were held on June 7.

Twitter erupted with angry Google users slamming the search engine for excluding Trump.

In recent months, Google and Facebook have been among the Silicon Valley companies that have been accused of bias toward conservatives and similar news organizations.

Google has long insisted that it does not favor any political ideology.

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The company's CEO, Eric Schmidt, has been on the Democratic National Committee's Democratic Victory Task Force since 2014, The Daily Caller reports.

© 2016 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/google-technical-bug-omit-trump/2016/07/28/id/741077/

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More than 484,000 Google keyword searches a month from around the world, including at least 54,000 searches in the UK, return results dominated by Islamist extremist material, a report into the online presence of jihadism has revealed.

The study found that of the extremist content accessible through these specific keyword searches, 44% was explicitly violent, 36% was non-violent and 20% was political Islamist in content, the last being non-violent but disseminated by known Islamist groups with political ambitions.

The study is one of the first to expose the role of the search engine rather than social media in drawing people to extremist jihadi material on the web. It argues the role of the search engine – a field dominated by Google – has been a blind spot that has been missed by those seeking to measure and counter extremist messages on the internet.

Although the UK government’s Prevent strategy claims the internet must not be ungoverned space for Islamist extremism and British diplomats have taken the lead in the global communications fight against Islamic State on the net, the study suggests government agencies are only at the beginning of a “labyrinthine challenge”. So-called counter-narrative initiatives led by governments and civil society groups are “under-resourced and not achieving sufficient natural interest”, suggesting the battle of ideas is not even being engaged, let alone won.

The study, undertaken jointly by Digitalis and the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, will be challenged by those who claim it advocates censorship, has blurred the lines between political Islam and violent extremism and cannot validly quantify the presence of extremism.

But the findings come in a week in which there has been a spate of terrorist attacks in Germany and France, some undertaken by young people either radicalised on the internet, or using it to feed their obsession with violence. Many of the jihadist foreign fighters in Syria were radicalised online as “the search engine gradually overtakes the library and the classroom as a source of information”.

 

The study, entitled A War of Keywords: how extremists are exploiting the internet and what to do about it, argues “many of the legitimate mainstream Islamic scholarly websites host extremist material, including jihadi material, often without any warning or safeguards in place”.

It also argues non-violent Islamist organisations, such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, have a very strong online presence and dominate the results for some keyword searches. Some of the most popular search words used were crusader, martyr, kafir (non-believer), khilafa (a pan-Islamic state) or apostate.

In a condemnation of government efforts it finds very little of this content is challenged online. Analysing 47 relevant keywords, the search-engine analysis found counter-narrative content outperformed extremist content in only 11% of the results generated. For the search term khilafah, which has 10,000 global monthly searches, the ratio of extremist content to counter-narrative is nine to one.

This is partly because counter-narrative sites lack search engine optimisation so they do not rank high enough in searches, By contrast, Khilafa.com, the English website of Hizb ut-Tahrir, had more than 100,000 links into it.

The study also warns some of the most-used Muslim websites such as Kalmullah.com and WorldofIslam.info “host traditional Islamic content alongside extremist material” so are knowingly or unknowingly abusing the trust of their readers.

The study also claims a user can come across extremist content relatively easily while browsing for Islamic literature. Few effective restrictions apply to accessing Islamic State English-language magazine Dabiq or Inspire magazine, which is linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula. Both are readily available to browse and download through clearing sites.

 

The study produced its headline numbers by looking at the average monthly number of global searches conducted in Google for 287 extremist-related keywords – 143 in English and 144 in Arabic. It then looked at two samples totalling 47 keywords, the first sample focused on the most-used words and the second sample on the keywords deemed to be most extremist. The research then analysed the first two pages thrown up by the search for these keywords.

The authors acknowledge the difficulties technology companies face in policing the results of their search engines. Google is responsible for 40,000 searches a second, 2.5 billion a day and 1.2 trillion a year worldwide. Facebook boasts more than one and a half billion users who create 5 billion likes a day.

Dave King, chief executive of Digitalis, argues: “While the company’s advertising model is based on automatically mining the content its users create, their ability to distinguish a single credible kill threat from the plethora who have threatened to kill in jest is highly limited.”

The study recommends governments, the United Nations, technology companies, civil society groups and religious organisations together establish a charter setting out a common definition of extremism and pledge to make the internet a safer place.

Technology companies, the report says, could work with governments to shift the balance of the online space, as well as share analytical data and trending information to bolster counter-efforts. It suggests search engine companies have been reluctant to or unable to alter the search algorithms that are responsible for search page rankings.

The authors also call for a debate on “the murky dividing line between violent and non-violent extremist material online”, arguing such legal definitions have been achieved over “copyrighted material, child pornography and hate speech all of which have been subject to removal requests.”

Exiisting content control software that prevents access to graphic or age-restricted material could be used and warning signals put on sites.

 

A Google spokesperson said: “We take this issue very seriously and have processes in place for removing illegal content from all our platforms, including search. We are committed to showing leadership in this area – and have been hosting counterspeech events across the globe for several years. We are also working with organisations around the world on how best to promote their work on counter-radicalisation online.”

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/28/search-engines-role-in-radicalisation-must-be-challenged-finds-study

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The Digital Payments 2020 report by Google and BCG analyses the transformation in Digital Payments and its impact on the payment landscape in India.

Why digital payments are on the rise?

66% users like the convenience 48% users are lured by offers 75% merchants feel opting for digital payment will increase sales

What are the hurdles on the way?

50% users find it difficult to understand 50% users stopped using it because it is not accepted everywhere

By 2020

60% of digital payments value will be driven by physical points of sale 50% of person to merchant transactions will be worth less than Rs 100

 

http://retail.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/e-commerce/e-tailing/more-than-50-of-indias-internet-users-will-use-digital-payments-by-2020-google-and-bcg-report/53483942

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What are business attributes, and why should local businesses care? Columnist Adam Dorfman explores.

When checking into places on Google Maps, you may have noticed that Google prompts you to volunteer information about the place you’re visiting. For instance, if you check into a restaurant, you might be asked whether the establishment has a wheelchair-accessible entrance or whether the location offers takeout. There’s a reason Google wants to know: attributes.

Attributes consist of descriptive content such as the services a business provides, payment methods accepted or the availability of free parking — details that may not apply to all businesses. Attributes are important because they can influence someone’s decision to visit you.

Google wants to set itself up as a go-to destination of rich, descriptive content about locations, which is why it crowdsources business attributes. But it’s not the only publisher doing so. For instance, if you publish a review on TripAdvisor or Yelp, you’ll be asked a similar battery of questions but with more details, such as whether the restaurant is appropriate for kids, allows dogs, has televisions or accepts bitcoins.

Many of these publishers are incentivizing this via programs like Google’s Local Guides, TripAdvisor’s Badge Collections, and Yelp’s Elite Squad because having complete, accurate information about locations makes each publisher more useful. And being more useful means attracting more visitors, which makes each publisher more valuable.

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It’s important that businesses manage their attributes as precious location data assets, if for no other reason than that publishers are doing so. I call publishers (and aggregators who share information with them) data amplifiers because they amplify a business’s data across all the places where people conduct local searches. If you want people to find your business and turn their searches into actual in-store visits, you need to share your data, including detailed attributes, with the major data amplifiers.

Many businesses believe their principal location data challenge is ensuring that their foundational data, such as their names, addresses and phone numbers, are accurate. I call the foundational data “identities,” and indeed, you need accurate foundational data to even be considered when people search for businesses. But as important as they are — and challenging to manage — identities solve for only one-half of the search challenge. Identities ensure visibility, but you need attributes to turn searches into business for your brand.

Attributes are not new, but they’ve become more important because of the way mobile is rapidly accelerating the purchase decision. According to seminal research published by Google, mobile has given rise to “micro-moments,” or times when consumers use mobile devices to make quick decisions about what to do, where to go or what to buy.

Google noted that the number of “near me” searches (searches conducted for goods and services nearby) have increased 146 percent year over year, and 88 percent of these “near me” searches are conducted on mobile devices. As Google’s Matt Lawson wrote:

With a world of information at their fingertips, consumers have heightened expectations for immediacy and relevance. They want what they want when they want it. They’re confident they can make well-informed choices whenever needs arise. It’s essential that brands be there in these moments that matter — when people are actively looking to learn, discover, and/or buy.

Attributes encourage “next moments,” or the action that occurs after someone has found you during a micro-moment. Google understands that businesses failing to manage their attributes correctly will drop off the consideration set when consumers experience micro-moments. For this reason, Google prompts users to complete attributes about businesses when they check into a location on Google Maps.

At the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple underscored the importance of attributes when the company rolled out a smarter, more connected Siri that makes it possible for users to create “next moments” faster by issuing voice commands such as “Siri, find some new Italian restaurants in Chicago, book me dinner, and get me an Uber to the restaurant.” In effect, Siri is a more efficient tool for enabling next moments, but only for businesses that manage the attributes effectively.

And with its recently released Google My Business API update to version 3.0, Google also gave businesses that manage offline locations a powerful competitive weapon: the ability to manage attributes directly. By making it possible to share attributes on your Google My Business page, Google has not only amplified its own role as a crucial publisher of attributes but has also given businesses an important tool to take control of your own destiny. It’s your move now.

 

http://searchengineland.com/google-mining-local-business-attributes-252283

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Google has made another small acquisition to help it continue building out its latest efforts in social apps. The search and Android giant has hired the team behind Kifi, a startup that was building extensions to collect and search links shared in social apps, as well as provide recommendations for further links — such as this tool, Kifi for Twitter. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but, according to Google engineering director Eddie Kessler, the app’s team will be joining the company to work on Spaces, Google’s group chat app.

Google tells me it is not commenting on the exact number of people joining.

It looks like Spaces could use the help. The app launched earlier this year and has had a very lukewarm run in the market so far, currently lingering around 577 in the U.S. iOS App Store and 284 in the U.S. Android store, according to stats from App Annie.

This is essentially an acqui-hire. In a Medium post earlier today, Kifi noted that the app is not coming to Google. It will only remain alive for another few weeks, after which point it will stick around for a few weeks more for data exports only.

While the app is not living on, it sounds like the kind of tech that Kifi’s team — co-founded by Dan Blumenfeld and Eishay Smith (although Blumenfeld left the company some time ago) — will continue. Considering Space’s current focus on group chat, it sounds like this means they could tweak Kifi’s link sharing and link recommendation technology to use them in that context, and to be able to collate them with links from other applications and platforms.

 

This seems to be what Kessler says will be the intention, too, in his own short Google+ post: “Delighted the Kifi team, with their great expertise in organizing shared content and conversations, is joining the Spaces team to build features that improve group sharing.”

Google has disclosed nearly 200 acquisitions to date. Among them, other recent M&A moves that point to Google building up its talent in areas like social and apps include Pie (a Slack-like app) in Singapore and Moodstocks in Paris (to improve image recognition in apps).

Kifi had raised just over $11 million in funding from Don Katz, Oren Zeev, SGVC and Wicklow Capital.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/12/google-acquires-deep-search-engine-kifi-to-enhance-its-spaces-group-chat-app/

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