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Apr 14, 2014

Google spells out email scanning practices in new terms of service

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (Reuters) – Google Inc
updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users
that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically
analyzed by software to create targeted ads.

The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which
Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are
stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a
controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation.

Apr 14, 2014

Google to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace

By Alexei Oreskovic

(Reuters) – Google Inc has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as the Web search giant ramps up plans to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world.

Titan Chief Executive Vern Raburn declined to provide information on the price of the deal, which he said closed on Monday morning.

Apr 10, 2014

Facebook says WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said U.S. regulators have cleared its $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, even as the Federal Trade Commission warned the two Internet companies on Thursday that they must not backtrack on commitments to user privacy.

The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a letter to the two companies on Thursday, said WhatsApp must adhere to its current privacy practices after the merger, including a promise not to use WhatsApp users’ personal data for targeted ads.

Apr 9, 2014

Facebook to require separate mobile app for messages

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday.

Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that beginning in a couple of weeks they will need to install the company’s standalone Messenger app in order to send and receive messages.

Apr 9, 2014

Facebook to move to fewer but bigger ads on PC website

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is switching to fewer but bigger ads on the right-hand column of the desktop PC version of its website because users respond more frequently to them.

The new right-hand display ads will be the same proportions as the so-called News Feed ads, which inject paid marketing messages straight into a user’s stream of news and content. That will make advertising on Facebook simpler for marketers, since they will no longer need to use different images for different types of ads, Facebook said in a post on its Facebook for Business blog.

Apr 4, 2014

The footprint of Internet companies is getting larger

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet companies are no longer limited to the Web browser as they look for new ways to grow their businesses.

In recent years, the top Internet companies have increasingly expanded the scope of their activities and ambitions, raising the prospect of exciting new technologies – but also new privacy concerns.

Apr 4, 2014

Internet companies’ growing ambitions spook 51 percent of Americans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, a new poll showed.

Google and Facebook generally topped lists of Americans’ concerns about the ability to track physical locations and monitor spending habits and personal communications, according to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos from March 11 to March 26.

Apr 4, 2014

Factbox: The footprint of Internet companies is getting larger

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet companies are no longer limited to the Web browser as they look for new ways to grow their businesses.

In recent years, the top Internet companies have increasingly expanded the scope of their activities and ambitions, raising the prospect of exciting new technologies – but also new privacy concerns.

Apr 4, 2014

Internet companies’ growing ambitions spook 51 pct of Americans

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 (Reuters) – The personal data
gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and
other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans,
with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching
too much upon their lives, a new poll showed.

Google and Facebook generally topped lists of Americans’
concerns about the ability to track physical locations and
monitor spending habits and personal communications, according
to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos from March 11 to March 26.

Apr 2, 2014

Apple, Facebook, Google Web data centers getting greener -report

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 (Reuters) – Apple Inc,
Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made
significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to
power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace
said in a report on Wednesday.

But energy-hungry data centers operated by some of the
Internet industry’s top companies remain overly reliant on
carbon-emitting coal and gas, the report said.

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