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A man is in jail tonight after Google sent a tip in to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reporting that the man had explicit images of a child in his email.


As part of its Google Impact Challenge, Google has donated $100,000 to the San Francisco non-profit organization Lava Mae to create a bus that will provide showers for the homeless.


The animation was directed and animated by former Disney animator Glen Keane for Google’s I/O ATAP project. It’s stunning!


Just when you thought you might be able to live an ad-free life away from the computer and in your home, Google comes to shatter your hopes and dreams.


In an official Google Blog post, the director of the self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, talks about the car’s latest capabilities and thanks to software upgrades it can detect “hundreds of distinct objects.”


Google has announced Android Wear, a version of the mobile OS specfically designed for wearable devices such as watches, and Motorola announced the Moto 360, a watch designed for Android Wear.


College Humor takes us into the dark world of people’s personal Google searches by making the search giant into a sad little clerk, trapped forever answering people’s questions.


Youtube recently launched it’s new controversial Content ID system, and it hasn’t been going well.

Youtuber and rapper, Dan Bull, highlights the system’s issues in a scarily accurate rap song. In the song, Bull summarizes what the system does, why it’s failing, and why change may be inevitable. He even gives examples of youtubers who were wrongly accused of using copyrighted material.


YouTube is rolling out it’s newly upgraded comment system that it announced this past September.

Prior to the new changes, comments were barely organized with no ability to follow a conversation. Now with better sorting options, and Google + integration, finding actually meaningful YouTube comments is a breeze!

The new default settings will have comments from your Google+ circles, video creators, and popular personalities at the top followed by comments with many likes and replies. If you want to just see the newest comments, you have the option to choose ‘Newest First’ as well.

Replies will be threaded (finally!) so conversation will flow a little easier, and video creators will get their own tools for comment moderation which includes comment removal, abuse reports, or even the ability to ban a user from commenting on the channel.

What do you think of the new YouTube comment system? Let us know what you think!


Get the tissue boxes out and prepare yourself for the amazing story of Saroo Brierley, who used Google Earth to find his way back home after 26 years.

Brierley fell asleep on a train when he was five years old. When he woke up, his family was gone and he had no idea where he was.

Luckily, Brierly was adopted by a family in Australia and grew up surrounded by the memories of his home thanks to his adoptive mother’s support.

Years later, he decided to see if he could find the train station and town he used to live in. When he got to the house he used to live in, he ran into his mother and was reunited with his family.

How has technology changed your life?


    Internet giant, Google, is going to begin advertising utilizing their users faces, reviews, recommendations, and endorsements starting on November 11th.

    Digital protests have already begun, with users changing their Google+ profile photos to the face of Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, so it’s his face that appears in the ads rather than their own.

    Google explains the move in on their page, saying:

    We want to give you – and your friends and connections – the most useful information. Recommendations from people you know can really help. So your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1’d. This only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with.

    It’s entirely possible to opt out through your Google+ profile, and users under the age of 18 won’t have any of the actions or information shared out on ads at all, but that’s not going to stop Google from trying to guilt-trip you into staying.

    When you opt out of the service, a small notification pops up saying “your friends will be less likely to benefit from your recommendations,” implying that you’re doing your friends a disservice by not wanting to become a part of Google’s ad machine.

    Are you going to opt out of the service? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments down below!


      Navigating the comment section on any YouTube video is like navigating a minefield of racism, misogyny, and hate. It might not be that way anymore now that Google is changing how comments are managed!

      The new system, which begins rolling out to a limited number of Tubers starting today, favors relevance over how recent a comment is, and offers a bevy of moderation tools so stem the flow of spam-filled comments.

      The commenting system powered by Google+ utilizes several factors to push a certain comment to the top. Of those, community engagement by the commenter, up-votes for a particular comment, and commenter reputation will play a factor on what is seen.

      If you have been flagged for spam or abuse, your comments will be buried. On the flip side, comments made by celebrities with strong Google+ reputations will be shot straight to the top.

      If you’re logged in to Google+ you’ll also see comments from people in your circles pushed up to the top as well.

      Another feature that focuses on YouTube’s goal to foster conversation is that you’ll be able to comment publicly or privately to people in your circles, with replies threaded like Gmail.

      Hopefully, the new tools help content creators guide conversation rather than just ignoring comments all together.

      As an added bonus for content creators, YouTube is also offering a selection of free music tracks to beef up your videos with, that way you don’t have to worry about infringing on any music copyrights.

      How awesome is that?


      Do you think the new YouTube comment section will push people to discuss topics or is it a form of censorship? Tell us what you think in the comments down below!


      With internet ads becoming more and more irritating by the day, is there a way to strike a deal and find a middle ground in all this obnoxiousness?

      Adblock founder Till Faida seems to think so. Faida created Adblock to make ads disappear from websites so users can just enjoy the content they’re seeking. In his opinion, advertising on the internet is severely broken.

      Advertisers put up an ad, and no one clicks it. So they begin to bombard users with a litany of ads, each more obtrusive than the last, which users refuse to click. The vicious circle continues until, Faida believes, the bubble pops and the whole thing collapses.

      However, according to Faida, not all ads are made equal. For this, he created Adblock plus. The “block” will allow some of the “good” ads to pass through unhindered, for a fee of course. The CEO believes he can leverage the power of his blocking software to create incentives that would force advertisers to behave.

      Faida believes that he can leverage Adblock Plus’ market power — the company claims 50 million active users — to create market incentives that force online advertisers to behave.

      The question is, in a world of “acceptable ads” how would advertising pay the bills? To me, an ad that’s easy to ignore is acceptable. However, that means no one will click on it and land the advertiser that sweet, sweet ad money.

      Basically the “Acceptable Ads” program works like this:

      The adblock community flags ads that are unacceptable. A group of volunteers then builds filters to block ads that aren’t any good. Most small websites are considered good by default, and will go through. Larger companies are held to a higher standard, and are charged a fee to allow their ads to go through so long as they are unobtrusive. If a large company doesn’t pay, then all of their ads are blocked by the program.

      Faida also stated that users will still be able to block all ads if they want to.

      With online impressions and click throughs in a steady decline advertisers may have to utilize Adblock Plus in order to gain any momentum at all.

      Do you think this is equivalent to racketeering? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments down below!


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