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Google settles Buzz privacy case with FTC, apologizes

Google and the FTC have just announced that they've reached a settlement in the FTC's investigation of Google's privacy violations committed during the rollout of Google Buzz, the company's social network built inside of Gmail. One of the reasons Buzz never quite took off may have been the enormous backlash surrounding its launch, and Google's handling of Gmail users' privacy. The FTC claims th...

Easily share your favorite Google Chrome extensions on Twitter, Buzz, and more

Hundreds of millions of people are now using Google Chrome as their primary Web browser, and a good chunk of those users have probably checked out extensions or Chrome Web apps by now. If you've ever wanted to share your favorites someplace -- like Twitter, Buzz, a favorite forum site, or even via your Gmail account -- there's a new extension out that makes the process dead simple. Winning p...

DLS Review: TweetDeck for Android seamlessly integrates Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz

I initially wanted to review TweetDeck for Android back in August, but ruefully I discovered that it only works with Android 2.1-and-later devices! Now, however, via the power of hacked Russian ROMs, I am using Android 2.1. Without further ado, then, TweetDeck for Android. Android apps with sensible interfaces are few and far between. Interfaces can vary so much between apps that it becomes bot...

Brute Force Naming helps you pick a catchy domain name

Finding a nice, catchy .com domain name is not exactly an easy task these days. It can often seem like all of the good ones are taken, and you're left with something like www.my-awesome-new-project.com. Brute Force Naming attempts to alleviate this problem by systematically filtering through a ton of options in order to see if any of them are free. You provide it with a bunch of possible substrin...

Google Buzz gets a retweet button, so get ready for "resharing"

If you've ever used Facebook or Twitter, you're already familiar with Google Buzz's latest feature: reshare. Resharing is the equivalent of sharing in Facebook or retweeting in Twitter. It quickly shares someone else's post in your stream, with your commentary added and a link back to the original source. It's not so much that reshare is a cool new feature, just Google playing the inevitable c...

Google Buzz invites users to nuke their privacy settings and start over

When Google debuted its social network, Google Buzz, there was an immediate backlash against confusing privacy settings and an auto-add feature that ended up exposing people's profiles to undesirables. Google responded quickly by killing auto-add and making it easier to hide profile info, but the general impression that Buzz is a bit of a privacy nightmare still lingers. TheNextWeb reports that G...

Google Buzz comes to Android, in widget form

It was only a matter of time before Google delivered a souped-up version of its new social product, Buzz, to its mobile OS, Android. A slick Buzz widget has just launched for Android phones, and it should thoroughly satisfy Buzz junkies (assuming there are any, that is). The widget lets you post and geotag new buzz, and it features background uploading, so you don't have to wait for it to fini...

Google Buzz faces privacy lawsuit

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that a class action complaint has been filed against Google -- alleging that they broke the law by sharing users' private data without their consent via Google Buzz. Although Google quickly responded to the privacy concerns and disabled the autofollow feature that connects new Buzz users automatically to their most frequently-emailed contacts Eva Hibnick,...

Google makes it easier to fully turn off Buzz and delete your profile

Sure, there may be all sorts of ways to minimize the spamminess of Google Buzz -- I walked through some of them on this blog a few days ago -- but now there's a fast way to fully disable it. You can delete your profile, remove all the people you follow, disconnect all your other profiles (like Reader), and never see Buzz again. All you have to do is find that little "turn Buzz off" link at the bo...

Google Buzz is just part of a larger, more awesome package... including the revival of Finger!

What with all the furore over Google Buzz and its questionable security, the big picture since the launch has been more than a little occluded. I hope, with the dust settling, we can now begin to look at what Google Buzz actually brings to the table -- without hyperbole, without the Mashablesque over-reporting -- the actual goodies. As always, controversy or not, Google has brought us a very shin...

Google responds to privacy concerns, kills Buzz autofollow feature

Concerns about privacy on Google's new social network, Buzz, have resulted in some serious changes. Google will disable the autofollow feature that connects new Buzz users automatically to their most frequently-emailed contacts. These autofollows exposed users' information to everyone from annoying friends to abusive ex-husbands. They've been replaced with suggested friends instead, so you can o...

Google may remove Buzz from Gmail

[Update: Google has now released a statement that they will not be removing Buzz from Gmail, but rather are considering building a standalone version of Buzz that doesn't require Gmail.] Two days later, the negative press for Buzz has not let up. Users are unhappy about how tightly the social networking service is married to Gmail, and the resulting privacy concerns. Though yesterday Google att...

How to turn off Google Buzz, or just close some of its privacy loopholes

Google's been bragging about how many users are on its new Google Buzz service, but a lot of those people want to turn Buzz off. We're already discovering major privacy loopholes in Buzz (okay, the whole thing feels like a privacy loophole) like people's private, backup email addresses being exposed through @replies, and everyone being able to see who you follow. For the Buzz-haters out the...

Google force-feed Buzz, and then brag about its MASSIVE success

'Hey look! We've got billions of users in just two days!' That's a bit like President Obama strolling back to the Oval Office after the presidential inauguration and bragging about the number of people he has sovereignty over. Google launched a new, free service and automagically activated it for every Gmail user -- is it any wonder that they're currently enjoying an overnight success? I wo...

Microsoft and Yahoo! bitch and moan about Google Buzz

Clearly Google has Microsoft and Yahoo! shaking in their boots right now. While more often than not companies try not to bring attention to what their competitors are working on, fear can drive them to speak out when they might otherwise more wisely hold their tongue. Google's announcement yesterday of a new social networking feature called Buzz that is integrated into Gmail prompted Yahoo! to com...