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- Feedly Launches Google Chrome Extension
Google hasn't even launched the extensions gallery for Chrome and the excitement is already building. Extensions have been supported to some extent by the browser for several months now, but only recently has Google gotten close to launching the feature to a wider audience. The company is now weeks, maybe days, away from introducing extensions to the Chrome beta channel and launching the online gallery, so developers are gearing up to get in early. Feedly, a feed reader - social networking aggregator hybrid, isn't wasting any time and has just launched support for Chrome. Feedly is a service which aims to change the way you read and explore your feeds. It's not a dedicated feed reader in its own rights, it uses the feeds you already have in Google Reader, but, then again, it doesn't have to be. The interesting part comes from the way it presents the items in a magazine-style interface, making it actually feasible to read the entries inside the reader in a way that is also visually appealing. Every action is synced back to Google Reader and almost all of the options available from Google are available in Feedly as well. It isn't a complete replacement for hardcore feed users, but for everyone else it makes an interesting option. It also integrates with other services like Twitter and FriendFeed allowing you t...
- Germany Going After Google Again, This Time over Analytics
Either Germans care a whole lot about their privacy or they really have it in for Google. Most likely it's the first, but it doesn't discount from the fact that Google is getting in trouble again in the country, after the whole Street View affair, this time for Google Analytics. Several government officials in the country are threatening websites which use the service with fines if they don't stop using it without explicit consent from their visitors. The government officials claim that services like Google Analytics which retrieve detailed usage data from the visitors of a website are illegal in the country and are now considering imposing fines of up to €50,000 for websites which use the Google service. The officials take issue with the fact that the websites don't make it clear to the users that their visit is being tracked and believe that the users would have to express their approval of the practice before the websites would be allowed to get the information. According to the Zeit Online some 13 percent of German websites, over 1.8 million in total, use Google Analytics to measure traffic and visits including some big companies, political parties, and so on. The officials claim that all this information could be used by Google to create a complete profile of the users from the data ...
- Google Doesn't Want to Be a Utility Company
With its hands in every cookie jar in the kitchen, there doesn't seem to be anything that Google isn't doing or planning to do. It's gotten to the point where even the slightest hint or rumor that Google is planning to enter a new market is making established players worry. But do utility companies have any reason to fear Google? As far fetched as it may seem, the truth is that, in a way, they very well may have, though the search giant is eager to dispel any worries. Google was represented by Ed Lu, the company's program manager for advanced products at the GreenBeat 2009 conference, focused green technology. There's a very good reason for Google to be present at such a conference, aside from building operating systems and selling ads, it also has a big focus on alternative energy and manages several “green” projects through its philanthropic arm Google.org. Google also offers PowerMeter, an power-usage monitoring software designed to work with so-called “smart meters” giving users an easy way of keeping track of their energy usage. It's this tool and the partnerships which Google has with several device manufacturers that lead to the inevitable question of whether Google was trying to squeeze its way as a middle man of sorts between utility companies and the consumers.
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