Microsoft follows Google’s lead, cancels Hohm energy service

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it was shutting down its home energy monitoring service, Hohm. The move comes just days after Google announced that it was discontinuing its equivalent service, PowerMeter. Google’s cancellation was coupled with the termination of its medical software, Google Health; so far, there’s no indication that Microsoft intends to cancel its...
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Gmail, Google Calendar Join Google Redesign Party

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is adding Gmail to its short list of software products it is redesigning in the wake of launching its long-awaited Google+ social network. One day afterrevealing tweaks to Google Search and Google Maps, the company said it is trying its hand at several interface updates to help strip out clutter. Google’s first experiment...
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Judge rules against Google in Street View ‘Wi-Spy’ lawsuit

Computerworld – A federal judge has declined to dismiss charges against Google that it allegedly violated the Federal Wiretap Act when it collected personal data from Wi-Fi networks. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware on Wednesday tossed accusations that Google’s Street View vehicles broke several states’ laws when they harvested usernames, passwords and emails from...
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Google Street View snooping lawsuits will proceed

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A federal judge has denied Google’s request to dismiss several lawsuits accusing the company of illegally collecting private information from open Wi-Fi networks. The ruling, filed in California court Wednesday, is a setback for Google as it tries to put its “Street View” debacle behind it. In May 2010, Google admitted...
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Insights from the Google Transparency Report

In swift juxtaposition to the official opening of the U.S. FTC antitrust investigation, Google released a new version of their transparency report. The report gives additional levels of insight into government influence on censorship. The Improved Report Google released its first transparency report in September 2010 and since that time have implemented several new features,...
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Google+: Hands On and First Impressions

Google’s new social network, “Google+” premiered today to much fanfare in the media, and rightly so. The service launched to a limited number of users today in what Google is calling a “field trial.” A few PCWorld staffers were lucky enough to be invited to try out the service (it’ll roll out to everybody in...
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Google goes social with Google+ — Will Facebook flinch?

After months of waiting, Google today finally unveiled its new social project called Google+, which turns all of Google’s services into one giant social network. The company has redesigned the top navigation bar to work across all of its services. It’s very similar to the notification bar found in Facebook, which alerts you whenever new...
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Microsoft to Release Web-Based Office as It Fights Off Google

Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Steve Ballmer. Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is updating its online corporate software offerings to include a full Internet- based version of Office 2010 for the first time, an effort to stave off competition from Google Inc. (GOOG) for business accounts. The Office 365 suite of programs will be...
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Microsoft Readies Office 365 as Google Preps for Battle

Microsoft is readying the launch of Office 365, an online productivity platform that serves as the company’s next big bet on the cloud. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to headline the June 28 event at New York City’s Skylight Soho, the same venue that hosted the Windows 7 launch in October 2009. Office 365...
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Do No Evil: That Counts for the FTC as well as Google

We’re of two minds about the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to open a wide-ranging antitrust investigation of Google. On the one hand (minds, hands…hey, at least we know we’re mixing metaphors), that’s the FTC’s job. Google is a very big, sometimes dominant, player in a lot of IT markets, so it’s important to deter behavior...
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