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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - Google Surrenders in the "Nymwars" (eff.org)

derGoldstein writes: According to the EFF blog: "Proponents of pseudonymity scored a major victory today, when Google executive Vic Gundotra revealed at the Web 2.0 Summit that social networking service Google+ will begin supporting pseudonyms and other types of identity."
Google

Submission + - Google going native, just like Microsoft (blogspot.com)

derGoldstein writes: This year Microsoft kept signaling that it's going back to lower-level code with a C++ renaissance. It would give C++ programmers the same priority that was, up until now, reserved for .Net programmers. They even launched a new show about it on their Channel9. Now Google wants to appeal to native programmers with their Native Client for Chrome. It seems that both companies want to cover both the higher-level JavaScript and lower-level C/C++. I dare hope this will give seasoned C/C++ programmers a place along JavaScript programmers at the web development table.
Google

Submission + - Google adds games to Google+ (blogspot.com)

derGoldstein writes: From the Google blog: "Today we’re adding games to Google+. With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life." Isn't it funny that they phrase it as though this was their original realization?
Google

Submission + - Google buys PittPatt, face recognition technology (digitaltrends.com)

derGoldstein writes: From DigitalTrends: "Google has acquired face recognition software company PittPatt, and likely will implement this technology into Google+’s photo feature ... Google+’s photo feature currently includes photo tagging technology but hasn’t gone the full nine yards a la Facebook to include recognition software.". The statement on PittPatt's website reads: "At Google, computer vision technology is already at the core of many existing products (such as Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, and Goggles), so it's a natural fit to join Google and bring the benefits of our research and technology to a wider audience."
Google

Submission + - Color rejected a $200 million offer from Google (techcrunch.com)

derGoldstein writes: "...Google made a run for Color, the mobile social network founded by Bill Nguyen. This was well before Color launched, and Google was looking at the company’s potential as well as the team. Google offered $200 million for the company, according to our sources."

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