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Google’s Wi-Fi Data Collection, Now with Opt-out Option

Written on September 14, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Google's Wi-Fi data collection now has an opt-out option for public Wi-Fi access providers.

Google announced that they will now enable providers of public Wi-Fi access to opt out of providing location data to Google services. The opt-out option will be available globe wide.

The search engine giant uses public Wi-Fi data to pinpoint mobile user’s location, together with GPS and cell tower data. This new policy is a response to criticism and Europe’s legal inquiries over the company’s Wi-Fi data collection — particularly by its Street View cars.

While the furor has been centered in Europe, Google has been criticized world wide for its Street View cars’ collection of private Wi-Fi data used for location services. Co-founder, Sergey Brin admitted that the amount of data scrapping was a mistake. Hence, the new policy is another carefully worded admission that the search engine giant’s previous moves on Wi-Fi data collection were too aggressive.

What do you think about Google’s Wi-Fi data collection for its location services? Sound them off at the comments.

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Seven Funny Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

Written on September 06, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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These seven fun facts about Google will be very interesting, and will be among the things which you never knew.

Google is certainly the most-used search engine on the Web to date, receiving over millions of queries from different users each day. Despite its increasing popularity and commercial success since launching, its founders – Sergey Brin and Larry Page – have managed to keep to their word that “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.”

Google is an unconventional company, but yet, it offers people the best service when it comes to online researching. In this article, GADG brought some of the interesting and fun facts about Google that, in one way or another, could quench your thirst for information.

Know them all by hitting the break.

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Eric Schmidt Steps Down; Larry Page New Google CEO

Written on January 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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"Larry, Sergey, and I have been talking for a long time about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making" ---Eric Schmidt

Google’s, yes THE Google, CEO Eric Schmidt has formally announced that he is going to step down from the proverbial ladder of Google-topia as he leaves co-founder Larry Page to become the next head honcho of the one of the world’s most successful companies for the past decade. It’s really a mystery why Eric Schmidt would leave Google despite a stellar performance that left analysts dumbfounded last 2010. But it seems it’s more of a personal choice rather than a performance issue.

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