A truck collided with two other vehicles on a busy North Carolina highway today, upending a swarm of bees onto the road, and trapping at least one news photographer in his car. And every single tweet that local news station WBTV posted about this situation is a gem.
Congratulations to all Gmail users for winning a class action settlement. You should be proud of yourselves for making Google pay for putting your privacy at risk with its crazy Google Buzz settings. Your reward? A pat on the back.
In today's Remainders: journeys. The Xof1 solar-powered saucer car readies for a trek across a Canadian ice road; analysts rain on the Verizon iPhone rumor parade; Google Buzz headaches reach the White House; planetary orbits, visualized and musicalized; and more.
Part of the problem with web apps is that they're not as immediately accessible as something that's right there on your phone, and with a service like Buzz, if you can't update your status nearly instantly, it's not gonna happen. Hence, Google's new Buzz widget for Android (1.6 and above) makes a hell of a lot of…
Social media researcher and general internet guru Danah Boyd gave the keynote address at SXSWi earlier today, focusing on matters of privacy. On paper, Google Buzz was a perfect social network. So why did it freak everyone out so much?
Look, this video plays pretty loose with the facts. But there's no question that it speaks to those deeper concerns about Google: that it's so big, so invasive. And when you add it all up, the final picture's a little scary.
Google may be aware they should've spent longer testing Buzz, but according to their VP of product management, it doesn't pose a threat to Twitter and Facebook. Instead, "it's filling a niche, which is not currently met in the market."
Google has admitted that their Buzz testing process was equivalent to mine: Click enable, then disable it ninety seconds later. They said to the BBC that their testing sucked donkey balls, which is why many people hate it. The excuse:
Though the dust has hardly started to settle after the privacy shitstorm that immediately followed the launch of Google Buzz—Google claiming it was going to untangle Buzz from Gmail and then denying that it had any such intentions didn't help matters—the Don't Be Evildoers have in fact made some tweaks to the system.…
Given the populist sentiment about the way it launched Buzz, by merging it with Gmail, resulting in a million-and-one privacy kerfluffles, Google's now thinking about going beyond the tweaks it made the other day by cutting the cord between Buzz and Gmail entirely. People might get to claim completely different…
I use my private Gmail account to email my boyfriend and my mother. There's a BIG drop-off between them and my other "most frequent" contacts. You know who my third most frequent contact is. My abusive ex-husband.
It feels like all of the nine million Google Buzz posts and comments flooded your inbox this week. And as if that wasn't enough, suddenly that creepy ex started "following" you. Google has a fix for one of those issues.
In today's Remainders: patience. Or at least, it's what's required by today's items, including Lumix camera pricing, Google's acquisition of Aardvark; LG's forthcoming e-reader, and the great Palm Pre manufacturing halt that wasn't.