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A consumer protection government agency of the United States might soon launch a probe into Google’s latest search update which is believed to have issues with privacy and competition.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has said that it may file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) to investigate the new search update by Google which apparently gives the search giant an unfair edge against its competitors and exposes the personal data of users on the Google Plus network.

On Thursday, Google launched a new search feature called Search Plus Your World which lets users search through the Google Plus network for information, and apparently brings up more results from Google Plus than any other social network.

Unfair advantage to Google:- According to EPIC, Google’s latest search innovation is unfair because it gives greater importance to information from Google Plus than any other social networking site. Also, users have expressed concerns over their personal photos and other information showing up in Google searches.

Twitter expresses concern:- Popular social networking site Twitter has said that Google’s results are pushing Twitter content down to give greater prominence to content from Google’s own social networking site.

“Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results,” said Twitter.

According to Twitter, a search query on Google for “@wwe” threw up results including WWE’s official site and links to related content on Google Plus, but failed to provide any links to Twitter.

“@wwe” happens to be the official Twitter handle for World Wrestling Entertainment. It is not the first time that Google has landed itself in hot water for its search algorithms.

Google’s response:- In response, Google said that it is simply making the search results more relevant by including information and content from real people.

“Search plus Your World doesn’t change who has access to content, it simply helps people rediscover information they already have access to. We’ve taken special care with our new features to provide robust security protections, transparency and control for our users,” said Google.

It is not the first time that Google has landed itself in hot water for its search algorithms. FTC is already investigating Google for some of its controversial search practices.

If Google searches begin showing more content from the Google Plus network at the expense of its competitors, the very purpose of an unbiased and relevant search result will be lost.

Facebook and FTC refused to comment on the controversy.

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Google-owned DoubleClick Ad Planner’s report that Facebook received 1 trillion page views in June has turned out to be incorrect. In fact, estimates by Internet marketing research firm ComScore suggest that the actual number of page views is 457.4 billion, less than half as many.

Comscore data, widely accepted as an authentic source, pegs the number of page views at 457.4 billion for Facebook in June. That’s way off from the stupendous feat initially reported.

The discrepancy:- If Comscore’s version is to be believed, it is the user’s inaccurate cookies information that spoiled the Doubleclick’s applecart.

Google-owned Doubeclick, too, has admitted that its data should be used to “get an idea of” page view activity and should not be considered as a true representative of actual user activity.

“Cookie-based methodologies will always have inflated numbers compared to panel-based, because people delete their cookies throughout the month. For a site with high engagement like Facebook, this is going to result in overstatement of figures,” Comscore spokesperson Stephanie Flosi was quoted as saying on CNN.

Google-owned Doubeclick, too, has admitted that its data should be used to “get an idea of” page view activity and should not be considered as a true representative of actual user activity.

ComScore’s superior method:- The method employed by ComScore to capture page view data appears more reliable than that of Doubleclick. The former juxtaposes the data captured from more than a million domains with that of the data collected by panel-based Internet measurement system.

This system culls surfing data from close to two million worldwide Internet users. Projections about total page view numbers are made from that sample group. The research firm discounts the numbers that have been exaggerated by spiders and bots. The ComScore methodology also weeds out a lot of data that may be allowed by DoubleClick.

Facebook may not have got the 1 trillion page view feather in its cap. It nonetheless topped the charts in June with Google at a distant 2nd with 268.7 billion page views. Microsoft takes in 3rd slot with 90.2 billion page views, while Yahoo, with 90.1 billion, stands 4th in terms of activity on Internet properties.

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Following Google’s launch of its social network Google+, Facebook is leaving no stone unturned to maintain its commanding lead in the social networking market.

The Palo Alto California-based company is working on launching music service, new computer games and movies on its social network, thus making everything available to users at one platform. Facebook is hopeful of mimicking the success of computer games on its social network.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Facebook has told media executives in recent days that it will begin letting online music services such as Spotify AB and Rdio Inc. publish user activity on Facebook pages, much like actions such as adding friends or “liking” websites.”

About music service:- To be kicked off on Sept. 22 during the Facebook’s developer conference, the new feature will allow user to stream unlimited music for a monthly fee.

In March this year, Warner Bros movie studio started renting movies through the social networking site. Around 30 to 40 Facebook credits are charged for watching some blockbuster movies like ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Yogi Bear.’

“Many of the most popular music services around the world are integrated with Facebook and we’re constantly talking to our partners about ways to improve these integrations,” Facebook said.

As the music would be sourced through third party services, users will have to login before accessing the service.

Facebook is hopeful of mimicking the success of computer games on its social network.

Facebook movie service:- In March this year, Warner Bros movie studio started renting movies through the social networking site.
Around 30 to 40 Facebook credits are charged for watching some blockbuster movies like ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Yogi Bear.’

Even movie studio Miramax Films has launched digital app on Facebook where users can watch movie clips and feature length films

“We are big in Facebook and what it could mean for the future of the content business. Today there are over 50 million friends on Facebook that mention a Miramax film in their profile, interact with our Miramax page, or Like the fan pages of beloved Miramax titles and talent,” a Miramax blog post added.

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The nasty Ramnit worm, originally designed to target bank systems, is now stealing Facebook login credentials, security experts have warned.

Researchers at Israeli security firm Seculert found Ramnit’s command-and-control server containing all the stolen Facebook login credentials.

According to Seculert, a modified version of the malware has managed to steal more than 45,000 user accounts, mostly from the United Kingdom and France.

Securlet said in its bulletin, “We suspect that the attackers behind Ramnit are using the stolen credentials to log-in to victims’ Facebook accounts and to transmit malicious links to their friends, thereby magnifying the malware’s spread even further.

“In addition, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the fact that users tend to use the same password in various web-based services (Facebook, Gmail, Corporate SSL VPN, Outlook Web Access, etc.) to gain remote access to corporate networks.”

Ramnit, first detected in April 2010, is a multi-component malware family which infects Microsoft and HTML files, and Windows programs.

Seculert notifies Facebook:- Seculert has provided Facebook with the stolen data that it discovered on Ramnit servers.

The social networking giant confirmed that it was aware of the Ramnit worm and was taking steps to combat the problem.

Meanwhile, they are also urging users to be vigilant and offering them advice to be on guard against hacks.

Some recommendations for protection include not clicking on strange links, to report suspicious activity on the social network, and join the Facebook Security Page (www.facebook.com/security) for additional security information.

Fred Wolens of the social network’s Public Policy team stated, “Our security experts have reviewed the data, and while the majority of the information was out-of-date, we have initiated remedial steps for all affected users to ensure the security of their accounts.

He added, “Thus far, we have not seen the virus propagating on Facebook itself, but have begun working with our external partners to add protections to our anti-virus systems to help users secure their devices.”

Ramnit first spotted in 2010:- Ramnit, first detected in April 2010, is a multi-component malware family which infects Microsoft and HTML files, and Windows programs.

In August 2011, the Ramnit worm was able to “gain remote access to financial institutions, compromise online banking sessions and penetrate several corporate networks.”

Seculert found that approximately 800,000 computers were infected with Ramnit variants from September to the end of December last year.

“It appears that sophisticated hackers are now experimenting with replacing the old-school email worms with more up-to-date social network worms,” said Seculert.

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In a bid to sharpen focus on meaningful projects and make way for bigger and better products, Google has decided to bring curtains down on ten of its services.

With Larry Page firmly in charge as CEO, unnecessary projects that are small or have outlived their usefulness will be phased out in the coming months.

The employees working on the affected companies will be transferred to other Google properties or reassigned to new positions.

“This will make things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience,” stated Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google.

“It will also mean we can devote more resources to high-impact products the ones that improve the lives of billions of people,” he added.

The other products that are being shutdown as a part of the reorganization process include, Image Labeler, Google Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links, Google Maps API for Flash and Google Web Security.

Services being chopped:- Following Slide, Google Health, Google Power Meter, and Google Labs, the properties being pruned are the following:

1.Aardvak: Google acquired Aardvark last February for a reported $50 million. Aardvark uses the contacts in a person’s network to provide answers to questions at Vark.com, instant messaging, email or Twitter.

2.Fast Flip: Launched with great fanfare two years ago, Fast Flip helped users browse through news stories from Google’s media partners on the web page and on mobile devices at a significantly high speed.

3.Google Pack: Unveiled at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, the Google Pack, a collection of free software app like Skype, Abobe Acrobat Reader, and Google Earth will also be killed.

4.Google Desktop: With people having easy access to their data online or offline, Google’s desktop which allows you to search the web, email, as well as files on your computer is no longer useful. It will be knocked off on September 14th.

The other 6 products:- The other products that are being shutdown as a part of the reorganization process include, Image Labeler, Google Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links, Google Maps API for Flash and Google Web Security. Google has decided to bring curtains down on ten of its services.

Eustace concluded, “We’ll continue to take risks on interesting new technologies with a lot of potential. But by targeting our resources more effectively, we can focus on building world-changing products with a truly beautiful user experience.”

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Can the company control your social media profile when you change job?

The case of a “stolen” twitter account is the center of an ongoing legal dispute in California. PhoneDog.com, a tech website, has sued former employee for the Twitter following he accumulated while writing for the review site.

Henry J. Cittone, a lawyer in New York who litigates intellectual property disputes, stated, “This will establish precedent in the online world, as it relates to ownership of social media accounts.

“We’ve actually been waiting to see such a case as many of our clients are concerned about the ownership of social media accounts vis-á-vis their branding.”

The company is seeking damages to the tune of $340,000, valuing each follower at $2.50 per month over a period of eight months.

Ex-employee has 17000 followers Twitter:- Noah Kravitz, a mobile phone reviewer, contributed written and video content to Phonedog.com since April 2006.

During that period he regularly tapped into Twitter under the handle @PhoneDog_Noah and had built up around 17,000 followers.

When Kravitz left PhoneDog in October 2010, the company asked him to maintain the Twitter account in exchange for occasional posts on behalf of the company.

Agreeing to the proposal, Kravitz began writing as @noahkravitz but retained the 17,000 followers from the other Twitter account.

More than a year later, @noahkravitz has 22,158 followers. “I’ve always viewed it as my account,” Kravitz told VentureBeat of the now hotly disputed Twitter account. “It’s always served a wide variety of purposes.”

PhoneDog sues former employer:- Eight months after Kravtiz parted ways with PhoneDog apparently on amiable terms, the company sued Kravitz on grounds that his Twitter followers represented a customer list. The company is seeking damages to the tune of $340,000, valuing each follower at $2.50 per month over a period of eight months.

In the suit, PhoneDog accuses Kravitz of “misappropriation of trade secrets,” “intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” “negligent interference with prospective economic advantage” and “conversion.”

“The costs and resources invested by PhoneDog Media into growing its followers, fans and general brand awareness through social media are substantial and are considered property of PhoneDog Media L.L.C. We intend to aggressively protect our customer lists and confidential information, intellectual property, trademark and brands,” said the company.

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