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February 29, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Google  Inc. is changing its privacy policy Thursday, a move that is causing a lot of anxiety among Internet activists and some users.  The changes in effect allow the world's largest Internet company to collect information about its users across all its products, services and websites and store it in one place. The idea, Google says, is to create a comprehensive portrait of its users so it can offer more personalized services.
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January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A strange combination of a Google glitch and Friday morning's Gmail outage appears to have led to a random Fresno man receiving thousands of unwanted emails. David S. Peck has been getting about 500 emails every hour due to a glitch in Google Search. When users search for " Gmail " and click on "Email," one of the top links, while logged into their Google accounts, a new email compose box opens up with Peck's email already entered into the recipient field.
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February 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Google  Inc. is looking for a few good Web surfers. But just a few. Last month the company launched a market research program called the Screenwise Project, in which it hoped to follow a small group of people as they made their way around the Internet. The program is totally voluntary -- similar to TV market research in which people have a box on their television -- and Google is offering to give participants up to $25 in Amazon gift cards for allowing the company to track the way they use the Internet.
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January 9, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Privacy advocates are raising the alarm about a new feature in Google's email service Gmail that lets Google+ users send you emails even if they don't know your email address. Google said Thursday that it has broadened Gmail contacts to include Google+ contacts. "Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven't actually exchanged email addresses? If you are nodding your head 'yes' and already have a Google+ profile, then you're in luck, because now it's easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email," Google product manager David Nachum wrote in a blog post . "As an extension of some earlier improvements that keep Gmail contacts automatically up to date using Google+, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email.
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September 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Need more storage space on Google Drive? Google is offering users an additional 10 gigabytes of free cloud storage for the next two years if they download and try the company's Quickoffice app, which recently received a major update and is now available free. Quickoffice lets users create and edit Microsoft Office files from their Apple iOS and Android devices. VIDEO CHAT: Unboxing the iPhone 5s "And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven't gone Google yet," Google said in a blog post explaining the app.  To get the free extra storage, simply download Quickoffice and open the app. Users will be prompted to log in to their Google account.
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January 9, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Privacy advocates are raising the alarm about a new feature in Google's email service Gmail that lets Google+ users send you emails even if they don't know your email address. Google said Thursday that it has broadened Gmail contacts to include Google+ contacts. "Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven't actually exchanged email addresses? If you are nodding your head 'yes' and already have a Google+ profile, then you're in luck, because now it's easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email," Google product manager David Nachum wrote in a blog post . "As an extension of some earlier improvements that keep Gmail contacts automatically up to date using Google+, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email.
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February 9, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your theme-from-Shaft Thursday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --The Postal Service's troubles get worse and worse. The agency says that it lost $3.3 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31 and that it expects to run out of cash in October unless Congress agrees to cuts in facilities and employees. This was the ninth straight quarter of losses. The Postal Service, which doesn't receive taxpayer funding, last year reached its $15-billion borrowing limit from the U.S. Treasury and has forecast a record $14.1-billion loss for this fiscal year.
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January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A strange combination of a Google glitch and Friday morning's Gmail outage appears to have led to a random Fresno man receiving thousands of unwanted emails. David S. Peck has been getting about 500 emails every hour due to a glitch in Google Search. When users search for " Gmail " and click on "Email," one of the top links, while logged into their Google accounts, a new email compose box opens up with Peck's email already entered into the recipient field.
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March 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Finding GIFs just got a whole lot easier thanks to Google. The Mountain View, Calif., company announced Tuesday that it has added a new filter to its image search that lets users look for animated GIFs, which are a series of looping images that together look like a short video clip. When users search for "scaredy cats," for example, they can click on the "Search tools" button, then switch "Any type" to "Animated" and all their results will be animated GIFs of easily scared cats.
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November 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun asking users wishing to leave reviews on Google Play to start using their Google+ names. Previously, users could leave anonymous reviews for content sold on the digital store, including apps, movies, books and songs, but no more. Now, if you try to leave a review for a product, Google will send you a message saying "From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. " To go ahead and write a review, you are prompted to either press "Continue" or sign up for a Google+ account if you don't already have one. Google might be making this change for two reasons.
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November 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is launching a live video chat service that connects people with personal trainers, contractors, music teachers and other experts who can teach them how to do stuff. Think Hangouts with an expert on the other end, say a yoga teacher or a math tutor. The idea is to get a helping hand when you need one, say if you want to learn to speak conversational French, remove a computer virus from your laptop, repair a hole in your wall or make Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.
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September 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Need more storage space on Google Drive? Google is offering users an additional 10 gigabytes of free cloud storage for the next two years if they download and try the company's Quickoffice app, which recently received a major update and is now available free. Quickoffice lets users create and edit Microsoft Office files from their Apple iOS and Android devices. VIDEO CHAT: Unboxing the iPhone 5s "And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven't gone Google yet," Google said in a blog post explaining the app.  To get the free extra storage, simply download Quickoffice and open the app. Users will be prompted to log in to their Google account.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens to all of your digital stuff after you die? That's the existential question that Google is trying to address with a new dashboard for users of Gmail, Google+, Drive, Picasa and other Google services. Google calls it the "Inactive Account Manager" and it's a new way to manage your digital afterlife. It allows you to specify what you'd like to have happen to your data after you die or become inactive for an extended period of time, say after three, six, nine or 12 months.
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March 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Finding GIFs just got a whole lot easier thanks to Google. The Mountain View, Calif., company announced Tuesday that it has added a new filter to its image search that lets users look for animated GIFs, which are a series of looping images that together look like a short video clip. When users search for "scaredy cats," for example, they can click on the "Search tools" button, then switch "Any type" to "Animated" and all their results will be animated GIFs of easily scared cats.
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February 6, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Corp. is taking another swipe at Gmail with a campaign to encourage people to dump Gmail for Outlook.com over privacy concerns. The Redmond, Wash., technology giant is drawing new attention to an old issue: Gmail scans the content of personal emails in order to better target ads. Microsoft is pushing a new poll it commissioned that found that nearly 9 in 10 Americans disapprove of the practice. Seven in 10 Americans said they didn't believe or didn't know that any major email service provider did that, according to the poll.
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November 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun asking users wishing to leave reviews on Google Play to start using their Google+ names. Previously, users could leave anonymous reviews for content sold on the digital store, including apps, movies, books and songs, but no more. Now, if you try to leave a review for a product, Google will send you a message saying "From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. " To go ahead and write a review, you are prompted to either press "Continue" or sign up for a Google+ account if you don't already have one. Google might be making this change for two reasons.
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March 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A self-driving car being developed by Google Inc. took a blind man for a ride this week, driving him to a Taco Bell and then to a dry cleaner in San Jose. On Thursday, Google posted a video of a modified Toyota Prius driving Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, saying it shows one of the possibilities and benefits that could come from the technology. "Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things," Mahan says in the video.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens to all of your digital stuff after you die? That's the existential question that Google is trying to address with a new dashboard for users of Gmail, Google+, Drive, Picasa and other Google services. Google calls it the "Inactive Account Manager" and it's a new way to manage your digital afterlife. It allows you to specify what you'd like to have happen to your data after you die or become inactive for an extended period of time, say after three, six, nine or 12 months.
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July 13, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Do you have an animal that you rescued from abuse, neglect or a life on the streets? We want to hear about it. Share your story and upload a picture of your rescued pet to our photo gallery. Also: We're hosting an online video discussion, via Google+ Hangout, next Tuesday, and we'd like to invite L.A. Times readers to share their experiences with rescue pets. Why are we tackling a topic like rescue pets? On the front page of today's Los Angeles Times we told the story of an old, sickly German shepherd who was abandoned in an El Monte junkyard and left to die. An unlikely band of animal rescuers -- including a Hollywood cinematographer, an actress, a retired Beverly Hills record producer, an El Monte vet, a financial analyst for Southern California Edison and this writer -- refused to let that happen.
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March 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A self-driving car being developed by Google Inc. took a blind man for a ride this week, driving him to a Taco Bell and then to a dry cleaner in San Jose. On Thursday, Google posted a video of a modified Toyota Prius driving Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, saying it shows one of the possibilities and benefits that could come from the technology. "Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things," Mahan says in the video.
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