According to ComScore, in September 2012 - just ahead of the introduction of Apple Maps - there were a total of 81.1m users of Google Maps, out of a total of 103.6m iPhones and Android phones users.
But a year later, its smartphone data says that the total number of Google Maps users is much lower, at 43% of iPhone and Android users - or 58.7m, despite the user base growing to 136.7m.

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A federal court’s decision to let a class action suit move forward against Google for nabbing data transmitted over household Wi-Fi networks adds a new wrinkle to the Internet titan’s perplexing approach to privacy rights. via Pocket

I’m not a huge fan of Google because of this very case.

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Romney now synonymous with “completely wrong”
A Google image search for the phrase “completely wrong” pulls up an interesting array of photographs: namely, a bunch of photos of Mitt Romney.
Apparently, Mitt Romney’s visage is now synonymous with “completely wrong,” at least according to the Internet. Google’s search algorithm has been the subject of political contention before: how many of our parents and grandparents Googled Santorum’s name during the primaries? Rick Santorum got so mad that he accused Google of “spreading filth” and demanded they remove the X-rated results.

At the time, a Google spokesperson put out a statement regarding their practices. Via Politico:

“Google’s search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web. Users who want content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly,” the spokesperson said. “Once the webmaster takes the page down from the web, it will be removed from Google’s search results through our usual crawling process.”
 The spokesperson said that Google does not “remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines.”

So Mitt Romney is probably plum out of luck if he wants this new image affiliation taken off the Internet. Yes, there are things money can’t buy. He can take comfort in the fact that his name isn’t synonymous with a byproduct of gay sex… at least, not yet.

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Romney now synonymous with “completely wrong”

A Google image search for the phrase “completely wrong” pulls up an interesting array of photographs: namely, a bunch of photos of Mitt Romney.

Apparently, Mitt Romney’s visage is now synonymous with “completely wrong,” at least according to the Internet. Google’s search algorithm has been the subject of political contention before: how many of our parents and grandparents Googled Santorum’s name during the primaries? Rick Santorum got so mad that he accused Google of “spreading filth” and demanded they remove the X-rated results.

At the time, a Google spokesperson put out a statement regarding their practices. Via Politico:

“Google’s search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web. Users who want content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly,” the spokesperson said. “Once the webmaster takes the page down from the web, it will be removed from Google’s search results through our usual crawling process.”

The spokesperson said that Google does not “remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines.”

So Mitt Romney is probably plum out of luck if he wants this new image affiliation taken off the Internet. Yes, there are things money can’t buy. He can take comfort in the fact that his name isn’t synonymous with a byproduct of gay sex… at least, not yet.

The next-generation iPhone is rumored to bring some radical changes for users, and it will also mark a very public break-up between Apple and Google. Much-loved Google products on iOS will now disappear or be replaced with Apple variants, while hardware design changes will bring long-term improvements, but short-term headaches for some users.
The latest beta releases of iOS 6 are now giving a clearer indication of which of Google’s services Apple will drop or replace with its own, with several reports indicating upcoming design and hardware changes that you’ll have to keep in mind. Until the new iPhone is announced on September 12, as reports indicate, here are the changes being discussed and what they mean. (via Four things Apple will eliminate with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 | Macworld)

The next-generation iPhone is rumored to bring some radical changes for users, and it will also mark a very public break-up between Apple and Google. Much-loved Google products on iOS will now disappear or be replaced with Apple variants, while hardware design changes will bring long-term improvements, but short-term headaches for some users.

The latest beta releases of iOS 6 are now giving a clearer indication of which of Google’s services Apple will drop or replace with its own, with several reports indicating upcoming design and hardware changes that you’ll have to keep in mind. Until the new iPhone is announced on September 12, as reports indicate, here are the changes being discussed and what they mean. (via Four things Apple will eliminate with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 | Macworld)

Google is taking over the world, one city, one nation at a time. “Here on Google Island, we strum rubber guitars…”
Google’s Android operating system is set to receive a massive boost in Taiwan with news that Japan-based Open Embedded Software Foundation is set to issue proposals detailing a concept of building the country as an Android Island, Digitimes reports. By educating and working with manufacturers and vendors in the country, the OESF hopes to paint Taiwan as Android Island, effectively promoting Android in devices other than smartphones, encouraging the development of Android-powered TV’s, set-top boxes, in-car computing systems and digital video recorders, building on the well developed technology supply chains in the country. The concept of painting regions as Android-focused areas is not a new one, the OESF has already successfully built a number of Android Cities in Japan and will present its new plans to Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, which forms part of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. With microprocessing technology firm ARM, Fujitsu, Toshiba, NTT France Telecom, and over 70 supporting organisations, the foundation aims to help “jointly develop and promote standardization of common framework and platform among the participating members for various devices and systems other than cellular phones.” The OESF will submit its proposal in cooperation with Linaro, a non-profit software engineering company investing in core Linux software and systems running on ARM chips. (via Taiwan Set to Become an ‘Android Island’ in New Proposals)

Google is taking over the world, one city, one nation at a time. “Here on Google Island, we strum rubber guitars…”

Google’s Android operating system is set to receive a massive boost in Taiwan with news that Japan-based Open Embedded Software Foundation is set to issue proposals detailing a concept of building the country as an Android Island, Digitimes reports. By educating and working with manufacturers and vendors in the country, the OESF hopes to paint Taiwan as Android Island, effectively promoting Android in devices other than smartphones, encouraging the development of Android-powered TV’s, set-top boxes, in-car computing systems and digital video recorders, building on the well developed technology supply chains in the country. The concept of painting regions as Android-focused areas is not a new one, the OESF has already successfully built a number of Android Cities in Japan and will present its new plans to Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, which forms part of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. With microprocessing technology firm ARM, Fujitsu, Toshiba, NTT France Telecom, and over 70 supporting organisations, the foundation aims to help “jointly develop and promote standardization of common framework and platform among the participating members for various devices and systems other than cellular phones.” The OESF will submit its proposal in cooperation with Linaro, a non-profit software engineering company investing in core Linux software and systems running on ARM chips. (via Taiwan Set to Become an ‘Android Island’ in New Proposals)
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icancstructures:

Read and heed, especially my LST100 folks.
loveallthis:

OK, I love this quote, Neil Gaiman, and libraries, but guys. COMMA SPLICE.

nypl: Librarians go viral! This amazing quote is printed on a carpet at the Duke University Medical Center Library. The folks there posted it to their Facebook page, where it got picked up and reposted by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, library lover and source of the quote. Authors, libraries, librarians - it’s perfect!

icancstructures:

Read and heed, especially my LST100 folks.

loveallthis:

OK, I love this quote, Neil Gaiman, and libraries, but guys. COMMA SPLICE.

nypl: Librarians go viral! This amazing quote is printed on a carpet at the Duke University Medical Center Library. The folks there posted it to their Facebook page, where it got picked up and reposted by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, library lover and source of the quote. Authors, libraries, librarians - it’s perfect!

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A Trends map of trending twitter hashtags shows  #OccupyWallStreet tweets surging in nations around the entire world,  except in the United States, while Google Trends shows a corporate media  blackout.
TrendsMap Proves Scary Twitter Censorship Of #OccupyWallStreet From Trending Topics @ Alexander Higgins Blog

saveplanetearth:

A Trends map of trending twitter hashtags shows #OccupyWallStreet tweets surging in nations around the entire world, except in the United States, while Google Trends shows a corporate media blackout.

TrendsMap Proves Scary Twitter Censorship Of #OccupyWallStreet From Trending Topics @ Alexander Higgins Blog