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Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Google Chrome launches default ad-blocker

Technology
Google has launched an ad-blocker for its Chrome web browser that is designed to prevent "annoying" and "intrusive" ads being shown to users.Google announced the move to curtail full-page and auto-playing video ads, among others, last year.The choice of which ads to block will be determined by the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA) - made up of companies including Google and Facebook.Sites will have 30 days to remove disruptive ads before blocking begins.A survey of 40,000 US and European web users found that the most intrusive ads were full-page ads that hide the content of a web page and flashing animated ads, according to a blog by Chris Bentzel at Google."Chrome will automatically block ads on sites that fail the Better Ads Standards," wrote Bentzel."When at least one network request has b...
Google invests in Indonesia’s answer to Uber

Google invests in Indonesia’s answer to Uber

Finance
Google has made an investment in Indonesian ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek.The move is part of Google's ambition to grow Indonesia's digital economy and start-up scene, the tech giant said in a statement Monday."Go-Jek is led by a strong Indonesian management team and has a proven track record of using technology to make life more convenient for Indonesians across the country," said Caesar Sengupta, vice-president of at Google's next billion users initiative, which is the company's plan to target its "next billion" users around the world."This investment lets us partner with a great local champion in Indonesia's flourishing startup ecosystem, while also deepening our commitment to Indonesia's internet economy."Google did not disclose the amount invested in Go-Jek.Reports of the internet tit...
Campaign sues Google on behalf of 5.4m Britons

Campaign sues Google on behalf of 5.4m Britons

Technology
Google is facing legal action launched on behalf of 5.4 million people in England and Wales over allegations it unlawfully collected their personal data. If successful, those affected could receive compensation.The campaign Google You Owe Us says that between June 2011 and February 2012, Google bypassed the default privacy settings on users' iPhones to collect user data unlawfully.The company is alleged to have placed cookies on the Safari browser to track users.Unusually, the campaign is a representative action, brought on behalf of all those affected - similar to a class action lawsuit in the US.Richard Lloyd, the representative claimant in the case, told Sky News: "My job is to represent everyone that was affected by this breach of trust by Google to make sure that these vast companies ...
Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Technology
Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.The group taking action - Google You Owe Us - is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd.He estimates the users could get as much as "several hundred pounds each".The case centres on how Google used cookies - small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order to deliver targeted ads.The complaint is that for several months in 2011 and 2012 Google placed ad-tracking cookies on the devices of Safari users which is set by default to block such cookies.'Abuse of trust'The...
Google axes 'Which child do you like best?' poll

Google axes 'Which child do you like best?' poll

Technology
Google has taken down a survey which showed people pictures of four young children and asked them to choose which one they liked best.The survey, which was seen by Sky News, appeared on the website of a UK-based site which was trialling the Google Surveys service.It told viewers to help the site generate revenue by selecting an image of one of four very young children, prompted with the question: "Which child do you like best?"Google Surveys is a business product that the search giant uses to allow companies to conduct customised market research.The surveys are completely designed by the companies through a self-service web portal, although they are required to meet Google's content and editorial guidelines.For publishers, it works as an alternative to paywalls for their websites, allowing...