Ever since it’s introduction, the EU’s right to be forgotten has been controversial and misguided to say the least. Under the law, Google and other search providers are forced to delist links to new stories that are no longer considered relevant or in the public interest. As if censoring information in just the EU domains is not enough, it looks like pressure is on Google to expand the delisting. According to Google, European regulators have compelled Google to delist links on all Google search domains, not just the EU ones.
According to Google’s blog post, the new strategy is to delist links when a user exposes geolocation data from an EU location. This means EU users will no longer have the option of using Google.com for instance, to easily bypass the delisting. In order to gain access to an uncensored version of Google, users will have to use a non-EU VPN though that may not be safe if regulators have their way.
From Google’s perspective, this isn’t much different from what they do now as geo-location data is already collected when a user goes to Google. Instead of triggering the delisting based on which Google search domain is used, the delisting is triggered by geo-location data. The one benefit from this is that instead of deleting from all EU Google domains, the deleting only occurs if the searcher geolocation data is from the same country as the requestee of the delisting.
The European Union’s European Parliament is calling for Google to be broken up into separate businesses in an effort to curb the company’s internet monopoly. It is putting pressure on the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, to either engage in a thorough anti-trust investigation of the company, or introduce new laws to reduce its power.
The Financial Times has reportedly got its hands on a draft motion indicating its concern over Google, asserting that the “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” could be one solution to dilute Google’s market dominance. The move is supported by both the European People’s Party and the Socialist Party, the two main political sides within the European Parliament.
It has been revealed in a Nexus 5 publication that Google Now will get even smarter, with the voice-based assistant getting some sort of answering back features. Also Google Now will be able to search apps and launch them to perform tasks and show more Google Now cards based on the user’s location, according to Android Authority.
Mathew Honan from Wired has this to say on the matter at hand:
But the stuff Google says is coming November 13 is the real gravy, and it’s a shame it isn’t already ladled on. One of those things is the ability to ask you questions — so you might say “text Jennifer” and it will reply “which Jennifer,” and then ask you to dictate the message. It’s also going to get the ability to search inside applications, and launch them to complete tasks for you. So, you might search for a restaurant, and an option in the results shows up for OpenTable, which you’ll be able to fire up and make a reservation. It’s also going to use location cues to drop cards into Google Now, even more so than it does currently. At Yellowstone it will show you geyser times, for example. Sadly, none of this stuff was lit up yet, so I wasn’t able to test it. I’m not dinging the phone for that (and it’s not getting any extra credit), but given how interesting these features are, it’s kind of crazy the phone launched without them.
The Nexus 5 is driven more to Google Search services, including Google Now, than any other Nexus released. On the downside however, some of those Google Search feature will “officially” be a Nexus 5 exclusive for now. Anyway, it is not a surprise that Google Now will be improved and more details will emerge next week when Google will make the official announcement.
Google is stepping up its development for the new iOS 7. With the Google Search app for iOS receiving a significant update which added support for push notifications, it appears that Google Drive is receiving a big update as well. For those unaware, Google Drive is a cloud storage service by Google that competes with the likes of Dropbox. It’s not really an iCloud competitor so if you’re looking to jump to the cloud on your iPhone, Google Drive could be an ideal choice.
The update adds a few features which were sorely missing from the iOS 6 app. Google Drive users can now use multiple accounts. You can now switch between work or home accounts or whatever amount of accounts you may have. Another new, highly convenient addition is the support for single sign-in, which means your accounts will appear in Google’s other apps like Google+ or YouTube.
The updates highlighted are detailed below:
Multiple Account Support. You can now switch between personal, work, or any other Google account
Single Sign In: Sign in once to Google Drive and you’ll automatically be signed in to apps like YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome, and G+
Print your files now with Google Cloud Print or AirPrint
iOS 7 Support
Looking at the app’s UI design and style, there are no differences between the previous version and the newer one. However, one improvement could be considered that the user is not greeted with the iOS 6 style keyboard after launch.
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