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Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at frederic@siliconfi[email protected]

Wahooly, the startup that wants to give users a piece of equity in other startups by having them provide feedback to them, was supposed to come out of its private alpha test last week and launch its wider beta. Launch it did, but sadly, the launch went so badly, with new users being unable to sign in, for example,...

Google+ may be mired in a bit of controversy, but the team behind Google's social network keeps adding new features on an almost daily basis. What's really missing in the world of Google+ right now, though, is better support for developers and third-party apps that can't just read data from your account but also write to it. Today, Google...

Google today announced that it is about to start the actual building phase of its experimental ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. For now, Google will focus on building the backbone of the network and once that's ready, it will start wiring homes across the two cities and connect them to the Internet. Google's...

Just a few days after the official launch of Firefox 10, Mozilla today also announced the latest Firefox beta for version 11 of the groups' popular browser. Most of the new features in this beta are geared toward developers, including a 3D debugging tool and a new style editor. For regular users, this beta features add-on sync, which lets...

In January, Google launched its Search Plus your World initiative and the jury is still out whether this was a useful change to its search experience or not. At the same time, though, Google also quietly made a number of other changes to its search product that it didn't discuss publicly until today. Among these are an effort to...

When Apple released iBooks Author, its new eBook authoring software, last month, most pundits and users loved the software but didn't love the end-user license agreement. The EULA, depending on how you interpreted it, seemed to say that Apple would own the exclusive rights to your content once you sold your newly designed eBook in the iBookstore. Now, Apple...

Unicode's mission is to enable people around the world to use computers in their language by creating a standard for encoding the characters of all writing systems in the world. Judging from the latest data from Google, Unicode is clearly on its way to fulfill this mission. According to Google, about 60% of the web's content is now encoded...

Google's reactions: Nothing is really changing. And why is this a problem now? We briefed you weeks ago. Google announced its new, unified privacy policy last month. The new policy is scheduled to go into effect on March 1. Now, however, the European Union's Article 29 Working Party, which represents data protection agencies from the EU's member countries, has asked...

Google's Chrome browser had its worst month on record in January, thanks to being demoted in Google's own search results for breaking Google's own online marketing rules. Today, the Chrome team has something to celebrate, though: Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, or BSI) just announced that it is recommending Chrome as...

Google just announced that it has added a new layer of security to the Android market to keep malicious software out of the store. Android's generally open structure and the fact that the Android Market doesn't employ the same kind of restrictive policies that Apple put in place for its store mean that it's relatively easy for malicious Android...

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new ad campaign aimed at Google users who may be uncomfortable with some of the recent changes Google has made to its products and privacy policies. Google quickly responded to Microsoft's charges by labeling them myths, but that's not stopping Microsoft from announcing the next ad in this campaign today, together with a video featuring...

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced a new campaign that would highlight how Microsoft was a better option for disgruntled Google users looking for a place that would provide them with better privacy controls. Now, Google is fighting back. On its Public Policy Blog, the company just posted a number of attempts to rebut Microsoft's arguments against Google's approach to...

Google Wave once looked like it could become Google's next big thing, but in the end, the service was too complicated and never developed enough of an active following. Just a few weeks after coming out of beta in August 2010, Google announced that it would stop developing Wave. Since then, though, Wave was still available for new users...

Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen has been tracking the growth of Google+ for a while now and his estimates for the site's growth have been pretty spot-on from the beginning. According to Allen's latest calculations, Google+ now has more than 100 million users - up from the 90 million Google CEO Larry Page himself announced just 10 days ago. Allen...

Last year, it looked like augmented reality apps were at the cusp of becoming mainstream as numerous ad campaigns and mobile apps started to use this technology. The same goes for QR codes. For the most part, though, both technologies haven't been able to go beyond being a gimmick yet and according to a new study by youth marketing...