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The black navigation bar that has been gracing the top of most Google products for the last few month is about to be retired. Google plans to replace it with a search box and even more prominent Google+ notifications and sharing tools. Users will now have to hover over the Google logo to use what the company calls the...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced that Facebook has agreed to settle the FTC's charges that "it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public." As part of this settlement, Facebook has agreed to biennial third-party privacy audits for the next 20...

Google Maps for Android now features indoor maps for a select number of malls, airports and train stations around the U.S. and Japan. Until now, indoor mapping was the domain of specialized apps and Micorosoft's Bing Maps. Starting today, Google Maps for Android users will be able to see detailed indoor maps of places like San Francisco International Airport,...

Until now, users of the hosted WordPress.com service didn't really have an option to monetize their ads. Now, thanks to a partnership with online advertising company Federated Media, WordPress.com bloggers will be able to run ads on their sites.

Apple has approved iTether, a $15 app that allows Mac and Windows users to connect their iPhones to their computers over USB and then get online over a 3G connection without the need for a special tethering plan. You can download the app here.

As the year slowly comes to an end, all the major (and minor) search engines are gearing up to release their annual top 10 lists. These tend to be highly sanitized lists packed to the brim with celebrities, news events and TV shows. The first major search engine to release its list this year is Bing. As is typical...

In October, Google announced the dates for its annual developer conference Google I/O. Now, however, the company has decided to postpone the event in order to extent it to three days instead of two. According to Google I/O team member Monica Tran, "an unexpected opportunity to extend Google I/O to three days" opened up only recently, so the event...

Google Product Search, the company's price comparison engine for online shopping, just got some nifty new updates. Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, Google introduced a smarter search feature today, it's so-call "best match" feature, which highlights the product Google thinks you are most likely looking for. Product Search now also often displays a...

Our browsers are getting faster and so are our Internet connections, but in parallel to this, the web pages we download are actually getting bigger, too. According to uptime monitoring service Pingdom, the average web site grew an astonishing 25% over the last year. The main culprits here are images and JavaScript. Images now weigh in at 451 kB on the average web page, an increase of 21% compared to the 372 kB Pingdom recorded 12 months ago. While they are smaller on average than images, the size of the average JavaScript files on a web page is now 149 kB, up 45% from last year.

Last week, the New York Police Department arrested Jose Pimentel for building a pipe bomb that he planned to use to hurt and potentially kill U.S. military personnel (though whether he was actually capable of doing so remains in doubt). What does this have to do with tech? Pimentel used Google’s Blogger to host his site. Because of this,...

Google today announced the next round of closures in its continuing effort to shut down underperforming services. Most of the services Google is shutting down this time around were either more or less closed already or never got any traction anyway. Among these are Google Bookmark Lists, the Google Search Timeline (replaced by Google Trends and Search Insights), Google...

Google today announced a small but important new Google+-powered feature for Google News. While there are currently a plethora of startups that are trying to provide their users with personalized news experience based on what their friends are sharing and liking on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, Google itself hasn’t made any real forays into this market. Now, however, Google News is making some tepid first steps in this direction by featuring “articles that your Gmail contacts and people in your Google+ circles have publicly +1’d” in Google' News’ Spotlight section.

If you’re anything like most digital camera owners, you are probably taking thousands of photos every year. Sorting through those to find the best images, though, can become a bit of a hassle. What if there was an algorithm that could look at your photos and automatically pick the best ones out for you? Developers at Xerox’s research center in Europe are working on just this kind of algorithm and just released a first demo of what this would look like.

There were some rumors earlier this month that Google’s partners are having trouble selling their Chromebooks to consumers, but Google looks like it continues to stand behind its browser-only laptops for the time being. Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, the company just announced that some of Acer’s and Samsung’s Chromebooks are now available for $299. Until...

Last year, Google introduced a new image format for the web called WebP. WebP is meant to be a modern alternative to the popular but patent-encumbered JPEG standard. It produces significantly smaller files without sacrificing image quality. Today, Google announced some new features for WebP that may help bring wider adoption to the format, which is currently only natively...