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New Google doodle celebrates Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday

Today is Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday. Or it would be, if he had lived long enough. Anyway, Google is celebrating with another doodle, this time featuring a variety of his most famous characters. As one of the English language’s most popular and most enduring authors, it’s perhaps no surprise that Dickens has been honoured in … Continue reading

Google doodle marks Francois Truffaut’s 80th birthday

A new Google doodle has been launched today, marking the 80th birthday of one of the 20th century’s greatest film-makers. Francois Truffaut, who died in 1984 aged just 52, was a key figure of the French New Wave of the 1960s and has influenced a number of others, most notably Martin Scorsese. After meeting film … Continue reading

Google doodle marks 125th anniversary of the world’s biggest snowflake

There’s a new Google doodle today and it’s a pretty unusual one, designed to mark the 125th anniversary of the world’s biggest snowflake. It’s not clear why they’ve decided to single this particular event out, but then the Google doodles have always been pretty random. The world’s biggest snowflake was recorded on January 28th 1887 … Continue reading

Concern as Google plans to merge user info across all its sites

Google has confirmed that it is planning to merge user info across all its sites, treating people as a ‘single user’ across all sites. The company says this will allow it to offer a more intuitive service, but privacy campaigners are warning that it’s a dangerous move that could attract regulatory attention. In some ways, … Continue reading

Google accused of improperly accessing Mocality database in Kenya

Google has been accused of allegedly improperly using the customer database of Kenyan business listings service Mocality. The accusations were first made public earlier this week in a blog post by Mocality’s Stefan Magdalinski titled Google, what were you thinking?, and Google has now said that it is investigating the claims. The claims are based … Continue reading

Twitter accuses Google of warping search results with Google+ social data

Twitter’s Alex Macgillivray has warned that Google’s highlighting of Google+ in search results is a ‘bad day for the internet’, and says that he imagines there was likely controversy within Google itself at the move. Google launched the Search Plus Your World move on Tuesday. Google has started to highlight results from Google+ in certain … Continue reading

Google doodle celebrates Nicolas Steno’s 374th birthday

Google has a new doodle celebrating the 374th birthday of Danish scientist Nicolas Steno. The doodle dislplays Google’s logo as a series of rock layers, with fossils embedded in the middle. Nicolas Steno is widely considered to be the father of geology and stratigraphy. He was fascinated by the idea of solid objects becoming embedded … Continue reading

Google doodle celebrates 100th birthday of Charles Addams

Google is celebrating the 100th birthday of Charles Addams today, with a doodle incorporating his famous Addams Family creations. The doodle is in the familiar style of Addams, who died 23 years ago. It was in 1938 that the Addams Family first appeared in The New Yorker, and they’ve been more or less ever-present for … Continue reading

Google demotes Chrome in search results after links violation

Google has demoted a number of companies in its search rankings in the past, for violations of various rules regarding paid links. But now Google has demoted itself, confirming that it will demote the Google Chrome homepage for 60 days as a result of policy violations. Google insists that the violation, which allegedly saw paid … Continue reading

MG Siegler, Myspace’s Tom, Google+, rude fingers and a very modern spat

Techcrunch’s MG Siegler has got into something of a spat with Google over his Google+ profile picture. The gist of the story is that Siegler’s profile picture was allegedly blocked by Google+ because, in it, Siegler was giving the middle finger. You can see the ‘offending’ picture on Siegler’s blog, along with his account of … Continue reading