Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Google Buzz launched last year, it quickly met security issues. Those issues, in turn, led to millions of dollars in fines, a downward PR spiral and a contributed significantly to the general distrust of Google, especially in Europe. It also led Google to immediately change how sharing worked in its products. In a blog post today, Google publicly apologized again for “the mistakes [they] made with Buzz,” describing the privacy incidents surrounding at launch as falling short of Google’s “usual standards for transparency and user control.”…

Rumors swirled around the launching of Google’s social platform at SXSW last weekend, but ultimately the product now supposedly named ‘Google Circles’ was a no show and the launch is now possibly slated for May, the Next Web reported. The former ‘Google Me’ has been hotly awaited and the social interactive South By Southwest seemed like a great place to launch, but rumors were nixed by Google. As ReadWriteWeb posted: “We believe that Google will preview a major new social service called Google Circles at South by Southwest Interactive today. Update: Google has now officially denied that Circles will launch…

Google will pay $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company after its launch of Google Buzz. Google’s attempt at challenging Facebook and Twitter in the social networking realm was greeted with hostility by privacy advocates after it shared personal data without Gmail users’ consent….

Google will pay $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company after its launch of Google Buzz….

Reports have it that Google has invested between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming platform Zynga. Beyond the actual size of the spend, the real question is whether this move will finally give the Mountain View-based giant the leverage it desperately needs to launch its own full-blown social platform, i.e. the rumored ‘Google Me.’…

The Official Gmail Blog has officially warned users to “Confirm your Buzz settings.”…

If your NCAA March Madness brackets are as messed up as mine, you’ll need a distraction this weekend….

Last November, the Google Dashboard launch to show users what data was collected among various Google products. Now, Google Buzz is being added to the Dashboard.

There, you can get a quick view of how many people are in your network …

As it turns out, people don’t like their info being shared automatically….

So many Google updates. So little time….