Google Inc (GOOG) News: Legitimate Expectation, Unorthodox Approach & More

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Gmail & privacy: No, Google didn’t suddenly go all evil (RT)
Recently, reports surfaced that Gmail users allegedly didn’t have a legitimate expectation to privacy. Provoking an outrage, it turned out to be far from the truth. A scathing alarm raised by Consumer Watchdog blasted Google last week, quoting a filing from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in which the company apparently stated that users of Gmail, its email service, shouldn’t expect any right to privacy.

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Google raises 5-fold reward for reporting bugs to $5,000 (The Economic Times)
Amid the gloom on the rupee front, here is good news for those web-addicts to make some quick bucks as search giant Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has decided to raise the reward amount it pays to those reporting bugs by five-fold, or up to USD 5,000. It can be recalled that Google has already paid over USD 2 million in rewards under its ‘bug bounty programme’ to users who report vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser and operating system.

Google Couldn’t Kill 20 Percent Time Even if It Wanted To (Wired)
The business website Quartz reported on Friday that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) had effectively killed its famously egalitarian company policy — which encouraged employees to spend about 20 percent of their time experimenting with their own ideas — and Silicon Valley has been buzzing ever since. On the website Hacker News, members of the startup set have weighed in on the alleged death some 475 times. It makes sense that programmers and other knowledge workers would react emotionally to reports of 20 percent time’s demise. Google has become today’s most powerful symbol of a more casual, collegial, and unorthodox approach to management that has been emerging at Valley companies for several decades. Outside the tech bubble, interest was strong enough to fuel production of a major motion picture, The Internship. Inside, the stakes are far higher.

Escape for Google Glass brings casual gaming to explorers (hands-on) (Engadget)
You know what’s not new? Android games. You know what is new? Games for Google Glass. There has been the odd attempt so far, but french-based game developer AMA is porting one of its bonafide titles over to the small screen for real. Escape! is a simple puzzler, the sort that we’re all familiar with on our phones, that is being squeezed into the wearable format. While games on the hardware might be something of an inevitability, we managed to get our eyes inside a pair to take a better look for ourselves. Head past the break to see how it worked out.

Google’s Project Loon Requests California Volunteers (PCMAG.COM)
Calling all Loonies: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is looking for Central Valley, Calif., residents to volunteer their home for an early Project Loon test. Folks in the areas of Madera, Chowchilla, Mariposa, Merced, and Turlock who own a single family home or business with a Web connection can sign up to have a Loon Internet antenna installed.

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