As privacy concerns grow, companies like Google and Facebook that rely on data collection and advertising for revenue are increasingly in the spotlight. But is it really possible to give up Google's vast range of services? Here are my recommended alternatives.
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Microsoft has finally taken its battle against Android directly to the source. In a German courtroom today, Microsoft's lawyers announced they were adding Google as a defendant in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility.
This is how monopolies work. If you use Opera to create or edit posts on Google's Blogger network, you'll see a nagging message. And you'll keep seeing those nags until you switch to Chrome.
Microsoft has a browser toolbar. So does Google. Microsoft has a blog-authoring tool. So does Google. One is surprisingly open, the other is mostly closed. Guess which is which?
A new report says Google's wholly owned Motorola subsidiary is working on a top-secret "X phone," with a tablet not far behind. What will its Android handset partners think?
Developers who write extensions for Chrome are on notice. Keep it simple, or risk getting kicked out of the Chrome Web Store. But what's the real reason for the sudden crackdown? Evidence suggests shady ad networks are Google's real target.
Google's search suggestions for Windows 8 are like a treasure map for haters. But guess what Bing users see when they begin typing Google-related searches?
After a day with the Google Music Beta, I'm convinced it was rushed out the door too early. Even for a beta, this combination of software and service is too buggy for me to take seriously for now.
Google Drive looks like just another ho-hum Dropbox clone. Same feature set, same market positioning. But was it really necessary for Google to copy the outrageously unfair terms of service Dropbox published and then hastily dropped last summer?
Some analysts are convinced that Google's new OS marks the beginning of the end for Windows. But I've seen this movie before. The Chromebook is a glorified netbook, and its deceptive price tag comes with too many question marks.