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Digital Week in Review: Privacy Regulators See Red Over Facebook Facial Recognition

Emily Kostic June 13, 2011 Category Agency News

Privacy Regulators See Red Over Facebook Facial Recognition; Search Engine Watch
The long worked on facial recognition technology recently released by Facebook is coming under attack from European Union regulators questioning its intrusion in to users’ privacy.
The Takeaway: The reality is that facial recognition is already here, and it’s not going away so the debate at this point should be a matter of figuring out how the technology should be used rather than if it can be created in the first place.

Why Facebook is Becoming Twitter and Twitter is Becoming Facebook; Shiny
While Twitter once tried to distinguish itself as an “information network” it has with its recent product announcements, like an improved Twitter.com and a native photo sharing service, put itself right up there to take on Facebook head-to-head in the battle for the social network crown.
The Takeaway: This is might prove to be a significant blow to Facebook which has for a long time been the preferred – or default – ‘connection’ mechanism for social sharing.

Google Strikes Deal for Admeld; The Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. on Monday reached a deal to buy online-ad firm Admeld Inc., as the technology giant bolstered its offerings for selling graphical and interactive ads.
The Takeaway: It would help Google obtain ad inventory—space on Web pages where ads couple appear—from some of the top publishers of online content, including Thomson Reuters Corp. and News Corp.

Bing Vs. Google; Times Union
Google takes the lead as one of the most widely used search engines with an estimated 2 billion searches a day back in 2008. Bing, however, seems to be creeping up in the ranks with an estimated 150,000,000 searches a day in 2009, according to an online statistic tracker. The two have grown significantly since then.
The Takeaway: Bing enables a feature of integrating Facebook friends into the search engine. Bing promises to deliver more relevant searches than its counterpart, Google. Renowned radio and television host, Ryan Seacrest, is endorsed by Bing and promotes it like it’s the new Google. The name itself is different and chimes itself in as the sound of winning. Popular belief states that BING stands for “But It’s Not Google”.

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