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Google to pay users to track their movements online

Amid widespread concern about its new privacy policies, Google is now facing criticism over an offer to give users Amazon gift certificates if they reveal their Web activity.

EPIC sues FTC over Google's planned privacy changes

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking a court to force the agency to take action against Google.

Yahoo ousts half its board

As part of an ongoing effort to recover from a downward spiral, Yahoo said on Tuesday that four board members, including its chairman, will step down.

Who really was behind the SOPA protests?

Participation in last month's protests against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act was driven by a combination of independent decisions by websites, behind-the-scenes organization by a number of groups, and grassroots response to the blackout and other online efforts.

Lawmakers question Google on its new privacy practices

Google's decision this week to share user data across its online services has caught the attention of eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Expo Notes: Gather online financial statements with FileThis Fetch

FileThis hopes to make the paperless office more of a reality with FileThis Fetch, a new online service that helps gather and organize your financial statements.

Google to combine users' data across its services

Google will be able to combine data from several Google services when a Google Accounts user is signed in, as part of a rewritten set of privacy policies that the company announced this week.

First Look: Audiobooks.com is Netflix for audiobooks

A new service called Audiobooks.com aims to help the heavy-listening crowd -- think of it sort of as Netflix for audiobooks. For $25 a month, you get unlimited access to its selection streaming of audiobooks. Kirk McElhearn takes a look.

'Don't Be Evil' bookmarklet tweaks Google search results to overcome Google Plus favoritism

Google’s recent move to emphasize results from its own Google+ social networking service is getting some new pushback in the form of a 'Don't Be Evil' bookmarklet that reorganizes the site's search results to place more emphasis on other social networks.

DreamHost suffers database breach

Los Angeles-based Web-hosting company DreamHost reset the FTP and shell access passwords for all of its customers on Friday after detecting unauthorized activity within one of its databases.

Google kills more services

Google is continuing to weed out its services and on Friday announced it will shut down Picnik, Google Message Continuity and Needlebase.

Mozilla touts Firefox impact in SOPA blackout

Mozilla extolled the impact of its 12-hour participation in Wednesday's anti-SOPA strike, saying Firefox users and fans generated more than a third-of-a-million emails to Congress.

U.S. Senate postpones Tuesday vote on PIPA

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has postponed a vote on the controversial Protect IP Act, scheduled for Tuesday.

Twitter acquires social media feed company Summify

Twitter has acquired Summify, a startup that summarizes content in people's Google, Facebook and Twitter social media feeds and delivers a daily digest.

SOPA, PIPA opponents celebrate, but say work isn't done

A day after an estimated 10,000 websites went dark and more than 7 million people signed a Google.com petition opposing two controversial copyright enforcement proposals.