Google Buzz's 'auto follow' feature raised a number of privacy concerns when the search giant launched the social network initiative earlier this year, with Google now paying up £5.2 million to privacy campaigners in a settlement over the matter.
Google has offered a settlement of $8.5 million - that's around £5.5 million - to end the lawsuit brought by those unhappy that Buzz infringed their privacy.
Google has rolled out powerful developer tools for Google Buzz, including the much-requested Google Buzz 'firehose'.
Google has revamped Google News this month, offering a raft of new, localised and personalised news services via its new 'News for you' feature.
Rumours that Google is set to launch a Facebook-style social network called "google Me" have gained traction over the weekend.
InterviewWhen Chris Messina joined Google in January, many were surprised. Why would a guy who'd been so successful in pushing forward the concept of an open and social web give up his independent voice?
Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt have praised Facebook's 'Like' button, explaining that it will help their search engine decide what kind of information people are interested in.
Google has responded to complaints about its approach to privacy by releasing maps with details of government censorship requests worldwide.
ExclusiveGoogle is keen that the usage of Buzz spreads beyond Gmail users and so it's actively looking at ways to achieve that. One possibility is that either Google itself or third-party developers will release Buzz clients