Google has asked international governments to be more open with how they use legal means to get access to users' information. The call comes as Google releases its latest Transparency Report, which shows a steady increase in governments' requests for users' data.
Google Shopping is beginning its transition to a commercial model in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, and Switzerland next month - a transition that was completed in the United States in October 2012 - meaning that, for the first time, merchants in said 10 countries must pay to have their products listed on Google Shopping.
Twitter is being accused of internet censorship after four parody accounts in honour of French president Nicolas Sarkozy were allegedly suspended under suspicious circumstances - the same day Sarkozy became officially represented on the service.
The cost of advertising on Facebook is rising, with the average cost per click increasing as much as 45% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a report from Facebook advertising technology firm TBG Digital.