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Top 10 Google Stories Of 2010

Google may be the company of the decade -- the previous one, if not the next one. As such, its actions are closely scrutinized, and its steps and missteps make news. What started as a search engine is now a company that's shaping our technological future, with initiatives in mobile phones, tablet and netbook computing, telephony, and TV. Unburdened by decades of legacy tech and customer expectations, it's proven more nimble at exploiting new niches than its competitors. From successful forays in
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People voluntarily entrust Google with a lot of information -- contents of their emails, their contact names, their search habits -- but nobody wants the company to be snooping without permission. Last May, though, word got out that Google's Street View cars -- the ones driving around taking photos for that Google Maps feature -- were also collecting data from people's unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Google claims the data collection was an accident, but various members of Congress, the FCC, and state attorneys general (as well as agencies in other countries) pilloried the company for failing to know what its software was doing and for violating various privacy laws. Google has taken steps to prevent further collection of unauthorized information, and regulators appear to be mostly satisfied, for now.

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Connecticut AG Demands Google Street View Data

FTC Ends Google Street View Investigation

Google 'Mortified' Over WiFi Data Gathering

Google Signs Data Handling Agreement

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