Weekly Digital News Roundup May 15-19

After European Court Decision, Google Works on a Tool to Remove Links

  • According to The New York Times, Google will announce by the end of the month a mechanism for consumers to request that links to information about them be removed from the company’s search engine.
  • The decision by Europe’s top court to allow individuals to demand that Google take down links in certain instances has been seen as a landmark case in the Continent’s push toward increased data privacy. The court’s ruling centered on the so-called right to be forgotten, which would allow people to ask Google to remove links to certain online information about themselves. Unlike the United States, Europe places almost equal emphasis on the right to privacy and the right of freedom of expression.
  • European data protection authorities say that since the ruling on Tuesday, the number of complaints from people seeking ways to take down online links to their past activities has increased.

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Project Management Software Comparison: Updated 2014

As an interactive firm that performs sophisticated interactive marketing campaigns, as well as advanced usability engineering and web application development, Lucid Agency has always had the need for very comprehensive and effective project management. However, we’ve never quite found the perfect software suite. Perhaps one day we’ll build one to suite our exact needs, but until then, we’ve taken some time to analyze the currently popular project management suites. Most of them are “SaaS” (Software as a Service) that are on a subscription basis, one is a hosted solution and one is a free multi-platform application. Continue reading

Weekly Digital News Roundup May 8-12

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In Beats Deal, a New Direction for Apple

  • According to The New York Times, Apple may be rethinking its aversion to megadeals; it’s reportedly in talks to buy Beats Electronics, the company behind the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, for $3.2 billion.
  • The Beats deal, if it closes, would be the largest in Apple’s history. It could signal a new strategy for a company that in the past has preferred to build technology from within, potentially putting Apple in an arena to compete with other tech giants for the biggest deals.
  • A Beats acquisition would be the latest multibillion-dollar deal in Silicon Valley this year. At the $3.2 billion price, it would match Google’s $3.2 billion deal for Nest Labs and rank second only to Facebook’s $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp.

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