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Google Stars Extension For Chrome Leaks: Hands On

timothy posted about 2 months ago | from the moderation-points dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "We've known for a while now that Google is testing a new favoriting service called Google Stars, aimed at helping users save, share, and organize Web content. This is largely due to multiple leaks, detailing features as well as showing off the interface in a video and screenshots. Today, Google+ user Florian Kiersch, who has done the majority of the digging behind the service, has leaked the Google Stars extension for Google Chrome."

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26 comments

Happy Tuesday from the Golden Frogs (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47132869)

Thank you for being a frog.
Travel down the road and back in the hat again.
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew.
You would see the biggest hat would be from me
and the card attached would say, thank you for being a frog.

mmm (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47132901)

mmmm, dog food

StumbleUpon? (2)

corychristison (951993) | about 2 months ago | (#47132909)

So its like StumbleUpon?

Don't we already have a few dozen clones of that? What's the benefit other than explicitly giving Google (and advertisers) your bookmark data?

I personally don't see the value in this. Even as an advertiser I don't see the value in it.

Re:StumbleUpon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47132965)

So its like StumbleUpon?

Don't we already have a few dozen clones of that? What's the benefit other than explicitly giving Google (and advertisers) your bookmark data?

I personally don't see the value in this. Even as an advertiser I don't see the value in it.

Believe me they would index the number of shits you took in a month if they felt there was value there.

And bookmark data is yet another facet into our lives. One step closer to our browsing history, which is the ultimate gold-mine.

Re:StumbleUpon? (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about 2 months ago | (#47133247)

One step closer to our browsing history, which is the ultimate gold-mine.

Nearly every site these days contacts google-analytics, so they already have most of your browsing history.

Re:StumbleUpon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47134101)

Nope, it's called Ghostery and ScriptSafe.

Re: StumbleUpon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47135065)

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Re:StumbleUpon? (3, Informative)

swillden (191260) | about 2 months ago | (#47134033)

What's the benefit other than explicitly giving Google (and advertisers) your bookmark data?

Google doesn't give, sell or otherwise provide user data to advertisers.

Re:StumbleUpon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47134609)

Uh yeah dude, I believe you just about as much as I believe anything Google says, which is exactly zero.

Re:StumbleUpon? (2)

swillden (191260) | about 2 months ago | (#47135045)

Uh yeah dude, I believe you just about as much as I believe anything Google says, which is exactly zero.

How about the Federal Trade Commission auditors? Do you believe them? Because Google is operating under a 20 year consent decree which includes regular audits of compliance with their published privacy policy.

Re:StumbleUpon? (2)

hobarrera (2008506) | about 2 months ago | (#47140413)

Google doesn't give, sell or otherwise provide user data to advertisers.

No need to - they are an advertising company.

Re:StumbleUpon? (1)

swillden (191260) | about 1 month ago | (#47163745)

Google doesn't give, sell or otherwise provide user data to advertisers.

No need to - they are an advertising company.

Correct. The point, though, is that if you can trust Google not to spread your data around and not to leak it, then you only have to be concerned about what Google will do with it, not what the world will do with it. And if all Google will do is to show you some ads, that's not concerning to most people.

"Leaked" (5, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#47132919)

Does Google really expect me to believe that:

1: Someone uses Google+
2: Said Google+ "user" "leaked" this feature
3: This feature isn't just "+1" trash built into Chrome?

Stop trying to make Google+ be a thing.

Re:"Leaked" (2)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 2 months ago | (#47133061)

Whoops! Accidentally modded you down. This comment should undo that. I agree with you.

THIS!! (2)

s.petry (762400) | about 2 months ago | (#47133447)

I was thinking very similarly, but will phrase it a bit differently.

Google has a "user", that has been repeatedly "leaking" information, and allowed that user to get more content for bigger "leaks"? I'm sure many users will fall for this gag, but anyone working in the tech field that believes this is a "leak" should retire and go work in less mentally challenging career.

Re:"Leaked" (1)

Gnulix (534608) | about 2 months ago | (#47140297)

Yes, I, and most of my friends, use G+ and it is most excellent. But, of course it is an intentional leak

Re:"Leaked" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47144831)

Yeah, who the heck wants a decent social network to be a thing. Failbook rocks!

Down with Dice! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47132981)

Fuck the Beta. Fuck The Man. Fuck Dice.
 
BOYCOTT DICE!!!!

Xmarks (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47133029)

So it's like the start ratings ystem in XMarks?

OK.

Googlizing favorites! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47133057)

My guess is that Google's main purpose behind Stars is to get closer to being a portal for everything people do on the web. There are three ways I can think of to access web content:

1. Use a search engine

2. Type directly into the address bar

3. Click on a "Favorites" item

Obviously, Google is a popular search engine, and so using a search engine often means using Google. Also, depending on the browser, typing into the address bar often also starts a web search, so that option also means using Google. However, at the moment, the Favorites feature is Google's rival, because it's a convenient way of accessing the web without having to use a search engine.

But with Google Stars, you can make your Favorites list searchable, and shareable... by using Google! Now every time you access anything on the web, you'll be doing a Google search to get there.

Re: Googlizing favorites! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47134793)

U forgot their DNS servers...yuk.

Scrapbook+ (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 months ago | (#47133581)

If you want to save, share, and organize web content, try Scrapbook+ for Firefox. For recent versions of firefox, you have to drill down and install from the development channel, but it works fine.

Well, that's comforting... (-1, Flamebait)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 2 months ago | (#47133899)

This is largely due to multiple leaks,

"Trust us with your personal information!"

Google Reader? (1, Interesting)

Brucelet (1857158) | about 2 months ago | (#47134153)

There used to be another Google service that let me save, share, and organize Web content...

So, basically Google Reader bookmarks? (1)

taxman_10m (41083) | about 2 months ago | (#47135113)

Save, share, and organize bookmarks instead of RSS feeds.

Memory leaks (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about 2 months ago | (#47135347)

Why isn't anybody talking about the actual subject: Memory leaks in Google Star?

Oh never mind, I think I get it now... ;-)

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