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I don't want that notification Google

Google desktop notifications keeps telling me when there is a significant change in the value of JC Penney stock. I don't care about the company. I don't own any of the stock. I don't care about the stock price. I don't want these notifications. There seems to be no way to tell Google I'm not interested in this. Am I just missing a setting flag somewhere?
posted by willnot on Jul 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Why did Google stop working?

Suddenly, following a link to http://www.google.com or entering www.google.com brings up a page designated as https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl. This does not bring up the search page under Chrome at all, and it's hit and miss under Firefox. I rechecked my self-created home page, where the link usually used resides, and it clearly has http: and not https: Could this be my ISP interfering with the direction of the URL? It's one of the larger ones.
posted by yclipse on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Well I'll go, I'll go - Pushin' in the pin

Super Basic Google Maps Question: I'd like to create a map using google maps, add pins of about 20 locations, and save and share the map. I know this must be possible, but I'm just missing it somehow. How do I create multiple pins on one map? How do I save and share the maps? Thanks!
posted by seesom on Jul 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Searching Gmail for Flights

Hey guys. So I'm trying to determine how far I've flown over the past five years; I'd like to search my Gmail account for every flight confirmation, but the results are terrible--it seems like the search is bringing up all kinds of unrelated emails. Does anyone know of a better way to do this? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Jul 11, 2014 - 10 answers

See, Matt Cutts? Metafilter is trying to help you

What is a reputable SEO firm/consultant in the United States or Canada that's current with the uselessness of 'traditional' SEO for small sites and educates/trains small business owners who have misconceptions about ranking in Google? It needs to be an actual person, not a guide/website, because the person who will receive this referral works that way.
posted by michaelh on Jul 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Right to be forgotten.

Does there exist anywhere an automated Chrome plugin to subvert the EU "right to be forgotten" law? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Google: slow for everyone, or just me?

I've experienced extreme slowness with Google products, especially Gmail, for the past few weeks. This is true on several difference computers, tablets, etc., on several different internet connections and networks, using various browsers, apps, etc. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jun 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?

I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Help tracking down originating IP of a Gmail address.

Recently, a friend's mother received a few emails from someone with a Gmail address. The emails were sent to my friend's mother as well at least a hundred of her professional colleagues. The problem is that the emails included a (faked) pornographic image that is supposed to be of my friend's mom. What steps should my friend's mother take to do something about this? [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Android tablet with best battery life?

My cheapo Android tablet finally gave up the ghost. I'm in the market for a new, nicer one and thought about getting the Nexus 7*. But searching around, it seems to have a lot of problems with battery life, even when on stand-by. I don't play games or watch videos or even listen to music much on a tablet. My main use case is reading and annotating pdf articles and books, especially when traveling (long flights) when battery life is kinda important. Are these battery life concerns for the Nexus 7 founded? Is there another Android** tablet that does better? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Problem with logging in to Gmail [or other google accounts]

Over the last month, google informed me that my gmail account had been hacked several times. Each time I dutifully changed my password (on the official google site--not the link posted in the warning email). Now, however, I am running into a problem. I can no longer log into to gmail on any computer that isn't one of my home computers or iphone. Every time I do I get the notice from google that "Your password was changed [x] number of days ago." I keep re-entering new password and nothing happens but the above message. Any advice? thanks
posted by quintno on Jun 12, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I get google to distinguish me from another author?

I'm an author with a google problem. I have the same name as another author (completely different genre, though) and if you google that name, my books show up alongside hers in search results. This has been a recurring problem for years, to the point where I'm planning on tweaking my name for my next book, but for now I'd just like our books not to be conflated. (Google also combines images of me and this other woman, although I'm not as concerned about that). I've tried reporting this issue to google, but so far haven't had much luck penetrating the bubble. Any tech-savvy people have ideas on how I can distinguish my work? Thanks in advance...
posted by Victorian Gal on Jun 11, 2014 - 14 answers

You can't get there from here. No, really, you can't.

How can I tell Google Maps and GPS navigation systems that there has been a gate across part of my road since the mid-90s? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jun 10, 2014 - 7 answers

What are the real risks to having a google account?

What are the real risks to having a google account? What are the benefits to staying out of Google's ecosystem that outweigh the inconvenience? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Jun 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Is/Was Amos Oz speaking recently in New York City?

I thought I saw a recent announcement for a panel including Israeli author Amos Oz in New York City (perhaps as panel moderator). Now I can't remember where I saw it and Google hasn't been any help. Anyone know of a recent appearance in NYC or an upcoming one?
posted by Jahaza on May 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Setting my default search engine to Duck Duck Go

I want to make Duck Duck Go my default search engine (YOU KNOW WHY) in the same bar on my Safari that currently I can put the url or Google search in (I want it to use DDG instead of Google, or have a separate bar for DDG). [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on May 25, 2014 - 7 answers

How good does Google App Engine support PHP?

How good does Google App Engine support PHP? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on May 21, 2014 - 1 answer

How can I help my coworkers user Gmail/calendar/etc

My company recently decided to move everyone from Outlook to Google Apps. Now a lot of people who are used to Outlook (and MS Office) in all things are being hit with a new environment. It's going okay, but I've volunteered to give a short presentation on how to make the most of the new tools, since I have a lot of experience using them for my personal stuff. Can folks suggest good online resources either for me to mine for tips, or to hand out to users for their own reference later? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on May 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Google Voice help, please!

I've been having problems using Google Voice for texts ever since I got a new cell phone in December (Samsung Galaxy Mega). Inside is how I would like it to be configured and what is happening instead. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

How to make Maps cache ALL available zoom levels on Android?

I'm running Kitkat and Google Maps 7.7. Using the cache feature, I can save a certain area of a map. However, not all of the zoom levels are saved - if I zoom out far enough to encompass the area I want, the more granular zoomed in levels don't get saved properly. I've found this, but it seems that the functionality is no longer available in current versions (and I'd like to avoid sketchy options if possible). At the moment, I'm manually zooming in and caching lots of sections of the map to ensure that all levels are saved, but it's fiddly to do and there's no easy way to ensure that I've covered every section.
posted by Solomon on May 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Suggestions for replacement for Google Maps "My Maps"?

I need a replacement for Google Maps that lets me store custom maps and locations. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on May 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How do we use Google Drive properly? Folders aren't syncing.

I have a Google Drive question - I thought that once I set up a folder in Google Drive I could move files into it on my desktop and they would show up when I open the folder online in Google Drive. Why aren't they in the drive, even though I save them to it? I can't even find them in the downloaded Google Drive folder. Also, Google Drive is showing as an item on my "Desktop" and also as a folder in my "Documents" (Windows 8). Neither one seems to be syncing with the online version and they are different from one another. In order to save a file so that it shows up in an online Google Drive folder I have to upload it online from inside Google Drive. Any ideas? Am I trying to use it incorrectly? My assumption was that I could open a file in a folder in the Google Drive folder under "Documents" on my desktop, make changes, and the changes would show up when I open the document online.
posted by ridingtheranges on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I deal with my competitor's fake Google Plus reviews?

I own a small business and my competitors are writing up glowing reviews about themselves... [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Apr 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Will Google 2 Step lock me out?

I have moved from Argentina back to the UK. Whilst there I set up my Google account with 2-Step Verification using my Argentinian phone number. Now back in the UK I no longer have access to that phone and as I unpacked I realised I threw away the notebook in which I jotted down the emergency codes in the move. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Apr 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Backing up my Gmail account

As part of a general digital cleanup (thank you, Heartbleed), I want to perform the long overdue task of backing up my Gmail account (with nearly a decade's worth of email) to my mac. I have two questions: 1) Is gmvault the only option? Is there anything more accessible to a user who hasn't used Terminal with any regularity in eight years, and even then wasn't very proficient using the command line? 2) If gmvault is the only option, or the most accessible option, can someone explain very clearly how to run it? I am unable to successfully follow the instructions on the gmvault website--they seem to assume that I'll intuit some necessary steps, when I actually need every step laid out for me.
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Managing multiple, daily Google searches

Let's say there are a whole bunch of websites and I want to know when they use a certain phrase. Each day, I need to check and see if certain phrases appear on the website. Right now, I have a whole bunch of Google searches saved and I check each one in turn. Surely there is an easier way! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 5, 2014 - 8 answers

My Google searches are being invaded by an email address

A few days ago I was searching for an email in my Gmail inbox and entered the email address of the person I knew it was from -- let's say invader@email.com. I don't know what I did wrong during this very mundane occurrence, but ever since then "invader@email.com" has been aggressively filling itself in on google-related search boxes in Chrome, preventing me from using Google effectively. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Apr 3, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I get Google off of my Twitter account's trail?

At some point in the past 9 months Google results for my full name started including my mostly pseudonymous Twitter account as a top result. I discovered this a couple months ago and fixed the two things that might have caused Google to make the connection [details inside], but so far it's had no effect. Is changing the Twitter account's ID the only/best way to release it from Google's clutches? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Google Hangouts, you are a mess.

How do I absolutely, definitively, and completely sign myself out of Google Hangouts in every single possible location that I'm signed in? Or: how do I actually get notified when people chat me and I'm not online? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Picasa is dead! Help me move the bodies!

Is there a set-and-forget G+ / Picasa image collection scrape-and-republish tool? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Mar 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Google Drive share requests

Why do I suddenly have 4 requests to share a Google Drive folder with people whom I don't know? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Mar 10, 2014 - 4 answers

How to get Google 2-step verification to work in Sony Blu-ray Player?

After turning on Google 2-step verification, I am having trouble signing into YouTube on my Sony Blu-ray player. Any work-around? It seems like the Sony app makes no accommodation for 2-step verification.
posted by Exchequer on Mar 9, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I tell google that I've moved to a new country?

Late last year I moved from Canada to the US. I now have a US address, bank account, credit card, cell phone, etc. I've tried to change the info on my google account to reflect my new information, including adding my US credit card to google wallet, but I am still prohibited from purchasing some US-specific apps in the Play Store (e.g. the app for my bank). I am also unable to access Google Music All Access. Any tips on convincing google to give me access to these things?
posted by GeneticFreek on Feb 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Why I can't sign up for google apps with the domain I own?

Why can't I sign up for google apps with the domain I own? Weird troubleshooting loop, I'm probably doing something wrong that is really obvious. [more inside]
posted by mai on Feb 17, 2014 - 2 answers

What was Google's early government subsidy, if it existed?

In Rebecca Solnit's latest LRB piece on San Francisco's tensions around the tech boom there, she makes an unsourced reference about "Google set[ting] itself up with the help of a $4.5 million dollar government subsidy". The LRB is very respectable but this claim seems a bit wobbly. Perhaps my Google Google-fu is failing me but I can't find a reference or more detail for this claim online. All I get is very vague and untrustworthy CIA funding conspiracy theories on tinfoil hat crank sites. I can't find anything re: that $4.5m figure. Solnit likely may not mean the CIA at all but some other kind of government subsidy. Can the MeFi hive mind help factcheck this claim? Are there reliable sources with more detail on this?
posted by zresearch on Feb 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Google's 2-step verification ON. Now I can't login.

Decided to step up security with Google's 2-step verification process. Received the codes sent to my phone so that I could use the Gmail app and use my Google account on my phone's browser. Also, decided to list my work laptop as a trusted computer. Later I try logging in with my personal laptop without any luck. So now I'm not sure what to do. I can't log into any of my accounts whether its from my phone or my home laptop. Do I have to wait until I head back to work and use the laptop there? I admit I didn't carefully read all the directions for the setup...
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Feb 4, 2014 - 13 answers

ordering a file in google drive folders

is it possible to sort Google docs [in a google Drive folder] in date order? I don't mean 'date last opened by' or 'modified by; I do mean by numerical order, or even 'date closest to the present day' [whatever the formatting style of the filename]. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Jan 28, 2014 - 11 answers

I %@$#$@& hate Chrome

I have a Chrome/Google Apps for Domains account for work. When I log onto my computer at work with that account, I have a bunch of apps and a bunch of bookmarks.

My issue is: when I sign into Chrome at home with my work account, none of my apps or bookmarks are there. On the settings page (advanced sync settings) I have selected "Apps", "Bookmarks", "Extensions, "Passwords", "Settings", "Themes" and "Open Tabs" but my Apps and Bookmarks and Password that are on my work computer (under this account) are not there when I sign in on my home computer (under this account). [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jan 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Real time stock ticker

What is the best desktop stock ticker that refreshes real-time prices? Or, alternate question: how do I get Google Finance to work so that it stays real-time? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jan 27, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I get some forwarded emails to stop disappearing due to SPF?

Right now I have the email setup of my small business so that email@domain.com (we'll call it) is our public address, and email sent there is forwarded by our host provider to email@domain.net, which is our main company account with Google Apps for Business. 99% of emails sent to email@domain.com come through to email@domain.net just fine, but there's that 1% that just disappear -- they don't go to spam folder, they don't seem to go anywhere. Help! [more inside]
posted by jcfudgely on Jan 25, 2014 - 5 answers

What do I do about 15 years of Google search history?

My profession now requires a bit more public profile and as such people are Googling me. Instead of finding what I want them to find (linked in profile, who I am 'professionally', etc) they instead are presented with a version of me from 10 years ago. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 - 13 answers

How does Calgary and Utah do it?

If you visit the City of Calgary and State of Utah websites, the center of the page is a Google search bar. How do these sites incorporate Google's search into their websites in what looks to be real time? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Jan 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me learn how to use my google Nexus 7 Tablet and listen to podcast

Well I finally made it over to the tablet, after being a long time hold out. I see “kids” reading powerpoint lectures and taking notes on theirs, so I finally decided it was an investment in my education (I’m a grad student). I read the Nexus 7 book that came in my “library” but I still have a lot of questions. Please help so that I can get the most out of this tablet. [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jan 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Oh Email Address, I just can't quit you

I just got married! Yay! And I wanted to change my email address to reflect my new name. But that is turning out to be difficult. [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop on Jan 6, 2014 - 8 answers

How much more secure are older low tech phones than the more modern ones

Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 4, 2014 - 12 answers

How to keep Google from associating work e-mail with throwaway gmail?

(all e-mail addresses below are fakes, natch) I created throwaway@gmail.com solely for the purpose of having a Google voice account to port a cell phone number to. I no longer needed the phone, and consolidated what were two phones (work and personal) into one number. Since I didn't want to check another e-mail address when voicemail/text notifications came in, and since the discarded phone had been for work, I set up me@myworkplace.com as the address to forward all e-mails to, and also set up this e-mail as my recovery address for the throwaway@gmail.com account. This is the only association between these two accounts, and I have never publicized throwaway@gmail.com at all, to anyone. Now that I've done this, gmail users who enter me@myworkplace.com into the TO: field to send me e-mail see the icon I used for throwaway@gmail.com, and apparently the Google+ info that Google automatically set up for that account. It gets worse after the break... [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jan 3, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I make GMail messages appear w/ white text on black background?

GMail Themes only change the look of the inbox as best I can tell, not the background and text color of the actual messages. My grandfather's eyesight is degenerating badly, and he can read white-on-black much easier than black-on-white. I assume the answer involves user styles managed through the Chrome plugin Stylish, which has a lot of options for Google Chrome, but searching the web hasn't turned up a working snippet of code for user styles that will change the text and background colors. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Televangelist on Dec 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Use 'terms' on hardware?

Are terms and conditions, disclosed after sale, legitimate? What if the associated item is a gift? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Dec 30, 2013 - 24 answers

Need to remove a file from Yahoo Groups but we don't know what group

A document revealing my friend's private information has shown up on Google searches and she is hoping to have it removed. It looks as if someone posted the PDF to Yahoo Groups, as a file attachment. The trouble is that we can't figure out what Group it belongs to because the URL is obscure. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Dec 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Are my "unlisted" youtube videos irretrievably gone ?

In the transfer of Youtube to Google, my unlisted videos have vanished. Is there a way to get them back? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Dec 24, 2013 - 6 answers

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