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Google Stars Extension For Chrome Leaks: Hands On 26

Posted by timothy
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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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Google Stars Extension For Chrome Leaks: Hands On

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  • by corychristison (951993) on Friday May 30, 2014 @06:06PM (#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? (Score:4, Informative)

      by swillden (191260) <shawn-ds@willden.org> on Friday May 30, 2014 @10:35PM (#47134033) Homepage Journal

      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.

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

        No need to - they are an advertising company.

        • by swillden (191260)

          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" (Score:5, Funny)

    by sexconker (1179573) on Friday May 30, 2014 @06:08PM (#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.

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

    • 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.

    • by Gnulix (534608)
      Yes, I, and most of my friends, use G+ and it is most excellent. But, of course it is an intentional leak
  • by Anonymous Coward

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

  • by Anonymous Coward

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

    OK.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    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,

  • 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.

  • Google Reader? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Brucelet (1857158)
    There used to be another Google service that let me save, share, and organize Web content...
  • Save, share, and organize bookmarks instead of RSS feeds.

  • 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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