In its latest bid to reduce accidental ad clicks, Google Mobile Ads has introduced a confirmation icon on its in-app image ad banners. Previously, Google has added a confirmation click to text links in an attempt to prevent users from unintentionally clicking on ads.
The government will look again at their plans to allow police and customs officials access to our online communications after a draft Bill faced strong opposition.
Google Maps has been added to the app store for Apple users, several weeks after the service was replaced by Apple's own attempt at a mapping system. After a number of errors were found, they were forced to temporarily remove the function.
Twitter has published its annual year in review for 2012, revealing that Barack Obama's post-victory tweet was the most retweeted of all time. The report also celebrates some of the weird and wonderful moments that were shared via the social network.
The top UK Google trends for 2012 have been released, with the Zeitgeist featuring a number of celebrities and sporting stars, as well as major events such as the presidential election in America and the London Olympic games.
YouTube has changed the way it looks in order to encourage more people to subscribe to channels. The video is now at the very top of the page, with all other information, including the subscribe button, featured just below it.
Google has announced that it will stop its free Apps for Business to concentrate on a premium paid-for service. New users can longer to sign up for free, while existing consumers can use their free accounts, upgrade or shift to Gmail and Google Drive.
The Senate in America has voted in support of a bill on internet freedom by an overwhelming 397 - 0 margin. A UN council meeting is currently discussing possible changes to the way the internet is regulated and governed.
In StatCounter's November 2012 UK search engine market share stats, Google has suffered another small dip, while Bing has climbed to 4.73 per cent. Meanwhile Conduit, which hijacks users' browsers, has overtaken Ask as the UK's fourth most popular search engine.
Leader of the Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI has joined Twitter, with personal messages from the Pontiff being posted in eight different languages to a total global network of over 500,000 followers.
The UK's 2012 search habits are detailed in Yahoo's traditional yearly review, which includes the Olympics, tablets and smartphones, football, F1 and Kate Middleton.
With 60 to 70 percent of malware today being used in click fraud, Microsoft Malware Protection Centre and Microsoft Online Forensics team are collaborating to prevent criminals from using malicious software to monetise from fraudulent clicks.
Nokia are seeking a ban on the sale of Blackberry devices in a number of key smartphone markets, after controversy arose over a patent relating to Wi-Fi connectivity, the latest technological battle following on from the long running Apple and Samsung case.
Rumours of a serious security breach affecting Google Webmaster Tools and possibly Analytics are causing panic. Old users - including former employees and agencies - could see their WMT accounts reverified, which in the wrong hands could be a serious problem for site owners.
Jobseekers and employers alike have a new way to recruit, with the launch of the JobKaster service. Vacancies are displayed on Google Maps, ensuring easy access to local vacancies and people looking for work.
Smartphone users in the EU's biggest economies are adding tablets to their technological collection, according to a comScore study. They reveal that 15.5 per cent of smartphone users in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy turning to tablets.
UK retailers are echoing the American tradition of Black Friday, with online sales predicted to reach a new high of almost £200m. Tablets such as the Kindle Fire are among the luxury items being offered at bargain prices.
A UN conference on internet regulation has been met with anger by Google, who are asking internet users to sign a petition to keep the internet 'free and open' to resist government interference across the world.
Bing has launched its Webmaster Guidelines, which looks at what business owners should consider when optimising their site for the search engine. With content, links, social media, indexation and technical SEO highlighted as important, Bing also looks at the SEO mistakes to avoid.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini is to retire after the next shareholders meeting, announcing his decision to leave the technological giant after almost four decades at the company. This is just one of the several staffing changes made recently by large technology companies.
Google Shopping is being rolled out in ten more countries across the world. Google successfully introduced the new feature in the US, and will now expand it to include the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Australia.
Twitter is set to roll out a selection of changes for twitter.com and its iPhone and Android mobile apps. Images and videos will be a more prominent feature, appearing in a grid at the top of the screen and embedded in results.
A loophole in Skype's security system which enabled hackers to access users' accounts simply by knowing their email address has been fixed, after a number of complaints were made. All accounts involved have now been restored.
Google has published its latest Transparency Report for January to June 2012. The figures show a big increase in government requests for access to Google user data, as well as a rise in demands for content to be removed from Google services.
Steven Sinofsky has left his position as president of Windows and Windows Live, the departure coming just weeks after the launch of the Windows 8 operating system. He is replaced by promotions for internal candidates.
The UK's long-awaited 4G auction could finally be about to get underway, as regulator Ofcom released a timetable for those hoping to be part of the process.
Groupon has reported disappointing Q3 earnings, causing shares to drop by 15 percent to $3.30 (£2.07) in afterhours trading. Last week, the company saw share prices fall to $4 (£2.51) as it was thought that daily deals would be less in demand after Hurricane Sandy.
A large account hijacking attempt has taken place on Twitter, with a great deal of users needing their account passwords reset. Further social media news comes from Barack Obama, as his four more years post breaks several records.
Google has announced in an official blog post that it is rolling out a redesign of its search engine results pages. The search options have been moved from the left hand side to the top, echoing the recent mobile and tablet SERPs redesign.
YouTube analysis of the sharing of adverts on social media outlets gives Barack Obama a slender six per cent advantage over rival Mitt Romney, with a particularly significant lead on Twitter.