By Staff, Relaxnews
Google Inc. sponsored advertising links are displayed on a computer screen in Beijing, China. (Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
In its new user terms and conditions, Google announces that starting Nov. 11, it may place the photos and names of Google+ users in online ad campaigns, through the form of their endorsements (+1s) or recommendations. Users with privacy concerns should rest assured: there is a simple way to opt out.
Any recommendation or "+1"³ (an endorsement similar to a Facebook "Like") concerning a brand, place or event could in theory be used in a Google ad. This means that the profiles of Google+ users could very well appear directly in online advertisements, complete with names and photos.
However, Google is giving users the option to stay out of its ads. On the "Account" page, users can click on "Google+," then "Edit" next to "Shared Endorsements." From there, users can simply untick the box next to the statement "Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads," and then press the "Save" button.
Google specifies that its advertisements will not use the endorsements or recommendations of its users who have reported being under 18 years of age.
By George Jahn and John Heilprin, Associated Press
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif share a light moment at the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks on Oct. 15, at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AP)
GENEVA - Declaring that Iran no longer wants to "walk in the dark" of international isolation, Iranian negotiators put forward what they called a potential breakthrough plan Tuesday at the long-stalled talks on easing fears that Tehran wants atomic arms.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the Iranian plan's formal name was "An End to the Unnecessary Crisis and a Beginning for Fresh Horizons." He described it as having many new ideas but added negotiators had agreed to keep the details confidential during the morning bargaining session.
"We think that the proposal we have made has the capacity to make a breakthrough," he told reporters.
Alluding to the international pressure over Iran's nuclear program that has driven the country into near-pariah status, he said: "We no longer want to walk in the dark and uncertainty and have doubts about the future."
Iran's version of a grand bargain is for painful international sanctions to be lifted in exchange for possible concessions it had been previously unwilling to consider such as increased monitoring and scaling back on uranium enrichment - a potential path to nuclear arms and the centerpiece of the impasse with the West.show more
By DOMENIC POLI / Reformer Staff
Kenneth Ferner and Susan Jefferson repainted the exterior of their Queen Anne home at 36 Atkinson St. in Bellows Falls, rebuilt one of the porches and repaired the roof. (Submitted photo)
ROCKINGHAM -- The results are in.
The Rockingham Historical Commission decided a few months ago to revive, after a short hiatus, a series of awards celebrating residents and property owners who are restoring or renewing their historic houses and commercial buildings, and four structures were recently announced as the winners of the Old Rockingham House Awards.
Chris and Jennifer Moore, Kenneth Ferner and Susan Jefferson, Jon Midura, and Windham Development Group were the ones the historical commission felt have most maintained the town's architectural beauty. Christy Hotaling, the Certified Local Government coordinator in Rockingham, said these property owners have made significant improvements, repairs or renovations to their structures. All recipients had been nominated by members of the community.
"It's important to recognize and celebrate the work that these individuals have done to their properties as it preserves our community's vibrant past and in doing so improves the feel of the whole community," Hotaling told the Reformer in July, when she first began seeking submissions.show more