Kik’s Viral Growth Comes With an Apology

Kik is a cross-platform chat application that has gone from zero users to almost 2 million in three weeks. But some users aren’t happy with the way the company has achieved that viral growth, and Kik’s CEO says it is changing the way the app works.

Google Slammed by Privacy Authorities Over Buzz

Privacy authorities from 10 countries this morning released a joint letter at a conference in Washington, D.C., taking Google to task over the way it launched its social tool, Google Buzz, saying the new service “betrayed a disappointing disregard for fundamental privacy norms and laws.”

Google Buzz Adds Button for Publishers (Including GigaOM)

Google Buzz has launched Buzz buttons that web site publishers can add to their pages to make it easier for readers to share content on the Gmail-based social network. GigaOM is one of the launch partners for this new feature, along with several other media outlets.

Google Buzz and Email: Strength or Weakness?

Google Buzz is a bit like Twitter, a bit like Facebook, and a bit like Foursquare, but the one thing that makes it different from all of these services is that it is integrated with email. But is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Google Tries To Get Social With ‘Buzz’

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is trying once again to make a social play with the introduction of a new service that makes it easy for users of its pr…