Google Knows What You’re Thinking

Posted in Background, Blogs, Technics by whuup on April 27, 2009

“Search engines use GET because you can bookmark the search, link the search, and pass data inside the link. However, your search terms end up on the same line as your IP address in standard web logs all over the world with the GET method. This is “referrer” information, which is available to the distant webmaster every time you click on a link from a search results page. The webmaster knows that someone at your IP address accessed his page, and also knows what you were thinking from your search terms”.

And it is from 2002, think about what Google improved at this point… Mr Brandt is quite a long time doing good things, isn’t he?

Google is working on some spooky things

Posted in Publications, Web by whuup on April 24, 2009

Today, several news websites reported that Google is working together with a couple of other ‘great’ companies. Google and Microsoft working together? Yes, they can. It is called the ‘Google Commission’ for now, since Google took the initiative. The project, which will take several years of development, is about ‘re-arranging’ the web in it’s final form. These monopolistic companies think that they can improve web languages such as HTML6 and CSS4 into super languages, that can work via the ‘Clarify you search’ principle that iStockphoto has. With a new ‘algorithm’, Google will give every piece of information meaning, by tagging it. You can read the article on the Dutch geek-website ‘Tweakers’ by clicking the picture below (in Dutch).


In the next web, they claim, you can search for a bank and the browser can specifically tell what kind of bank you meant, by looking at your browser history, the use of programs on your PC and the files currently opened. In other words: Google is trying to get all the information from your computer to their databases, not even thinking to help you with something you simply don’t want. Do we let that happen?

Excessive amount of people hating chinese eh? Well Google does!

Posted in General, Problems by igortinbergen on April 8, 2009

Even when seeing this, people still question wether Google is the biggest search engine out there. There’s a ton of weird information out there about every subject. The suggestions Google makes when you’re searching for something can get weird results, as you can see in the movies below.

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Google to publishers: We’re not evil or illegal

Posted in Fun by astromanic on April 7, 2009

A day after the editor of The Wall Street Journal referred to online news aggregators–particularly Google and its Google News product–as “parasites or tech tapeworms,” and the chairman of the Associated Press announced an initiative to protect print media content from infringing use online, Google has fired back in a blog.google_china_6

The gist of Tuesday’s blog post, penned by Google associate general counsel Alexander Macgillivray: don’t point fingers at us.

“We show snippets and links under the doctrine of fair use enshrined in the United States Copyright Act,” he wrote. “Even though the Copyright Act does not grant a copyright owner a veto over such uses, it is our policy to allow any rightsholder, in this case newspaper or wire service, to remove their content from our index–all they have to do is ask us or implement simple technical standards.”

As for the AP, Macgillivray noted that Google already pays the wire service to reprint its articles and photographs. A dispute several years ago led to this agreement.

Of course, Google News is far from the only aggregator out there. Digg, Drudge Report, and the Huffington Post are also big players. But Google is unquestionably at the top.

For the past few years, as many mainstream media outlets (particularly on the print side) began to lose revenue, influence, and readership, some of them had a pretty clear message: blame Google. At the same time, Viacom still has a billion-dollar lawsuit against Google’s YouTube over pirated video content. And much of the publishing industry is far from signing on to Google’s book digitization initiative.

With struggling newspapers in a panic over whether offering content online for free might not have been such a good idea in the first place, Google–the ultimate source of free content–is an even easier target.

But Google says it’s part of the solution, not the problem, and insists that its search and aggregation products only serve to help drive traffic to online news sites.

“Users like me are sent from different Google sites to newspaper websites at a rate of more than a billion clicks per month,” Macgillivray said in his post. “These clicks go to news publishers large and small, domestic and international–day and night.”

( Cnet )

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