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Links 1 through 10 of 12 by Simon Phipps tagged Search

Once again "protecting children" is being used as the pretext to introduce a badly-considered stream of legislation that would result in web searches being retained and analysed - yes, more surveillance. Apparently MEPs are being told just that it's for the children, without having the consequence that every search by every citizen will be archived and retained. Write to your MEP and ask them not to sign or to withdraw their signature.

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Great story about using a Googlewhack to monitor for researchers pursing a secret.

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Fascinating background on the thinking behind Topsy.

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"A search engine powered by tweets". Congratulations to Rishab Ghosh and his colleagues on their emergence from stealth mode with their social-graph-powered search engine. Inspired marketing to associate it with Twitter too!

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This one is different. It analyses your image, calculates a signature and then searches the web for places where your image is being used. Their search index is a bit small right now but this will be dynamite when it's fully functional - I already found several uses of my photos in brecah of my CC licenses.

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Amazon Mechanical Turk is running a photo-checking scheme like it did for Jim Gray. I just checked 100 photos and found no sign of aircraft wreckage - go take a look and give them a hand searching.

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Best US phone-number lookup service yet.

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Watch out for your rights, America. It seems Machiavelli's writings trump the US Constitution - as long as the end is flavour of the month (in this case the War On Drugs, it will be Terror or Porn next time) all means are valid.

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Yahoo as ever showing they have neither scruples nor respect for the FOSS community.

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