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Links 1 through 10 of 71 by Richard Veryard tagged Google

A Google search ”curates” the Internet. The algorithm is, in essence, an editor, pulling up what it deems important, based on someone else’s understanding of what is important. ... Among the many insidious consequences of this individualization is that by tailoring the information you receive to the algorithm’s perception of who you are, a perception that it constructs out of fifty-seven variables, Google directs you to material that is most likely to reinforce your own worldview, ideology, and assumptions.

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"With enough data, the numbers speak for themselves." An extraordinary attempt by Chris Anderson of Wired to revive Lockean epistemology.

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Google is set to launch a new version of its omnipresent search engine that will question the cultural validity of people’s enquiries. Rather than instantly offering a comprehensive list of the most popular websites and images related to the keywords, the new version will offer its opinion on the subject of the enquiry and if it finds the request to be intellectually vacuous, will steer the user clear of the original search altogether.

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Google plays such a large part in so many of our “digital lives” that it can be startling to learn how much of the company’s revenues come from a single source.

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For the sake of my sanity, and my attention span, the war against the machines starts now

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The New York Times, June 29, 2003

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Internet giant Google has teamed up with the Daily Mail to develop a unique version of the online search engine which will confirm the enquirer’s prejudices.

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Twitter is the darling of the social media world, with many bloggers saying Google should fear it, if not buy it. But what threat or opportunity does Twitter actually pose?

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For the last four years, Google has been digitizing millions of books, including many covered by copyright, from the collections of major research libraries, and making the texts searchable online. The authors and publishers objected that digitizing constituted a violation of their copyrights. After lengthy negotiations, the plaintiffs and Google agreed on a settlement, which will have a profound effect on the way books reach readers for the foreseeable future. What will that future be?

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