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A Google For The Dark Net

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The near-anonymous Tor browser is pretty convenient for buying illegal things online. Except there's no search function. Until now.

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Google Flu Trends Is Wrong. A Lot.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In 2008, Google launched Google Flu Trends, a service that would track the spread of the flu in the US based on Google searches for symptoms like "cough" or "fever." At the time, journalists heralded it as delivering on the promise of all the data generated on the internet. Well, it turns out that Google Flu Trends is wrong. A lot.

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The New Google Maps Update Would Like To Sell You A Bunch of Stuff

Friday, February 21, 2014

A new upgrade brings event listings for venues (buy tickets!), icons for local businesses (buy local goods!), and a way to map an airplane route. Why add this? Because it allows Google Flights to sell you plane tickets.

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OK, Maybe we jumped the gun on the whole Google Glass thing

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Last week, PJ wrote an excellent article comparing early aesthetic critiques of Google Glass to those of the Sony's Walkman. The point was that all technology looks ridiculous and impractical until it becomes useful, and then it's basically indespensible. But cartoonist and journalist Susie Cagle pointed out on her Twitter feed that early Glass adopters may not be finding them all that useful.

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In Case Anyone Forgot, Google is Still Very Powerful

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Following Google’s decision to knock Rap Genius way down in its search results, traffic at the site has plummeted. We go inside Google with the guys who set the search rules—and can make or break your company.
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France Orders Google to Censor Nazi-Themed Orgy Party Photos

Thursday, November 07, 2013

French courts have ordered Google to censor images of former Formula One chief Max Mosley at a Nazi-themed orgy. 

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The Tech Lobby Comes of Age

Friday, July 12, 2013

Last year the single largest corporate lobbyist was General Electric.  The second biggest? A new arrival, called...Google. Time Magazine White House correspondent Michael Scherer tells Brooke what took the tech industry so long to get lobbying and what they're doing to influence politics.   

Andrew Bird - Orpheo Looks Back

 

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Our Privacy Delusions

Friday, June 14, 2013

We all claim to want privacy online, but that desire is rarely reflected in our online behavior. In a story that originally aired in January, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman looks into the futile attempts we make to protect our digital identities.

Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto op.77 in D Major

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'The Deciders'

Friday, May 31, 2013

There's a small group of men and women - "Deciders" - at big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter who make decisions everyday about what offensive speech is pulled from their sites. The huge scale of those sites gives those Deciders enormous influence over the state of free speech on the web. Bob speaks with George Washington University Law professor Jeffrey Rosen, who wrote about the Deciders and their many decisions in The New Republic.

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Our Privacy Delusions

Friday, January 04, 2013

We all claim to want privacy online, but that desire is rarely reflected in our online behavior. OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman looks into the futile attempts we make to protect our digital identities.

 

Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto op.77 in D Major

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When A Brand Becomes Too Successful

Friday, June 01, 2012

Aspirin, zipper, thermos, yo-yo -- even heroin was once a registered trademark. Today, they're generic product categories. Could the same happen to Google? It's already a recognized verb. Bob speaks with University of Michigan Law Professor Jessica Litman who says that though Google is unlikely to lose its trademark soon, there's a long history of 'genericide.'

 

New Country Rehab - Ramblin' Man

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Divorcing Google

Friday, March 23, 2012

This week, two class action lawsuits were filed by privacy advocates against Google, because under their new privacy policy, the company can pool user data collected from all of its web services into one place. Software researcher Tom Henderson reacted in a different way: he decided to stop using all of Google's services. Bob speaks with Tom about how he “divorced Google.”

 

Daniel Rossen - Up On High

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How Racist are Americans? Ask Google.

Friday, December 02, 2011

With election season in full flower, pollsters have emerged to gauge the fluctuating preferences of voters. But there are some questions to which pollsters are unlikely to get honest answers. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a PhD candidate at Harvard, has found a way to plumb America’s impenetrable psyche: Google Search results. Bob talks to Davidowitz about his method.

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The Issue of Orphan Works

Friday, September 16, 2011

On Monday, The Author's Guild filed a lawsuit against several universities who have announced their intentions to make available electronic copies of so called "orphan works," books for which no copyright owner can be found. Law professor and blogger James Grimmelmann talks to Bob about the sticky legal issues that orphan works present.

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Blurry in Germany

Friday, August 12, 2011

Since Google began taking pictures for their Google Street View service in Germany in 2008, it has been a controversial topic in the country. So controversial, in fact, that three percent of the population opted to have their homes blurred on the service, and backlash was so vicious that in April, Google abandoned the service in Germany entirely. OTM's Michael Bernstein traveled there last summer to try to understand why it was so universally reviled.

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Google's Wi-fi Problem

Friday, August 12, 2011

Google was the subject of an international public relations nightmare when the public learned that the cars Google uses to take pictures for their Google Street View service were also picking up information over unsecured wireless networks as they drove by. Now, a US District Judge has said that Google can be sued for violating the wiretap act. Ars Technica senior editor Nate Anderson talks to Bob about the potential ramifications of this lawsuit.

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Matt Cutts, Head of Google's Web Spam Team

Friday, August 12, 2011

When most companies try to improve their search engine optimization, the search engine they're optimizing for is Google. But the ease of a Google search belies the hard work that Google engineers like Matt Cutts do behind the scenes to assure that search results aren't unfairly manipulated. In an interview from February of this year, Cutts explains how Google must set the search rules, over and over again.

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