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Why Google helps other search engines compete - YouTube, TechAltar, Feb 2020
and highlighted how generally people didn't seem to trust the search giant anymore but it was for things like [1] manipulating search results [2] privacy violations [3] squeezing at competitors from adjacent businesses by using their monopolistic grip on the search market as a whole
TechAltar  Google  trust  techlash  video  YouTube  search 
27 days ago by pierredv
Ludwig • Find your English sentence
"Ludwig is the first sentence search engine that helps you write better English by giving you contextualized examples taken from reliable sources."
search  language  tools  grammar 
july 2019 by pierredv
YouTube algorithm changes negatively impact Google ad revenue
In the first quarter of 2018, Google began making changes to YouTube’s algorithms designed to stop harmful content from appearing in the feed of recommended videos you see on the side of a video page.
But all of those garbage videos also kept engagement high. It kept YouTube users tuned in to their feeds beyond the video they came to watch, even if the company said they only made up less than 1% of all videos on the site.
YouTube  Google  Alphabet  search  algorithms  advertising 
april 2019 by pierredv
How Tech Utopia Fostered Tyranny - The New Atlantis -Winter 2019
"Authoritarians’ love for digital technology is no fluke — it’s a product of Silicon Valley’s “smart” paternalism"

"ools based on the premise that access to information will only enlighten us and social connectivity will only make us more humane have instead fanned conspiracy theories, information bubbles, and social fracture. A tech movement spurred by visions of libertarian empowerment and progressive uplift has instead fanned a global resurgence of populism and authoritarianism."

"But what we are searching for — what we desire — is often shaped by what we are exposed to and what we believe others desire. And so predicting what is useful, however value-neutral this may sound, can shade into deciding what is useful, both to individual users and to groups, and thereby shaping what kinds of people we become, for both better and worse."

"As long as our desires are unsettled and malleable — as long as we are human — the engineering choices of Google and the rest must be as much acts of persuasion as of prediction."

"Each company was founded on a variation of the premise that providing more people with more information and better tools, and helping them connect with each other, would help them lead better, freer, richer lives."

"Moreover, because algorithms are subject to strategic manipulation and because they are attempting to provide results unique to you, the choices shaping these powerful defaults are necessarily hidden away by platforms demanding you simply trust them"

"We can see the shift from “access to tools” to algorithmic utopianism in the unheralded, inexorable replacement of the “page” by the “feed.” "

"By consuming what the algorithm says I want, I trust the algorithm to make me ever more who it thinks I already am."

"What’s shocking isn’t that technological development is a two-edged sword. It’s that the power of these technologies is paired with a stunning apathy among their creators about who might use them and how. Google employees have recently declared that helping the Pentagon with a military AI program is a bridge too far, convincing the company to cancel a $10 billion contract. But at the same time, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, committed to the ideals of open-source software and collaboration toward technological progress, have published machine-learning tools for anyone to use, including agents provocateur and revenge pornographers."

"They and their successors, based on optimistic assumptions about human nature, built machines to maximize those naturally good human desires. But, to use a line from Bruno Latour, “technology is society made durable.” That is, to extend Latour’s point, technology stabilizes in concrete form what societies already find desirable."
politics  surveillance  technology  TheNewAtlantis  Google  Facebook  AI  prediction  ethics  morality  search  trust  behavior 
april 2019 by pierredv
TinEye Reverse Image Search
Via New Scientist "my week-long digital data detox", 11 Nov 2017, issue 3151
image  images  search  tools  vision  computer-vision  pattern-recognition 
may 2018 by pierredv
Outlook search returns No matches found - Microsoft Support
When you use Instant Search in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Outlook 2010, or Microsoft Outlook 2013, you receive the following message: No matches found. Or, only some of the expected results may be returned.
Outlook  Office  search  troubleshooting  howto  Microsoft 
april 2016 by pierredv
AI tool scours all the science on the web to find new knowledge - New Scientist 7 Nov 2015
"Semantic Scholar, which launches today from the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), can automatically read, digest and categorise findings from the estimated 2 million scientific papers published each year"
NewScientist  AI  search  Seattle  semantics  AI2 
december 2015 by pierredv
Cyber search engine exposes vulnerabilities - The Washington Post
"After tinkering with code for nearly a decade, Matherly eventually developed a way to map and capture the specifications of everything from desktop computers to network printers to Web servers. He called his fledgling search engine Shodan, and in late 2009 he began asking friends to try it out. He had no inkling it was about to alter the balance of security in cyberspace." "Homeland security officials have warned that the obscurity that had protected many industrial control systems was fast dis­appearing in a flood of digital light."
Siemens  NERC  cybersecurity  cybers  search  SCADA  computing  WashingtonPost  security 
december 2012 by pierredv
Siriously: It’s Wolfram Alpha for Asterisk
"we're going to demonstrate is how to configure your Asterisk server so that you can pick up any phone on your system, dial 4-7-4-7, speak a question, and we'll show you how to send it to Google to convert your spoken words into text. Then we'll pass that text translation to Wolfram Alpha which will provide a plain text answer to your question. Finally, we'll take that plain text and use Flite or Cepstral to deliver the results to you. "
hacking  search  AI  via:stevecrowley 
january 2012 by pierredv
Google Kills Its Other Plus, and How to Bring It Back -
alternatives to Google search:
userscript for electrotype
google  search 
january 2012 by pierredv
Small ISPs use "malicious" DNS servers to watch Web searches, earn cash
"According to researchers from Microsoft and from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the malicious DNS servers exist to make a little extra cash for Internet providers. A detailed experiment (PDF) carried out between September 1 and October 31 last year found that most of these DNS servers stealthily intercepted and redirected search queries and URL mistakes, but only when these were entered from a Web browser's address bar. Go to and everything works as it should; search Bing through a browser address bar and you might be surprised at the results."
DSL  redirection  search  Paxfire 
august 2011 by pierredv
Curation is the New Search is the New Curation
"It has turned search back into something like it was in the dying days of first-generation algorithmic search, like Excite and Altavista: results so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page -- the first page was a smoking hulk of algo-optimized awfulness."
via:martinweiss  search  google  information 
february 2011 by pierredv
"a lightweight browser extension that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one's tracks), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. With TrackMeNot, actual web searches, lost in a cloud of false leads, are essentially hidden in plain view. User-installed TrackMeNot works with the Firefox Browser and popular search engines (AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and Bing) and requires no 3rd-party servers or services."
firefox  security  search  privacy  web  tools  CSMonitor 
march 2010 by pierredv
In Search, Microsoft May Race to the Bottom - BusinessWeek
the how and why of Microsoft moving money around in the search business in order to disadvantage google
search  online  commerce  microsoft  google  x:businessweek 
december 2009 by pierredv
Blind Search
"The goal of this site is simple, we want to see what happens when you remove the branding from search engines. How differently will you perceive the results?"
via:DataMining  search 
june 2009 by pierredv
The Googlization of Everything - Siva Vaidhyanathan
"how one company is disrupting culture, commerce and community - and why we should worry"
search  google 
january 2009 by pierredv
Will Google search favor Google content? |
Knol raises concerns about conflict of interest with its original function as unbiased search engine – concerns that Google search would be disposed to point to Google content first.
Call it content neutrality
google  search 
august 2008 by pierredv
xRankCelebrity5 | Celebrity
celebrities ranked using MS Live Search results
search  trends  web2.0 
august 2008 by pierredv
Sorting the World: Google Invents New Way to Manage Data
Google's solution for working with colossal sets is an elegant approach called MapReduce
google  search  database  via:scottfo  webservices 
august 2008 by pierredv
Keep Searching - Cuil -
story about couple - husband working on Google competitor while wife was still at Google, thinking he was just a stay-at-home Dad
search  people  stories  via:forbes 
july 2008 by pierredv
A text similarity-based engine for searching literature collections
research  search 
february 2008 by pierredv
Making Fast work of search | Seattle Times Newspaper
Microsoft acquision of Fast, with background on enterprise search scenarios
microsoft  search 
january 2008 by pierredv
Vertical search-engines | Know your subject |
includes examples of vertical search engines, particularly for healthcare which seems to be a target of opportunity
search  web  healthcare 
july 2007 by pierredv
Cool Google Search Trick Video
using idexof keyword and other tricks
Google  tips  search 
june 2007 by pierredv

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