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Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results

Via First Monday – Andrea Ballatore – “Search engine results influence the visibility of different viewpoints in political, cultural, and scientific debates. Treating search engines as editorial products with intrinsic biases can help understand the structure of information flows in new media. This paper outlines an empirical methodology to analyze the representation of topics in search engines, reducing the spatial and temporal biases in the results. As a case study, the methodology is applied to 15 popular conspiracy theories, examining type of content and ideological bias, demonstrating how this approach can inform debates in this field, specifically in relation to the representation of non-mainstream positions, the suppression of controversies and relativism.” DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i7.5597

Database on EU Distant Water Fleet

“What is this database and why does it matter? The EU lends its flag to a large fleet of vessels that operate in distant waters, meeting our ever-growing demand for seafood by netting catch as far afield as Greenland the distant Pacific Island States, and in all world’s oceans. All EU fishing vessels operating inContinue Reading

Google now identifies peak times to avoid buying stuff in stores

Via Google+ “Do you ever find yourself trying to avoid long lines or wondering when is the best time to go grocery shopping, pick up coffee or hit the gym (hint: avoid Monday after work)? You’re in luck! Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions ofContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog complaint to FCC supports US Right to be Forgotten

“Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s complaint that Google’s failure to offer U.S. users the abilityContinue Reading

See the world in your language with Google Translate

Google Blog: “The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate—a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You’ll see the text transform live on your screenContinue Reading

Video based search makes YouTube second largest search engine

Search Engine Land: “YouTube is arguably the second largest search engine on the Web. It is the third most visited site on the Web, according to Alexa and SimilarWeb. Recent information released by Google has shown that more and more users are using YouTube as a search engine. Searches related to “how to” on YouTubeContinue Reading

Google Launches New Patent Search

Google: “With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.  You can still accessContinue Reading

Google bio tech firm will mine Ancestry.com data for longevity gene

Via Calico: ” AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms haveContinue Reading

AP Video Archive available on YouTube

The rise of video is undeniable – search has progressively moved from words and concepts to images – and the AP Archive is yet another example a shift from reading to watching.  Via YouTube – “The AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press — the world’s largest and oldest newsContinue Reading

Google – Your Timeline: Revisiting the world that you’ve explored

Google Maps: “Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been — whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way toContinue Reading

Google – Download your past searches

Google: “You can download all of your past searches. This gives you access to your data when and where you want. Download a copy of your past searches Visit your Web & App Activity page. In the top right corner of the page, touch Menu >  Download searches. Choose Create Archive. When the download is complete,Continue Reading

New Google Hotel Finder

“Google Hotel Finder makes it easier to compare and book hotels that are found across the web. Try it out at google.com/hotels. Here’s what you can do with Google Hotel Finder: Find hotels according to what is important to you, such as price, location, amenities, and user ratings. Review accurate and detailed information about thoseContinue Reading