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ProPublica – Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

Julia Angwin: “When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.  The change is enabled by default for new Google accounts. Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer…”

An experimental new podium on Google

Google Posts: “Every day millions of people search on Google, many of whom are looking for information about prominent individuals and organizations. Now we’re experimenting with a new way for users to hear directly from select entities they’re searching for on Google. Verified individuals and organizations can now communicate with text, images and videos directly… Continue Reading

Google Travel adds new features

Google Blog: “Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or escaping to some exotic destination, one of the most time-consuming and stressful parts of travel planning is finding the right flight and hotel. Sixty-nine percent of U.S. leisure travelers worry that they’re not finding the best price or making the best decision while booking a… Continue Reading

Labeling fact-check articles in Google News

Google Blog: “Over the last several years, fact checking has come into its own. Led by organizations like the International Fact-Checking Network, rigorous fact checks are now conducted by more than 100 active sites, according to the Duke University Reporter’s Lab. They collectively produce many thousands of fact-checks a year, examining claims around urban legends, politics,… Continue Reading

SSRN launches beta of new features and full text search

Follow up to previous posting – SSRN Acquired by Elsevier – “At the beginning of Summer, we promised to share our evolving technology roadmap. With new resources for design and development, we are reimagining SSRN’s possibilities. First, we implemented our long-awaited full-text search. Now we’re sending a portion of our users to a Beta version of… Continue Reading

Vanity Fair – Welcome to the Dark Net

Welcome to the Dark Net, A Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free “…Definitions. A vulnerability is a weakness in a network’s defenses. An exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability. A zero-day exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of a vulnerability that… Continue Reading

Survey – In moments of need, people turn to their phones and search

Via think with Google: “In moments where people need to know, go, do, and buy, relying on our phones has become second nature. Google’s VP of marketing, Lisa Gevelber, shares new research that quantifies how people use digital to make decisions and take action in their daily lives…” Continue Reading

Google Arts & Culture – An extinct world brought back to life

Google Official Blog: “Many millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth and sea dragons were not just Hollywood creations, but fearsome predators that stalked the oceans. It’s a world that vanished long ago, but one that continues to fascinate those seeking to understand the origins of life on our planet. Starting today, anyone, anywhere… Continue Reading

Recess Revisions: Clean-up and Enhancements

Andrew Weber – In Custodia Legis Blog,  September 2, 2016. “Washington, D.C. can get quite miserable during the summer heat. Rather than sweating outside, we like to channel our frustration with the weather by updating and sharing related news during the August recess. This continues a tradition that started with THOMAS back in 2010; and continued… Continue Reading

CA Digital Library – New Platform for Declassified Documents Reference System

California Digital Library: “The U.S. Declassified Documents can now be cross-searched with the other archive resources on the Artemis platform.  You can filter search results by document type, classification level, publication year and by other categories.  Results can be analysed using the built-in Term Frequency and Term Clusters tools. U.S. Declassified Documents Online provides access… Continue Reading

Google tests search live coverage carousel

Via Google – “As a publisher, you can participate in the Search live coverage carousel pilot to notify Google when your breaking content is available. Google can then surface content more quickly than is currently possible with a standard crawl on your website. With the Search live coverage carousel, users can find content about live… Continue Reading Long-Term Strategy Needed to Improve Website Usability Long-Term Strategy Needed to Improve Website Usability, GAO-16-693: Published: Aug 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2016:  “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), General Services Administration (GSA), and the Performance Improvement Council (PIC) took several steps to improve the usefulness of, a website intended to serve as the public window to the… Continue Reading