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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 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 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

Mathematica Latest Version and Quick Revision History

Via Mathematica: “Unequaled core Wolfram Language capabilities—enhanced by over 100 new functions—plus increasing cloud operations and connectivity to external data and services make Mathematica 10.2 a must-have upgrade. See the complete list of what’s new in the Wolfram Language with Mathematica 10.2 » Developer insights blog series » Added operations for lists and associations, includingContinue Reading

DuckDuckGo Founder Highlights Privacy and No Tracking Policy

Andy Meek talked to Gabriel Weinberg, founder of the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo: “Not only is it now a built-in search engine option in browsers like Safari and Firefox, but the company says the trove of news stories about data breaches and revelations of government snooping have helped keep the search engine’s numbers climbing upContinue Reading

Wisdom of the aged captured in online searchable archive

BBC Future: There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us? “Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries –Continue Reading