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Google loses landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in UK

The Guardian: “A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions. The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in London on Friday. The judge rejected a similar claim brought by a second businessman who was jailed for a more serious offence. The claimant who lost, referred to only as NT1 for legal reasons, was convicted of conspiracy to account falsely in the late 1990s; the claimant who won, known as NT2, was convicted more than 10 years ago of conspiracy to intercept communications. NT1 was jailed for four years, while NT2 was jailed for six months. Granting an appeal in the case of NT1, the judge added: “It is quite likely that there will be more claims of this kind, and the fact that NT2 has succeeded is likely to reinforce that.” Both men demanded that Google remove search results mentioning the cases for which they were convicted. These include links to web pages published by a national newspaper and other media. Google refused their request and the men took the company to the high court. The decision in NT2’s favour could have implications for other convicted criminals and those who want embarrassing stories about them erased from the web. Warby ruled out any damages payment, however. Explaining his decision, the judge said NT1 continued to mislead the public, whereas NT2 had shown remorse. He also took into account the submission that NT2’s conviction did not concern actions taken by him in relation to “consumers, customers or investors”, but rather in relation to the invasion of privacy of third parties…”

Major web browsers will support web-based fingerprint, facial authentication

“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication. In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition,… Continue Reading

Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News

Gizmodo: “You’d be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It’s faster, more efficient, and you won’t have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading… Continue Reading

Bing Launches More Intelligent Search Features

Bing Blog: “In December, we announced new intelligent search features which tap into advances in AI to provide people with more comprehensive answers, faster.  Today, we’re excited to announce improvements to our current features, and new scenarios that get you to your answer faster. Since December we’ve received a lot of great feedback on our… Continue Reading

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The Guardian – Dylan Curran – “The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look..Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even… Continue Reading

Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked

Mozilla: “Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts. To help Firefox users have more control of their data on Facebook, we’ve created the Facebook Container Extension. This extension helps you control more of your web activity from… Continue Reading

Google Maps learns 39 new languages

Google Blog:  “…Today, we’re making Google Maps even more useful by adding 39 new languages—spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people worldwide: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Georgian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili,… Continue Reading

Using your phone to find and scan scholarly articles

Google Scholar Blog  Quickly flip through papers on your phone. “Today, we are making it easier to use your phone to find and scan scholarly articles. Clicking a Scholar search result on your phone now opens a quick preview. You can swipe left and right to quickly flip through the list of results. Where available,… Continue Reading

Get more useful information with captions on Google Images

Google Blog: “People around the world use Google Images to find visual information online. Whether you’re searching for ideas for your next baking project, how to tie shoelaces so they stay put, or tips on the proper form for doing a plank, scanning image results can be much more helpful than scanning text. Today, we’re… Continue Reading

Look for scholarships with Free Graduate School Scholarship Search

Sallie Mae- “Learn why scholarships—free money that you don’t have to pay back—are important and how to search for them to help you pay for graduate school….Getting started is easy; students register free of charge, fill out a profile that can be updated at any time, and start searching. The tool responds with matches that… Continue Reading

Opinion: YouTube may be one of the most radicalizing instruments of the 21st century

Via NYT – Benton Foundation – [Commentary] “It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the… Continue Reading

Once again for the peanut gallery – Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?

Via Quora, there are 23 answers on this posting – so this is just one – read all of them here: “#1 — Google tracks you. We don’t. You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that… Continue Reading