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Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo as default search engine

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:30

Yahoo is replacing Google as the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser, the companies announced late Wednesday. With 10% of the market, it is the Internet's third most popular search engine, behind Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Bing (which powers Yahoo searches).

The change is significant for Firefox users, who perform some 100 million searches in the browser every year, according to Mozilla.

5 reasons you should have a library card

Submitted by Pete on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:23

In his Search/Research blog, Google's research scientist Daniel Russell has this to say about using all the research tools at your disposal, the most important of which just may be the humble library card.

"One of the more powerful research tools you can have is a library card.

I’ve written about why libraries are great before, but this is worth repeating: A library card is instant access to a world of resources. Both offline AND online.

What's Really Wrong With Google? And Why Librarians Rock!

Submitted by Pete on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:27

Nancy K. Humphries gets to the heart of the matter in this Huffington Post piece.

"Google often fails to serve people who search it or the people trying to get their sites noticed. All too often Google's results completely miss the mark....

Google will never equal the library in precision and accuracy because this company is too arrogant to even listen to a librarian. Google employees are young, so young they still believe that only they know how to do things.

Google 'a million miles away from creating the search engine of my dreams,' says Larry Page

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 21:43
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http://www.zdnet.com/google-a-million-miles-away-from-creating-the-sear…
"Information is Google's core," Page said, noting that over 100 billion Google searches are conducted each month — 15 percent of which are never-before-asked new queries. The search engine is working on being able to provide direct answers to questions rather than just a list of results said Page, adding that Voice Search now works in 38 languages.

Too big to trust? Google's growing credibility gap

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 08:21
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Remember when we all loved Google? Its search engine was both simple to use and an unbiased portal to anything you wanted to know. It was founded by two college students at a time when Silicon Valley was a shining beacon of what was right in the world, during sunny economic and political times.

http://www.infoworld.com/print/239815

New Tech City Story on South by Southwest & Google Glass

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 09:48

Listen to host Manoush Zomorodi* of NPR determine people's opinions about Google Glass (affordability, issues of privacy). Have you tried it out? What do you think? I saw a few folks wearing Glass at ALA-MW.

Here's New Tech City's website and here's South by Southwest's website.

(*Finally figured out how Ms. Zomorodi's name is spelled).

This is how Google is killing the Web

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:43
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http://pando.com/2014/01/27/this-is-how-google-is-killing-the-web/
But you won’t find these great sites on the first page of Google results—you might not find them on the first 10. As a result, these services, some of them genuinely life-changing, get lost in the dark recesses of the Internet. Even when you find these gems, you probably won’t think to access them the next time you log on. Their biggest challenge is finding a large enough audience to create a habit around their product.