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The Google OS

madcow writes "Kottke's blog has an interesting take on Google's evolution from a search thingy to something else. Call it a web OS if you will."


Life beyond Google

Pete writes "From the BBC comes this piece that anecdotal evidence suggests that thanks to Google, the web offers information on everything to everyone. But, we have yet to see empirical evidence to back up such claims, argues Dr Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University."


Google: 'Gmail' No Joke, Lunar Jobs Are

Reuters Is Reporting on Gmail is real. Google's unconventional March 31 press release announcing Gmail helped set Internet message boards alight because the sub-heading read: "Search is Number Two Online Activity -- Email is Number One: 'Heck, Yeah,' Say Google Founders."

"It is April Fool's Day. We were having fun with this announcement. We are very serious about Gmail," Rosenberg said in an interview.

Still, the Web was buzzing with speculation.

I've had a few people ask me how they can offer so much space, and my answer was:Almost no one will use much space. Assuming they can effectively kill most of the spam coming in, most mailboxes will not grow very large.


Google user calls Google " A library that's successful- as opposed to real libraries which lose mone

mdoneil writes "A google advertiser and user refers to google as a library which makes money- as opposed to real libraries, which lose money. The Tampa Tribune reports on the search engine with interviews with several people including a lawyer who googles his prospective clients and dates. To balance the story a public librarian was interviewed who stressed the need for authority."

Here's the quote:

"I'm an advertiser on Google, but if I came along and posted an article on the benefits of using retractable awnings, I'd be treated like anybody else on Google,'' he said. ``It's a library, an Internet library, that's successful and makes money - as opposed to real libraries, which lose money."



phoenix04 writes "Validation at last! This quote is from Google's Chief Technology Officer: '...cataloging the Web is only the beginning. "My guess is about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in doing search," says Craig Silverstein. "But we can make slow and steady progress, and maybe one day we'll get there." 'If you missed the tv show, here is the URL: ain608672.shtml"


Using Google for Background Checks on People

search engine web sends us three interesting tales on "Googling":

The first concerns a lawsuit filed by an accountant versus several search engines (including Google) claiming that the results of his search for his own name constitute libel.

The second concerns a teen who learned by Googling his name that he was being searched for by his custodial parent (which wasn't the one he had had lived with for the past 14 years).

The third describes how a woman, curious about the man she was going on a date with, discovered that he was a fugitive.

These bring up some interesting issues: is there any expectation of privacy on the internet? are search engines liable for incorrect results?


In Google they trust

nbruce writes ""In one sense, with Google, everything is knowable now," said Esther Dyson, who publishes Release 1.0, a technology-industry newsletter. "We were much more passive about information in the past. We would go to the library or the phone book, and if it wasn't there, we didn't worry about it. Now, people can't as easily drift from your life. We can't pretend to be ignorant." But the flood of unedited information, she said, demands that users sharpen critical thinking skills, to filter the results. "Google," she said, "forces us to ask, `What do we really want to know?' "
Full story at NYTimes"


In the search game: Google 1, Librarians 0

Bob Cox hips us to this article from the Star-Telegram.

Librarians are being written off as pre-1996 search relics, unable to compete in an era of robotic search engines.


Google founders to set up charitable organization sends us news on Google's new charitable endeavors. From the article:

"According to Reuters the pair want to extend the principles behind Google the company into Google the charity...'We want to make the world a better place and so we're embarking on the Google Foundation and we're in the process of setting it up,' Page is reported as saying."



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