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Gone Googlin\'

When Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page first hatched the idea of Google in their Stanford dorm room in 1998 I doubt they knew what a good idea they had. Google is no longer just a search engine, for many, it is the primary way to find information on the Web. People don’t search any more, they “Google.” If you’re like most librarians, searching the Web has become one of your primary job functions. (your secondary tasks probably include email, and of course, meetings.) If you’re like me, when you’re searching the web, you’re using Google. Google’s not the only game in town, but it is clearly the search engine of choice for most librarians.

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Google mirror beats Great Firewall of China

The New Scientist is Reporting that China\'s widely criticised blocking of the web\'s most popular search engine Google can be defeated by viewing a strange Google mirror site through a mirror, New Scientist has discovered.

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China Blocks Google Search Engine

Associated Press Says China has blocked access to Google. Attempts to look at the site through Chinese Internet services on Tuesday were rejected with a notice saying it couldn\'t be found. Users and technical consultants who monitor the Chinese Internet said the site has been blocked for several days.

There was no immediate explanation for the blocking and representatives for Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., were not immediately available for comment.

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Net Users Try to Elude the Google Grasp

The NYTimes has one of those Sky Is Falling Stories that says the combined power of the Internet, search engines and archival databases can enable almost anyone to find information about almost anyone else, possibly to satiate a passing curiosity.

\"If you are living in a new town trying to be hidden, it\'s pretty easy to find you now between Google and online government records,\" said Cindy Southworth, who develops technology education programs for victims of domestic violence. \"Many public entities are putting everything on the Web without thinking through the ramifications of those actions.\"

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Inside the Googleplex

Gary Deane passed along This One from The Ottawa Citizen.
It\'s a long look at what makes google tick, and why it\'s so cool.

Gary also submitted This One, a look at RocketInfo, the
four-year-old company, which
develops corporate
Web-search and
information-gathering software
for an annual licensing fee,
launched a free search engine
called RocketNews.com. The
site was intended to only be
an advertising tool that would
show potential clients the
efficacy of Rocketinfo\'s search
technology.

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Gagged by Google

Thanks to Library Juice for this one:

It began when [Body Shop founder and Google advertiser Anita] Roddick posted a short comment on her site about actor John Malkovich\'s public threat to shoot Scottish Member of Parliament George Galloway and Independent reporter Robert Fisk. (Malkovich railed against critics of Israel at a high-profile speech at Cambridge University.)

\"John Malkovich often plays disturbed and dangerous men in his films,\" wrote Roddick, \"maybe he\'s not acting. His threat to shoot Robert Fisk for his honest reportage on Israel is but further evidence that Malkovich is a vomitous worm.\"

\"Vomitous worm\" didn\'t go down well with Google. Shortly after Roddick made the comment, she got word that the advertising staff at the search engine were suspending her ad campaign. \"They said that my ad violated their editorial policy against \'sites that advocate against groups or individuals,\'\" writes Roddick.

Full story from Alternet.

An interesting article, but I have to take issue with their characterization of the Body Shop as a \"notable socially-responsible\" buisness.

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How Google Searches Itself

I thought I saw this one here already, but I guess it was just everywhere else, and not here for a change.
Bob Cox sent along How Google Searches Itself from FastCompany that takes a look at how they work to keep ahead of the curve.

\"You can take Google\'s temperature just by going to the intranet site,\" Rosenberg says. \"It\'s a window to everyone\'s soul.\"

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Watching the (search engine) Watchers - an alt.use

Larry Gainor writes \"Search Engine Report just published a story headlined \"An Egyptian Stumper for Google\" concerning a search for an ancient Egyptian recipe for funerary bread. The author was unable to find the recipe using Google, but found this page with Vivisimo. From which result, he drew the conclusion that \"This just goes to show that Google really doesn\'t always find everything right off, or more importantly, that different search engines have different \"opinions\" of the web. The same query used at a different search engine may come through for you, so consider shopping it around.\"
Sensible advice, however checking Google\'s Usenet archive, I found a post from Nicole Hansen asserting that \"Absolutely no food recipes from ancient Egypt survive. Therefore this [recipe posted earlier in thread] is not an ancient Egyptian recipe.\"

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Google is a dot.com winner

steven bell writes \"The latest issue of Fortune (paper - May 27)features an article about Google. The good news - they report Google has grown and been profitable to the tune of $15 million annually - not bad results for the dot.com world. I\'d say this is a must read for Google fans, but others will be interested in some of the Google facts. For example, Google has over 10,000 servers situated in five data centers around the country. The story is currently online at Fortune.com \"

Also of interest might be Glossary, Sets, Voice Search, and Keyboard Shortcuts. All part of Google Labs.

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