Google Digitizes Back Issues of 'Spy' Magazine

The defunct satirical publication that launched a thousand magazine careers and dodged a thousand lawsuits is now available digitally — thanks to Google.

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Searchable archive of Spy Magazine on Google

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On Google Darwinism

I have a picture around here somewhere of several circles contained within each other of decreasing order, but I can't find it, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

But the point I tried to make with that picture is that the largest circle represents the whole of human knowledge.

And within that circle is one for Google and all search engines and their ability to find and index the available digital subset of all human knowledge.

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Communication Google Style: Interactivity and Trust

Article in current Online by Jill O'Neill that looks at Google Wave and Google Buzz and their impact on communication and information dissemination.

Read it here.

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Google Art Project

Google has done search, email, documents, video, and now...


From the Alte Nationalgalerie of Berlin to the Metropolitan in New York to the National Gallery of London, Google has taken extremely high resolution images of some of the most famous artwork and put it online. View the artwork online and create your own gallery of favourites.

Learn more at the Google Art Project.

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results
Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings. Bing doesn’t deny this.

As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing’s relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google’s own work. Google likens it to the digital equivalent of Bing leaning over during an exam and copying off of Google’s test.

Trending Terms, Digital Books & Historical Data Crunching

NPR's OnPoint Radio program today looks at Google and the way of words. They look at what 500 years of word usage tells us about our culture with the Google NGram Viewer. It airs live today, Wednesday December 22nd at 11:00 AM EST with an online stream and will be available later in the day as a podcast.

Google Book Tool Tracks Cultural Change With Words

A searchable database of more than 500 billion words from millions of books published over the past four centuries is now online. Researchers say the tool, which is a collection of words and phases stripped of all context except the date in which they appeared, is a powerful way to study cultural change.

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European Union Clamps Down on Google

New York Times reports: BRUSSELS — Europe opened a formal antitrust investigation on Tuesday into accusations that Google had abused its dominance in online search, exposing the company’s zealously guarded technology to unwelcome scrutiny.

The investigation by the European Commission follows complaints from smaller Web businesses, which claim that Google downgraded their sites in its search results to weaken potential competitors for advertising. The commission said it would also look into whether Google might have given its Web services “preferential placement” in search results.

Google’s dominance on the Internet has been a sore point in Europe, where it controls more than 80 percent of the online search market, compared with about 66 percent in the United States, according to comScore, a research firm.

Google already faces antitrust inquiries, as well as investigations of its privacy and copyright protection policies, in several European countries. In addition, other American companies have fought lengthy legal battles with European regulators in the past.

In a statement, Google said it had strived to “do the right thing by our users and our industry.”

“But there’s always going to be room for improvement,” the company said, “and so we’ll be working with the commission to address any concerns.”

Google Wants You To Tell Them Which Books Are Public Domain

This Search Engine Round Table post says Clearly Google would love if more books were full view so after one person complained that he found a book where the author died in 1821 and the book was not available in full view. Since the author died in 1821 the book should be in the public domain and available for full view.

So Googler, Sofia started a thread asking people to either post books that should be full view in the thread or submit the information via web form.



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