It's all about Goooooooogle

Who, What, Why: What is 'ungoogleable'?

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 12/22/2013 - 15:58

The word "ungoogleable" has been removed from a list of new Swedish words after a trademark spat. But it raises the question of what can and can't be found with a search engine.
For some, it seems, being ungoogleable is an unfortunate state of affairs. For others, the ignorance of Google's algorithms is bliss.

Google Gets Total Victory Over Authors Guild: Book Scanning Is Fair Use

Submitted by Pete on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 15:54

This one has been a long time coming, but this morning, Judge Denny Chin (who actually has a long history of siding with copyright holders) found that Google's book scanning project is fair use. This is a huge victory in a variety of ways. TechDirt has the story.

Google unveils major upgrade to search algorithm

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 21:07

Google has unveiled an upgrade to the way it interprets users' search requests.
The new algorithm, codenamed Hummingbird, is the first major upgrade for three years.
It has already been in use for about a month, and affects about 90% of Google searches.

At a presentation on Thursday, the search giant was short on specifics but said Hummingbird is especially useful for longer and more complex queries.

How Google Rediscovered the 19th Century

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 07:27

When we read the past, we acknowledge that we stand not only, as Isaac Newton put it, on the shoulders of giants, but also on those of scholars of smaller stature who were no less passionate about their subjects and determined in their own way to contribute to the intellectual conversation. The 12th-century philosopher and educator Bernard of Chartres is said to have observed that we are all dwarfs when we attempt to climb atop gargantuan flesh.

25 million Mahler videos / obama likes books about waffles

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 02:00

PBS News Hour ran this piece - Performing Artists Compete, Move, Adapt in Tough Economy

At 4 minutes into the video they are discussing how recorded media replaces some of the need for live performances. To demonstrate that there is a lot of music available they run a Google search for "Mahler's 4th symphony" and then click on video and point out that there are 25 million hits.

Implication is that there are 25 million videos available of Mahler's 4th symphony.

On The Death Of Google Reader And The Future Of Reading

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 15:44

You can't say they didn't warn you. On Monday, Google Reader will no longer be available. The search behemoth is putting its RSS reader to rest, leaving millions of dedicated users scrambling to find other platforms for organization of their news feeds and content exploration.

Does Google Have an Ethical Obligation Not to Spy?

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sat, 06/08/2013 - 11:00

Many Americans are outraged at the government for mining user data from Apple, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants. What about the actions of the companies themselves -- have they met their ethical obligations to their customers and society as a whole? Do they even have any?

Full article

Google Execs Say 'The Power Of Information Is Underrated'

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 00:49

Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen — coauthors of a new book, The New Digital Age — recently returned from a highly publicized trip to North Korea. In the second part of their conversation with NPR's Audie Cornish, they discuss the role of the Internet in more repressive countries.