SExpand For the last two months, you've seen some version of the same story all over the Internet: Delete your search history before Google's new privacy settings take effect. A straightforward piece outlining a rudimentary technique, but also evidence that the search titan has a serious trust problem on its hands. Our story on nuking your history was read nearly 200,000 times on this site alone—and it was a reprint of a piece originally put out by the EFF.  The Case Against Google
 Google Engineer Accidently Shares His Internal Memo About Google + Platform | Unfiltered Opinion From Silicon Valley Google engineer posted an internal memo on Google + that was mistakenly shared publicly – opps wrong setting. This is an repost from a Google employee sharing his insight into the Google + platform and their cloud strategy. My goal here is to preserve the original content. Google is allowing it to be public since it’s already public. Thanks to Google + user Rip Rowan who shared it.
Q: How do people cook these days? A: They cook with Google. When you’re looking for a good recipe today, you probably don’t reach for Joy of Cooking or Fannie Farmer or some other trusty, soup-stained volume on your cookbook shelf. You probably grab your laptop or tablet and enter the name of a dish or an ingredient or two into the search box. And that makes Google very important in the world of eating.  Google's recipe for recipes
 Google Seduces With Utility
More and more Wikipedia, but surfers seem weary My faithful readers know that I regularly conduct user studies on various search engines, including Google. The latest one contains a slew of interesting elements, one of which grabbed my attention in particular. I have underlined several times the significant place that Google (and other engines...) give to Wikipedia in their results (see here, here [fr] or here). The latest study shows a level of presence in the encyclopedia never yet reached. It was conducted at the end of November according to a protocol I have explained here. 226 users, all students at the University of Provence, were asked to enter two queries of their choice (in French) in 13 different themes (or 26 queries per user), and to allocate a mark to the first organic link returned by the engine, from 0 (totally dissatisfied with the result) to 5 (totally satisfied with the result). In passing, I would like to thank my colleagues who got their students to do the test.
De plus en plus de Wikipedia, mais les internautes semblent se lasser Les lecteurs fidèles de ce blog savent que je conduis régulièrement des études utilisateurs sur divers moteurs de recherches, dont Google. La dernière en date contient une foule d'éléments intéressants, dont l'un m'a particulièrement frappé. J'avais souligné à plusieurs reprises la place importante que Google (et d'autres moteurs...) accordaient à Wikipedia dans les résultats (voir ici, ici ou ici).
Le risque de l’individualisation de l’internet La lecture de la semaine, il s’agit d’une petite partie d’un article paru dans la New York Review of Books. Intitulé “Mind Control and the Internet” (Internet et le contrôle de l’esprit), l’article de Sue Halpern consiste, comme c’est le cas la plupart du temps dans la New York Review of books, en le développement d’une thèse qui s’appuie sur la critique de plusieurs livres récemment parus. Je n’ai gardé qu’un passage de ce long article, celui où Sue Halpern recense le livre de Eli Pariser, The Filter Bibble : What the Internet Is Hiding from You.
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