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Google Launches Search With No Query Required

Bloomberg: “For two decades, typing a line of text into a blank search bar was the way almost everyone interacted with Google. Now the company is taking an even more active role in leading users around the internet. The search giant announced a raft of new features at an event Monday to celebrate its 20th… Continue Reading

Google Trends – Midterm Elections 2018‬‬

Via Google Trends – “On November 6, 2018, over 1,200 candidates will run for nearly 500 seats in the House of Representatives and US Senate. This is how the US is searching.” Resources include the following? Election searches: click on a State to find out more. Search data is an indication of curiosity in the… Continue Reading

Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

WSJ [paywall] via MarketScreener [no paywall]: “Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions raised on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of the information contained in users’ emails.” “In a letter to senators, a top Google official said the company… Continue Reading

LC Launches Portal for Public Access to Official CRS Reports

Carla Haydn – Librarian of Congress – Congressional Research Service Reports Now Available Online – “…Moving forward, all new or updated reports will be added to the website as they are made available to Congress. The Library is also working to make available the back catalog of previously published reports as expeditiously as possible. More… Continue Reading

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers

The Intercept: “Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers,thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal. The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s… Continue Reading

Google Knows Where You’ve Been, but Does It Know Who You Are?

Google Knows Where You’ve Been, but Does It Know Who You Are? (New York Times Magazine) “The overwhelming volume of this information demonstrates just how deep, and inescapable, our relationships with the company have become. And it can be sneakily transformative. To see months of your own search history repeated back to you in list… Continue Reading

Google Launches Environmental Insights Explorer

“The Environmental Insights Explorer analyzes Google Maps data to provide rich insights into the vital signs of our planet. These insights can be used to create carbon baselines and accelerate climate action plans…Climate change’s many environmental, social and economic impacts will continue to escalate if not enough is done to mitigate emissions. Right now, there’s… Continue Reading

Study – comprehensive overview of Google’s collection methods and exactly what information it collects on you

“In light of recently turning 20 years old, Google reigns as one of today’s tech giants. The company has two main ways of collecting user data: active and passive. Active tracking is usually consciously understood by the user, such as signing into a range of accounts (YouTube, Google Search, Gmail, etc.). Passive data collection, however,… Continue Reading

Google launches Touring Bird – helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers

Tourbird FAQ: “Touring Bird helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers in top destinations around the world—all in a single place. What can I do with Touring Bird? With Touring Bird, you can: Find everything in one place – When you select a destination city, you’ll see popular attractions,… Continue Reading

Google Dataset Search Beta

Google Blog: “What is Dataset Search? Dataset Search enables users to find datasets stored across thousands of repositories on the Web, making these datasets universally accessible and useful. Datasets and related data tend to be spread across multiple data repositories on the web. In many cases, information about these datasets is neither linked nor has… Continue Reading

Google Notifies People Targeted by Secret FBI Investigation

Motherboard: Dozens of people reported receiving an email from Google revealing a potential FBI investigation into people who purchased malware. “At least dozens of people have received an email from Google informing them that the internet giant responded to a request from the FBI demanding the release of user data, according to several people who… Continue Reading