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How To Game Google To Make Negative Results Disappear

BuzzFeedNews – Google-savvy reputation consultants will cover up arrests, poor customer reviews, and other image-killing content for the right price…. A BuzzFeed News investigation has found examples of executives, doctors, criminals, and even a Russian oligarch all benefiting from search engine manipulation campaigns to suppress negative content. In one example, the search results for Ian… Continue Reading

Twitter adds labels for tweets that break its rules with potential implications for Trump’s account

Washington Post – The social media site will also down-rank such tweets via its algorithms to reduce circulation – “Twitter has long said it is unlikely to take down politicians’ most vitriolic tweets — including President Trump’s — but it now plans to label them if they break its rules. The new label applies to all… Continue Reading

Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers

Vice: “Security through obscurity is out, security through tomfoolery is in. That’s the basic philosophy sold by Track THIS, “a new kind of incognito” browsing project, which opens up 100 tabs crafted to fit a specific character—a hypebeast, a filthy rich person, a doomsday prepper, or an influencer. The idea is that your browsing history… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 22, 2019

Via LLRX – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish… Continue Reading

Google is the biggest snoop of all on your computer or cell phone

The Philadelphia Inquirer – “You open your browser to look at the Web. Do you know who is looking back at you? Over a recent week of Web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser… Continue Reading

New tool by Harvard Law lets people explore language usage in caselaw abajournal.com

ABAJournal: “Parsing 6.7 million federal and state cases and 12 billion words, a new tool allows the public to explore the use of language over 360 years of caselaw. Released [June 19, 2019], “Historical Trends” was built by the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab and is free to use. “I think it’s a good… Continue Reading

Google testing waters for CBD ads with trial program

Morning Consult – “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking steps toward ending its prohibition on advertising for cannabidiol products through a trial program that allows select companies in the budding hemp sub-industry to purchase ads on its platform, according to one CBD retailer that was asked to participate. Shedrack Anderson, co-founder of the CBD-infused skincare line… Continue Reading

Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake and Google Profits

WSJ.com – Google Maps is filled with false business addresses created by firms pretending to be nearby – “Out of habit, Nancy Carter, a retired federal employee, turned to Google for help one August evening. She ended the night wishing she hadn’t. Ms. Carter had pulled into her Falls Church, Va., driveway and saw the garage… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser

Wired – “There’s a new battleground in the browser wars: user privacy. Firefox just made its Enhanced Tracking Protection a default feature, Apple continues to pile privacy-focused features into its Safari browser, and people are more aware than ever before of the sort of information they can reveal every time they set a digital footprint… Continue Reading

LLRX – Articles for April and May 2019

Articles for April – May 2019 Casetext’s New ‘SmartCite’ Citator Is Its Clever Answer to Shepard’s and KeyCite Terms, Tags, and Classification Whither Law Student Information Literacy? Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 26, 2019 – Four highlights from this week: Finland is winning the war on fake news. Other nations… Continue Reading