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Category Archives: Search Engines

Here is a detailed picture of vaccination across the country. See where your county stands.

Washington Post – March 27, 2021: “The first nationwide look at vaccination across counties reveals vast differences in the rate that people are receiving protection from the coronavirus, with notably lower rates in predominantly Black areas and counties that voted most heavily for President Donald Trump in 2020…The county data exposes the missing information about… Continue Reading

Google is making some big upgrades to directions in Google Maps

The Verge: “Google is announcing a bunch of new features planned for Google Maps, including a new tool to help with indoor navigation and suggestions for eco-friendly driving routes. The features announced today aren’t rolling out all at once, though; many aren’t available just yet, and it’s unclear when some will be available in some… Continue Reading

Google Scholar – Track and manage your public access mandates

Google Scholar Blog – [On March 23, 2021 we added] “a Public access section to Scholar profiles to help you track and manage public access mandates for your articles. If your public Scholar profile has papers covered by public access mandates from research funding agencies, you should see a new section that looks like this.… Continue Reading

HathiTrust Digital Library: Search & Collection Builder – A to Z

YouTube – HathiTrust – “Presenter: Angelina Zaytsev, User Services Librarian Are you looking for ways to zero in on just what you need for your reference interviews or research using HathiTrust Digital Library? This session provides an in-depth look at Search and Advanced Search to discover materials in the 17.4 million item collection. Learn how to… Continue Reading

Firefox 87 introduces SmartBlock for Private Browsing

Mozilla Security Blog – “Today, with the launch of Firefox 87, we are excited to introduce SmartBlock, a new intelligent tracker blocking mechanism for Firefox Private Browsing and Strict Mode. SmartBlock ensures that strong privacy protections in Firefox are accompanied by a great web browsing experience. Privacy is hard – At Mozilla, we believe that… Continue Reading

In 2020 Two Thirds of Google Searches Ended Without a Click

SparkToro / Rand Fishkin: “In August of 2019, I published research from now-defunct clickstream data provider, Jumpshot, showing that 50.33% of all Google searches ended without a click to any web property in the results. Today, thanks to new data from SimilarWeb, I’ve got a substantive update to that analysis. From January to December, 2020,… Continue Reading

What’s new in Congress.gov? Spring 2021 Edition

In Custodia Legis by Andrew Weber: “Most of our Congress.gov posts focus on the enhancements which are part of our three week sprint cycles by which we release new material and upgrades to Congress.gov. However, sometimes I like to take a longer look back at the work we have done and provide a bigger snapshot… Continue Reading

How hospitals hide pricing data from web search results

Becker’s Health IT (no paywall): “HCA Healthcare and Universal Health Services are among hundreds of hospitals that have embedded special coding within their websites to block previously confidential pricing information from appearing in web searches, according to a March 22 Wall Street Journal report. Seven things to know…” Continue Reading

It’s not just a social media problem – how search engines spread misinformation

It’s not just a social media problem – how search engines spread misinformation – Chirag Shah, Associate Professor in the Information School, University of Washington and Founding Director of InfoSeeking Lab, which focuses on issues related to information seeking, human-computer interaction (HCI), and social media. Shah’s research describes how search engines are not just one… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 21, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 21, 2021 – 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… Continue Reading