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New Report Reveals Google’s Extensive Financial Support for Academia

News release: [July 11, 2017] Campaign for Accountability released a new report, Google Academics Inc., revealing Google’s extensive financial support for academics and policy experts.  CfA identified 329 research papers published between 2005 and 2017 on public policy matters of interest to Google that were in some way funded by the company. Read the report… Continue Reading

Journalists seek to harness Big Data to build app to combat fake news

The Independent/UK : “Journalism researchers at the University of London, led by Galway-born Tom Felle, are to lead a major European push to combat ‘fake news’. The team has been awarded a new grant by the Google Digital News Initiative (DNI) to help journalists find and verify information in big data. The grant of £300,000… Continue Reading

Search SEC historical EDGAR filings

“Welcome to the archive of historical EDGAR documents. This search allows you to enter complex queries to retrieve all but the most recent day’s EDGAR filings (from 1994 through 2017). If a simple search will suffice or if you need real-time, up-to-the-minute filings, please visit the main EDGAR Search page for other choices.” Continue Reading

Google Map users can now directly share accessibility information about a place or add details about many places

Google Blog: “…Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table. But for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or… Continue Reading

Google Posts 2017 Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar Blog: “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2017 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2012–2016 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of… Continue Reading

Sqoop – free data journalism site makes it easier to find and track public records

Data Driven Journalism: “Just because there’s a duty to disclose, doesn’t mean there’s a duty to make it easy. This seems to be a universally true when it comes to public records, regardless of the country or government making them available. The consequences for journalists can be profound: hours of time spent digging through messy… Continue Reading

Yelp’s 6 year battle against Google

The New York Times – “For six years, Jeremy Stoppelman’s (chief executive of Yelp) company has been locked in a campaign on three continents to get antitrust regulators to punish Google, Yelp’s larger, richer and more politically connected competitor. He has testified before Congress, written op-ed columns and used Twitter to bash Google’s behavior. Google… Continue Reading

LC Drawing Justice Gallery Talk on Legal Research

In Custodia Legis, Margaret Wood: “Last week, I had the honor to give a gallery talk on the Library of Congress exhibit, Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration.  As a co-curator for the exhibit, I had helped in doing legal research for information about the cases portrayed by the drawings in the exhibit.  At… Continue Reading

Google News Redesigned

“Every day people come to Google News for a trusted view of the world. It’s there for everything from moments of political change to gripping sports events to daily local news. To make news more accessible and easier to navigate, we redesigned the desktop website with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more… Continue Reading

Facebook use continues to grow – now boasts 2 billion

Via Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg, June 28, 2017: “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” In a little over 13 years Facebook has steadily and exponentially increased users to a number is impressive regardless of the competition. The challenges for the company to continue to add users in such… Continue Reading

EU Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance as search engine

EU news release: “The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. The company must now end the conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments of up… Continue Reading

Commentary – Here’s Why You Should Simply Give In to Google

Here’s Why You Should Simply Give In to Google, Gavin Phillips, June 19, 2017: “Google powers internet search for just under two-thirds of U.S. adults. Google produces routers, installs fiber connections, and is working on driverless vehicles. Google’s Android is now the mobile operating system of choice for 86 percent of all smartphone users, and well… Continue Reading