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Google is starting to tell you how it found Search results

Reuters: “Alphabet’s Google will now show its search engine users more information about why it found the results they are shown, the company said on Thursday. It said people googling queries will now be able to click into details such as how their result matched certain search terms, in order to better decide if the information is relevant. Google has been making changes to give users more context about the results its search engine provides. Earlier this year it introduced panels to tell users about the sources of the information they are seeing. It has also started warning users when a topic is rapidly evolving and search results might not be reliable…”

DuckDuckGo’s new email privacy service forwards tracker-free messages

Bleeping Computer: “DuckDuckGo is rolling out an email privacy feature that strips incoming messages of trackers that can help profile you for better profiling and ad targeting. Users of the service get a free “@duck.com” email address that cleans messages of trackers and forwards them to your normal inbox. Currently in private beta, DuckDuckGo’s Email… Continue Reading

Google Maps now tells you how packed your train will be

ZDNet: “Google is using artificial intelligence to improve Google Maps’ ability to help commuters understand how busy the public transport on their journey will be. Google is trialling new carriage-level Maps ‘crowdedness prediction’ technology in New York and Sydney, where it will attempt to show the real-time state of each carriage.  The feature relies on… Continue Reading

Who did that website belong to?

Tools for Reporters: “You may already be familiar with WHOIS, the directory of website registrants. Under ICANN rules, you have to have contact info registered for a domain, and that contact info used to be public. Sadly, that changed in 2018 and much of the information is now redacted. But! A tool called WHOIS History… Continue Reading

Google knows where you are 24/7. Here’s how to make it stop

CNET:  “You turned off location history on your Google account, so now your Google apps can’t track you, right? Not exactly. While disabling that setting sounds like a one-and-done, some Google apps are still storing your location data. Merely opening the Google Maps app or using Google on any platform for a search logs your… Continue Reading

A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World

Wired: “Google’s claim to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” has earned it an aura of objectivity. Its dominance in search, and the disappearance of most competitors, make its lists of links appear still more canonical. An experimental new interface for Google Search aims to remove that mantle of neutrality.… Continue Reading

How to Make Your Web Searches More Secure and Private

Wired: “When it comes to looking something up on the web, most of us default to Googling it—the search engine has become so dominant that it’s now a verb, in the same way that Photoshop is. But using Google for your searches comes with a privacy trade-off. Google’s business is, of course, based on advertising,… Continue Reading

Google’s been recording you: 3 ways to delete your voice history

CNET – “Find your My Activity page and purge it of all those awkward Google Home or Google Nest voice searches. People were understandably freaked out when reports surfaced in 2019 that Google and Amazon were giving human contractors access to audio clips from their customers’ Google Home (now Google Nest) and Echo devices. Google… Continue Reading

New LinkedIn Data Leak Leaves 700 Million Users Exposed

Restore Privacy – “Data from 700 million LinkedIn users has been put up for sale online, making this one of the largest LinkedIn data leaks to date. After analyzing the data and making contact with the seller, we have updated this article with more information, including how the data was obtained and the possible impact… Continue Reading