Author Archive for: ‘Drew Bowling’

One Man’s Crusade Against Google Street View’s Payload Data Collection [Updated]

Nobody really knows what kind of information Google obtained when it was collecting payload data as its Street View car drove around the neighborhoods of the world sponging up personal information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. Speculation abounds about what exactly the Street View cars collected, everything from personal emails, passwords, browsing histories, IP addresses, telephone numbers, full names …

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National Geographic to Tweet Reply to The Wow! Signal

If you could say anything to extraterrestrials, do you think you could sum up your thoughts in 140 characters? To be so brief in a close encounter of the fifth kind, one would hope you could get your point across in such a way that, at the very least, it would not mistakenly start an intergalactic invasion of our pale …

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Bing Gets Yelp’s Help to Provide Better Local Search Content

Bing’s stepping up its search game today by adding some heavy artillery thanks to Yelp. The two companies have announced an agreement in which Yelp’s archives of reviews, photos, and other details will be used to surface content to Bing Local search users in the United States. The Bing Local search page will soon be displaying a “Powered by Yelp” …

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Matt Cutts & Duane Forrester’s Lulz Over Bing’s Penguin “Update”

If you stopped by Bing’s homepage today, you probably noticed that their image changed from yesterday. That’s not really a significant change because Bing changes their image every day. However, one particular visitor to Bing’s homepage today couldn’t help but notice a certain note of humor in today’s photograph. Google’s search wizard, Matt Cutts, who has spent some considerable time …

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comScore Search Rankings: Yahoo Stops the Downward Spiral in May

comScore released its search engine rankings for the United States for May 2012 today and, as far as month-to-month changes go, very little has in fact changed among the market shares claimed by the top search sites. For once, that’s good news for Yahoo. Google continues to leave a very deep imprint on the cushions of the search engine couch, …

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Skype’s New Conversation Ads Start Appearing Today

Hopefully you remember the faces of the people you are close enough to Skype with. Why else would you Skype with someone in the first place, right? Well, remember those fellow Skype users’ faces well enough that you won’t forget what they look like when Skype begins to roll out its Conversation Ads, which will start appearing today. The ads …

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Bing Improves Search Quality, Cleans Up Your Sloppy Search Terms

Maybe your fingers aren’t so graceful above a keyboard. Maybe you have trouble seeing the letters on the keys of the keyboard. Maybe you’re typing on a touchscreen. Maybe you have gigantism of the digits (which touchscreens can make anybody feel like they have). Maybe you’re drunk. Whatever the reason for making errors when typing out a search term, these …

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Google Maps-less iOS 6 Could Mean a Native Google Maps App for iOS

So Apple dumped Google Maps as the provider of geographical information for the Maps app on iOS 6, leaving Google to face a potentially sizable loss in its search traffic given there are 364 million iOS devices out there in the world. That’s a lot of Apple mobile devices that are probably going to need a little help occasionally (or …

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Microsoft, Yahoo Selling Out Users’ Info to Political Campaigns

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to protecting your personal information from the jackals of the innernets, here, come have more to worry about: Microsoft and Yahoo are selling users’ personal data to political campaigns so that they can better target the audience of their political ads. Honestly, this news shouldn’t be that surprising …

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Amazon Prime to Offer Hundreds of Classic MGM Movies, TV Shows

Variety is the the spice of life, they say, and thanks to a new deal struck up with MGM Studios, Amazon Prime members will be enjoying that spice soon as the online company will now be providing members with more video content, including hundreds of classic movies and television shows from MGM’s vault. “Our customers tell us they love having …

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UK Privacy Agency Reopens Inquiry into Google Street View Spying

Just when the fallout of the Google Street View spying fiasco appears to have subsided in the United States, evidence of Google having “deliberately captured” payload data from unsuspecting wi-fi users has prompted the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office to reopen its own investigation into Street View. The decision to revisit the Street View scandal comes as a result of …

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Bing UK Testing New Homepage Design, Cleaner Search Results

Bing’s been pushing a lot of changes recently to its U.S. users, and now it seems that the search engine is beginning to share some of those changes with other parts of the world, beginning with its service in the United Kingdom. The new Bing homepage that it’s currently testing in the U.K. has a design that closely resembles the …

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