DuckDuckGo Challenges Google With DontTrack.us

Privacy in relation to Google is a big ticket item right now, as consolidation practices and other matters concerning personal identity and online advertising practices have become popular topics. It adds to the noticeable undercurrent of fear that, fueled largely…

DuckDuckGo Gets Redesign

Alternative search engine DuckDuckGo has pushed out a subtle redesign, which is still customizable through the user settings. The home page doesn’t look much different. It still looks like the image you see above. The search results pages are a…

Sex Toy, Steve Jobs, and a Halloween House

Steve Jobs is known for his great keynote speeches, but did you know that he pretty much pranked called Starbucks during one of them? For more daily video round-ups, go here. How bad would he have felt if they actually…

DuckDuckGo Ready to Go to the Next Level, Gets New Funding

DuckDuckGo just announced that Union Square Ventues is leading the company’s first round of funding. Other investors include: ¬†Scott Banister, Jim Young, Jeff Miller, Joshua Schachter, Kal Vapuri, Joshua Stylman and Peter Hershberg. In a Union Square Ventures blog post,…

Control is the Answer to the Filter Bubble

The “Filter Bubble” has been a hot topic of discussion this week. This is based on the concept recently discussed in a TED Talk by Eli Pariser, which is essentially about the information we’re consuming being filtered by the websites…

Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us?

Is the personalization of the Internet a step backwards? Is the wealth of information that is accessible to us being reduced because the products we use are filtering it all so heavily? This is a discussion that has been gaining…

Could Botnets Inflate Search Engines’ Query Counts?

Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of the DuckDuckGo search engine had an interesting blog post over the weekend, talking about some weird traffic the site was getting. He points to a couple SERPs generated by what he deems to be queries…

Google’s Matt Cutts Encourages Users To Check Out Blekko and DuckDuckGo

Google’s Matt Cutts used a new webmaster video to share his thoughts about alternative search engines Blekko and DuckDuckGo. Long story short, he thinks you should check them out, and see what you like and don’t like about them. The…

Two “Google Killers” Form Partnership

DuckDuckGo and Wolfram Alpha are two alternative search engines (ok,one’s a “computation engine“) designed to deliver on the user’s search experience in ways that are different from Google’s. Both have come attached with the fabled “Google Killer” label at one…

An Inside Look at wikiHow Content Quality Control

We recently spoke with Jack Herrick, founder of wikiHow, about how wikiHow’s quality differs from a site like eHow, which is often labeled a content farm with suspect quality. Herrick’s insight on this is particularly interesting, given that he used to run eHow, before selling to Demand Media. 

Herrick has now shared more information with us about the quality control process at wikiHow. We’ll let you be the judge on how effective it is.