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Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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PoliticsTV Launches Amid Fanfare

A new TV-heavy Internet site dedicated to politics launches with AMERICAblog founder John Avarosis. Looks pretty spiffy.

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


Justice Dept. Rejects Google’s Stand on Privacy

The U.S. government pushes back at the search giant, insisting that a request to examine millions of Internet users’ search queries would not violate privacy rights. This could lead to the most fevered technology trial since the Microsoft antitrust case. Check out an excellent Truthdig essay on the issue here.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


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In Google, Yahoo, Should We Trust?

For years, we’ve been supplying the oracles of Google and Yahoo with the most intimate details our personal health, political leanings, and secret obsessions.

The government is already combing through Internet archives.

Mark Malseed, co-author of the international bestseller “The Google Story,” argues that it’s time we started asking better questions about our queries.

Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


The End of the Internet?

Jeff Chester at The Nation has an eye-opening report on how big telcos are trying to transform the “free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.” | story

Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


New York Times Roundup

The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Surprise! The Web Won’t Tear Us Apart

    Turning conventional wisdom on its head (see The Earth, flat; Bush, compassionate), a new study shows that Internet tools like e-mail, webcams and instant messaging actually bring people closer together. | story

    Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Google Agrees to Censor ‘Forbidden’ Words in China

    The company’s motto is “Don’t be evil,” but analysts say Google’s cash-motivated actions translate into Chinese as “Don’t be poor.” | story

    Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Yahoo Concedes Search Race to Google

    Yahoo’s chief financial officer says she’d be happy just to “maintain our market share.” | story
    Even though it’s been “Game Over” in the search wars for quite some time, it’s still shocking to hear the No. 2 company be so blatant about it.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Finally, Brokers Get Sued for Selling Private Phone Records

    Illinois becomes the first state to bring suit against companies that sell logs of private phone calls. | story

    Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Forget What You Searched For? Google Didn’t

    A Google beta tester says that we’re barely conscious of the level of privacy we’re ceding to the search company. column
    Also, Maureen Dowd doesn’t want Cheney ogling her Googling. column

    Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
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    Google Vows to Fight White House Over Porn Probe

    The Bush administration wants to know how often porn turns up in searches. Google is fighting the subpoena. At a time when companies like Yahoo are turning over records to the Chinese government, bully for Google for standing firm. | story

    Posted on Jan 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Blogger Obtains Gen. Wesley Clark’s Phone Records For $89.95

    AMERICAblog’s John Aravosis says that his ability to do so is “outrageous.” | entry
    CBS and NBC both chime in with reports on the issue.

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Makes Internet Annoyance a Federal Crime, CNET Reports

    Under a new law, it is illegal to anonymously send a message via the Internet that annoys its recipient. | story
    This interpretation has its critics: here or here.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Google and Yahoo: TV Network Killers?

    Internet-based companies will disclose plans to conquer TV. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Chicago Agonistes: The Plight of the L.A. Times

    Under pressure from its Tribune Co. overseers, the paper will struggle to protect the journalistic excellence it took years to build.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2005 READ MORE


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