Back in the day, there were options when it came to search. Choosing between AOL, Yahoo, or Alta Vista kind of just depended on your mood that day. And then came Google, and a clear search engine king was crowned. The ubiquity of Google search today is astounding. In September, Google powered over 86% of desktop searches worldwide, according to Statista. However, with personal privacy becoming more of a concern – especially the Google+ fiasco that led the company to shut down its less-than-beloved social network – perhaps search is headed for a shakeup. If any privacy-focused search engine is going to rival Google Search, it might be DuckDuckGo. With 800 million daily direct queries as of this September (up 33% from last year), the search engine named after the children’s game appears to be gaining some real traction. In fact, it’s a profitable business. Beyond not tracking my every move (DuckDuckGo doesn’t collect or share your search history or clicks), … [Read more...] about I switched to DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused alternative to Google search that doesn’t track your data — and I’m not sure it was worth it
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President Donald Trump thinks Google's search engine is "rigged." By featuring more mainstream news outlets and relatively fewer conservative sites in the results he sees, Trump tweeted Tuesday, Google is "suppressing" right-wing views on its platform. Trump escalated his attacks Tuesday afternoon in remarks from the Oval Office, warning that "Google and Twitter and Facebook, they are treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful." It's easy to see how Trump arrived at this conclusion, because in many ways his experience mirrors that of millions of Americans who've awoken to the dominance of Google - and Facebook, and Twitter - in their everyday lives without being quite certain how it wound up there. We rely constantly on Google to find out what to buy, which restaurants to eat at and how to get from one place to another. But, partly by design, how Google does its job can still seem deeply mysterious, giving rise to theories about the way it supposedly … [Read more...] about So, how does the mysterious Google search engine really work?
Much of Donald Trump’s power comes from setting up bogeymen for his base, and then railing against them. This week Trump’s bogeyman is the tech industry—a perfect bogeyman, in a way, thanks to the perception of Silicon Valley as a land of coastal, liberal, wealthy, elites. Trump tweeted Wednesday that Google was messing with its search results to surface mainly negative stories about him in response to search queries, courtesy of the biased liberal media, of course. After the tweet, the top White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, said the White House would be “taking a look” at whether Google should be regulated by the government. A new conspiracy Trump’s claim of bias fuels a fire that was already burning. Many on the right believe that right-wing outlets like Alex Jones’s Infowars are being unfairly silenced by tech platforms. This week a survey of self-described conservatives by the conservative watchdog group Media Research … [Read more...] about Regulating Google search is a dumb idea that could actually happen
President Donald Trump has renewed his claims of bias against conservatives on the internet, accusing Google of rigging its results to show "bad" stories when users search for "Trump news." "Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media," the president said Tuesday on Twitter. "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out," he added. "Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives." Trump suggested that Google's actions could be "illegal" and he said that the situation would be addressed. He did not specify what actions he would take, or say what laws may have been violated. Google (GOOGL) said its goal with search was to make sure users receive the most relevant answers. "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology," a Google … [Read more...] about Trump slams Google search as ‘rigged’ — but it’s not
Shona Ghosh, provided by Published 3:25 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Justin Sullivan/Getty Security researchers found a way for hidden trackers to abuse the "login with Facebook" feature that many websites use. The trackers can harvest user data like profile picture, name, email address, age, and gender — probably much more than people intend to give away when they log into sites using Facebook. Facebook said it is investigating the issue. It's yet another example of how hard it is for users to keep tabs on who has their Facebook data. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Cambridge Analytica-founder turned whistleblower Christopher Wylie has been temporarily blocked from Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp following revelations about the data analysis firm he helped to establish. Cambridge Analytica allegedly harvested tens of millions of Facebook users’ personal information without their permission. That data was then reportedly used to influence and wage … [Read more...] about How hidden trackers on websites use ‘login with Facebook’ to harvest your data (FB)