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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Google Teaches us About Inequality

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Data shows that rich people search like crazy for digital cameras, Machu Picchu, and the foam roller exercise tool. For the less affluent, search histories tell a different story. 

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On The Media

Google Might Soon (Officially) Be For Kids

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Google, long stuck serving the over-thirteen crowd, is reportedly looking into creating versions of YouTube and Gmail geared towards children.
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The Takeaway

Google and Barnes & Noble Threaten Amazon's Book Market Dominance

Friday, August 08, 2014

Amazon dominates the book market: according to research by the Codex Group, in March 2014, 41 percent of all new book unit purchases came from Amazon, along with 65 percent of all new online book units, both print and digital. But a new partnership announced earlier this week may threaten Amazon's control of the book market. Local Barnes & Noble retailers in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles will now offer same-day book deliveries through Google Shopping Express. 

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On The Media

Google Plus Dropped Its Real Name Policy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three years after launch, Google Plus users can use (almost) whatever fake name they want.

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WNYC News

Google Searching for Gas Leaks on Staten Island

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WNYC

In an experiment aimed at combating climate change, Google's 3-D camera cars have been outfitted with methane sensors. Their maps of gas leaks on Staten Island could be a tool in reducing pollution.

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Studio 360

Google's Street (Art) View

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Street Art Project is an ever-expanding catalog that allows you to visit sites around the world  and turn back the clock on art that's been erased.

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On The Media

YouTube is Calling Out ISPs That Are Throttling Traffic

Monday, July 07, 2014

Recently, Netflix royally pissed off Verizon by calling out the ISP for slow streaming video. The two companies went back and forth for a while, with Verizon demanding that Netflix cut it out, and Netflix essentially saying "Ok, fine. But we might bring them back. You should serve your customers better." Now Google is offering an even more granular service called the "Video Quality Report," which will allow users to check out their YouTube streaming quality and compare to other providers in the area.

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On The Media

Google Has Started Censoring European Search Results

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The EU's Right to Be Forgotten law means that Google can be forced to hide links to unflattering stories about people. The BBC's Robert Peston wrote yesterday that he'd received notice from Google that his work was being censored under the new laws:

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New Tech City

Mindy Kaling: The New Face of Girls in Tech

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sure we want more girls to try computer coding. But is the way to do it by using code to make bracelets and "selfie accessories"? This trailblazing girly girl says, 'hell yes!' 

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WNYC News

Google: Mixing Work with World Cup

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Workers around New York relied on their multitasking skills, or gave up on work altogether, as the United States battled Belgium in a tense game during the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup.

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio: How Much Does Your Name Matter?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: “Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?” But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so?

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On The Media

Google Finally Speaks On the Record About Metafilter

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On TLDR episode #27, we talked to Matt Haughey, the owner of Metafilter, about how his site saw a sudden traffic drop in November, 2012. He attributed the drop to a change in Google’s algorithm, something we essentially couldn’t confirm because Google refused to comment. Danny Sullivan, who also featured in our story, reports that yesterday, Google’s search-swami Matt Cutts confirmed that Metafilter was indeed hit by a change in the algorithm.

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On The Media

We're Happy to Report That Webdriver Torso Is Not A Viral Advertisement

Monday, June 09, 2014

The secret is out, and we're happy to report that it's not a viral ad for a sci-fi property or a stupid art project.

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On The Media

TLDR #27 - How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet

Monday, June 02, 2014

A couple weeks ago, Matt Haughey, the founder of TLDR's favorite website, Metafilter, announced that his website is dying. And he says it's because Google algorithmically stopped directing traffic to the site over a year ago. Alex tries to figure out what you do when Google's algorithm decides it no longer likes you.

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On The Media

#27 - How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet

Monday, June 02, 2014

A couple weeks ago, Matt Haughey, the founder of TLDR's favorite website, Metafilter, announced that his website is dying. And he says it's because Google algorithmically stopped directing traffic to the site over a year ago. Alex tries to figure out what you do when Google's algorithm decides it no longer likes you.

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On The Media

All The Worst People Would Like the Internet To Forget Them

Friday, May 16, 2014

A child pornographer; a disgraced politician; an attempted murderer. These are the first people who've shown up in the wake of an E.U. court ruling, to get information about themselves removed from the internet.

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On The Media

Search Results Can Influence Elections

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Google search results haven't been a neutral, accurate reflection of the web for a long time. Whether it's SEO or Google's own algorithm tweaks to favor in-house services, or even Google bombing like "Santorum," Google's search results have a profound power to influence, and as such there exists a powerful incentive to manipulate those results. If those examples weren't enough for you, consider a recent study that shows search results can influence elections

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The Takeaway

Should We Have the 'Right to Be Forgotten' Online?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Europe's highest court is giving a little bit more power back to the people. On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that in some cases, Google must grant users a so-called "right to be forgotten."

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On The Media

A Google For The Dark Net

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The near-anonymous Tor browser is pretty convenient for buying illegal things online. Except there's no search function. Until now.

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