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49% of all Google searches are no-click, study finds

A rich data set from analysis conducted by SparkToro. Zero-click searches have steadily risen over the past three years, up from 12% in 2016 to 48.96% in 2019. No click, or zero-click, searches are a search engine result page (SERP) that displays the answer to a user’s query at the top of a Google search…

Genius Claims Google Stole Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code

Lyrics website Genius has accused Google of stealing lyrics from its site and reposting them in search results without permission. Genius claims they caught the search engine “red handed” thanks to Morse code embedded in their lyrics. Starting in 2016, Genius positioned both “straight” and “curly” apostrophes in their lyrics which, when converted into dots and dashes like Morse code,…

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

Location tracking services have been built in to Google Maps, and most specifically Android phones for some time. Google added the ability to turn location tracking off. An investigation by the Associated Press found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says…

How the Math Men Overthrew the Mad Men

How the Math Men Overthrew the Mad Men (The New Yorker)

Advertising has always been about the search for perfect targeting data, paving the way for the annihilating power of Google and Facebook.

Once, Mad Men ruled advertising. They’ve now been eclipsed by Math Men—the engineers and data scientists whose province is machines, algorithms, pureed data, and artificial intelligence. Yet Math Men are beleaguered, as Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated when he humbled himself before Congress, in April. Math Men’s adoration of data—coupled with their truculence and an arrogant conviction that their…

How did Google get so big?

How did Google get so big? (cbsnews.com)

60 Minutes reports on the power of Google, a company whose critics say has stifled competition

Interesting look at Google on 60 Minutes. Some pull quotes: People tell their search engines things they wouldn’t even tell their wives. I mean, it’s a very powerful and yet very intimate technology. And that gives the company that controls it a mind-boggling degree of control over our entire society.   Google wields enormous power…