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Watson, Come Here, We Need You

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dr. Philip Neches

A machine named Watson became the new Jeopardy champion on national television last night. What should we make of it?

Search Zen-gine

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

You searched: Friday dance nights downtown. And your search returned: Do you know the sound of one hand clapping?

Enough Spam in My Search Already

Penny Herscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Penny Herscher

Google is getting cluttered up in a way that is now starting to impact its usefulness as a search engine -- and we users need a better solution.

Questioning Google's Deal With ITA -- as a Former Regulator

Pamela Jones Harbour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Jones Harbour

Google's proposed acquisition of ITA and potential dominance in the online travel market raises substantial questions I would ask as a former antitrust regulator.

Quick: Is Someone Trying to Steal Your Agora?

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

People's opinions can be altered by changing the order in which stories are presented. Search engine companies are at best delinquent and at worst complicit in allowing this manipulation to be so easily achieved.

Bianca Bosker

CEO Of New Search Engine: 'I Don't Want To Kill Google' | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

According to CEO Rich Skrenta, Blekko, a new search engine that harnesses the human touch in its search results, isn't out to be number 1 in search an...

The Answers Google Instant Search Can't Give You But I Can

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bunmi Laditan

Google Instant promises to shave 2-5 seconds off of average searches, leaving more time to watch The Situation disappoint his parents.

In a Complex World, Basics Are the Key to Effective Website Search

Chris Curtin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Curtin

It's almost a thoughtless reflex when people visit a website. The first thing they often do is type a description of their heart's desire in the searc...

Google Makeover Is a Catch-Up Step in the Right Direction

Penny Herscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Penny Herscher

Google is late in providing its enhanced layout and more sophisticated tools. Much of what the company announced is already standard design for Bing, and is common in many professional search based applications.

When "Sealing the Deal" Doesn't Involve a Beer

Penny Herscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Penny Herscher

Before you pick up the phone to hawk your wares to a prospect, ask yourself: What is the thing you are going to talk to them about that is about them, not about you?

Steve Jobs Plans: Apple Is Embedding Siri "Into Everything"

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.07.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Stewart Alsop, veteran venture capitalist, ex-tech journalist and Apple watcher, says that Apple is developing a smart search architecture and is embedding its newly acquired Siri technology into all its devices and content.

Evil Is as Evil Does: Google and the Media

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Maines

The search giant Google is attracting criticism from those who see in that company's business practices a threat to professional journalism, old and new.

The FTC Confuses Newspapers With Journalism as it Seeks New Media Tax

Michael Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Gonzalez

To alleviate the plight of the newspaper industry, the FTC is considering remedies including a proposal to extend the Copyright Act to make facts proprietary, increasing NPR and PBS's funding, and levying a tax on Internet users.

World Cup 2010 Sponsors Forget Something Important: The Internet

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

World Cup sponsors including Coca-Cola, Sony and Adidas have so far failed to associate their brands online with the competition, according to researc...

If China Unplugs Google, it Will Be the First Time China's People Know What They Aren't Allowed To See

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Scheer

The Chinese people, for the most part, have been unaware of what the government does not let them see. Never before has the government, in its regulation of internet content, cut off access to a website regularly used by so many of its own citizens.

If Google Leaves China, Will Microsoft Become Bejing's Favorite Capitalist Tool?

Michael A. Santoro and Wendy Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael A. Santoro and Wendy Goldberg

If Google leaves China, it will be opting to do so at a time when it is gaining scale in the largest and fastest-growing Internet market in the world. This is no minor matter even for a company of Google's size.

The biggest threat to Google might be your friends

Kevin Grandia and Tim Kolke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kevin Grandia and Tim Kolke

Finding good information on the web can be pretty frustrating. Google, of course, has made this a lot easier but even then you regularly find that s...

Google TV Search:

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Google Inc and No. 2 U.S. satellite TV operator Dish Network Corp are jointly testing a television programming search service, the Wall Street Journal...

Critical Thinking, Howard Rheingold and Cancer at the NCCE conference

Betsy Aoki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Betsy Aoki

Internet literacy issues aren't new, but the goal of the Northwest Council for Computer Education's conference is to help teachers on the front lines and raise awareness of the issue.

Critical Thinking and Bing

Betsy Aoki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Betsy Aoki

If Bing does its job, people move on from our search engine pages into the Web site content that we don't control, and the final reckoning about whether they trust this information still lies before them.

Twitter . | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The overlap between trending search terms and Tweets is remarkably low (even if Twitter itself is a popular search term). A couple weeks ago I was mod...

Moving Search Forward

Satya Nadella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Satya Nadella

People are moving beyond the simple query in online search to a URL mapping scenario. They're using search to answer more complex questions, accomplish tasks and make decisions.

Google China History: TIMELINE Of Google's Biggest China Controversies (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Google threatening to leave China earlier this week came as a surprise to some, but the relationship between the two has a history of issues. The l...

Happy Thanksgiving! This Year It Is No Longer Humiliating To Be Explaining Your Unemployment Around the Thanksgiving Table!

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stephen Viscusi

Losing your job is dreadful, no matter what the reason. In this journalist's mind, it is still better than health issues, divorce, or death -- but th...

"Don't Be Evil": How Larry Page and Sergey Brin Really Think and Should We Worry About Google's Dominance

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We shall see if Larry and Sergey's collective brain can keep up with the spontaneous evolution of the Internet.