Wednesday, January 25, 2006; Ass Monkeys: see Google.

Google agrees to censor results in China

Search giant gives in to free-speech limits in return for better access

SAN FRANCISCO - AP - Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country's free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet's fastest growing market.

I must say, I got quite a large kick the last few days over the Google/government (internet records) request story. Google got tens of millions of dollars of free publicity. And even more nearly priceless goodwill. What a f*cking joke. Google is the largest assault on privacy the world HAS EVER KNOWN. Not our dear much maligned government. Google saving all searches, all data, by I.P.. Forever. Sick motherf*ckers, now buttering their toast on both sides (do as we say ... not as we do).

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Addendum; 5:56 a.m.

The fookin boosheet just doesn't stop around these parts. I now find, that in addition to no longer being listed on Google [for a while now (which of course makes me invisible on rebranded Google engines Lycos/Ask Jeeves/Alexa)]. That many of my posts are now completely invisible on Yahoo as well. Gone. Non-existent (though the trail/references to them, on other blogs, can be seen in the search results). A random check of some of the posts which have generated a fair amount of traffic in the past, shows them no longer on Yahoo. Searching either by the title of the post, or keyword/topic. While repeating the search, shows them anywhere from one to three on MSN search page. I haven't clue one what's up. None. A few posts still do show up in Yahoo search, as well as the term: Anechoic Room. But now ..... for all intents and purposes, I've also been delisted from Yahoo. Which (more than likely) will effect results in the aggregated engines. Ain't blogging fun?

Addendum; Thursday, 4:00 a.m.

Ass monkey is, as ass monkey does.

Look out, spyware! Google, Sun Microsystems and Lenovo are teaming up ..... is their new initiative to help combat "badware," as they call it.

Meanwhile, the poo poo-ers at Threadwatch are advising Google to mind its own business, pointing to Google Toolbar, Google Earth and Google Desktop Search and asking "After all - are these applications 'not' spyware?"

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Addendum; Friday, 6:04 a.m.

Gaagle me some more ..... with a spoon.

Google AdSense is moving beyond the traditional text and graphical advertising to interstitials and floating ads.

Do Google not get it? The reason we liked Google Adwords in the first place is because they were text. Let me spell it out Larry and Sergey, they were not annoying. Now they are going to throw the most annoying and intrusive forms of online media into the mix. Including the evil evil evil intersitials. You know the ones, the ad that stops you getting to the content you wanted and forces you to wait for a full page ad to load so you can click it off and get to the page you expected to see in the first place.

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Addendum; Sunday, Jan. 29, 6:38 a.m.

The Sunday Times UK, taps in to the Google zeitgeist. Big Google is watching you.

..... the company’s real motto was ..... “don’t be evil unless the Chinese government asks you to and there’s serious money in it”. There was no possibility that Google was ever going to pass up the chance of making money in the world’s biggest potential market.

..... everyone who has invested in Google has made out like the proverbial bandit; but one day the share price will drop and people who have bought shares will find they have lost money. It is then that Google’s leaders will come under pressure to find some uses for that goldmine of personal data.

..... the company’s existing privacy policy says that “we may share information” (if) “we conclude that we are required by law or have a good faith belief that access, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Google, its users or the public”. You don’t have to be Diogenes the Cynic to think that this gives Google the latitude to do pretty much whatever it wants.

..... Google has the potential to destroy ..... our privacy. Not that it will necessarily ..... but for the first time, considered soberly, they are technologically possible. The company is rich and determined and is not going away any time soon.

Outside the Beltway linked with: OTB Caption Jam/Saturday Traffic Jam/Other Humor: Anechoic Room has Ass Monkeys.


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