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'Content Farms' affect Google's ranking as a search engine

"Google's reputation for uncanny accuracy has been dulled by 'content farm' sites that game its search system to boost the visibility of pages many readers say they don't want," writes Rob Pegoraro, in How 'content farms' beat Google, and what search engines should do about it Read More 
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Is Google Buzz Invading Your Privacy?

Concerned that Google Buzz suddenly appeared on your G-mail? You should be. David Coursey, of PC World, outlines Five Reasons to Love Google Buzz, Five Reasons Not (Yahoo News, 2-11-10).3  Read More 
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Link journalism, Google's power on the Web, and the backlash against URL shortening

Nicholas Carr's Rough Cuts piece, Google in the Middle -- about how, as a news aggregator, Google capitalizes on the fragmented oversupply of news and the current structure of the news business -- is part of a fascinating online dialogue about the future of Web journalism. Go next to Scott Karp's  Read More 
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Is the Google Book Search Settlement Good or Bad for Writers?

I'm posting links to arguments for and against the Google Book Search Settlement in a special section on my Writers and Editors website, on the page about Copyright, work for hire, and other rights issues. Writers keep asking whether to opt in or opt out of the Google Book Search Settlement. Several are opting  Read More 
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