Tag: Google

Look whose digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls

The more than 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls — one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time — will soon be available for free, widespread access on the Internet, thanks to combined efforts from Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Already, Google Books offered excerpts of the Dead Sea Scrolls reprinted in English, including “Scrolls From the Dead Sea,” an exhibition by the Library of Congress that ran over two decades ago, as well as several other academic versions.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and Google announced Tuesday that they are joining forces to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls online.The new project, however, will widen access to the historical treasure — addressing the limited use issue that scholars have long complained of — and ensure that the original 30,000 fragments are preserved.

Get Googles tracking device

Schmidt was talking to The Atlantic about the possibility of a Google implant – a chip under your skin that would track you and provide easy web access. That, Schmidt said, was probably over ‘the creepy line’.

However, he followed that by saying: “With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”

Some might argue that that is over the line too but Google will only read your mind “with your permission”, so that’s a relief.

Schmidt has a history of attention-grabbing and quotable statements about Google’s increasing, err, creep into our lives. There was the time that he said: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Recently he has suggested that young people might in future change their names so as to escape their Google-able past.

Is this Flying drone Google’s next privacy controversy?

A Google spokesperson writes that Google hasn’t purchased and is not testing any Microdrones: “This was a purchase by a Google executive with an interest in robotics for personal use.”

If you felt that Google Street View violated your privacy, wait until you’ve got one of these hovering over your back porch.

The German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported over the weekend that Microdrones, a company based in the city of Siegen, Germany, has sold at least one of its flying surveillance robots to the search giant for testing. Sven Juerss, Microdrones’ chief executive, told the magazine that the radio-controlled devices–four rotor helicopters about a meter across–could be helpful in Google’s mapping projects, and that he think there’s a good chance Google will buy more of the airborne bots.

Is Google running the world (or Trying To)?

Whoever controls the gates of the Internet and the flow of its information controls the world — and right now, Google, with its massive reach, is in control.

But the immense — and growing — power of America’s search giant poses risks for privacy and competition, and raises the question, Is Google too big?

New Google tool reveals worldwide censorship Data

“Google, like other technology and telecommunications companies, regularly receives demands from government agencies to remove content from our services. Of course, many of these requests are entirely legitimate, such as requests for the removal of child pornography. We also regularly receive requests from law enforcement agencies to hand over private user data… However, data about these activities historically has not been broadly available. We believe that greater transparency will lead to less censorship.”

Thought Google was harmless? Think again!

Power meter may measure home compliance with Obama carbon caps

“If you thought Google was just a harmless Internet search engine, think again,” Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert warns.

Red Alert reports Google is backing Obama administration efforts to impose carbon taxes through EPA regulations declaring carbon dioxide to be noxious to human health, through cap-and-trade legislation or through hidden provisions buried deeply within an “energy bill.”

“Google is also positioning to assume the role of energy police in a brave new world controlled by leftist environmentalists where emitting carbon dioxide will be tantamount to committing a crime and using more energy than absolutely needed will be considered an offense against nature, punishable by a government fine, or maybe even worse,”

Journalists demand Yahoo explain hacked China e-mails

Journalists’ rights groups are demanding an explanation and stronger online privacy protections after reporters in China said their Yahoo! Inc. e-mail accounts were hacked.

The accounts of at least 10 foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan were targeted in cyber attacks in recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based press freedom group, said in a March 31 statement. The group cited the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, which is accusing Yahoo of failing to respond to questions or explain what happened.

UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty

The world needs a treaty to prevent cyber attacks

becoming an all-out war, the head of the main UN communications and technology agency warned Saturday.

International Telcommunications Union secretary general Hamadoun Toure gave his warning at a World Economic Forum debate where experts said nations must now consider when a cyber attack becomes a declaration of war.

Killer way to slay the Google beast!

‘They’re telling us they will turn data over to the feds’

Who in the world knows as much about you and your private thoughts as Google?

That’s the question Katherine Albrecht, radio talk-show host and spokeswoman for Startpage, a search engine that protects user privacy, is posing to American Internet surfers.