Google has started putting a cookie on some of its users hard drives that keeps track of how many searches they have done, according to an article in The New York Times. (Frequent Search Engine Users, Google Is Watching and Counting)
The journalist seemed to think that this was a big deal. But Google has been putting cookies on hard drives for some time — mostly, though, for allowing users to set preferences.
Google is actually doing a lot of interesting stuff behind the scenes. If they were interested in violating people’s privacy, they could do much, much worse than simple cookies that everybody can see. In fact, of all the companies I’ve seen, Google seems to have one of the highest commitments to privacy.
Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks
One insider says the company’s current staffing isn’t able to sustain the platform.
Technology that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready?
Digital clones of the people we love could forever change how we grieve.
How to befriend a crow
I watched a bunch of crows on TikTok and now I'm trying to connect with some local birds.
Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not
Elon said no thanks to using his mega-constellation for navigation. Researchers went ahead anyway.
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