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Monday, November 13, 2006

Google Subpoena Related Report Publicized

Earlier this year, the US gov’t subpoena’d various search companies to get supporting data for a proposed revived Child Online Protection Act. (Some search companies fully complied in handing out the data, like search queries and indexed URLs, while others – like Google – tried to narrow it down to what seemed a more meaningful portion.) Seth Finkelstein now has the findings of this report... and it turns out that, quote the report, “About 1 percent of the websites in the Google and MSN indexes are sexually explicit. About 6 percent of queries retrieve a sexually explicit website. Nearly 40 percent of the most popular queries retrieve a sexually explicit website.” The report also states that “The number of sexually explicit websites is huge.”

*The COPA which Seth calls a “censorware report” states “the protection of the physical and psychological well-being of minors by shielding them from materials that are harmful to them is a compelling governmental interest”.

Leaked Google Emails?

How strange: tech gossip blog Valleywag learned that Google sent out an internal email... about not leaking internal emails.

Marissa Mayer On Speed

ZDNet’s Dan Farber wraps up Googler Marissa Mayer’s talk at the Web 2.0 Conference. From Dan’s article:

Part of Google’s secret sauce is that a round trip for a search query that returns a result in .05 seconds touches 300 to 700 Google machines across the country, Mayer said. “Users really respond to speed,” she said.

It’s interesting to note that one of Marissa Mayer’s goals, as set by confidential Google company papers from earlier this year, was to ensure that pages with over 10 million page views render in a second or less 95% of the time.

PS: Weird headline, I know.

[Via Google System.]

Customize Embedded Google Videos

The Google OS blog explains how you can customize the look and behavior of Google Videos which you embed in your site.


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