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Submission + - Privacy study shows Google's eyes are everywhere ( 1

BrianWCarver writes: "The San Francisco Business Times reports that researchers at UC Berkeley's School of Information have released a study and launched a website,, in which they found that web bugs from Google and its subsidiaries were found on 92 of the top 100 Web sites and 88 percent of the approximately 400,000 unique domains examined in the study. This larger data set was provided by the maintainer of a Firefox plugin called Ghostery which shows users which web bugs are on the sites they visit. The study also found that while the privacy policies of many popular websites claim that the sites do not share information with third parties, they do allow third parties to place web bugs on their sites (which collect this information directly, typically without the user's knowledge) and share with corporate "affiliates." The full report and more findings are available from their website."

Submission + - Google Wave bye bye to Bing (

davidmwilliams writes: "Two prominent software houses showed off their latest online wares this last week. Yet, it was not simply products on display but vision and innovation, or rather in one case, the lack of it. Can Microsoft keep pace with Google's thought leadership?"

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