The PrivaSeer Project In 2023: Access To 1.4 Million Privacy Policies In One Searchable Body Of Documents (Future of Privacy Project)

Future of Privacy Project: The PrivaSeer Project In 2023: Access To 1.4 Million Privacy Policies In One Searchable Body Of Documents. “In the summer of 2021, FPF announced our participation in a collaborative project with researchers from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan to develop and build a searchable database of privacy policies and other privacy-related documents, with the support of the National Science Foundation. This project, PrivaSeer, has since become an evolving, publicly available search engine of more than 1.4 million privacy policies.” I did mention this project a couple of years ago but it seems to have grown considerably since then.

TechCrunch: Early impressions of Google’s Gemini aren’t great

TechCrunch: Early impressions of Google’s Gemini aren’t great. “This week, Google took the wraps off of Gemini, its new flagship generative AI model meant to power a range of products and services including Bard, Google’s ChatGPT competitor. In blog posts and press materials, Google touted Gemini’s superior architecture and capabilities, claiming that the model meets or exceeds the performance of other leading gen AI models like OpenAI’s GPT-4. But the anecdotal evidence suggests otherwise.”

Bing Blogs: Introducing Deep Search

Bing Blogs: Introducing Deep Search. “Deep Search builds on Bing’s existing web index and ranking system and enhances them with GPT-4. GPT-4 is a state-of-the-art generative AI LLM (Large Language Model) that can create natural language text from any input. In the case of Deep Search, GPT-4 takes the search query and expands it into a more comprehensive description of what an ideal set of results should include.”

The Next Web: Tree-planting search engine Ecosia launches ‘green’ AI chatbot

The Next Web: Tree-planting search engine Ecosia launches ‘green’ AI chatbot. “Ecosia admits that it does not yet have ‘oversight of the carbon emissions created by LLM-based genAI functions,’ since OpenAI does not openly share this information. However, initial testing indicates that the new GenAI function will increase CO2 emissions by 5%, Ecosia said, for which it will increase investment in solar power, regenerative agriculture, and other nature-based solutions.”

Bing Blog: Microsoft Copilot is now generally available

Bing Blog: Microsoft Copilot is now generally available. “Since Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise) launched in preview in February, people around the world have embraced it as their everyday AI companion. It’s been used to generate billions of prompts and responses, helping people be more creative and productive in their lives. We’re excited to keep this momentum going by announcing that Copilot is now generally available and no longer in preview.”

TechCrunch: Pinterest begins testing a ‘body type ranges’ tool to make searches more inclusive

TechCrunch: Pinterest begins testing a ‘body type ranges’ tool to make searches more inclusive. “Pinterest is today expanding on its efforts to make its product more inclusive with respect to body type diversity with the test of a new consumer-facing tool that allows users to filter select searches by different body types. The feature, which will work with women’s fashion and wedding ideas at launch, builds on Pinterest’s new body type technology announced earlier this year.”

USPTO: USPTO’s new trademark search system to launch November 30

US Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO’s new trademark search system to launch November 30. “To provide a modernized search experience that can adapt to the needs of the trademark community, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be launching our cloud-based trademark search system on Thursday, November 30. This launch is the culmination of an eight-month partnership with our stakeholders. The new system provides a more stable search environment with a simplified search interface that also supports complex searching for advanced users.”

University of California Riverside: Online consumers shy away from sponsored product listings

University of California Riverside: Online consumers shy away from sponsored product listings. “Consumers… tend to view sponsored listings with suspicion and often prefer to click on what are called ‘organic’ listings that appear high in their product search results but are not sponsored, said Mingyu ‘Max’ Joo, an assistant professor of marketing in UCR’s School of Business and lead author the study. Platforms and sellers expect the ‘sponsored” and ‘ad’ signs to be visually prominent. In fact, a sponsored listing can be detrimental when it replaces a seller’s organic listing that would have appeared in the top few positions in the search results.”

TechCrunch: Judge to deliberate competition harm vs Google’s gains in search antitrust trial

TechCrunch: Judge to deliberate competition harm vs Google’s gains in search antitrust trial. “The U.S. Justice Department wrapped the evidentiary phase of its antitrust trial against Google a couple of weeks ago, with closing arguments set for May 2024. At its core is a question: Can a giant of industry engage in anticompetitive business practices legally, as long as those practices create a better product for that business and its own customers? Judge Amit Mehta reportedly says he has ‘no idea’ how he will rule in this landmark case that could decide not just the future of the internet, but also the future of antitrust law. And little wonder the judge is stumped.”

Business Insider: An image of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole shows Google search still can’t tell AI-generated pictures apart from genuine ones

Business Insider: An image of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole shows Google search still can’t tell AI-generated pictures apart from genuine ones. “If you’re struggling to differentiate AI-generated images from real ones, you’re not alone. An AI-generated image of the late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole is currently showing up as the top search result on Google when you search his name. Ethan Mollick, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, spotted the change and shared a screenshot of it on X on Sunday.”

WIRED: How to Make Your Web Searches More Secure and Private

WIRED: How to Make Your Web Searches More Secure and Private. “There are ways to increase your privacy on Google’s platforms, like using privacy-focused browsers, privacy-focused alternatives to Google Maps, auto-deleting your web history after a certain time period, or simply limiting the amount of data the company collects in the first place by opting out of features like web-based email and location awareness. (And you should know that using your browser’s incognito mode isn’t as sneaky as you think it is.) If you’re serious about getting off the data collection grid, there’s a bevy of other privacy focused search options at your disposal. So if you want to use a search engine that doesn’t keep track of your queries, serve your data to advertisers, or change your search results based on what it thinks you’ll like, you’ve got some options.”

Slate: How Google Really Works

Slate: How Google Really Works. “Obviously, governments don’t sue companies just to put private company information in the hands of the public. Nor should they. But, in this case, federal prosecutors have brought a convincing case that Google—arguably the most powerful company on the internet—abused one of its many monopolies. While monopolization cases are rare and notoriously difficult to win, the public has already won to some degree. At least we can see Google for what it really is.”

PC Magazine: Microsoft Rate Hikes for Bing Use May Put This Google Alternative Out of Business

PC Magazine: Microsoft Rate Hikes for Bing Use May Put This Google Alternative Out of Business. “Running a green search engine can be a mean business, one where Google’s dominance of the search market is just the start of the possible challenges In an interview at the Web Summit conference here, Ecosia CEO Christian Kroll unpacked a variety of obstacles threatening his search nonprofit, which plows all of its income into tree-planting campaigns.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google “Simple Search” – New Search Refinement Option?

Search Engine Roundtable: Google “Simple Search” – New Search Refinement Option?. “Google may be testing a new ‘Simple Search’ feature that may dumb-down the search results when you want something more simple. Google shows the ‘Simple Search’ +Topics refinement button at the top of the mobile and desktop results, when tapped on, it readjusts the results to give you a different set of results.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Investigating Reports Of Declining Traffic After Updates, Discover Bug

Search Engine Journal: Google Investigating Reports Of Declining Traffic After Updates, Discover Bug. “Google’s core updates have often resulted in a traffic increase or decline for some websites. However, after the latest updates and possible bugs in Discover, publishers have noticed an unprecedented drop in website traffic and visibility in Google Search.”