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BBC News - Google cookies 'bypassed Safari privacy protection'

Google has been accused of bypassing the privacy settings of users of the Safari web-browser.

The Wall Street Journal said Google and other companies had worked around privacy settings designed to restrict cookies.

Cookies are small text files stored by browsers which can record information about online activity, and help some online services work.

However Google says the story "mischaracterises" what happened.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 03:18:39 PM EST
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Unfortunately, the other two big search engines, Bing and Yahoo, have at least until recently given much less useful results.

Although I've noticed in the past few weeks though that Google seems to have changed its algorithms to allow more invisibly-promoted results. It seems just a bit strange to get a half dozen front-page hits on one commercial site when you are looking for something that should be coming up with academic papers...maybe I will try Bing again for a few days...

by asdf on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:45:11 PM EST
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Yes, Google search results have changed significantly over the past year.  I find it less useful and have been migrating elsewhere more frequently.
by paving on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 03:47:02 PM EST
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