Google Earth: A Tool For Social Change

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google Earth are teaming up to raise awareness and hopefully promote social change in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The online mapping initiative. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan.

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Google Gets A Facelift: Themes For Your Homepage

Say good bye to the plain old search box on a white background. If you want to say good bye that is. Google added custom themes to your personal home page today. You’re still welcome to keep the old standard, but I’ve already got a new theme.
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Google Takes Steps To Protect Privacy

Yesterday Google took a step in the right direction when it comes to protecting our privacy. Expected to be implemented before the end of the year Google will begin anonymizing the search data it collects so it can no longer be identified with any individual user, after 18-24 months. This is a good step, but does it go far enough?
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Algorithm Update At Google?

Aaron Wall reported earlier today that there might be a potential algorithm update underway at Google. He thought calling it an update might be a little strong, but he noticed that the results for some keywords he follows were showing less authority sites and more smaller niche sites in the SERPs. Naturally I was interested in knowing more and found a few other places discussing a possible change.

Here’s what I found during my search.
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Is Personalized Search Dangerous?

Late last week Google began rolling out personalized search. While I have no doubt that the new system will lead to more relevant results for the majority of searches I have some strong reservations about personalized search, a few specific to Google and a few about personalizing search in general.
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