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David Weinberger Assesses WolframAlpha So You Don't Have to

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/18/09 (8:46pm)

Oh my...

WolframAlpha ... is like a roomful of idiot savants. Each knows a scary amount about a topic. And, unlike a such a roomful, WA also knows how to recombine and compute what each of the savants knows. But if the room doesn’t have the savant you’re looking for, you get back nothing but a "Huh?"

Google - Now with Rich Snippets!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/16/09 (1:52pm)

Google Logo Google continues to embellish its interface. This week they introduced something called 'Rich Snippets' which basically are additional search results based on metadata embedded in web pages. For the moment, they're just starting with "reviews and people".

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Enough with the Google-bashing

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/5/09 (11:06pm)

I'm just as happy as the next person to be paranoid about huge corporate entities trying to dominate our lives but this attack on Google by UK Observer columnist Henry Porter is pure insanity.

In it he identifies Google as a "classic monopoly that destroys industries and individual enterprise in its bid for ever greater profits." You either agree with Google, he says, or you feel "the weight of its boot on your windpipe."

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Google Reader Supports Search

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/19/07 (12:18am)
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Wow, I just noticed the search box on top of my Google Reader window. All I can say is finally!

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Person of the Year: Ms. Dewey (Janina Gavankar)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/27/06 (3:26pm)



After a pain-staking process of vetting countless candidates, I'm pleased to announce that this year's CL Person of the Year is none other than Ms. Dewey (aka Janina Gavankar).

Microformat Extension for Firefox

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/25/06 (5:38am)

"I've seen the future of web browsing", writes John Allsopp with self-conscious hyperbole, "and it is Operator."