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batye
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2/3/2015 | 11:52:41 AM
Re: Searching for info shouldn't involve uploading a personal dossier
@Shane M. O'Neill could not agree more one way or other you have to pay for technology and no way around it... how I see it..
nomii
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12/8/2014 | 12:33:49 AM
Re: Tracking
@nasimson: you are absolutely right and I think now MS is so late to get there that they have already lost it and it will not be easy to compete Google and FB in that domain. They still might have data in their bags which can be used for analytics but do they have someone who is still willing to buy it.
batye
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12/1/2014 | 2:51:38 AM
Re: Tracking
@nasimson could not agree more... as Microsoft must see money in it... now or future revenue...
nasimson
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11/28/2014 | 9:20:00 PM
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> On the other hand Microsoft had this information long before Google but they didn't use it to get benefit out of it.

@nomii: 

Microsoft was too busy collecting license fees to think about collecting, linking, analyzing data for possible monetization.
nomii
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11/27/2014 | 2:11:18 AM
Re: Tracking
@Brian as google has been enhancing the search experience of the users by using their search history, web navigation and email trends. On the other hand Microsoft had this information long before Google but they didn't use it to get benefit out of it. In my opinion if both the experiences are combined together, they can make something interesting like information of documents currently opened on my system combined with the search history.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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11/25/2014 | 3:35:14 PM
Re: Searching for info shouldn't involve uploading a personal dossier
Weitz was conceding there that more needs to be done with regulations to protect personal data. But by and large, futurists like Weitz and others I've spoken to tend to be more cavalier than you and me about data breaches and privacy fears. For them, it's unfortunate but fixable. It's the price you pay for progress and innovation. 
asksqn
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11/25/2014 | 3:12:21 PM
Searching for info shouldn't involve uploading a personal dossier
Weitz says: 

>>I expect regulations to be actively put in place across the industry to protect personal data, but the concerns are valid.<<

 

Because the current "regulations" in place regarding consumer data are so stellar now, eh?  I would think the millions of consumers whose credit card numbers were harvested in the Target & Home Depot breaches alone would vehemently disagree with Weitz.  
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/25/2014 | 2:42:38 PM
Re: If we yield personal info, we need restraints on how it is used
Which is why it's important that more people use Yahoo and Bing if search is becoming a "watchful eye" -- just to spread out the omniscience. I agree it can't just be Google. But Google search and Android market share are dominant. Adoption numbers on Windows Phone/Cortana/Bing need to improve, but have been at a standstil for years. Perhaps that was the impetus for writing the book, but it doesn't read like a business agenda book, at all. It's very much written to inform and enlighten.
Charlie Babcock
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11/25/2014 | 1:55:11 PM
If we yield personal info, we need restraints on how it is used
If we yield to impulse and give much of our personal information to one search engine and gain enriched services from it, that is rewarding. But we have few defenses if the owner of the search engine does something that we don't wish with the information. Right now, there is no rational trade-off to be made here. It's all or nothing. We need more than one search engine in the field and we need mandated restraints on what can be done with our personal information, in addition to conducting effective searches for us. I do not fully trust Google on this point.
Brian.Dean
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11/24/2014 | 6:06:45 PM
Tracking
Search is analogous to tracking/hunting. It requires a lot of practice and pre-knowledge (using the right key-words). And even then, if the information that the user is searching for has not been accessed in a while, then they would be lucky if it shows up on the first 10 pages.

The current option that users have at the moment is to locate areas that provide quality information, for instance, my experience has been that Quora is generally better than, Yahoo answers.   


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