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Google offers downloadable books!

Regardless of the still outstanding legal issues raised by publishers protecting their existing business models, Google is forging ahead quickly in making its Book Search initiative more and more useful. As reported by Bloomberg, based on an email exchange with Google, they have just added the possibility to download full copies of books that are …

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Playing around with Google Pages

I am playing around with Google Pages, and I have created my own, corresponding to my Gmail account. It will be interesting to see how the system will evolve, including really basic web page elements missing now like tables, navigational help, etc. Also an area where clearly the entire concept must shine is the integration …

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Googling Google through Netcraft

Looking up the Netcraft records for *.google.com brings up a lot that deafaults to www.google.com or its equivalents. There are a few gems, like console.google.com, that make you feel you could control the Google Universe if only you had the right password, or if someone gave one to you (as there is an email link …

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Lexical analysis of debates lets the memes shine through

The Osservatorio of Pavia publishes the report of a lexical analysis of the US Presidential debates (pdf), that represents the words used on a very clear graph of Simple-Complex and Rational-Emotional axes. The frequency of the words used, and their grouping into clusters of meaning let the authors of the report show the main themes …

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The Three Domains of Unknown

I always used to try and distinguish when attacking a problem between what I call “The Three Domains of Unknown”: 1. questions for which the answers are obvious (70%)2. questions for which I can find the answers (20%)3. questions that I am not even aware I’d need to be asking (10%). These latter ones are …

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