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Google links spark blogger storm

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by imported_misi, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. Google has created a storm of protest by launching a controversial service that modifies web pages and directs users to sites chosen by the search engine.

    AutoLink, which is included on Google’s popular desktop Toolbar, automatically inserts links in web pages. For instance, an address could be linked to a map supplied by Google or a book’s ISBN number to the page on Amazon.com, where the product is available to buy.

    The Google service has raised the ire of several bloggers who have argued that it sets a worrying precedent, with publishers losing control of their work and users losing control of their desktops.

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