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Tip: When Plotting To Kill Your Wife, Clear Your Cache Often

By - December 01, 2005

This is relatively old news (the trial has been going for a while) but yesterday the computer consultant who was charged with killing his wife (and using Google searches to figure out how) was convicted.

From a Nov 11 TechWeb story: Prosecutors claim a Mac specialist on trial in connection with the killing of his wife did a Google search for the words: “neck snap break” and “hold” before she was killed.

From today’s story: Petrick, who’s already in prison on fraud charges, pointed out that the searches weren’t linked to a user name and therefore couldn’t be pinned on him. He said his wife could have looked up some of the material because she had studied martial arts. He said someone who liked to fish or sail could have looked up the lake information. Investigators said they couldn’t find other fishing or sailing-related searches.

His defense didn’t work….

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It's Not Friday, But Let's Hit the Pipe With George Again

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Sistine Chapel-TmRemember this riff? He’s back, with a riff on the concept of the Universal Library. Honestly, I’m not as enamored of this piece, but at the core, I think Dyson is arguing that Google is, in fact, actively laying down the foundation of the first AI. Exahaaaaaaaaale. (Of course, I argue as much in my book…)

The Library, indeed, contained everything, Borges explained, including “the minutely detailed history of the future, the archangels’ autobiographies, the faithful catalogues of the Library, thousands and thousands of false catalogues, the demonstration of the fallacy of those catalogues, the demonstration of the fallacy of the true catalogue…”

Even in the Age of Search, we still need authors to find the meaningful books!

Yahoo Wins Search Spot on Asian Version of Firefox

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Yesterday Mozilla announced version 1.5 of its Firefox browser, which by many accounts is now near 15% of market penetration in the US. Google is the built in search engine for Firefox in the US, but Yahoo and Mozilla announced that Yahoo will have that spot for China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. This shows that while many feel Google owns the world of search, Yahoo in fact has more weight to throw around in certain key markets.

Mitchell’s post (CEO Mozilla) is here.

AOL Launches Mobile Search

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From the release:



AOL® Mobile Search Services … ‘right-siz(es)’ the Internet for small mobile screens. The new services use transcoding and content analysis technologies from InfoGin Ltd. to automatically adapt search results and Web pages for browser-enabled mobile phones.