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November 2, 2010

Morning roundup: pick of the comment, November 02 2010

Our pick of the morning reading


UK Net sector nearly as big as the City of London, GDP wise (CBR Rolling Blog)
Google has claimed that the web is worth £100bn to the UK economy. Gary Flood takes a look behind the headline figures and asks just what the numbers really mean.

The internet is vital to Britain, which is why we need better broadband (The Telegraph)
Continuing the examination of Google’s report, Shane Richmond says that the UK’s broadband infrastructure isn’t good enough: "A huge economic opportunity is being missed and the Government isn’t doing enough about that".

New search engine Blekko labels MoneySavingExpert and CompareTheMarket ‘spam‘ (The Guardian)
Oops. Not a great start for the new search engine Blekko. It has labelled UK money sites as spam, but founder says its open approach means it can improve, unlike Google or Bing, says Charles Arthur.

Inside the Google Books algorithm (The Atlantic)
Google is famous for the brilliance of its algorithm for searching web pages. While the company looks at dozens of factors in determining which results to display, the heart of the search engine is using links between pages to rank their relevancy. But what about when the company has to reach outside the web? Alexis Madrigal looks at the tech behind Google Books.

Facebook says user data sold to broker (Wall Street Journal)
Facebook said that a data broker has been paying application developers for identifying user information, and that it had placed some developers on a six-month suspension from its site because of the practice.


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