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Friday, 21st May 2010

Google News: Google Predicts Song Contest Winners; Lawsuits re: Wi-Fi Collection (U.S.); Google in .de & Predicting Contest Winners and More

1) Europe: Google projects winner based on search results

Google, best known for being the largest online search engine in the world, has launched a special Eurovision Song Contest page to project the outcome of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.


Based on Google search data, the projection tool shows how popular each participant is in each participating country and then calculates the scores they would get if the voting took place today. However, Google rightly points out that 50 percent of the result on the Final night will be determined by a professional jury; "So we can't predict what their vote will be." The forecast model still misses data from 5 of the 39 participating countries.

The web page for the Eurovision predictions is at: http://www.google.com/landing/eurovision/index.html

Note: Yahoo also has a prediction tool, Predictalot, that uses a different concept (not just search queries) to make the predictions. Finally, Yahoo's software works only for sports. For more info and links visit this VentureBeat article.

2) One Resident from Oregon and Another From Washington State File Class Action Law Suit v. Google Re: Wi-Fi Data Collection (via CNET)
You can find a copy of the complaint file here. (PDF via Scribd)

3) Collection of Private Wi-Fi Data Just Google's Latest German Gaffe (via IEEE Spectrum)
Wi-Fi data, Streetview Imagery, Gmail are discussed.

See Also: Hamburg Prosecutors Investigating Google over Data Capture (via Spiegel)

See Also: More Countries Question Google on Privacy (via NY Times)

4) Google reconsiders introducing facial recognition technology (via The Telegraph)

5) What you missed at Google’s developer conference (via MediaBeat) and Live Blogging: Day 1 ||| Day 2 (via Search Engine Land)

See Also: (Video) Would Like to See Any of the Products You Read About Demonstrated?
The Two Keynotes Have Them All. The Google TV Demo is on Day Two. For those of you who give presentations, you'll experience a technical issue they had during the demo. There was another glitch on Day One.

See Also: Video: Introducing Google TV

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