Google is targeting the computer hard drive with software that promises to scour the clutter of documents, e-mails, instant messages and other stored files. The free desktop-search program at desktop.google.com, marks Google's latest attempt to become even more indispensable to the millions of people who entrust the company to find virtually anything on the Web. 

Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer Web products, called the program 'the photographic memory of your computer. If there's anything you once saw on your computer screen, we think you should be able to find it again quickly,' she said. 

Leery of raising privacy concerns that have shadowed its recently introduced e-mail service, Google is emphasizing that the desktop search program doesn't provide a peephole into the hard drive, even when the product connects with the online search engine. But Pam Dixon, executive director for the World Privacy Forum, said she will withhold judgment until she makes a thorough review. 'The key question will be if this thing ever phones home to the mother ship,' she said...

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Do you think the `Google Desktop` is just another way for Google to harvest information about what you do online?
Google is targeting the computer hard drive with software that promises to scour the clutter of documents, e-mails, instant messages and other stored files. The free desktop-search program at desktop.google.com, marks Google`s latest attempt to become even more indispensable to the millions of people who entrust the company to find virtually anything on the Web.

Marissa Mayer, Google`s director of consumer Web products, called the program `the photographic memory of your computer. If there`s anything you once saw on your computer screen, we think you should be able to find it again quickly,` she said.

Leery of raising privacy concerns that have shadowed its recently introduced e-mail service, Google is emphasizing that the desktop search program doesn`t provide a peephole into the hard drive, even when the product connects with the online search engine. But Pam Dixon, executive director for the World Privacy Forum, said she will withhold judgment until she makes a thorough review. `The key question will be if this thing ever phones home to the mother ship,` she said...

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17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/31/04 - 1:27:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/31/04 - 2:14:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
<Google's latest attempt to become even more indispensable to the millions of people >

None of what Google is doing is sounding good.

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/28/04 - 7:14:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
"doesn't provide a peephole into the hard drive, even when the product connects with the online search engine" <-- i guess not? what does google care about what i do? i would use it though. seems like it would make life harder for me.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 6:36:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Kiki, you say this as if Microsoft hasn't done it before.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/20/05 - 11:02:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
It could be , dosn't matter I don't use it.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 2:06:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see the point of it.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/5/05 - 5:52:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't trust google. It scares me.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/31/07 - 12:15:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
They just want to help, that's all...

Google’s goal: to organise your daily life




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