Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Google Puts Brakes On Maxed-Out Web Accelerator
(Information Week)


“Despite the initial wave of interest, a Gartner analyst charged in an online research brief that Google's Web Accelerator is a waste of time, not a time-saver, for the group it's being aimed at: broadband users.

Google Inc. has suspended distribution of its Web Accelerator, saying the company has reached the maximum number of users for the beta software that's meant to speed up the time it takes to search the Internet.”

“Web Accelerator has come under criticism from privacy advocates for caching users' pages on its servers; there have also been scattered reports of some users accessing others' pages. Google spokespeople have denied that the download halt was due to any security or privacy concerns.

Under Google's privacy policies, the company does not track an individual's web activity, but does collect aggregated data from people using its services. The company has said that data collected from Web Accelerator won't be used in Google's advertising services for now. The company, however, could decide to use it later.”
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