Google Desktop 3 criticized


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Zheaton

Google released the latest version of its desktop search application on Wednesday. It includes an option that allows people who regularly use several computers to search for items stored on multiple computers simultaneously.

ZDNET reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation sounded a warning "EFF urges consumers not to use this feature, because it will make their personal data more vulnerable to subpoenas from the government and possibly private litigants, while providing a convenient one-stop-shop for hackers who've obtained a user's Google password"...

http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/software/0,3...39310827,00.htm

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NienorGT

well, I hope i'm okay if it's disabled...

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Guest kirrasoul

Uh isn't this still beta software.

*edit*

reread the article, silly me i see what they meant

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iconoclast

It makes sense, but it's kinda like saying "don't use the internet or you will get viruses and might get hacked and have your identity stolen."

Is there any software that connects to the internet that doesn't have some possibility of being exploited? I don't think so.

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Echilon

They should really be more careful now that there are other competing desktop search apps (MSN for one).

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iconoclast

I don't think google's plan is to compete with anyone. I read a Time article on them (and if they could be trusted) and it seems like they just like to do what they do, and to heck with what others are doing. They buy up companies, then let the software go for free, free mail, free IM, etc. It really does seem like they just like doing things that people want to use.

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Hurmoth

This article doesn't include Neowin, which is the purpose of the Press Clipping Forum.

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