Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Jan 2011 20:15 UTC
Google It seems like the content industry has managed to score another hit in its 'fight' against piracy, and this time, it's a big fish. Announced a few weeks ago already, Google has started censoring its auto-complete and instant features for an arbitrary set of search terms - such as 'bittorrent', 'torrent', 'rapidshare', and any terms derived from those (e.g. 'ubuntu torrent' is censored as well).
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RE[2]: Funny
by abcxyz on Sat 29th Jan 2011 00:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Funny"
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I suppose:

a) this behavior might be geo specific.
b) they are still tweaking it.

At the moment: "Slackware bit" goes blank on suggestion and instant results for me. If I keep typing for instance bitrate, instant results resume to be displayed once I punch the "r" in, but not so suggestions.

If I dare and for instance try figuring out where to look for Slackware media distribution via bittorent. I get blank for suggestions and instant results "Slackware bit" through "Slackware bittorren". Funnily, once I hit "Bit torrent" I get some results displayed and few suggestions (client, package, firewall, howto).

I guess Google is still working on this and the goal would be to make censorship as seamless as possible. "What the eyes don't see, the heart doesn't grieve over."

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