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Google's Reach Hits Your Tivo 98

accido writes "As reported by The LA Times, Google has now decided to expand its marketing and data collection to include what you watch on your Tivo. The data collected would help Google, who sells TV ads, show who watches which commercials and who skips right over them. The article outlines how this could be bad for networks that cash in whether you watch the ad or not. Does this mean fewer commercials for viewers? Not likely, but one can hope."
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Google's Reach Hits Your Tivo

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  • by al0ha ( 1262684 ) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @07:36PM (#30231828) Journal
    a big pant-load of results based on guessing what the analyzed data means.

    For example, I usually skip commercials. Sometimes when I am multi-tasking thus only half-watching I forget to skip the commercials, but I am not watching them either. And so on...

    One thing I know for sure, I picked the wrong business, weathermen and marketing analysis experts amount to the same thing; getting paid for guessing with no repercussions for being wrong. A perfect job!
  • get a mythtv (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Dan667 ( 564390 ) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @07:57PM (#30231950)
    then it just skips commercials without even needing a remote button push and invasion of privacy like this.
  • by gamecrusader ( 1684024 ) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @08:36PM (#30232288)

    This article just makes me hate google more and more, you have no idea how many patents they have covering every aspect of every possible search engine. Isn't google using illegal means to gain information for their, financial gain then to bombard us with advertisements. This has to come an end, how far can a company go before it gets out of hand. the way this is going googles going to get worse than microsoft, thats a complement microsoft. Isn't this a breach of privacy? How bad will it become before, anyone will put their foot down? Also, Isn't it illegal with the methods that the networks are using to get personal information, in order to fine tune the battering ram of advertisements the besiege us with every day? Isn't time for the government to put their foot down. For the right of privacy of every person in this country, along with the world, as google's masive hand starts to cover the world.

  • by ivi ( 126837 ) on Wednesday November 25, 2009 @09:45PM (#30232834)

    If Google or others sites are recording & selling our search keys, here's a solution:

    - develop an application that - while our browser is idle -
          selects BOGUS search keys AT RANDOM and sends
          them to Google as if we'd entered them in real searches

    Ie, feed Google a "noisy" stream of search keys, at about
    the same speed as we'd be sending them, if they were
    real searches.

    I have no doubt that such an application would become
    very popular, very soon...

    Any takers?

    PS Are there any such applications in existence today?

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