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Top court rejects 'right to be forgotten' demand

The Japan Times

The nation's top court has dismissed a man's demand that internet search results of his arrest in a child prostitution case be removed under the so-called right to be forgotten. The decision by the Supreme Court was the first to outline the rigorous requirements needed for approval of such a request. "The deletion (of references to the charge) can be allowed only when the value of privacy protection significantly outweighs that of information disclosure," said Justice Kiyoko Okabe, of the Supreme Court's Third Petty Bench. The five-justice court unanimously dismissed the plaintiff's demand in the decision issued Tuesday and announced Wednesday. It said the criteria for deleting certain information from search results could be determined based on factors such as the degree of infringement on privacy, how broadly specific searches can be carried out and the industry in which the plaintiff is employed.

7 things you didn’t know Google Search could do until now

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google Search is much more powerful than most people know. Google is way more powerful than most people realize. Regular searches are helpful, but they don't even scratch the surface of Google's abilities. Sometimes, your basic search inquiries may not be enough or you need a tip to get the best results. Fair warning: You can't mention Google without also mentioning tracking.

Could Artificial Intelligence Do Your Writing for You?


Last week, The New York Times ran a story called "The Rise of the Robot Reporter." The article discussed how major news organizations are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) software in the creation of their stories. Bloomberg, the Associated Press, the Washington Post and Forbes were among the companies mentioned in the article. NY Times reporter Jaclyn Peiser noted that the intent behind this software was not to replace humans, but to take over mundane jobs such as transcribing interviews or identifying fake images. That would free human reporters to concentrate on other work.

How Google's Results Page has Changed Over the Years


Google changes its search algorithms around 500 to 600 times within a year. Most of this changes are minor, but sometimes Google makes a "major" algorithmic update such as the famous (Google Penguin and Google Panda) affecting the results in significant ways. For marketers, these changes are important because they explain more about the way websites are ranked and how to improve search engine optimization. More and more people rely on searches to find information as well as make purchasing decisions. From the way SERPs are structured, users opt to rely on the top ten results.