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Unicorns, Freemasons and the Devil: Google and our pollies

Google reveals all about our politicians — or at least the impression we have of them. Freelance writer Ben Westcott investigates the curse of auto-complete searching.

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Google defames us all, but should we sue?

What is to “publish” in the digital age? Search engines are now targets as we wake up to the fact the law says we’re publishing every time we go online.

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A Crikey special investigation: The dermatologist and the invisible institutes

Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo is endorsed by a body called the Australian Hair & Scalp Foundation. Who’s behind the foundation? Market researcher Dr Stephen Downes investigates what turns out to be a very intriguing story.

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Second-hand factoids as harmful as second-hand smoke

Might media outlets and health organisations try to actually read the original research material they are quoting? Second hand quoting is just as harmful as second hand smoke, writes Becky Freeman.

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Howard and the anti-Semites: I was only meeting people

John Howard yesterday pooh-poohed any link to Pastor Danny Nalliah’s Holocaust-denying pals. The PM did acknowledge that the League of Rights had been “a bit anti-semitic” but he told reporters: “As for what people I meet do - any more than you can be responsible for what the people you meet do - I can’t be responsible either.” No, John, you can’t. But then, you didn’t just bump into Pastor Nalliah in the street, did you, writes Jeff Sparrow.

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Media briefs and TV ratings

Ten puts a timebomb on Big Brother hosting couch … Daylight Saving, Kochie disrupt Sunday morning chat battle … Seven wins another week but at least it was closer … Last night’s TV ratings.

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