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‘Tis herself: A search for “english major who taught herself calculus” returned The Calculus Diaries by Jennifer Oulette. Plus one viral tweet.

When I googled “english major who taught herself calculus,” Google gave me the result I wanted — plus a most unhelpful suggestion. I wondered why.

Last Thursday morning, I was following up on a book recommendation from sometime-TED-blogger Ben Lillie. A writer he knows, an English major, taught herself calculus and wrote a book about it. Don’t you want to read that book? I do. I couldn’t remember the writer’s name that morning, but I remembered the plot of the book. So I searched for “english major who taught herself calculus.”

And Google asked:

Did you mean: “english major who taught himself calculus”?

It was just so weird, I took a screengrab and tweeted it. What was there to say in comment besides: “No Google, no I didn’t.”

Then I…

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Facebook announced a new way for people to log in to apps “anonymously” today. You still log into the (third party) app using your Facebook credentials, but Facebook sends absolutely no information about you at all to the app.

Read all the coverage about it on TechMeme. The tech press is impressed, even to to point of wondering if there’s a catch.

I don’t know the details, such as if this is something all apps have to implement if they want Facebook login, or if developers can opt not to offer it while still using the “normal” FB login.

But it doesn’t really matter. Facebook is addressing a strong desire for privacy by its users.

Distill that even further and it comes down to this – Facebook is treating its users, at least in this case, like its customers.

Then there’s Google. Today I read that they’re going to…

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Widely expected to arrive in the UK before the end of Q2, the OnePlus One is available with a host of cracking features fit to challenge the bigger handset manufacturers out there.

Launched through the “Never Settle” positioning with a challenge to smash your current phone and get a OnePlus One for $1 (restricted to 100 lucky folk).

 

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