Google All Your Bookmarks Belong to Us ... err We Mean You ...

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While we're still wondering about the mole like qualities of Firefox 2 Google is busy rolling out a firefox extension to sync all of your browser data from one computer to another via Official Google Blog

Google Browser Sync unifies your bookmarks, history, saved passwords, and persistent cookies across all the computers where you install it. It also remembers which tabs and windows you had open when you last closed any of your browsers and gives you a chance to reopen them. We think you'll enjoy how it handles sync conflicts and "just works," enabling you to bring your browser with you everywhere.

Yes this tool can help solve some legitimate problems and help make sure you never "lose" anything. However do you really believe that Google doesn't want to get it's data mining mitts on all of your bookmark data? To get the whole thing to work you've got to create a Google account which has the "save my search history" setting conveniently checked by default.

It gets scarier every day out here in searchland ...

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it all gets a lot easier

once you realise that if they wanted to, they could already read your mind. everything everybody is concerned about is really nothing compared to that :))

but seriously, I've been looking for a way to do the exact same thing for over 2 months now and truth be told, I'm glad they did it before I found a *good* solution... because I trust anything google creates a lot more than something I scraped up in PHP over the weekend

al those 32 year cookies...

Synching those cookies must be worth a fortune.

Nah

It's only scary if you use their crap.

Avoid using it and wrap the tinfoil tight boys, it's gonna be a long year.

Future

Picture a future government that has breathed fear into society enough to convince us that Google is evil and must give them access to ALL their data.

On another note, someone just stole electronic data on 26.5 million veterans out of VA including their social security numbers and birth dates. Looks like an employee took home his laptop and got his house broken into, that's some pretty good security eh? Not!!!

Welcome to Web 2.0, no data is safe.

The Panopticon

The end goal is for the world wide government of the corps by the corps for the corps to know everything you do and even be able to predict your actions.

>Synching those cookies must

>Synching those cookies must be worth a fortune.

Exactly. I have to wonder when Google will cave and sell that information to the highest bidder.

Direct download to the XPI

Direct download to the XPI if you don't fancy agreeing to all those Ts&Cs. Interesting code in there too

They've been working towards it

Just been reading the new patent thread over at WmW and noticed this goes at least as far back as the 2001 patent

For example, a user's home page and/or bookmarks can be given a large initial importance, and/or a high probability of a random jump returning to it. This high rating essentially indicates to the system that the person's homepage and/or bookmarks does indeed contain subjects of importance that should be highly ranked.

Hmm - Anyone got any ....

... bookmark this site code that works in Firefox :)

Paying people to keep sites in their bookmarks...

... might be all the rage for SEO's in 2008 or so ;-)

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