Articles By Tom Spring

The 8 algorithms that shape the Web

Google helps us think, Facebook finds us friends, and Pandora plays our own personalized soundtrack. It's hard to say whether the computer algorithms that these services use to anticipate our needs and wants

Published on: July 26th, 2011 Tom Spring

Google fails to stop deceptive marketing tactics

Companies that deal in shady free gift card offers have managed to game Google's sponsored search results so they can pass themselves off as representing the official sites of such huge brands as

Published on: July 30th, 2010 Tom Spring

Is Google too big to be trusted?

If you have a Google e-mail account, use Google search, and see online ads that are served by Google's DoubleClick, the chances are good that Google knows more about you than you might

Published on: June 7th, 2010 Tom Spring

Will Bing bust Google? A look at what Microsoft’s Search tool has to offer

At last, Bing has arrived. I tested a preview release of Microsoft's new search/decision engine, previously called Kumo, to see how well it compares. Here's a breakdown of its new features and how

Published on: June 1st, 2009 Tom Spring

Ten god-awful Google flops and fiascos

Google Incorporated is arguably the most successful Internet company today. But Google didn't get to where it is without takings risks--some of which have failed spectacularly.For example, remember the Google Accelerator, which was

Published on: May 23rd, 2008 Tom Spring

New online tax scams and how to avoid getting ripped off

Scam artists exploiting tax season have devised a range of new online cons: fake tax documents that contain malicious surprises; mass distribution of keyloggers aimed at snatching the identity of PC-based tax filers;

Published on: April 1st, 2008 Tom Spring

Microsoft online storage service shows promise

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a beta version of the Windows Live SkyDrive online storage service. While it has a lot to like, it is clearly still a beta offering.Windows Live SkyDrive

Published on: September 27th, 2007 Tom Spring