Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Google knows I am writing about them this week.
Of course nobody at Google is actually sitting there trawling through the search logs for my computer's IP address and then linking that address to frequent logons to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Nobody has spotted that the same IP address was used to connect to the Google Talk service a couple of times on the day of its launch, using that same Gmail account.
If anything, their data centre will have noticed a correlation between people searching for "Google talk" and Gmail users signing up, but that is hardly surprising.
So saying that "Google knows" anything about me is really just the sort of shoddy journalistic shorthand that gets readers worried about what they are up to even though there is no evidence they have done anything untoward.
In other google news: Porn publisher sues Google in image row