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Google Web Accelerator

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the google-faster dept.

Google 798

Lukey Boy writes "Google has released a free web accelerator product for both Firefox and Internet Explorer. According to their information page the software uses Google servers as a proxy for web content, delivering the pages to your system more rapidly and compressing them beforehand."

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I keed! I keed! (5, Funny)

coupland (160334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436564)

I'm using it now and couldn't be happier! It's already saved me over 10 seconds, and there's no catch!

---
Find Google results for "catch" [google.ca]
Sign up for free webmail at http://gmail.google.com/ [google.com]
Resistance is fut... er... Try Google, we're not evil!

Re:I keed! I keed! (4, Funny)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436589)

Holy Cow! Google got slashdotted!

Sure I won't, but I am still annoyed I can't! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436630)

How far does Jon von Tetzchner have to frick'n swim before Google starts supporting Opera?

Re:I keed! I keed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436699)

I had the best story ever and they rejected it.

It was my first attempt. Is there life after /. rejection?

I see they've compressed slashdot's comments... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436565)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

Re:I see they've compressed slashdot's comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436600)

The comments? Recently it seems they could replace slashdot itself with that. That or they could automatically remove dupes to reduce bandwidth...

Smart. Scary. (5, Insightful)

lecithin (745575) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436566)

Cute...

First, they collect your search information. Next they collected your email. Now they collect your destination. You put it all together, that is quite a bit of information.

What is next?

Very Smart..Very Scary...

Tinfoil, Post!

Re:Smart. Scary. (1)

herbert_axelrod (554087) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436598)

What is next?

your seed.

Re:Smart. Scary. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436602)

Next they modify the data you receive to influence your opinion.

Re:Smart. Scary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436614)

They already know where you go. Adsense is everywhere. Remember DoubleClick?

Re:Smart. Scary. (0, Redundant)

dmf415 (218827) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436637)

I think they should be able to implement ads in the pages that their proxy cache's...

Ever notice the advertisements in gmail? For some reason i get these Brazillian Jiu-jitsu ads, how did they know? Scanning my email... hmmmm

Re:Smart. Scary. (5, Insightful)

soupdevil (587476) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436645)

What's next? Hopefully a calender. I'd love a free online replacement for Outlook.

Re:Smart. Scary. (2, Informative)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436667)

First off, it's called a "calendar". Secondly, there already is a kick-ass free online calendar. [yahoo.com]

Re:Smart. Scary. (2, Insightful)

soupdevil (587476) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436700)

Bleh. I use the Yahoo calendar at work. It's OK. But I want a GoOOogle calendar. Because I want to keep my contacts, search results, etc., in one place. And I really dislike Yahoo mail, at least the free version.

Re:Smart. Scary. (1)

hansonc (127888) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436711)

there already is a kick-ass free online calendar.

who cares if Yahoo! has one? It doesn't interact with my gmail account so it's useless (to me)

Re:Smart. Scary. (2, Interesting)

Scruffeh (867141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436677)

Yeah, I like the part where they say they wont give your information to thrid parties. No mention of what they might do with the data themselves though. I do like the idea of an accelerator for fast internet connections. Would definately get points from me for comedy value if I could get the conspiracy theories out of my head

Re:Smart. Scary. (1)

airjrdn (681898) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436703)

They don't have to. They just let the other parties search for it.

Exactly. (3, Insightful)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436708)

Google offering to proxy the web for everyone cannot make sense unless they're planning to make a lot of money from your personal browsing records. In all honesty, and without wanting to sound like a troll, I think "Don't be evil" just died.

Well I'll Be Damned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436567)

It's in beta, who'd have thunk it?

GNAA FIRSTUS POSTUS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436568)

IMPERIUM NEGRUM RECTUM

Start your engines gentlemen! (1, Funny)

grazzy (56382) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436569)

And let the conspiracy theories begin!

Woohoo! (1)

versiondub (694793) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436570)

Hopefully I can just get google to hack a server, give me any and all illegal information, serve me with a summons, take me to court, jail me, and then parole me in the future without any effort on my part!

Google turns Evil (4, Insightful)

weasello (881450) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436572)

When is google going to learn that aggregation is not the way of the future? They will eventually become so large their shareholders will be able to turn them into a giant evil machine, much lik current companies.

Re:Google turns Evil (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436681)

When is google going to learn that aggregation is not the way of the future?

Google's value: $4.8 billion
weasello's value: $29.93

Re:Google turns Evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436718)

that's $13.37

Hmm, (3, Interesting)

killa62 (828317) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436575)

But how does it know how many minutes you save?

Re:Hmm, (3, Informative)

CyanDisaster (530718) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436671)

... But how does it know how many minutes you save...

I assume it would calculate your current download speed as well as the size of the information you're retrieving, then do the same based on going through Google's servers, and come up with an approximate value of saved time.

Something like that anyhow I think.

Hope be with ye,
Cyan

Slashdot effect? (4, Insightful)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436576)

Could this solve the slashdot effect problem, if we're all running it? Are ads associated with it?

Re:Slashdot effect? (1)

LewsTherinKinslayer (817418) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436702)

Are ads associated with it?

I'd imagine anyone running this would have AdBlock as well. I know I do.

Do no evil, i hope (3, Funny)

neoform (551705) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436577)

Considering this looks like a way for google to simply track every site i visit.. i sure hope they really aren't.. "evil".. :-/

Re:Do no evil, i hope (1)

Signal_Noise (801973) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436693)

They aren't [wikipedia.org]

Someone explain? (1)

eth8686 (793978) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436578)

How is it faster to use a proxy than to just get the content straight from the server?

Re:Someone explain? (2, Informative)

SSalvatore (666913) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436692)

The larger your proxy is, the more probabilities you have of finding that page that you are looking for in the proxy's cache.

Google has a tremendous amount of cached pages and images.

That's where the real gain comes from.

Plus, the trad proxys that I know do not compress. I don't know how relevant this is because for the most part, web pages' heavy stuff is not text but images that are already compressed. Still, this will save you some time.

Then keep in mind that the google servers are probably faster than other servers and more resistant to slashdot-and-the-likes web tsunamis.

Re:Someone explain? (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436722)

How is it faster to use a proxy than to just get the content straight from the server?

If the pages are static, I think google could use the same copy for different IP's.

But this would also mean that google would get a massive overload when people start using it. Frankly I doubt that even google can provide the infrastructure to become a global centralized proxy.

free webstats (5, Interesting)

fitsnips (187974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436579)

will they provide you with your web surfing trend stats?

The irony.. (2, Funny)

OlivierB (709839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436581)

Webaccelerator's page is slashdotted...

hmmm (3, Interesting)

willscott (674036) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436582)

is this really able to speed stuff up if you have broadband? not sure if i really belive them.

Break out the tin foil (0, Redundant)

djtripp (468558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436583)

Sounds great. But if you want your viewing habits documented, well, this is not product for you. If you don't mind, go for it.

More info (5, Informative)

ranson (824789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436584)

More information about GWA is posted here: http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050504-1453 07 [searchenginewatch.com] Also, browsers other than Firefox and Mozilla can take advantage of GWA if you set them to proxy requests over Localhost:9100 while GWA is running in the system tray. It should also be pointed out that this is apparently geared towards broadband users.

isn't this basically a proxy? (5, Interesting)

yagu (721525) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436585)

I've RTF(ine)A and I give... what makes this different/better/faster/whatever than a proxy server?

And, while I'm at it.... I submit my vote that Google make linux/*nix versions of their stuff more quickly/readily. I find it no small irony that a company that relies on over 10,000 linux servers (actually I think the number may exceed 40,000) essentially making them one of the largest benficiaries of the OSS community they don't yet have a Google Desktop, nor are offering a beta of this accelerator for the linux community.

Don't get me wrong, I like Google, think they've done great stuff, but come on -- how about paying back a little to the hand that giveth.

Re:isn't this basically a proxy? (1)

Mifflesticks (473216) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436669)

"Don't get me wrong, I like Google, think they've done great stuff, but come on -- how about paying back a little to the hand that giveth."

Well, they employ a guy to work full-time on firefox....

Re:isn't this basically a proxy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436717)

oooops... forgot about that... certainly a heck of a lot more than many others do, but still... I've used their Google Desktop on windows, and LOVE it... tried but failed to get Beagle up and running on linux. Really want one or the other for my linux platforms. I know it will arrive eventually but sometimes frustrated at the lag time. Normally I'm happy to wait. Sigh. (But, thanks for the reminder about the firefox thingy)

Re:isn't this basically a proxy? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436683)

It's because they already know that Linux users wouldn't allow their web browsing to tracked, documented, and compiled for future usage.

Re:isn't this basically a proxy? (3, Interesting)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436715)

what makes this different/better/faster/whatever than a proxy server?

Nothing really that I can see other than that it will always compress which is something that some sites do not have enabled, which should offer some speed ups and help reduce over all web traffic. I'd assume that this is tied into Google's cache used on the search engine, so if you request a page through the proxy for which the cached data is stale it will update that also, then re-index the data for the search engine. If so, this could be *very* useful for alleviating things like the Slashdot effect, although it would need to pull the graphics to be of any real use here. The problem with caching the graphics though, is that it's going to make it *really* difficult for Ad-Blockers to work out which files are ads and which are not...

Great for dial up users (3, Interesting)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436587)

This is great news for dialup users that are being charged for this service through their own ISP.

Is this like... (5, Informative)

cs02rm0 (654673) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436588)

...a proxy which just compressed stuff on the server and then decompresses it on the client?

Oh... yes.

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:

* Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
* Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
* Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
* Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
* Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
* Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

Hm... (1)

Ninwa (583633) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436590)

I'm dissapointed that it doesn't work with Windows 98, but that aside... how is this different than all of the other "Web Accelerator" products out there?

Re:Hm... (1)

Vann_v2 (213760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436618)

It's free, functional, and doesn't pester you with ads?

Re:Hm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436716)

You forgot the word "yet"

What does Google gain from this? (1)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436594)

How does this benefit them? The only thing I can think of is data-mining people's surfing habits to improve their web search results. This could easily drastically improve their ranking of results, but couldn't it also be easily spammed? Is there another reason they might want to do this that I'm not seeing? I imagine this will result in an awful lot of extra bandwidth consumption they'll have to pay for, they must have a good reason...

Re:What does Google gain from this? (1)

jesseraf (230545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436627)

sounds like spyware in disguise.

This is useless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436596)

This product is pretty useless for broadband connections.

The only useful thing that could come from this is being able to view the cache of a website that has been /.'ed to death.

I don't understand why companies continue coming out with products for dialup. Dialup has long been on its way out! Get over it!

It's on par with trying to sell MC Hammer CD's

Re:This is useless... (2, Informative)

Blakflag (95052) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436678)

Well the FAQ says the exact opposite:

3. Can I use Google Web Accelerator with a dial-up connection?

Dial-up users may not see much improvement, as Google Web Accelerator is currently optimized to speed up web page loading for broadband connections.

Re:This is useless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436724)

Speed up webpage loading for broadband?!

How much more speed do you need? My connection is almost on par with changing the channel on a TV...

I don't think they're gonna be happy until the data is being directly fed into your brain via gold-plated wires. You know, to get rid of that pesky eyesite lag and whatnot.

It works with Firefox! (0, Redundant)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436599)

From the FAQ:

6. What are Google Web Accelerator's system requirements?

To use Google Web Accelerator, your computer must have a Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP 3+ operating system. Google Web Accelerator works for the Internet Explorer 5.5+ or Firefox 1.0+ browsers.

7. Can I run Google Web Accelerator on a browser other than Internet Explorer or Firefox?

For other browsers running on Windows, you'll need to manually configure your proxy settings to 127.0.0.1:9100 for HTTP connections.

Re:It works with Firefox! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436651)

it says that in the summary, IDIOT.

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (2, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436603)

Now I can get this message: " Nothing for you to see here. Please move along." - way faster! Thank you Google!

Major privacy concerns (0, Redundant)

chrispyman (710460) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436604)

The major problem I see with this is the privacy implications. Sure, each individual site you visit nowadays has some information about you in their logs, but Google's proxy would store information on every site you visit. Sure, their privacy policy might be good now, but who's to say it won't change without notice at any point in time, or perhaps the government could get a subpoena for them.

I'm a little too paranoid for this one... (5, Interesting)

allism (457899) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436605)

At least they were decent enough to point out that you need to READ their Privacy Policy:
  • Google Web Accelerator sends requests for web pages, except for secure web pages (HTTPS), to Google, which logs these requests. Some web pages may embed personal information in these page requests.
  • Google receives and temporarily caches cookie data that your computer sends with webpage requests in order to improve performance.
  • In order to speed up delivery of content, Google Web Accelerator may retrieve webpage content that you did not request, and store it in your Google Web Accelerator cache.

To learn more, read our Google Web Accelerator Privacy Policy (http://webaccelerator.google.com/privacy [google.com] ).

Does anyone know if the accelerator gives you the option to omit certain webpages from your accelerating experience, or is this going to turn into a huge information mine? (Not that the two are exclusive, there are going to be users who just blindly send anything through the accelerator regardless).

Re:I'm a little too paranoid for this one... (1)

niteice (793961) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436665)

Yeah, you can block on a domain level.

Re:I'm a little too paranoid for this one... (1)

ranson (824789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436666)

Does anyone know if the accelerator gives you the option to omit certain webpages from your accelerating experience, or is this going to turn into a huge information mine? (Not that the two are exclusive, there are going to be users who just blindly send anything through the accelerator regardless). Yes, you can set up exception domains in the GWA settings, along with some other cool settings like prefetch tweaking.

Re:I'm a little too paranoid for this one... (3, Informative)

mikeswi (658619) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436686)

Well, domains yes, specific pages, no. [spywareinfo.com] And they even let you turn off the autoupdater if you want. First time I've ever seen that from Google.

What I'd to know is how this helps a broadband connection but not dial-up. My connection already loads most pages nearly instantly.

Re:I'm a little too paranoid for this one... (1)

allism (457899) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436723)

Maybe it's more a case of us broadband people helping out all the little dial-up folk...

So let me get this straight ... (2, Interesting)

Draoi (99421) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436607)

... Google will log every URL you visit via their proxy logs. They'll ultimately forward on the requested page with their own AdWords and possibly mask other sites' adverts. Not sure if I like that ..

internet filters (1)

jaxle (193331) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436608)

I wonder if you could get around internet filters with this since it tunnels through google servers. This could be of use to college students who have to deal with unintelligent internet filters at school (like me). I would test it now but I'm on a public terminal.

Cool! (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436609)

Not only will you be able to waste time more efficiently, it comes with a little clock that shows how much more efficient your time wasting was.

Re:Cool! (1)

Sox2 (785958) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436701)

ergo: you are obviously able to be deceived into thinking a deity created an entire universe

Squeezable Software (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436611)

I always wondered why HTTP didn't allow a compression option in its C/S protocol. SSL encrypts HTTPS at the socket layer; why not just compression, without the scrambling? Especially for low-bandwidth mobile devices, compression of today's hundreds of KB of HTML (apart from multimedia objects) would really smooth the Web surfing.

Re:Squeezable Software (2, Informative)

eddy (18759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436691)

We already have compression of HTTP content, it's just that some idiots don't enable it on their servers.

The magic words are: apt-get install libapache-mod-gzip

Re:Squeezable Software (1)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436695)

You can pretty much do it anyways, and most browsers support it, right?

Anonymizer? (5, Interesting)

alewar (784204) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436612)

Do they provide also an anonymizer service with this accelerator/proxy??

Just what I need... (1)

CyberZCat (821635) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436615)

...now when Google goes down I can't even use the web. What am I waiting for.

So once google owns the entire internet... (2, Insightful)

Liquidrage (640463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436616)

what are they going to do with it?

Not that I'm anti-google. But it's amazing all the things they've gotten themselves into. Now they're apparently going to cache (pieces of) the internet for us.

Though this might finally be a usefull tool to get around the /. effect.

Re:So once google owns the entire internet... (1)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436658)

The thing is, they can't really 'own' the internet until this web accelerator can stop you from accessing certain sites. While that's possible, it's not something that really fits into their charter. They're not really skirting anything here. And my guess is that their top twenty searches will become MUCH more accurate in the future as well as faster due to this.

Tracking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436619)

So now, not only will google have the "hooks" in place to know what I search for, but also everywhere I go? How do I know they don't have tracking software on the server side?

"Browser 334928394 spends alot of time looking at anti-depresent web sites,... "

Seems like a lot of information to give one company. How soon till they offer a service to save my CC #'s for me a la hailstorm?

Privacy issue (1)

TheKubrix (585297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436620)

2. How does Google Web Accelerator work?
Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.

Don't get me wrong, I trust google, but even this makes me lift an eyebrow.

no automated queries (1, Informative)

mcguyver (589810) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436622)

From Google [google.com] , You may not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system without express permission in advance from Google.

It's good to see Google abiding by their own rules.

People on WMW [webmasterworld.com] have pointed out that you can stop Google pre-fetching by banning IPs 72.14.192.0/20.

Re:no automated queries (1)

Mifflesticks (473216) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436697)

But they are google, and I imagine they have permission from themselves... I don't see the contradiction.

Works in other browsers too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436624)

7. Can I run Google Web Accelerator on a browser other than Internet Explorer or Firefox?

For other browsers running on Windows, you'll need to manually configure your proxy settings to 127.0.0.1:9100 for HTTP connections.

Still windows only... has anyone tested this with WINE?

What's in it for them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436629)

Great feature, even if it is for windows only, but I have to wonder why they even bothered to offer such a feature. Since it is via proxy they can see what pages are being browsed and add the information into their page ranking system.

and, okay... a technical question (1)

yagu (721525) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436632)

Since I want it on linux.... could I have the proxy part of it on a Windows machine on my network, point to that port 9100 as a proxy for my firefox browser from my linux machine?

Re:and, okay... a technical question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436721)

Nope, that doesn't work, I just tried it. The Google proxy rejects all connections that aren't from the local computer.

Also, the Google proxy is stopping me from posting on Slashdot...not good. ; )

Once again Google forgets us. (1, Troll)

MrP- (45616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436643)

Once again, Google forgets us Opera users

oh well, screw gmail/maps/web accelerator!

No difference here (1)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436647)

I tried loading some big pages and some pages off slowish sites and certainly didn't notice any difference.

It's already been uninstalled here. Right now i'm on a fairly slow dsl connection and expected to see a reasonable difference - but nothing remarkable.

Is this part of the Big Brother (TM) Google pack? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436648)

Just wondering, because the privacy implications of prefetching your queries make my eyebrows rise ...

Only for windows (1)

a3217055 (768293) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436650)

This only works on windows, that is what the webpage says, but there must be one for others using firefox on other platforms

Re:Only for windows (1)

rjw57 (532004) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436720)

Not necessarily. It works by setting itself up as a webproxy on your local machine and then pointing the browser to that proxy. The browser is, in fact, pretty irrelevant.

Google FAQ's don't answer the questions (1)

killa62 (828317) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436663)


1. What does Google Web Accelerator mean for my site?

It means that you don't need to modify your website in order for your users to enjoy a faster experience.

Seems they're trying to hide something..

Oh, now this sounds juuust perfect (1)

LNO (180595) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436664)

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:

* Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
* Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
* Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
* Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
* Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
* Compressing data before sending it to your computer.


No, boss, honest! I have no idea how those pictures got onto my computer! I don't even LIKE Bob Saget goat porn!

Where is the Mac version for Firefox/Safari? (1)

r0d3nt (185166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436670)

Since Firefox for Mac is similar to the Windows version, where is this accelerator for Mac? Safari might be a different beast though...

No thanks! (5, Informative)

sanermind (512885) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436679)


Google reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its sole discretion, without notice or liability to you. You agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, as modified.

ha! (1)

roadrunnerro (800862) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436680)

the accelerator is down - anybody got a mirror?

Oh the irony (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436682)

One great thing about the Internet is how distributed it is. It was designed to be this way from the beginning so as to make it robust against (physical) attack. And it seemed pretty obvious, that by its very nature, the Internet had to be distributed. But now we find that the whole damn Internet actually fits inside one company and ultimately we're all going to be surfing just one web site - Google's. Amazing!

And scary too. There will come a point when we are dependent on Google and then the terrorists will know where to strike. As I mentioned, the distributedness was all about defense.

They Want Usage Information. Good Business Step (1)

osewa77 (603622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436685)

By offering the use their servers as a proxy they are able to get collect more accurate information about what sites you visit, outside the google network. If a search result results in visiting a site and you viewmore pages on that site it is probably more useful! By "speeding up" your experience they are giving us yet another reason to ignore privacy issues and trust them Overall, an interesting move by Google. They seem to be taking all the right steps now that they are public! (GMail, etc)

Google Ads show up faster! (1)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436690)

Wow, this caching technology has really improved the load times of google ads. Rawk on!

Soon, google will be an AD MACHINE!@ EULA (1)

Eric(b0mb)Dennis (629047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436694)

Google Web Accelerator sends requests for web pages, except for secure web pages (HTTPS), to Google, which logs these requests. Some web pages may embed personal information in these page requests.

Google receives and temporarily caches cookie data that your computer sends with webpage requests in order to improve performance.

In order to speed up delivery of content, Google Web Accelerator may retrieve webpage content that you did not request, and store it in your Google Web Accelerator cache.

To learn more, read our Google Web Accelerator Privacy Policy [google.com] ().

great idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436704)

anyone else see a trend in google's blatant moves to exploit our privacy?

Well my results are in (1)

MerlynEmrys67 (583469) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436707)

I have saved 0.0 seconds since installing the cache accelerator and surfing back to /.

I guess in the grand scheme of things - this whole time should count as negative

Let me guess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12436709)

...it's "4x Faster than DSL**!!"

Restrictions (1)

Bifurcati (699683) | more than 9 years ago | (#12436712)

Note that at the moment it's limited to users in North America and Europe, which limits us poor Aussies...

Also note that despite being available for Firefox (yay!) it's only available on Windows (booo...) - no support for Macs or Linux. That would have to be my only (minor) gripe with Google - they don't develop any applications for the minority. Of course, I understand why, but these are people that tend to be quite loyal, and since no-one else is really developing these things...

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