Fresh Off The Block


Nov
05
2010

Scroogle temporarily breaks and gets rewritten for the fourth time, as Google make ANOTHER interface tweak

Scroogle went offline temporarily for the third time last night, after Google made yet another change to the auxiliary web interface the not-for-profit uses to serve up a privacy-friendly version of Mountain View’s search engine. “We regret to announce that Google changed their output format once again.”, founder Daniel Brandt posted on the site’s news page.

Now, the site has returned – but Brandt is not satisfied with the compromise he had to make to get the site working again. “I have to tolerate more bloat, and there are occasional screw-ups in the parsing…But it is usable,” Brandt tells us. “Google’s coding gets more complex as the files get more bloated. I’m not sure it’s worth trying to clean up what I’m showing now, because I have little faith that Scroogle can last much longer.”

Brandt and Scroogle (www.scroogle.org) have been scraping Google search results since 2002, letting privacy-conscious netizens search Google without being tracked by the web giant. But it has suffered three major setbacks over its lifetime up to now. Read the rest of this entry »

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