The Register: An Open Source Google--Without the Ads
Jan 11, 2005, 15:15 (6 Talkback[s])
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"With the hope of returning at least one corner of the web to
its non-commercial roots, Google watcher Daniel Brandt, who curates
the NameBase archive, has released the source code to a Google
scraper. Brandt has been making an ad-free proxy available for two
years using Google's little known minimal 'ie' interface. By using
this proxy, users bypass both Google's notorious '2038' cookie
(that's when it expires) and the text ads.
"Brandt fully expects Google to throw legal and technical
resources at him, but says he welcomes the challenge if only to
clarify copyright issues. Google took people's free stuff and made
a $50 billion business from it, he argues..."