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  • Mobilegeddon: The biggest change in Google search in many years 3 days ago

    Google's latest Internet revolution this week saw the web giant modify its search algorithm to favour mobile-friendly sites, in a bid to upstage Apple that US media branded a "mobilegeddon". US technology website WIRED described Tuesday's algorithm switch as "likely the biggest change of the past three years." "And it's reminder of...
  • Yahoo revises search partnership with Microsoft, gets more control April 17, 2015

    San Francisco: Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on Internet search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how the search results are presented. An agreement announced Thursday extends a search partnership that Yahoo and Microsoft forged in 2009 while they were being led by different CEOs. Current Yahoo...
  • Why early Google users didn't google and how Google fixed the issue with a copyright symbol April 14, 2015

    Early Google users didn't search. Back in the year 2000 this strange problem perplexed Google employees. After all Google was a search engine and users were expected to type in what they were looking for in that search bar to take them to the results page. As much as the problem...
  • Anna Atkins: Google doodles 216th birthday of English botanist, photography pioneer March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Google's latest doodle marks the birth anniversary of English botanist and photograpgher, Anna Atkin, who is credited with publishing a book illustrated with photographic images of plants and algae for botanical studies. Atkin used the cyanotype photographic process to create cyanotype photogram of algae. The cyanotype photogram was produced...
  • Facebook to buy and shut down shopping search engine TheFind March 14, 2015

    New York: Facebook says it is buying shopping search engine TheFind to help boost its advertising business. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in the next few weeks. TheFind, which was founded in 2006, will shut down and some of its key employees will...
  • Google tweaks search results; allows company statements to top the list of news links March 12, 2015

    London: A little-noticed change in the way Google selects search results has allowed company statements to top the list of news links shown when users search for information on businesses. The measure may cost news publishers web traffic and risks misleading users, analysts said. A Google spokeswoman said that in September the...
  • Frequent use of smartphone's search engine function makes you a lazy thinker: Study March 8, 2015

    Toronto: Frequent smartphone use has turned us into lazy thinkers, researchers report, adding that the convenience at our fingertips is making it easy for us to avoid thinking for ourselves. Smartphone users who are intuitive thinkers - more prone to relying on gut feelings and instincts when making decisions - frequently...
  • Apple working on its own search engine; aims to take on Google: Report February 10, 2015

    London: There perhaps isn't anything that a Google search cannot find, but all of us who have only been 'googling' for information and knowledge may soon be "appleing" for them. The Daily Mail, in a report Monday, referred to an Apple job advertisement posted earlier this month, calling for a professional...
  • Google misses earnings targets again, frustrates investors January 30, 2015

    San Francisco: Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars. The latest letdown came Thursday with the release of Google's...
  • 'Yahoo, Bing search crashed because of a bad code update by Microsoft' January 3, 2015

    San Francisco: Yahoo and Microsoft search engines temporarily went dark on Friday after Microsoft pushed out a bad code update and then struggled to roll it back, a person briefed on the outages told Reuters. The outages were not caused by an outside attack, the person said, declining to be named...
  • Robin Williams' suicide most searched for on Google in 2014 December 16, 2014

    San Francisco: Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams' death in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the...
  • China's Baidu to invest in taxi-hailing app Uber December 14, 2014

    Beijing: Search engine Baidu will invest in taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, becoming the latest Chinese Internet firm to take an interest in the flourishing market for transportation apps. The size of Baidu's investment - and its valuation of Uber - are...
  • Facebook stops including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine December 13, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft's Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by...
  • European Parliament may pass resolution to break up Google November 23, 2014

    The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company's dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American companies' command...
  • Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox's default search engine November 20, 2014

    San Francisco: Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the US, signalling Yahoo's resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet's ad market. The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the US...
  • Microsoft's Bing now lets you search using emoji October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: With the increasing popularity of mobile text communication, emoji usage is getting more mainstream. And now Microsoft's Bing is making them search friendly. Microsoft announced the support of emoji characters in Bing search in all English markets. "With this new feature, you can search using your favourite emoji, and...
  • Right to be forgotten: Google receives over 1,000 requests a day October 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past from the world's dominant Internet search engine. Nearly 145,000 requests have been made in the European Union and four other countries by people looking to polish their online reputations, according to numbers the...
  • Boodigo: Former Google employees launch a porn search engine September 23, 2014

    Los Angeles: It's not every day that a new search engine takes its place on the Internet, much less one specialising in pornography as is the case with Boodigo, a tool developed by former Google employees who plan to make it the portal for the adult entertainment industry on the...
  • China's Baidu warned over porn content: Report August 11, 2014

    Shanghai: Chinese search engine giant Baidu has been told by authorities to clean up its content after pornographic files were found on its online storage service, the official Xinhua news service said late on Sunday. It said the instruction was given after Beijing's cultural administrative authorities confirmed public tipoffs that some...
  • Google flexes its search muscle to push more websites to use encryption August 8, 2014

    San Francisco: Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. The move, announced late Wednesday, involves a change in Google's closely guarded formula for determining the rankings of its search results. Websites that automatically encrypt their services will...
  • Google finds it difficult to 'forget' August 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Google on Thursday told European officials that forgetting isn't easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest. The world's leading Internet search engine said that as of July 18 it had received more than 91,000 requests to delete a combined...
  • Google taking requests to censor search results in Europe May 30, 2014

    San Francisco: Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world's dominant search engine. The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened late Thursday in response to a landmark ruling issued two weeks ago by...
  • Tips and tricks: How to use Google like never before May 20, 2014

    Almost all of use Google to get answers to our questions, but there are very few users who make the most of the search engine. This infographic lists a spate of tricks that can help you perform a wellexecuted search on Google. ...
  • China's Baidu hires former Google artificial intelligence chief May 18, 2014

    San Francisco: China's top search engine Baidu Inc has hired Google Inc's former artificial intelligence (AI) chief Andrew Ng to spearhead research in a field that promises to show Internet companies how to maximise use of their vast data trove. Baidu said it has opened a new AI lab in Silicon...
  • Modi vs Kejriwal vs Rahul: Can Google play kingmaker this Lok Sabha election? May 13, 2014

    The highdecibel election campaign to elect the prime minister of the world's largest democracy came to an end on Monday. While the Election Commission battles allegations and counterallegations over how 'fair' these elections were, it turns out that there is an external threat to these polls. According to a US...
  • Vladimir Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'; criticises Yandex, Russia's biggest search engine April 25, 2014

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists - barred from national television - have used to promote...
  • Google considers giving more value to encrypted sites in its search-engine results April 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Google reportedly is mulling over giving priority in its search-engine results to websites that use encryption. However, such changes are unlikely to happen anytime soon as the plans are still in early stages. "Encrypting data transmitted over the Internet adds a barrier between web users and anyone that wants...
  • China launches Chinaso, a new search engine March 22, 2014

    Beijing: A new Chinese-language online search engine - Chinaso.com - was launched Friday, marking China's first search service set up by the country's major news organisations. The new engine allows users to search articles from the country's newspapers and magazines. Its service covers news, website, pictures, videos and maps, with 16...
  • Google redesigns its search engine results page on PCs March 14, 2014

    San Francisco: Web surfing through the Internet's main gateway now looks slightly different on personal computers, thanks to a few cosmetic changes to Google's search engine this week. The tweaks to the way Google's search results appear on desktop and laptop computers mirror a makeover on smartphones and tablets introduced a...
  • Yahoo to partner with Yelp on local search engine results: Report February 9, 2014

    Chicago: Internet portal Yahoo is partnering with consumer reviews website Yelp to beef up local results in its search engine, the Wall Street Journal reported. Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer unveiled the news at an employee meeting on Friday, the newspaper said, citing a person present at the meeting. Yahoo's search engine...