While Microsoft isn’t quite ready to release Cortana to the desktop world, they’re letting it be known that they’re more than happy to spread the personalization love. With Cortana you get a collection of features aimed directly at you, grown from your recorded interests, contacts, and so forth. With Bing’s new homepage, you’re getting a series of cards with similar information being tapped.
It’s been suggested this week that Google may be in talks to boost search results for websites that correctly implement encryption. This was hinted by the engineer at Google in charge of fighting spam in search results, Matt Cutts. Cutts is also a liaison between Google’s search engine team and web developers letting them know how each change is being made to the algorithms in place as they are made.
A class-action lawsuit against Google over allegedly scanning the contents of emails has been turned down in a US District Court. This marks a strong victory for Google, which would have faced paying an astronomical amount in damages if the class-action suit had been allowed to proceed.
Sorting through Web images can be a hassle, particularly if you're on the hunt for a specific resolution in addition to a certain arrangement. While filtering tools help narrow down results to those that meet a minimum resolution requirement, they don't aid in finding an image you like in a different size, making the process take entirely too long. It is this particular issue Bing's latest update addresses.
Yahoo has inked a deal with Carnegie Mellon University to test machine-learning research, new mobile interfaces, and natural-language recognition on search and other real-time data. Dubbed Project InMind, the five year partnership is worth $10m and will see Yahoo Labs set up a new fellowship program at the university, while CMU students can dig into Yahoo's data to see how online systems can better predict and cater for user needs and intentions.
Google's attempts to escape privacy sanctions in France that will force it to publish an embarrassing mea-culpa on its site have failed, with the French courts insisting there'll be no getting around the public message. Regulators had already leveled at €150,000 ($204k) fine at Google for changing its privacy policies in ways that contravened French law; however, Google took issue with the idea of publicly announcing that penalty on its homepage, arguing that it would cause irreparable damage to its reputation.
Google's tentatively-agreed antitrust settlement may have pacified the European Union but the search giant's rivals are still spitting mad, billing the concessions as "worse than doing nothing." Years of search result sparring and the threat of a potentially $5bn antitrust fine dangling over its metaphorical head forced Google to crank up its offers to the EU in order to escape penalties for dominating in the European market; however, the consortium including Microsoft, Trip Advisor, Nokia, and others still isn't happy.
In a research paper published on the 17th of January, 2014, several Princeton researchers found the end of Facebook's popularity to be taking place within the next few years. Using a model in which they track the popularity of MySpace based on the term - the name of the brand - appearing in Google a number of times over the past decade. This Princeton paper saw it fit to extrapolate a direct correlation between Facebook (the word)'s popularity on Google and the possibility that the network itself may be taking a dive.
Searching the Web is a rote task, often filled with clicking and quick scanning, followed by backtracking and trying again with a different link. Some extensions exist to make this easier, offering previews or information not readily available on the search page. Such extensions won't be as necessary -- in some cases -- on Google following a new feature the Internet giant as rolled out, however: info boxes.