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Worried about Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite? Don’t be

Worried about Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite? Don’t be

Apple’s resistance to share your data is well documented. They’ve begun encrypting messages and data to the ire of Government officials, and take steps to safeguard against anyone hacking into their system (even if they succeed, to no fault of Apple’s). That doesn’t mean your data isn’t collected, though. New research suggests Apple is taking note of some info you share with them. Via Spotlight, your search items are routed back to Apple, and possibly Microsoft, but is that a bad thing?

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Google offering video chat sessions via Search

Google offering video chat sessions via Search

We already use Google for everything, so much so the word has become a verb (Google it!). Searching for a medical condition or some minor aches and pains often leads you down the wrong path (WebMD is evil sometimes). Now it looks like Google is priming another of their services, Helpouts, to aid you in your queries. Someone recently spotted a new option for speaking with a doctor when searching for “knee pain”, which offered up a video chat. Though not specifically mentioned, it has Helpouts written all over it.

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Bing’s newest feature brings lyrics to search page

Bing’s newest feature brings lyrics to search page

Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Bing search engine on a fairly regular basis over the year, adding features like improved image search. As promised, it has introduced yet another improvement to the engine, this time catering to those who prefer belting out songs on karaoke night: lyrics. Calling it "a new Lyrics experience," Microsoft says the feature saves you time by bringing the lyrics you're looking for front and center on the search results page -- something that third-party lyrics websites might not be too fond of.

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Google faces accusations Search isn’t fair to all

Google faces accusations Search isn’t fair to all

To further combat Google’s long-reach with regard to search, a collective of smaller entities have taken up arms against them. A new website, Focus on the User, has been launched to convince European lawmakers that Google isn’t playing fairly. Rather than foster a free and open Internet search engine, the site claims Google is using it to their advantage.

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British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

While some welcome the European Union's ruling popularly known as the "right to be forgotten", with some even waiting for a similar implementation in the US, there is, unsurprisingly some dissenting voices even within the Union. A committee from the UK's House of Lords has called out the EU for its new policy, claiming that the Directive on which the ruling was based, as well as the EU Court's interpretation of that directive, is outdated.

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Leaked Yelp docs say Google is gaming search results

Leaked Yelp docs say Google is gaming search results

Google search is often thought of as an even playing field where we can get the results we want. Over time, Google has begun leaning on their own services — and thus information. That’s not concerning to most users, but what about other services? Recently leaked internal documents at Yelp insist Google is toying with Search results regionally to deceive regulators and mislead users.

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Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Privacy concerns, particularly following the Edward Snowden leaks in recent times, have spurred a push towards more privacy-centric digital options. Among search engines in particular, one known as DuckDuckGo has bid itself as a more secure option than Google and competing search engines, and it will soon receive a big boost from Apple.

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