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Google Now gets third-party app support with update

Google Now gets third-party app support with update

After yesterday’s earnings report, which brought news that Google may not be as strong in Search as they once were, the company is announcing changes to Google Now. The mobile-first search skin, which brings in cards packed with information based on your usage, will now allow third-party apps to deliver info to you. Google says over 40 new cards will be available to users, and the info sharing is a one-way street; app Developers won’t be able to cull data from Now.

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Google begins linking to event tickets directly from search results, Maps

Google begins linking to event tickets directly from search results, Maps

Earlier this week, Google began saving you a click or two when searching for tickets to live events. Now, if you search for a certain venue or specific band, for example, you will find direct links to purchase the related tickets. This can be seen in both Google search results and Google Maps, and is the result of a recent deal the search giant made with ticketing companies Ticketmaster, Ticketfly, and AXS. While this is certainly meant to make it easier for ticket sellers to snag more customers, it's also another step by Google to present everything a user needs directly in the search results, never more than a single click away.

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Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

We know you ‘Google it’ when you’re not sure what’s going on, or you need an answer you just can’t find. We do it, too. Everyone does it. What nobody seems to do is ‘Yahoo it’, but that seems to be changing. In the last month, Google has given up a full 4% of search traffic, their largest slip-up since 2009. Google still hold sway, with literally three-fourths of the overall search traffic, but Yahoo picked up where Google left off.

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Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

You might not have noticed since it was Friday afternoon immediately after a holiday when most people are still on vacation into the weekend, but both Bing and Yahoo search engines went down for a few hours. The good news is that the downtime didn't last long, and wasn't the result of some nefarious hackers' campaign to disrupt our lives. It was actually just an accident caused by a bad update from Microsoft to the Bing engine, and since Yahoo's search is powered by Bing, it was interesting example of the domino effect among internet giants.

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Google Search now has song lyrics via Play Music

Google Search now has song lyrics via Play Music

If you’ve ever wondered what was actually said in a sing, Google can now help you figure it all out. Google has baked song lyrics into search via knowledge graph, so you’ll be able to search for those mysterious song lyrics all on your own without the embarrassment of asking a friend. Or singing the wrong lyrics out loud when you’re alone in your car. In an effort to drive more people to Play Music, Google offers to take you there for the full lyrical breakout.

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Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

This week Google has released its yearly run-down of what's been popular in search terms over the past 12 months. This 2014 Year in Search was topped - above all else - by Robin Williams, whose life ended in August of this year. Searching for Robin Williams was followed by searches for "World Cup", then Ebola, then Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Flappy Bird, Conchita Wurst, and ISIS. As for the break-down into categories, Google sorted out People, Athletes, Consumer Electronics, Global News, Google Doodles of 2014, "Loss", World Cup Matches, and YouTube Videos.

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Google to pull engineers out of Russia

Google to pull engineers out of Russia

Google has announced that it will be giving engineers that live and work in Russia the option to relocate to other countries or leave Google employ. Google has about 50 engineers that are based mostly in Moscow within the country. Google isn’t planning to completely abandon Russia. While its engineers will be leaving, Google plans to keep sales and marketing teams in the country.

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Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Bad news for Microsoft's search engine was revealed last week, as Reuters reported that Facebook has stopped showing Bing web results when users conduct a search on the social network. Facebook confirmed the information on Friday, but to add insult to injury the company noted that the deal with Bing had ended some time ago, but nobody really noticed until now.

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Bing update brings details to the top of search

Bing update brings details to the top of search

Microsoft has been busy rolling out some new features to its various Bing services, and newest among them is a tweak to search. As of now, Bing users who search for places or details about places -- a local restaurant's phone number, for example -- will see relevant information about that place above the search results. Included among this is travel information when the search query includes something related to travel, such as the distance the user is from the restaurant or how long it'll take to get there.

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Bing, Yahoo begin accepting European ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Bing, Yahoo begin accepting European ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Good news for individuals in Europe looking to have unwanted information about them purged from internet search results, as Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo's search have officially started accepting and processing "right to be forgotten" requests. This follows a ruling in May by the European Union's Court of Justice that gives people the right to make such requests, and requires search engines to comply under certain circumstances.

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