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Google search will favor mobile-friendly sites starting today

Google search will favor mobile-friendly sites starting today

Google will soon be using its clout, weight, and ubiquity to push forward a cause that, on face value, should benefit many users. The web search giant has started a rather aggressive campaign to encourage website owners to make their pages more mobile-friendly. Starting April 21, however, that won't simply be a suggestion anymore. Google search results on mobile will start to rank sites that have mobile friendly pages higher than those without one, a decision that could ruffle a few feathers in the process.

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Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

The European Union is aiming for Google this month with a statement of objections. They've made allegations that Google isn't doing what they should when it comes to their super-dominant search engine. They suggest that what Google is doing with their search engine is selling products when they should simply be providing the public with this service without destroying their competition in the process. The European Union suggests that Google can keep doing what they're doing now - just so long as they're not found guilty of doing so in a way that allows no competition to realistically compete.

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Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Microsoft has updated Bing with a load of new features, and among them is a new BETA feature that puts product purchasing options directly inside of Image Search. The feature is akin to the rumors we've been hearing about Pinterest's future, giving those who look at an image in the search results a way to directly purchase it from somewhere like Amazon, depending on where it is available. Also coming with the update is the ability to view pages using the image, related searches, and more.

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Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

With in-flight WiFi becoming more and more common, and recent regulation changes allowing the use of personal devices during take-off and landing, air travel has become that much more tech-friendly to travelers. However, it's still pretty much a toss-up if your airline or flight will have amenities like WiFi or in-seat power outlets available for you to use. But thanks to a new partner ship between Google and Routehappy, checking the availability of these services while planning your trip is now just a bit easier.

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Google search tweak may allow brands to dictate news

Google search tweak may allow brands to dictate news

There are times when a protracted discussion about a topic isn’t timely (or worth it), so we suggest someone “Google it”. If they had, for say the Gemalto SIM card hack, a person might have been introduced to a press release ahead of coverage. While press releases are often the catalyst to news, they’re sometimes used to mitigate damage. Such was the case with Gemalto. A tweak to Google Search now allows for press releases to pop up toward the top of queries, which may let the brand carry the narrative.

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Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

How do you make a proper Manhattan? What about a Martini? Maybe you’re just not clear on how ingredients for a Margarita are cobbled together before being poured over ice. If that sounds like you, an app may be a good idea. Or, you can just ask Google. Search will now tell you how to make popular drinks, with step-by-step directions and a list of ingredients. Google will even tell you what kind of glassware is appropriate, and offer up serving suggestions and garnish ideas.

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Yahoo celebrates its 20th year on the Internet

Yahoo celebrates its 20th year on the Internet

Twenty years ago today, Yahoo launched as a simple search engine created by Jerry Yang and David Filo. The landscape of the Internet has changed drastically over the past two decades. Yahoo is still in the game, especially with its recent acquisitions of Aviate, Flurry, and BrightRoll. Yahoo has been investing in adding new companies to its portfolio so it can keep enhancing ..... the way we use the internet today. Yahoo has recently been setting its sights on the mobile market as it hosted its first Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference last month.

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DARPA’s “Dark Web” revealing Memex tool is also pretty scary

DARPA’s “Dark Web” revealing Memex tool is also pretty scary

In the realm of cybersecurity, balancing national security and personal privacy is undoubtedly a tough act to pull off. The Internet has long been held as the bastion of free speech, but it has also become a breeding ground and hiding place for miscreants. So it isn't surprising that law enforcers would want to penetrate all corners of the Web in order to catch the bad guys. That is exactly what DARPA's new search engine called Memex is trying to do, by diving even into the depths of the "Dark Web".

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Google medical info will soon top your search

Google medical info will soon top your search

Searching for medical advice can be a real hit-or-miss type of situation when you're relying on websites on the internet. It all appears to be legitimate, but there's a LOT of bad data out there in the wild. That's part of the reason Google has brought on "relevant medical facts" to Knowledge Graph. This means that when you search for medical conditions - like "can I get pink eye from a carrot-related incident", you'll get results that Google has curated - and that you can trust.

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Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google have reached an agreement on how tweets will henceforth show up in search results, according to sources that know of such plans. Says these unnamed sources, the first half of 2015 will see tweets cropping up in Google Search results right after they are tweeted. This is a big change up from how it has thus far happened, with results being delayed due to Google having to crawl through the microblogging service's website to identify the tweets.

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