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Google is told to pay up or strike a deal in French Internet debacle

Google is told to pay up or strike a deal in French Internet debacle

A couple weeks ago, we reported that Google was threatening to exclude French media sites from search results if it passed a law that would require search engines to pay for displaying links to French media sites. Google retorted that such a law would be harmful to the Internet, and that it would be forced to stop indexing French sites as a result. Now things have heated up, with Google being told to either pay up or strike a deal.

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Google shows Windows 8 users how to easily ditch Bing and IE

Google shows Windows 8 users how to easily ditch Bing and IE

Windows 8 is here at last and, for the most part, we think it's pretty great. However, as with all new Windows installs, Internet Explorer and Bing are both present. Most people would rather leave those two behind and use different browsers and search engines instead, and today we're seeing Google capitalize on that. Google has launched a new "campaign" of sorts to get new Windows 8 owners using both its search engine and Chrome as quickly as possible.

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Google expands personalized results in Gmail and Search

Google expands personalized results in Gmail and Search

Google tested a limited field run of a new search method that integrates a user's Gmail and Drive with search in Gmail so that files, emails, and documents that are relevant to the search term appear in the search results as you type. Back in August when this started, the feature was a hit, according to Google, prompting the company to expand field run to more users. As of today, anyone can join the field test to get personalized search results.

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YouTube search rankings no longer based on clicks

YouTube search rankings no longer based on clicks

The days of using thumbnails of scantily-clad and well-endowed women to drive clicks to your YouTube videos - thereby placing them higher in the search results - are over. Today, YouTube announced that it's changing what it bases its search rankings on. Instead of determining search placement by looking at the number of clicks a video has received, YouTube will instead be basing its search results on the time spent viewing the video.

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Google makes small gains in latest comScore search rankings

Google makes small gains in latest comScore search rankings

Analytics firm comScore has delivered its latest search engine rankings, and it probably isn't going to surprise you at all to hear that, for the month of September, Google remained the reigning king. The big G actually enjoyed a 0.3 percentage increase from August to September, climbing from 66.4% explicit search share to 66.7%. Others enjoyed small gains too, including Ask, which was up 0.3% itself, from 3.5% share to 3.8%.

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Kindle Fire HD snubs Google with Bing integration

Kindle Fire HD snubs Google with Bing integration

There's still a lot we don't know about the Kindle Fire HD, but we've been finding out more piece by piece since the tablet was revealed yesterday. One detail that has surfaced today is that the Kindle Fire HD will be swapping default search engines. Amazon has updated the Silk browser, and with it comes the swap - Ubergizmo reports that Bing is now the default search engine for Silk, and by extension, the Kindle Fire family.

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Google’s infamous “I’m Feeling Lucky” button gets big update

Google’s infamous “I’m Feeling Lucky” button gets big update

Here at the end of the week in the world of tech reporting, things often get kind of weird - and with Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" button update, today is no exception. Google's newest update takes their web-based search homepage and changes out the "Lucky" button with a collection of options for the adventurous search user. The first example they give on the update is an "I'm Feeling Hungry" button which takes you to restaurants near your GPS location - fun!

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Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google is buying travel brand Frommer's, according to The Wall Street Journal. The search engine is reportedly purchasing the brand from John Wiley & Sons in order to bolster its search results regarding local places and attractions. In case you’re not familiar with Frommer's, it provides a detailed database of places to visit in various cities across the world, as well as hotel, restaurant, and store listings.

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Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Yesterday, Google announced that it will begin using copyright takedown notices to influence where sites show up in search results. The general idea behind it is that if a site has a lot of takedown notices (made under DMCA), it risks being demoted in search rankings. Obviously, this new decision has won the hearts of copyright advocates like the MPAA and the RIAA, but it's making those who would keep the Internet free and open a little uneasy.

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