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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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Google proclaims war on piracy

Google proclaims war on piracy

It's time for Google to stand up to illegitimate sources of content, or so they say, with a new rankings system based on the number of valid copyright removable notices they receive. It's not long now that pirates of all types will be having a much harder time finding that torrent of the newest blockbuster film they've been wanting to see since it came out a day ago. Today's announcement from Google is just one more update to their copyright removal initiative re-booted just over two years ago.

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Google Knowledge Graph goes global

Google Knowledge Graph goes global

This week the folks at Google have announced that their smart engine known as Knowledge Graph will be launched worldwide for English-typing people using Google Search. What you'll be getting here is a set of results in your auto-complete results as well as your search results page that pre-empt what you want to search for - these results see not only the keyword you've typed, but what you've searched for in the past and the types of answers you're looking for, mashing them all up into a next-generation system for search supremacy.

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Baidu employees arrested over forum post deletions

Baidu employees arrested over forum post deletions

It’s easy to think that Google is the world’s dominant search engine, but in China the majority of online searches are made using Baidu. The company has found itself in some hot water, however, after it has been discovered that four employees deleted posts from its forum service after accepting bribes. All four employees have since been fired, and three have been arrested by Chinese police, although it’s not clear exactly what the employees were deleting.

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Microsoft integrates Facebook tagging into Bing search results

Microsoft integrates Facebook tagging into Bing search results

There a lot of things that people all around the world search for daily using a search engine such as Google or Bing that could benefit from more personalized results from offered by friends. For instance, if you're looking for a good Italian restaurant in your city, it would help greatly to know if your personal friends on Facebook know one and have eaten there rather than simply relying on addresses returned in search results.

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Google adds Handwrite search to mobile devices

Google adds Handwrite search to mobile devices

There are an increasing number of ways to get text onto a smartphone or tablet, with voice dictation proving handy on iOS and Android devices. What about handwriting recognition? Google believes that may be a viable option, introducing handwriting support for search on mobile devices. Once the option has been enabled on the mobile search settings page, users need only draw on the screen with their finger to write out their search query to have it magically converted to text.

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Google Calculator gets Scientific

Google Calculator gets Scientific

Ten years ago a search war was going on with quickness in results and accuracy of the first result being paramount - now it's all about fabulous add-ons such as the calculator Google has added this week. What we've got here is a full Scientific Calculator in your search results that not only allows you to get results for 2+3, but allows you to manipulate the answer you've gotten with a set of algebraic buttons as well.

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Yahoo’s Three Big Challenges

Yahoo’s Three Big Challenges

Yahoo's new CEO, ex-Googler Marissa Mayer, faces no shortages of challenges turning the struggling behemoth around, but there are some key places that require some frantic surgery. With Yahoo's share price still slumping, Mayer's first day on the job will be spent triaging the numerous weak points and figuring out how she can bring first stability and then a turnaround to the ravaged firm. But which exactly are those main areas that need attention?

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Microsoft writes-down $6.2bn aQuantive deal

Microsoft writes-down $6.2bn aQuantive deal

Microsoft has announced that it will be taking a $6.2 billion write-down of its aQuantive advertising service. Microsoft bought aQuantive back in May 2007 in order to leverage its search capabilities against Google, but this latest news means that its value has plummeted to almost nothing. As a result, it’s expected that when Microsoft releases its latest financial results for the quarter, any profit will be nullified.

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