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Google took no action against links in 9% of takedown requests

Google took no action against links in 9% of takedown requests

Google, the world's biggest search engine, receives vast quantities of takedown requests, where individuals and entities can request that Google take down a link containing allegedly infringing content in 2013. The number of takedown requests has grown exponentially over the years, having hit 235,000,000 links said to violate copyrights. Of these, Google decided to discard 9-percent of the requests, amounting to 21 million Web addresses.

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Google Search goes massive with banner ads and YouTube

Google Search goes massive with banner ads and YouTube

Branded queries such as "Southwest Airlines" have begun turning up Google results with large-scale banner ads while searches for artists have started a roll-out of specialized YouTube listings. This is all part of a multi-tiered Google Search modification that brings more cash to the search giant and allows brand integration to run in one case, with quicker results for the searcher's wants and needs in the other, done in part as part of the Hummingbird initiative.

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Yahoo denied request to delay Bing search partnership in Hong Kong, Taiwan

Yahoo denied request to delay Bing search partnership in Hong Kong, Taiwan

Yahoo has been denied a request to delay Microsoft's Bing search in Taiwan, something that is required under a partnership the company has with Microsoft. The reason cited was the upcoming Microsoft CEO shift, with Yahoo's CEO Mayer wishing to delay the search in Hong Kong and Taiwan until Microsoft appointed a new chief executive for her to discuss the matter with.

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Here’s how to opt out of Google’s personal endorsements

Here’s how to opt out of Google’s personal endorsements

This morning Google unleashed an initiative that would have user names and faces attached to advertisements across the Google search universe. These faces and names are generated by users' personal endorsements, in turn connected with additional reviews as well as Google+ profile pages. This system is not compulsory for Google accounts, nor is it even necessary for you - the user - to show up in results anywhere at all: opting out is easy.

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Google Search for Android gets “OK Google” hotword

Google Search for Android gets “OK Google” hotword

Google's search app for Android now starts a new voice search when you say the hotword "OK Google" instead of just "Google". Additionally, the new hotword also starts a fresh search while the app is displaying results from the previous search. This change comes bundled with the latest (2.8.7) update and activates when you manually update the language pack.

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Google time machine shows search engine at birth

Google time machine shows search engine at birth

For its 15th birthday, Google is throwing itself a loving party, a nostalgic trip down memory-of-itself lane, a celebration of its rise from humble search David to search Goliath. And we're all invited. Go to Google.com, type in "Google in 1998" and hit the search button. What do you see? We see little baby Google, its logo all Sesame Street-looking, a list of search results for Web pages that mention Google, and (perhaps most nostalgically of all) not much else in the way of whistles and bells.

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Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

As it seems to be with all great technology projects, Google started in a garage. As any garage band can tell you, great inspiration comes from working in someone's personal space, dreaming of the greatness of a dedicated home base - for Google, that time was 15 years ago this week. To celebrate, Google has done several things - one of them being a miniature party in the original Susan Wojcicki-owned home of Google's worldwide HQ.

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Google Hummingbird secretly supercharged search a month ago

Google Hummingbird secretly supercharged search a month ago

Google quietly switched on a new search algorithm, Hummingbird, a month ago the company has revealed, impacting an estimated 90-percent of searches by improving how the engine handles complex queries. Revealed at an event earlier today, held at the house Sergey Brin and Larry Page first used while setting up Google almost fifteen years ago, Hummingbird consists of new technology that can better understand natural language and compound questions, particularly of use when handling "OK Google" voice commands such as will be added to the iOS search app imminently.

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