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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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Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Europe has passed a ruling calling for Google to be broken up, among other things, with politicians concerned that huge, dominant firms like the Silicon Valley giant could end up abusing their position. The vote today at the European Parliament focused on how search functionality should be unbundled from other commercial services, in an effort to reduce the potential of access being abused. While Google wasn't specifically singled out by name, the search giant is nonetheless top of the hit-list given it's responsible for around 90-percent of all queries by European web users.

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Google “right to be forgotten” tool should be global says EU

Google “right to be forgotten” tool should be global says EU

Google's "right to be forgotten" tool was grudgingly implemented in Europe back in May, but now privacy regulators are pushing to scale up the web search censoring system to cover global results, not just those localized to countries in the EU. The ruling - which affects all search engines operating in Europe, though Google is the clear leader with an estimated 90-percent market share there - allows individuals the right to request the removal of links to information "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant," and at launch saw 12,000 requests in a single day.

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Twitter opens up archive, lets you search all tweets

Twitter opens up archive, lets you search all tweets

According to Twitter, hundreds of billions of tweets have been sent out since the service launched in 2006. If you’re dubious of that number, you can now count them all to verify the claim. Today, Twitter is announcing they’re making the entire catalog of tweets sent available via their search index. Until today, the aim was on providing an account of the more recent tweets sent, but now they’re all up for grabs. The new, all-encompassing index is also 100-times larger than the real-time index we’ve been using.

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