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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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Google iOS app “OK Google” voice control incoming as mobile search revamped

Google iOS app “OK Google” voice control incoming as mobile search revamped

Google will bring its hands-off "OK Google" voice search to iOS, the search giant has confirmed, in addition to launching new mobile and tablet interfaces which make better use of the Knowledge Graph. The upcoming iPhone and iPad Google Search app - set to be released "in the next couple of weeks" Google says - will offer the same voice search functionality as currently offered on Android devices like the Moto X, allowing iOS users to control their handsets simply by saying "OK Google..." and a command.

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Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

This week the teams behind several of Google's key apps for Android have ushered in updates that tie the family together closer, ushering in an environment ripe for a new operating system iteration. That new version is, of course, Android 4.4 KitKat, and considering Google has been ushering in the press on the subject so readily over the past couple of weeks, there's little doubt that this system is far from ready for prime-time. This weeks' app updates include Gmail for Android, Hangouts for Android, and Google Now - through Google Search, of course.

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Ballmer says Microsoft is last company battling against Google “monopoly”

Ballmer says Microsoft is last company battling against Google “monopoly”

Shortly after Microsoft rolled out its new look and features for Bing, the company's CEO Steve Ballmer spoke of the search engine in a presentation held during a financial analysts meeting. During his presentation, the executive referred to Google having a monopoly, and quipped that Microsoft is the last company competing against it, with Bing being a vital part of that effort.

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