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Google gives more in EU antitrust case to avoid fines

Google gives more in EU antitrust case to avoid fines

Google has been facing some serious heat in Europe with the European Commission investigating the Internet giant over allegations that it was preventing competition within the market. The investigation was specifically looking into concerns that Google is blocking competitors, such as Microsoft, when it comes to search results returned online. The investigation has been ongoing for the last three years.

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Bing product search update adds option to buy

Bing product search update adds option to buy

Microsoft has revealed a new way to search for products that's integrated into Bing, adding purchase functionality to skip directly visiting individual vendor pages. The roll out will happen over the next couple of months, with further modifications deemed necessary before release by the company in order to ensure product results appear at the appropriate times. Pricing and availability information from individual merchants will appear alongside standard search results in Rich Captions to give users a more robust experience.

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Google “My Answers” brings Google Now personalized results to search

Google “My Answers” brings Google Now personalized results to search

Google has supercharged its search page, hooking in Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, and Google+ information into "My Answers" so that users can simply ask for personal flight information, photos from particular trips, or reservations at hotels and restaurants. The new functionality - which effectively mines data from personal accounts - has been borrowed from Google Now, the search giant's contextual service on Android and iOS devices, and Google Glass.

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AltaVista search engine shutting down next week

AltaVista search engine shutting down next week

Before there were the Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines, there was AltaVista. Launching in 1995, the search engine became wildly popular, but as Google launched and other big companies followed suit with their own search engines, AltaVista quickly fell behind. However, Yahoo (who owns AltaVista) will be shutting down the classic search engine on July 8.

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DuckDuckGo Search and Stories app arrives for Android and iOS

DuckDuckGo Search and Stories app arrives for Android and iOS

DuckDuckGo is known for being the search engine that will allow you to search anonymously. More specifically, DuckDuckGo does not track your searches and they offer search results in a clean and clutter free way. Not to mention, they offer quite a few other perks such as calculations and conversions. But for today it looks like there is now a new mobile app available for Android and iOS users.

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Google celebrates Pride month along with DOMA strike-down in rainbows

Google celebrates Pride month along with DOMA strike-down in rainbows

This month is Pride month here in the United States, a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered folks across the nation celebrate their existence in parties, parades, and events galore. Google has once again come forth with a little gem of an easter egg for the masses with a rainbow-flavored search bar surrounding all related queries. This appearance also comes right on top of the official strike-down of DOMA.

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FTC tells search engines to better distinguish ads from results

FTC tells search engines to better distinguish ads from results

Whether you use Google or Yahoo! or some other search engine entirely, you've likely found yourself at some point clicking on a link, believing it to be a search result, only to be taken to what is obviously an advertisement, feeling annoyed all the while. This has become a more common problem over time as design changes make it harder to tell what results are money-backed, and in light of such the FTC is telling companies to make sure the distinction is clear.

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Google index privacy gets thumbs-up but publishers decry “abusive” search

Google index privacy gets thumbs-up but publishers decry “abusive” search

Google faces good news and bad in Europe this week, with potential vindication over what personal data it can index but vocal rejection of its proposed concessions around equality in search. The search giant has been facing attacks from multiple directions in recent months, with the EC investigating whether it contravened privacy laws or acted in an anti-competitive manner over search results and how data from rival companies is indexed and presented. Good news on one front has coincided with bad news from another.

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Microsoft to “sanitize” Bing for school use

Microsoft to “sanitize” Bing for school use

Students across the country will soon be using a cleaned up version of Microsoft's search engine ecosystem Bing, devoid (or so they hope) of content they're not especially fond of sending out to under-age citizens of the USA. Microsoft spoke up this week at the International Society for Technology for Education meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and dubbed the program "Bing for Schools."

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