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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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Yahoo updates search with Google-like redesign

Yahoo updates search with Google-like redesign

With Google's dominance in the search engine realm, it's hard to compete, but Yahoo's trying their best and they think a redesign will do the trick. The company outed a new look for their search page in the US, claiming that it "puts your results front and center," getting rid of a bit of clutter and introducing a new Google-like navigation bar at the top.

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Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google's new "conversational search" feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google's browser. Announced at I/O, the new Voice Search feature builds on the existing ability for Chrome to accept spoken search terms, now listing out your query on screen as you say it, and then able to show the results in Google Now-style cards as well as reading out the answer.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t be evil” slogan was “the stupidest rule ever”

Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t be evil” slogan was “the stupidest rule ever”

Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt made an appearance on NPR's weekly comedy trivia show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! to discuss general ramblings about the company and to promote his new book. While on the show, Schmidt admitted to some interesting things about Google, including the fact that he could read our email if he wanted to.

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