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Bing’s newest feature brings lyrics to search page

Bing’s newest feature brings lyrics to search page

Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Bing search engine on a fairly regular basis over the year, adding features like improved image search. As promised, it has introduced yet another improvement to the engine, this time catering to those who prefer belting out songs on karaoke night: lyrics. Calling it "a new Lyrics experience," Microsoft says the feature saves you time by bringing the lyrics you're looking for front and center on the search results page -- something that third-party lyrics websites might not be too fond of.

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Google faces accusations Search isn’t fair to all

Google faces accusations Search isn’t fair to all

To further combat Google’s long-reach with regard to search, a collective of smaller entities have taken up arms against them. A new website, Focus on the User, has been launched to convince European lawmakers that Google isn’t playing fairly. Rather than foster a free and open Internet search engine, the site claims Google is using it to their advantage.

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Google responds to News Corp, but it settles nothing

Google responds to News Corp, but it settles nothing

Today, Google issued an open response to an open attack laid down by News Corp. In an open letter to the European Commission, News Corp explained why they feel Google has too much power over the Internet as we see it. In their open rebuttal, Google explains all the ways that’s just plain wrong.

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Like Google, DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China

Like Google, DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China

Here’s an interesting one: China is blocking DuckDuckGo. the very private search engine, and newly found option in iOS 8, is reportedly being blocked in China. In response to a Twitter question asking why a device with iOS 8 — and DuckDuckGo enabled — wouldn’t connect to the search engine, CEO Gabriel Weinberg acknowledged the Chinese stiff-arm.

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British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

While some welcome the European Union's ruling popularly known as the "right to be forgotten", with some even waiting for a similar implementation in the US, there is, unsurprisingly some dissenting voices even within the Union. A committee from the UK's House of Lords has called out the EU for its new policy, claiming that the Directive on which the ruling was based, as well as the EU Court's interpretation of that directive, is outdated.

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Leaked Yelp docs say Google is gaming search results

Leaked Yelp docs say Google is gaming search results

Google search is often thought of as an even playing field where we can get the results we want. Over time, Google has begun leaning on their own services — and thus information. That’s not concerning to most users, but what about other services? Recently leaked internal documents at Yelp insist Google is toying with Search results regionally to deceive regulators and mislead users.

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Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Privacy concerns, particularly following the Edward Snowden leaks in recent times, have spurred a push towards more privacy-centric digital options. Among search engines in particular, one known as DuckDuckGo has bid itself as a more secure option than Google and competing search engines, and it will soon receive a big boost from Apple.

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Google contests Nest competitor accusation

Google contests Nest competitor accusation

Google was recently on the receiving end of consternation from home automation company Vivint, which earlier this year was delisted from Google Search results over violations of quality guidelines. The delisting lasted for four months, only recently coming to an end. In the process, speculation over Google's motives were raised.

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Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” gets 12,000 requests in one day

Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” gets 12,000 requests in one day

Google’s “right to be forgotten” service is wildly popular. The Europe-only option, which comes after a judgement based on one person’s desire to have information about his stricken from Google’s search results, has drawn 12,000 requests. The tool has been available for less than one day.

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Google “Right to be Forgotten” tool goes live

Google “Right to be Forgotten” tool goes live

Google has quietly launched a "right to be forgotten" tool which will allow European users to attempt to have personal details they deem outdated or just plain wrong dropped from the search company's index. The new form comes after the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union earlier in May, which decided search engines were obliged to concede to such removal requests: however, it's not blanket permission to have anything embarrassing deleted from the internet.

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Google ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling may never come to US

Google ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling may never come to US

In Europe, Google is facing a “right to be forgotten” ruling by the courts. That ruling, which lets users ask that Google dismiss webpages about them from search results, is currently being worked logistically by Google. As for when the United States or other countries may get that functionality — well, it’s not so cut and dry.

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Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has lashed out at the European Union ruling that individuals have the right to remove themselves from search results, arguing EU "was wrong" in its decision, which has already seen politicians and pedophiles request to be deleted from the search giant's index. "You have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know," Schmidt said during Google's annual stockholder meeting, when asked whether he felt the decision would have an impact on the company's bottom line.

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