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Google’s EU deal has rivals livid: Here’s what escaping a $5bn fine looks like

Google’s EU deal has rivals livid: Here’s what escaping a $5bn fine looks like

Google's tentatively-agreed antitrust settlement may have pacified the European Union but the search giant's rivals are still spitting mad, billing the concessions as "worse than doing nothing." Years of search result sparring and the threat of a potentially $5bn antitrust fine dangling over its metaphorical head forced Google to crank up its offers to the EU in order to escape penalties for dominating in the European market; however, the consortium including Microsoft, Trip Advisor, Nokia, and others still isn't happy.

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Princeton researchers predict Facebook’s demise: data strikes back

Princeton researchers predict Facebook’s demise: data strikes back

In a research paper published on the 17th of January, 2014, several Princeton researchers found the end of Facebook's popularity to be taking place within the next few years. Using a model in which they track the popularity of MySpace based on the term - the name of the brand - appearing in Google a number of times over the past decade. This Princeton paper saw it fit to extrapolate a direct correlation between Facebook (the word)'s popularity on Google and the possibility that the network itself may be taking a dive.

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Google adds information boxes to some search results

Google adds information boxes to some search results

Searching the Web is a rote task, often filled with clicking and quick scanning, followed by backtracking and trying again with a different link. Some extensions exist to make this easier, offering previews or information not readily available on the search page. Such extensions won't be as necessary -- in some cases -- on Google following a new feature the Internet giant as rolled out, however: info boxes.

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Google took no action against links in 9% of takedown requests

Google took no action against links in 9% of takedown requests

Google, the world's biggest search engine, receives vast quantities of takedown requests, where individuals and entities can request that Google take down a link containing allegedly infringing content in 2013. The number of takedown requests has grown exponentially over the years, having hit 235,000,000 links said to violate copyrights. Of these, Google decided to discard 9-percent of the requests, amounting to 21 million Web addresses.

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Google Search goes massive with banner ads and YouTube

Google Search goes massive with banner ads and YouTube

Branded queries such as "Southwest Airlines" have begun turning up Google results with large-scale banner ads while searches for artists have started a roll-out of specialized YouTube listings. This is all part of a multi-tiered Google Search modification that brings more cash to the search giant and allows brand integration to run in one case, with quicker results for the searcher's wants and needs in the other, done in part as part of the Hummingbird initiative.

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Yahoo denied request to delay Bing search partnership in Hong Kong, Taiwan

Yahoo denied request to delay Bing search partnership in Hong Kong, Taiwan

Yahoo has been denied a request to delay Microsoft's Bing search in Taiwan, something that is required under a partnership the company has with Microsoft. The reason cited was the upcoming Microsoft CEO shift, with Yahoo's CEO Mayer wishing to delay the search in Hong Kong and Taiwan until Microsoft appointed a new chief executive for her to discuss the matter with.

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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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