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“M&M’s” most-trended search term on Google during Super Bowl

“M&M’s” most-trended search term on Google during Super Bowl

This year's Super Bowl seemed like it was all about the commercials and the halftime show, and it turns out that the top two trending search results on Google during the big game had something to do with both, at least in the US. "M&M's" topped the list at number one, while "Beyonce" came in at number two. Unsurprisingly, "Baltimore Ravens," "San Francisco 49ers," and "Colin Kaepernick" rounded out the top five.

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Bing Tags get a boost, are now publicly displayed

Bing Tags get a boost, are now publicly displayed

Bing Tags is a simple, yet rather convenient method to tags friends in search, and starting today, the tags can now be made available to the Internet at large. Before being made publicly available, the tagged individual must approve the tag, at which point it will show up in search results. The system utilizes Facebook, but allows tagging on any search result for the public to see.

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Lack of Facebook “hide from search results” no reason to panic

Lack of Facebook “hide from search results” no reason to panic

This week we're hearing a lot of talk about how the upcoming Graph Search inside Facebook will be un-privatizing us once again - let's talk about why that's not true. In a report in Ars Technica they note how once Graph Search is turned on for the masses, information you'd previously had hidden from search results will become public. There's also a post on Quartz citing a segment in the Facebook Privacy Policy which interprets a "hiding from timeline" note as Facebook admitting it wont hide anything no matter how hard you try - that's simply not true.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Sluggish Google indexing drove us to Bing

Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Sluggish Google indexing drove us to Bing

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has blamed Google's reactiveness to privacy concerns for negotiations between the two companies breaking down, pushing the social site into the arms of Microsoft's rival Bing engine. "Microsoft was more willing to do things that were specific to Facebook" Zuckerberg said at the launch of Facebook Graph Search yesterday, the Guardian reports, citing the speed and willingness to remove personal content that had previously been public, but which Facebook users subsequently made private, as key to the deal.

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Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google has been expanding the reach of its Street View imagery all around the country. In some areas, Google started offering actual indoor images of businesses that go along with its Street View imagery allowing searchers to go from of you of the location of the store restaurant inside the doors to see what the place looks like on the inside. Google is now placing some of the inside images right into its search results pages.

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FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

Google has been on the FTC's radar for quite some time now, with the agency looking into multiple areas of the company. One of the investigations concerns Google's search practices, with claims that it is unfairly skewing search results in its favor to the detriment of its competition. The FTC has been looking into the matter, with reports surfacing not too long ago that it would be settling the issue with Google by the end of the year. Originally, the matter was to be settled by the end of the month, but now it looks like that may get pushed into early 2013.

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Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google is near a US antitrust settlement which would see the search giant escape without penalty or punishment, insiders claim, conceding greater transparency and agreeing not to scrape content for its index. The deal would give advertisers the tools to compare Google advertising campaigns with how those run through other search sites performed, two sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg, in addition to including written assurances from Google that it would not copy the content of other sites without their prior permission.

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