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Bing apps integrate GasBuddy, add shopping tools

Bing apps integrate GasBuddy, add shopping tools

Microsoft has pushed out what it says are “major updates” for both the Bing Android and iPhone apps. Firstly, the Bing App for iPhone introduced in November has arrived on Android, and both apps are getting new features over past iterations. Among other things, Microsoft has announced the apps bring a new integration with GasBuddy, making it easier to find cheap gas wherever a user happens to be. iPhone users are also getting something special — dedicated deals including both coupons and offers, a feature that will arrive later on Android.

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This is how much Google paid to keep its search bar on iPhone

This is how much Google paid to keep its search bar on iPhone

Android revenue and profits wasn't the only thing about Google that Oracle's court documents spilled. Aside from the billions that Google has so far made off its mobile platform, one part of the document, now gone and officially "never existed", also revealed that Google paid a hefty sum, to the tune of $1 billion, to Apple in order to retain its position as the search provider in the latter's search bar on the iPhone. Plus, the document also revealed a revenue sharing between the two companies that may have embarrassed both.

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Google’s Year in Search breaks down 2015’s biggest moments

Google’s Year in Search breaks down 2015’s biggest moments

Google has published its newest “Year in Search” results, breaking down some of the biggest moments of the year and how they played out in Google searches. The figures are parsed by country and available with global totals, and include such notable events and trends as the latest Star Wars movie, the discovery of water on Mars, the Pope’s visit to America, Cecil the lion, and more.

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Google Now on Tap eases holiday stress with flight, package tracking

Google Now on Tap eases holiday stress with flight, package tracking

The holidays are fast approaching and, while it's a season for festivity and good cheer, for some it is also a season for hair pulling stress. Whether it be the arrival of friends and relatives or even your own flight, or the sending and receiving of gifts, there are just a lot of pieces of information to keep track of. Good thing, then, that Google, the master of amassing and keeping track of information on the Internet, has your back with a few new Now on Tap features.

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Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive users on Android, iOS, and desktop-based web browsers have been given a boost in functionality this week as Google kicks search in the bum. Users will be able to search not only terms, not only titles of files, but file types as well. Users on all platforms will be able to search for file types, and all platforms will now have quick-access to Advanced Search straight from the standard search box in-app.

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Google’s App Streaming lets you try out games inside ads

Google’s App Streaming lets you try out games inside ads

Last month Google revealed a rather intriguing new technology to its mobile search. App Streaming basically embedded a portion of an app's experience right inside Google's search results, giving users a foretaste and teaser of what the full app offers. Now Google is bringing that feature to its mobile ads as well. Now users will be able to take games for a Trial Run right inside the game's ad. And ad makers can also make use of customized and highly interactive ads to rope in more users to their apps.

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Google on Russian antitrust sanction: unfounded

Google on Russian antitrust sanction: unfounded

Barely beating the deadline, Google has issued a statement that it will be contesting the ruling and the sanction being imposed by Russia's antitrust body. The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of the country last September ruled in favor of local search giant Yandex when the latter brought a complaint against Google for alleged monopolistic practices. At the heart of the complaint is Google's bundling of its own apps and on every "blessed" Android device, which takes a huge chunk out of Yandex's market and profits. Of course, Google isn't taking things sitting down, breaking almost two months of silence on the matter.

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Bing for iOS gets search smarts that may rival Google

Bing for iOS gets search smarts that may rival Google

The Bing app for iOS has been updated today, and with it Microsoft is introducing a number of smart, useful search features that just might be enough to make users think twice before always turning to the Google app. When making searches, the app aims to present more than just the standard text descriptions or links to Wikipedia, instead, in the right circumstances, it can bring up information from other apps and services, and even act as a gateway to said apps.

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Google Now shows Foursquare tips even without Foursquare

Google Now shows Foursquare tips even without Foursquare

Google Now is Google's version of the smart personal virtual assistant, though it doesn't exactly have a personable personality like Siri or Cortana. It makes up for that with smarts, offering recommendations not just when you ask it but sometimes even when you don't. And sometimes it even makes suggestions from sources you probably didn't know about. VentureBeat's Jordan Novet reports seeing Foursquare place recommendations in his Google Now search results. Which he finds strange considering that he doesn't have the Foursquare app installed at all.

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Facebook Search Update goes Public: here’s how you hide

Facebook Search Update goes Public: here’s how you hide

Today Facebook updated their Facebook Search feature to include ALL public posts. Before today, this feature only searched through your friends posts and those posts you and your friends were tagged in - now it's everyone, everywhere. This might freak a few people out. But don't worry! There's a (relatively) simple way of pulling your content from the public eye, and part of it can be done from your smartphone or tablet.

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Facebook Search expands to near-universal coverage

Facebook Search expands to near-universal coverage

The entirety of Facebook just became search-friendly from within. Facebook's indexing of their own posts - private and public - began back around this year with Facebook's first big search update. Now the advice we gave you back then becomes doubly important - if you have anything embarrassing in your extensive history of Facebooking, that is to say. Now is the time to delete everything terrible you've ever said, attached to the keywords you hope no one will ever associate you with, if you haven't already.

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