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Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo has inked a deal with Carnegie Mellon University to test machine-learning research, new mobile interfaces, and natural-language recognition on search and other real-time data. Dubbed Project InMind, the five year partnership is worth $10m and will see Yahoo Labs set up a new fellowship program at the university, while CMU students can dig into Yahoo's data to see how online systems can better predict and cater for user needs and intentions.

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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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Evernote Descriptive Search claims better note hunting with fuzzy logic

Evernote Descriptive Search claims better note hunting with fuzzy logic

Evernote has updated its search functionality, adding fuzzy logic to how notes are discovered so that users can hunt down their content using conversational phrases. Evernote Descriptive Search, initially only available on the Mac desktop client, adds to the existing keyword search by allowing users to describe their required outcome - whether that be "images from California since 2013" or "audio notes from a phone" - rather than remember specifics.

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Google reportedly nears EC antitrust escape after “much better” deal

Google reportedly nears EC antitrust escape after “much better” deal

Google is reportedly close to a settlement that will help it escape European antitrust fines that could total as much as $5bn, insiders claim, having supposedly ramped up its offer of concessions to satisfy Microsoft and others. The deal could be announced within a few days - or potentially be a couple of weeks out - two sources told Reuters, having offered a "much better" set of proposals for how it would address its dominance in European search.

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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 Santa Tracker joins voicemail system and North Pole village

Google Santa Tracker joins voicemail system and North Pole village

This week the teams at Google responsible for making the search engine a place for massive entertainment beyond the pale have created a Christmas wonderland for the masses. Here you’ll be able to track Santa Clause as he makes the rounds around the world and - while you’re waiting for him to approach you - they’ve created a set of animated videos and games for you to experience as well.

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Google EU antitrust proposals rejected again as punishment looms

Google EU antitrust proposals rejected again as punishment looms

Google's attempts to placate rivals and the European Commission with search concessions and hopefully avoid an antitrust fine look to have failed, with the proposals described as "not acceptable" by the EU competition commissioner. The search giant had offered a range of compromises back in October - including giving rivals like Bing higher placement in results, and to box-out its own services to make their privileged position clear - but the suggestions failed to satisfy, with commissioner Joaquin Almunia saying they did not fully "eliminate our concerns."

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Google Zeitgeist 2013: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker & iPhone 5s

Google Zeitgeist 2013: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker & iPhone 5s

Google has revealed its annual "Zeitgeist" wrap-up of the top searches of the year, bringing 2013 to a close with a run-down of the global trending searches that includes Nelson Mandela, the iPhone 5s, and the PlayStation 4. Continuing a summary tradition started back in 2001, Google Zeitgeist 2013 is also the broadest so-far, the search giant says: over 1,000 top ten lists, ranging from most-searched individuals, through TV shows, to gadgets.

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