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Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Europe has passed a ruling calling for Google to be broken up, among other things, with politicians concerned that huge, dominant firms like the Silicon Valley giant could end up abusing their position. The vote today at the European Parliament focused on how search functionality should be unbundled from other commercial services, in an effort to reduce the potential of access being abused. While Google wasn't specifically singled out by name, the search giant is nonetheless top of the hit-list given it's responsible for around 90-percent of all queries by European web users.

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Google may lose to Bing in Safari search sweepstakes

Google may lose to Bing in Safari search sweepstakes

When you’re searching via Safari on your iPhone or iPad, Google is your default choice. You can change it to another search engine, obviously, but Google is the de facto option — and who’s complaining about that? Google’s results are top-notch. Starting next year, Google may be riding the search pine on the biggest platform around. A new report says Google may be out as top search dog in Safari, as their deal with Apple ends soon. In its place could sit Bing, or Yahoo.

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Google “right to be forgotten” tool should be global says EU

Google “right to be forgotten” tool should be global says EU

Google's "right to be forgotten" tool was grudgingly implemented in Europe back in May, but now privacy regulators are pushing to scale up the web search censoring system to cover global results, not just those localized to countries in the EU. The ruling - which affects all search engines operating in Europe, though Google is the clear leader with an estimated 90-percent market share there - allows individuals the right to request the removal of links to information "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant," and at launch saw 12,000 requests in a single day.

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Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Mozilla wants to make searching for the things you need faster on Firefox, and so to facilitate that the company will be introducing an update sometime in the future that brings with it a new search interface. With this new search, users are able to type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website on which they want to view the result, among them being sites like Wikipedia and Google. This follows news that Yahoo will be the browser's new default search option.

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Google Shopping to offer more details in search results

Google Shopping to offer more details in search results

Yep, it's that time of the year again. More than just the turkeys and family reunions, a lot of people in the US are looking forward to (or, conversely, dreading) the days that immediately follow as auspicious times to buy those gadgets you've been waiting all year to get your hands on. And at reduced prices even! To help you make more efficient use of your time waiting in line, Google is updating its Shopping experience this week to load more knowledge into your mobile device in preparation for the onslaught of like-minded shoppers.

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Report: European Parliament wants Google broken up

Report: European Parliament wants Google broken up

Google and the European Union have a rocky relationship. The stranglehold Google has on search and search results is sometimes troubling to critics, with the European Commission charged with keeping a close eye on Google’s goings-on. Several attempts by Google to satiate the demands of complainers has fallen short, while loud critics like the FOTU group continue to make their case that Google is gaming search to meet their own wants and needs. The latest solution might be the wildest yet, as a new report alleges officials in the European Parliament are preparing to ask the EC to have Google separate search from the rest of its services.

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Twitter opens up archive, lets you search all tweets

Twitter opens up archive, lets you search all tweets

According to Twitter, hundreds of billions of tweets have been sent out since the service launched in 2006. If you’re dubious of that number, you can now count them all to verify the claim. Today, Twitter is announcing they’re making the entire catalog of tweets sent available via their search index. Until today, the aim was on providing an account of the more recent tweets sent, but now they’re all up for grabs. The new, all-encompassing index is also 100-times larger than the real-time index we’ve been using.

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Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

It’s update Wednesday, and you know what that means, Android fans: more Google for your Android! On top of the Nexus 6 rollout Google is doing each Wednesday, we also get our hands on some new app features, and sometimes new apps altogether. Today, we’re seeing both, as a really nice update to Google Search is rolling out, and Google’s newest messaging app is also being introduced to the Play Store. For the majority of Android users, both will be available, too.

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Apple Web crawler stokes search speculation

Apple Web crawler stokes search speculation

Developer Jan Moesen recently spotted an Apple Web crawler written in Go. He detailed the discovery on his website, where he said it is requesting HTML pages only, ignoring image files, CSS and such. He posited the question: is this a sign of an official Apple project, or is it just an Apple worker tinkering with some personal project? No one knows at this point, but it has stoked quite a bit of speculation, particularly that Apple may have a search-related project in the works, the likes of which are also speculation.

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Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Searching for content via Google Now is easy and effective, but there’s a problem: it doesn’t dive into your apps. You can ask all kinds of things, which get routed through Google’s massive mother-brain search engine, but it fails to bring you results from apps you trust. On the Android Developers blog, Google has outlined exactly how Developers can implement search into their app, which will allow users to get in-app results for whatever that app provides, all without ever leaving Now.

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