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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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Google Search app scores tip calculator

Google Search app scores tip calculator

Calculating out a tip can be achieved using an app or by breaking out your handset's calculator, but neither is quite as simple as asking your phone how much the tip on your bill should be and having the answer appear. Such is perhaps the inspiration behind the latest Google Search app update, which adds an automatic tip calculator into the mix.

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Google near EU search antitrust settlement with extra concessions

Google near EU search antitrust settlement with extra concessions

Google has submitted a new set of proposed remedies in the hope of escaping EU antitrust censure, the vice president in charge of competition policy has reveled, now encompassing mobile and voice search in addition to traditional methods. Negotiations continued until the end of September, Joaquín Almunia told the European Parliament today, and while he would not detail the concessions, did say that they were much improved over the initial set of generally panned possibilities. Among the tweaks, Almunia commented, was how the search giant will treat "queries entered in Google in whatever form - whether they are typed or spoken – and irrespective of the entry point or the device."

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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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Google Hummingbird secretly supercharged search a month ago

Google Hummingbird secretly supercharged search a month ago

Google quietly switched on a new search algorithm, Hummingbird, a month ago the company has revealed, impacting an estimated 90-percent of searches by improving how the engine handles complex queries. Revealed at an event earlier today, held at the house Sergey Brin and Larry Page first used while setting up Google almost fifteen years ago, Hummingbird consists of new technology that can better understand natural language and compound questions, particularly of use when handling "OK Google" voice commands such as will be added to the iOS search app imminently.

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Google iOS app “OK Google” voice control incoming as mobile search revamped

Google iOS app “OK Google” voice control incoming as mobile search revamped

Google will bring its hands-off "OK Google" voice search to iOS, the search giant has confirmed, in addition to launching new mobile and tablet interfaces which make better use of the Knowledge Graph. The upcoming iPhone and iPad Google Search app - set to be released "in the next couple of weeks" Google says - will offer the same voice search functionality as currently offered on Android devices like the Moto X, allowing iOS users to control their handsets simply by saying "OK Google..." and a command.

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BitTorrent and uTorrent removed from Google piracy search filter, return to autocomplete

BitTorrent and uTorrent removed from Google piracy search filter, return to autocomplete

Over the years, Google has made a lot of changes to its search engine algorithms that control what content is returned for specific search terms. Google long ago implementing changes to its search results to block some access to content that had to do with digital piracy. Part of that move was to block certain terms such as BitTorrent and uTorrent from returning suggestions as the word was typed in.

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Facebook releases new search tools for news organizations

Facebook releases new search tools for news organizations

Facebook is set to launch a couple of new search tools aimed at helping these organizations to figure out what Facebook users are talking about. The search tools will undoubtedly be used by marketers as well looking for topics they can target to sell products and services. The tools are focused on helping people gain insight into conversations going on in real time centered on things such as television shows, news topics, and sporting events.

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