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Google and Microsoft clamp down on child exploitation search

Google and Microsoft clamp down on child exploitation search

Google and Microsoft have reworked their search algorithms to make child abuse content harder to find, though some experts still argue that it will make little difference to those who actually hunt out the illegal imagery. Announced at a UK internet safety summit, the new search code has apparently already removed around 100,000 Google results related to the sexual abuse of children, with Bing expected to do similar. However, there are lingering concerns that those interested in such content will continue to find it on so-called darknets.

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Yahoo undergoing Microsoft search transition after failed attempt to delay

Yahoo undergoing Microsoft search transition after failed attempt to delay

Last month, Yahoo lost one of its latest legal efforts to delay a search transition with its long-term partner, Microsoft, in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The given reason was that Yahoo wanted to wait until Microsoft selected a CEO, with the going reason being that Yahoo CEO Mayer wants to back out of the failed deal betwixt the two. Microsoft didn't appreciate such a move, and such spawned a legal battle that Yahoo has lost.

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Glass quietly adds personalized photo search

Glass quietly adds personalized photo search

Google's XE11 update for Glass may have added calendar and custom location support, but that's not the only personalized search that the wearable now offers. Glass can now search through Google photos with a custom speech search command, so for instance it's now possible to ask "OK Glass, Google my pictures for cats" and see all of the shots you've uploaded that have felines in them. The system also supports tagged people.

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KitKat Google Now opt-out not permanent: here’s where to find it

KitKat Google Now opt-out not permanent: here’s where to find it

With the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, Google begins an age in which their Google Now service is right up front and center - and you can opt-out from the outset. What you'll find when you first start up the Nexus 5 is a series of option pages, much like versions of Android before 4.4 KitKat, including a new one that asks if you'd like to opt-in to Google Now. If you decide to opt-out, Google Now all but disappears from your Android experience.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Google Now experience hits the homescreen

Android 4.4 KitKat Google Now experience hits the homescreen

Those without a Nexus 5 in their hands already may not have noticed the fact that a brand new home screen feature has been added to Android 4.4 KitKat: Google Now. This system has been part of Android for several iterations of the OS now - a couple of generations, that is - but this marks the first time the experience is integrated in with the home screen itself. In fact, it's so integrated that it's actually the base for the homescreen, instead of the the other way around.

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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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