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Google just vowed to cite sources on song lyric listings

Google just vowed to cite sources on song lyric listings

Google is currently the subject of allegations of lyric-lifting by the song lyrics site Genius. The folks at Genius suggested that the work they'd put into transcribing and/or attaining song lyrics from artists was essentially copied and pasted by Google in a "Knowledge Panels" feature in Google Search. Google responded once yesterday and again today with similar information on the subject.

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Google Search under fire for allegedly lifting lyrics

Google Search under fire for allegedly lifting lyrics

Google often extols how its ever-growing number of Search features make it easier for users to immediately see the answers they're looking for. Business and site owners, however, are sometimes left shaking their heads every such new feature is announced. Some dread the loss of click-throughs to their sites. Others, like lyrics site Genius, are up in arms over how Google is allegedly lifting lyrics from its service without proper credit or, worse, making users click through to their ad-supported website.

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Google Search mobile-first indexing just made desktop second-class

Google Search mobile-first indexing just made desktop second-class

Mobile-First Indexing by default is the new way of things at Google Search. This won't come as a surprise to those that've been watching the throne - Google's been headed toward this day for a long time. But today's the day. Today is when the official Googlebot army begins indexing new webpages with a mobile-first approach.

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Google Search, Maps, and Assistant now all help you find food delivery

Google Search, Maps, and Assistant now all help you find food delivery

Finding something to eat is difficult enough without having to browse through the various services that would like to deliver it to you. There are a lot of them these days too, so Google is trying to streamline the food delivery process by surfacing new features in Search, Maps, and Assistant when you look for food, hopefully decreasing the time between that initial search and when it shows up at your door.

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Google now lets you set auto-delete Location History and activity data

Google now lets you set auto-delete Location History and activity data

Although Facebook has now probably surpassed Google as the most reviled and most distrusted Big Tech company, the search giant still has it beat when it comes to the data it has and is able to accumulate every day. Thanks to its own share of controversy, investigations, and lawsuits, Google at least has clear and easy methods to erase some, not all, of that data. Now it is giving users one more tool in case they forget to delete their location or activity data on their own.

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Even Google’s search results aren’t safe from Thanos

Even Google’s search results aren’t safe from Thanos

Avengers: Endgame is now upon us, and it seems like everyone is sharing in the hype this time. Fortnite has launched yet another Avengers crossover event, Trello has released a drone that looks like Iron Man, and now even Google is getting in on the fun. If you pop over to Google and search for "Thanos" today, you'll be greeted by a very neat Avengers-themed Easter egg.

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Android to ask European users their preferred browser, search app

Android to ask European users their preferred browser, search app

While it remains mostly unchallenged in the US, Google has been facing tough opposition in Europe. It has fought and lost not a few legal battles with the European Commission, forcing it to change many of its practices and business strategies just for that region. Those changes aren't done yet and the latest might be more of a nuisance rather than an inconvenience. Without going into much detail, Google says that Android users in Europe will be asked which browse and search app they'd like to use, even if the majority of them will probably answer "Google" anyway.

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Google Search activity cards continue your past searches

Google Search activity cards continue your past searches

Google remembers everything, especially if you’re logged into your Google account. But while it conveniently keeps track of your searches, it does so in a very “flat” way, simply a list of past queries. Sometimes, however, you may want to continue searching for a topic without having to start from scratch all over again or wasting time on sites and queries you’ve already seen. That’s where Search’s new activity cards come in, letting you quickly go back to the past and take off from there.

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Google’s Game of the Year is a tough quiz on 2018 trends

Google’s Game of the Year is a tough quiz on 2018 trends

With the end of the year quickly approaching, Google has decided to take a look back at the search trends of 2018. It's doing so with what it calls "Game of the Year," a quiz game that tests players' knowledge of 2018 pop culture. Most of the questions essentially pair up two topics to ask which was searched more throughout the year, and they can get surprisingly tough.

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Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

We're fast approaching a time when a lot of people will be traveling around the country, and it isn't holiday travel without delays. Google today announced that it's rolling out new functionality to Google Assistant that will alert you to potential flight delays before they're made official. We're also getting a new feature in Google Maps that will help visitors to a new city discover things to do.

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How Google pays Apple in 2018

How Google pays Apple in 2018

Almost since birth, Google's done business with Apple - be it by listing ads, running GPS maps, or by being a default for search on a smartphone. Apple and Google understand that it's better for business that they collaborate and compete, rather than just one or the other. Today we're going to talk about how Google paid Apple one massive amount of money for one key bit of preferential treatment in their MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, and so forth.

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Google Search makes it easier to access and control your data

Google Search makes it easier to access and control your data

With a company as far-reaching as Google, concerns about user data are naturally always at the forefront (or at least they should be). Google, after all, collects a lot of data on its users so it can serve those users with targeted ads. One of its biggest sources of that data is Google Search, which serves as the company's marquee product. Today, Google announced that it's making it easier to see the data that has been collected and manage it.

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