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Google index privacy gets thumbs-up but publishers decry “abusive” search

Google index privacy gets thumbs-up but publishers decry “abusive” search

Google faces good news and bad in Europe this week, with potential vindication over what personal data it can index but vocal rejection of its proposed concessions around equality in search. The search giant has been facing attacks from multiple directions in recent months, with the EC investigating whether it contravened privacy laws or acted in an anti-competitive manner over search results and how data from rival companies is indexed and presented. Good news on one front has coincided with bad news from another.

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Microsoft to “sanitize” Bing for school use

Microsoft to “sanitize” Bing for school use

Students across the country will soon be using a cleaned up version of Microsoft's search engine ecosystem Bing, devoid (or so they hope) of content they're not especially fond of sending out to under-age citizens of the USA. Microsoft spoke up this week at the International Society for Technology for Education meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and dubbed the program "Bing for Schools."

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Yahoo updates search with Google-like redesign

Yahoo updates search with Google-like redesign

With Google's dominance in the search engine realm, it's hard to compete, but Yahoo's trying their best and they think a redesign will do the trick. The company outed a new look for their search page in the US, claiming that it "puts your results front and center," getting rid of a bit of clutter and introducing a new Google-like navigation bar at the top.

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Google brings nutritional information to search results

Google brings nutritional information to search results

Health nuts rejoice. Google has added nutritional information to over 1,000 foods to its search results, using Knowledge Graph to display information about a specific food. You can enter in search queries like "how many carbs in an apple," and it will bring up that information, along with a sidebar of other nutritional facts about apples.

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Mega under Hollywood fire: Google tapped to block search results

Mega under Hollywood fire: Google tapped to block search results

We knew it would end up getting criticism from the start, but Kim Dotcom's recently-launched Mega website is getting the stink-eye from movie studios in Hollywood. While Dotcom claims that his new service is completely legal, studios like NBC Universal and Warner Bros. think the contrary, and have asked Google to take down the website from search results.

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Google Now tells me who I was, making me dumber with Sameness

Google Now tells me who I was, making me dumber with Sameness

When I look at what Google is feeding me every day, my first reaction is to be thrilled at how cool it is that there's an engine out there that sees what I like and give it to me. Automatic understanding, seeing what I search for and where I am, telling me things I aught to know. Things other people know.

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Google Top Trends maps our internet obsessions since 2004

Google Top Trends maps our internet obsessions since 2004

Justin Bieber, the Corvette C7, and dogs: Google is distilling its trend results into top ten charts, with a colorful new real-time display of what people are searching for most. The popular queries are subdivided into forty categories - spanning sport, music stars, movies, and more - and will be updated month, Google said.

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Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google's new "conversational search" feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google's browser. Announced at I/O, the new Voice Search feature builds on the existing ability for Chrome to accept spoken search terms, now listing out your query on screen as you say it, and then able to show the results in Google Now-style cards as well as reading out the answer.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t be evil” slogan was “the stupidest rule ever”

Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t be evil” slogan was “the stupidest rule ever”

Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt made an appearance on NPR's weekly comedy trivia show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! to discuss general ramblings about the company and to promote his new book. While on the show, Schmidt admitted to some interesting things about Google, including the fact that he could read our email if he wanted to.

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Microsoft’s Bing integrates Facebook Likes and comments

Microsoft’s Bing integrates Facebook Likes and comments

Microsoft is continuously adding new features to its Bing search engine, and this time around the company has added integration for Facebook that allows users of the social networking site to comment and Like stuff directly in Bing search results. Microsoft has been researching ways to distinguish itself from Google, and it seems social is the way to go for them.

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Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

When we spoke with Matias Duarte earlier this year about Google Now, it seemed as though Google Now would become the "control panel" of sorts for every smart device it appeared on. Now that we've seen the initial Google Now push for the iPhone and iPad, it would seem that Google doesn't want to simply give Apple products their whole "Now" experience. Instead Google's release of the Google Now experience on iOS is an assistant to Google Search.

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Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

This week the until-now Android-exclusive system Google Now reaches out to iOS inside the Google Search app for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Both versions are tuned to the display size they appear on, with sets of "cards" appearing in a single column for iPhone and a set of two columns for iPad. These cards contain information about current events and the environment around the user based on their search history and interests.

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