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Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google’s Schmidt slates Europe vanity search ruling

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has lashed out at the European Union ruling that individuals have the right to remove themselves from search results, arguing EU "was wrong" in its decision, which has already seen politicians and pedophiles request to be deleted from the search giant's index. "You have a collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know," Schmidt said during Google's annual stockholder meeting, when asked whether he felt the decision would have an impact on the company's bottom line.

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EU says Google must remove data from search if asked

EU says Google must remove data from search if asked

Google has lost nother important legal battle today, as a European Judge found the search giant is responsible for what information is discovered via search. The judgement would hold Google accountable for removing information from their search engine should a user ask them to. It’s a form of digital privacy we’re not accustomed to, and could have widespread implications for how search is used and/or abused.

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Bing for Schools exits beta and goes into use with thousands of schools

Bing for Schools exits beta and goes into use with thousands of schools

Last summer Microsoft announced that it was beginning work on a new version of Bing that was aimed at schools called Bing for Schools. The idea for Bing for Schools was to provide a somewhat sanitized version of the Bing search engine that would help insulate kids using computers at school from content that they shouldn’t be able to see. Microsoft started with a small pilot program for Bing for Schools that had operated in five schools.

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Yahoo tipped in project to replace Google as Apple’s default search

Yahoo tipped in project to replace Google as Apple’s default search

Among Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's efforts to boost the company into greener pastures comes word on a couple of internal projects, one that is quite ambitious: getting Apple to replace Google with Yahoo as its default search engine on iOS.

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Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

While Microsoft isn’t quite ready to release Cortana to the desktop world, they’re letting it be known that they’re more than happy to spread the personalization love. With Cortana you get a collection of features aimed directly at you, grown from your recorded interests, contacts, and so forth. With Bing’s new homepage, you’re getting a series of cards with similar information being tapped.

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Google Search may boost sites with encrypted data

Google Search may boost sites with encrypted data

It’s been suggested this week that Google may be in talks to boost search results for websites that correctly implement encryption. This was hinted by the engineer at Google in charge of fighting spam in search results, Matt Cutts. Cutts is also a liaison between Google’s search engine team and web developers letting them know how each change is being made to the algorithms in place as they are made.

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Gmail class-action lawsuit isn’t allowed, judge rules

Gmail class-action lawsuit isn’t allowed, judge rules

A class-action lawsuit against Google over allegedly scanning the contents of emails has been turned down in a US District Court. This marks a strong victory for Google, which would have faced paying an astronomical amount in damages if the class-action suit had been allowed to proceed.

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Bing Image Search simplifies finding different resolutions

Bing Image Search simplifies finding different resolutions

Sorting through Web images can be a hassle, particularly if you're on the hunt for a specific resolution in addition to a certain arrangement. While filtering tools help narrow down results to those that meet a minimum resolution requirement, they don't aid in finding an image you like in a different size, making the process take entirely too long. It is this particular issue Bing's latest update addresses.

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Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo has inked a deal with Carnegie Mellon University to test machine-learning research, new mobile interfaces, and natural-language recognition on search and other real-time data. Dubbed Project InMind, the five year partnership is worth $10m and will see Yahoo Labs set up a new fellowship program at the university, while CMU students can dig into Yahoo's data to see how online systems can better predict and cater for user needs and intentions.

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Google loses fight over public shaming in France

Google loses fight over public shaming in France

Google's attempts to escape privacy sanctions in France that will force it to publish an embarrassing mea-culpa on its site have failed, with the French courts insisting there'll be no getting around the public message. Regulators had already leveled at €150,000 ($204k) fine at Google for changing its privacy policies in ways that contravened French law; however, Google took issue with the idea of publicly announcing that penalty on its homepage, arguing that it would cause irreparable damage to its reputation.

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Google’s EU deal has rivals livid: Here’s what escaping a $5bn fine looks like

Google’s EU deal has rivals livid: Here’s what escaping a $5bn fine looks like

Google's tentatively-agreed antitrust settlement may have pacified the European Union but the search giant's rivals are still spitting mad, billing the concessions as "worse than doing nothing." Years of search result sparring and the threat of a potentially $5bn antitrust fine dangling over its metaphorical head forced Google to crank up its offers to the EU in order to escape penalties for dominating in the European market; however, the consortium including Microsoft, Trip Advisor, Nokia, and others still isn't happy.

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Princeton researchers predict Facebook’s demise: data strikes back

Princeton researchers predict Facebook’s demise: data strikes back

In a research paper published on the 17th of January, 2014, several Princeton researchers found the end of Facebook's popularity to be taking place within the next few years. Using a model in which they track the popularity of MySpace based on the term - the name of the brand - appearing in Google a number of times over the past decade. This Princeton paper saw it fit to extrapolate a direct correlation between Facebook (the word)'s popularity on Google and the possibility that the network itself may be taking a dive.

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