Once Again, Google Promoted Disinformation and Propaganda After a Mass Shooting

As authorities named Devin Patrick Kelley as the shooter in a horrifying massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas which resulted in at least 26 deaths on Sunday, Google once again served up misinformation and posts from conspiracy theorists at the top of search results for his name. Read More >>

Ominous ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Case With Global Consequences Heads to Europe’s Highest Court

Following the laws of individual nations becomes a hell of a conundrum when your business fundamentally has no borders. But recent court cases are threatening to make the situation even more difficult by demanding that a country’s laws be honored by companies like Google all around the world. On Wednesday, an ongoing case with terrifying implications was kicked up to the European Union’s highest court. Read More >>

Digital Footprints Paint an Eerily Accurate Picture of Europe’s Refugees

Using search data collected by Google, researchers at the Pew Research Center have reconstructed the journeys taken by refugees flowing into Europe from the Middle East. It represents a new way of tracking migration patterns—but the technique could eventually lead to misuse. Read More >>

Google And Microsoft Agree To Demote Pirated Content In The UK

Sorry, pirates: soon your wares will be harder to find on UK search engines. Google and Bing have agreed to a voluntary code of practice that'll see infringing content including films, music and sport pushed down the search results. Read More >>

The Internet Has Us Very Worried About Dads

Google’s search predictions have us very concerned for dads. The company says it makes its search predictions based on “the terms you’re typing” and “what other people are searching for”. Google also considers your previous search history, but even in incognito mode (which would eliminate that variable) we can clearly see our nation of dads need some serious help. Read More >>

4 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search

Google is pretty much everywhere. It’s in your smartphone, car, and maybe even your watch— but there’s still nothing like searching Google on a desktop computer. To this day, about 64 per cent of US web surfers use Google as their primary search engine. Read More >>

How Lycos Almost Won the Search Engine Wars

In 1998, a young developer named Jim Gilliam was hired at Lycos after he impressed management by finding bugs in their site. He took on the task of improving their search results to find a way to beat their biggest competitor, Yahoo. Read More >>

Google is Trying to Google Google Better 

Google wants to be better at googling Google. The company is hiring a search-engine optimisation (SEO) program manager so Google sites get Googled better. What a world! Read More >>

Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because, well, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. Read More >>

Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like ‘Minority Report’

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically sci-fi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in action. Read More >>

Google Flu Trends Resorts to Real Data Because it Got it Wrong

Google Flu Trends was a service launched last year, which tracked users' illness-related search terms, to gauge region's flu prevalence. Apparently, using peoples' neurotic self-diagnoses isn't the most accurate way to track disease. So now, Google has decided to introduce a "new" flu-tracking engine. The new part? Reliable data. Read More >>

The BBC is Publishing a List of the Articles Removed From Google Searches

The EU court's decision to make Google consider a person's 'right to be forgotten' has been controversial for a number of reasons, particularly among journalists and the media. Requests by EU citizens has led to articles from news organisations across the world being removed from search results.The BBC is going to make sure they aren't lost to the depths of the internet by publishing a list of articles removed due to the policy. Read More >>

Yahoo Very Quietly Kills Off Yahoo

As part of Yahoo's ongoing mid-life crisis, the company very quietly announced today that it's killing off the original internet directory that gave the company its name. Read More >>