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Google to Start Kicking Resource-Heavy Ads Off Chrome in August

Google’s planning to instate a resource cap on all Chrome advertisements after finding that a tiny contingent of resource-heavy ads is responsible for more than a quarter of all ad-related network data and CPU usage. On the user-end, these ads can “drain battery life, saturate already strained networks, and cost money,” wrote Marshall Vale, the web browser’s product manager, in a company blog post Thursday. Read More >>

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There’s at Least One Thing That Bing Does Better Than Google – Disinformation

The Bing search engine – which is still around ten years after Microsoft created it, despite having only five per cent market share – gets a lot of flak for not being as useful as Google’s search engine. But a recent study found that it’s actually even worse at delivering information than was previously known. Read More >>

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Google Sure Screws Around With Search Results a Lot, Investigation Finds

Google’s search algorithm is a powerful thing – the tiniest tweaks can tank businesses, subtly influence your purchasing decisions, and shape what information you see. Google has long stated that it “do[es] not use human curation to collect or arrange the results on a page,” but a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company does interfere with search results more than it cares to admit. Read More >>

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Google’s Tweaking Search Results So You Won’t Get Bombarded With The Same Site

Ever google something and the results are all from the same site? Google’s aiming to fix that with a Search update that will give users more site diversity. Read More >>

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Happy Belated Birthday, Bing!

Microsoft’s Bing – a search engine that literally bribes people to use it and still (still!) can’t seem to grow its witheringly small four per cent market share – has been around for an entire decade. As of yesterday. We forgot its birthday and seemingly so did virtually everyone else. Read More >>

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China May Have Blocked Microsoft’s Bing in Latest Censorship Play: Report

This year is already proving to be challenging for Microsoft’s Bing. It appears as of Wednesday that the search engine is no longer accessible in China, even despite the company’s commitment to censoring its search results. Read More >>

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European Union Competition Watchdog Renews Threats to Break Up Google Into Smaller Companies

Facebook may have had a very bad week stateside and in the UK over its Cambridge Analytica data scandal, but European Union officials are maintaining that fellow tech giant Google may ultimately need to be broken up, lest it swallow the internet whole. Read More >>

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Google Says It Has Received 2.4 Million Takedown Requests Under EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Laws

Google has now been complying with the European Union’s controversial “right to be forgotten” laws, which the European Court of Justice first ruled applied to search engines in 2014, for three years. On Monday, the search giant released an updated version of its annual Transparency Report, which discloses how many and what kind of requests Google has received to delist pages from results and in how many instances the company complied. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>