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Google’s Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News

Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavours: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s favour, so it’s worth paying some attention. Read More >>

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Here Are 2017’s Top UK Searches, According to Google

It's December, which means we're knee deep in the 'year in review' type stuff. Google's been slowly releasing various top ten lists of 2017, and now it's time to see what the search engine wing of the company has to say. Here are the UK's top searches of 2017, according to Google. Read More >>

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Google Denies Deliberately Demoting The Pirate Bay’s Search Ranking in Some Countries

Google and piracy have a pretty love/hate relationship to say the least. While the search giant is usually quite good at removing any links to sites that facilitate copyright infringement when asked, it apparently doesn't deliberately use its amazing powers to trash their SEO. To the point that it has flat-out denied this, after some accusations. Read More >>

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Google’s Ending its Controversial ‘First Click Free’ Policy

Today publishers let out cries of joy, I assume, because Google announced it was ending its controversial 'First Click Free' policy that's been in place for a decade. Read More >>

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Internet Finally Dances on Yellow Pages’ Soggy Corpse

It's grown thinner over the years and young people don't even really know what it's for, and now it's finally dying for good. It's the end of the Yellow Pages, and the closing of a chapter of British history that was printed on very thin paper. Read More >>

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How to Find Anyone Online

If your efforts to track down long-lost relatives and obscure musicians (or anyone else you’re looking for on the web) stop at Googling their name then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to seriously go about searching for people online, including some advice from the professionals who do it for a living, and if you’d rather not be found than read on to understand exactly how the pros go about finding those who’d prefer to stay hidden. Read More >>

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Your Google Search May Have Autoplaying Video Soon

Google is trialling video with autoplay on its search results. These videos will not only appear automatically, but will also play their audio automatically. It's this that generally causes the greatest consternation among users who don't want to jump out of their skin because some video starts chatting away. Read More >>

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Google Fined £2.1 Billion for Abusing Being Google

The European Commission has done the sums and decided to hit Google with a vast fine of €2.42 billion (£2.14bn), as its long-running investigation into Google's abuse of being Google reaches its conclusion. Read More >>

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How to Find Almost Anything on YouTube

The number of views YouTube videos get in a single day is up to the billions now, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute, versus the month it would take twelve years ago when YouTube launched. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web, so here’s a helpful guide to find that weird Wonder Woman video you found in 2007 that you can’t stop thinking about, but haven’t seen since — provided its still on Youtube. Read More >>

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Microsoft Paying UK Users To Use Bing

Microsoft's "Bing Rewards" offer incentives like Xbox gift cards and Skype credit for every search you perform on Bing. You get three points for each search and that's doubled for an introductory period to six, as long as you're using Microsoft Edge. Earnings are limited to 30 per day, or 60 if you're on Edge. The special points increase runs until the 15th of August. Read More >>

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How Not to Protect Your Privacy Online

Privacy advocates across the country let out a collective sob a few weeks ago week when the US Congress dismantled a set of Obama-era internet privacy rules. In effect, the US government just just gave big telecom companies unfettered access to residents' browsing history and will even let ISPs sell that data for profit. While this won't affect us here in the UK, things like the Snooper's Charter mean we have our own privacy concerns to worry about. Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Latest Feature Will Make Your Parents Very Happy

Snapchat has always seemed intentionally difficult to use. But once any good millennial figures out its quirks, the app can offer a whole world of magic. Now, that magic will be accessible to people of all ages and technological abilities, because the ghost-friendly app just announced it will add a search feature to its platform. Read More >>

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Elf Porn Searches Rocket in Lead up to Christmas

Pornhub has issued one of those comedy press releases it admittedly does quite well for a business primarily based around monetising videos of people shagging, with the porn portal collating its top list of seasonal sex searches. Read More >>

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No Prizes For Guessing the UK’s Top Search Terms of the Year

Remember the early bit of 2016 when all we had to worry about was Pokemon Go draining our batteries a bit fast? That's what historians will describe as the key moment of the year, as the mobile game's brief, incendiary spell of popularity made it one of the most popular search terms of 2016. Read More >>

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How to Save a Ton of Time With Custom Searches on Android

Out of the box, Android doesn’t give you much flexibility when it comes to setting the default search in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A clever app called Custom Search Bar Widget lets you set up alternative searches for sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Google Maps, and more. It also completely transforms the look of the search bar. Read More >>