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Germany Wants Access to Google's Search Algorithm

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German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Google needs observing and noted anything that does not feature in its top search results might as well not exist. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Google needs observing and noted anything that does not feature in its top search results might as well not exist. 0 Comments

Google Still Shows Max Mosley S&M Party Pictures, So He Sues Again

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The former Formula One president is suing Google because its search results still include images of him from an infamous sex orgy that included multiple prostitutes. Google says it has already removed "hundreds of URLs". The former Formula One president is suing Google because its search results still include images of him from an infamous sex orgy that included multiple prostitutes. Google says it has already removed "hundreds of URLs". 0 Comments

Google Has Removed 100,000 Links, Approved More Than Half of 'Right to be Forgotten' Requests

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Google has removed "the majority" of "right to be forgotten" requests, a number that could exceed the 100,000 mark. It has rejected just over 30 percent of the requests it has received and approved "more than 50 percent" of the requests. Google has reportedly rejected just over 30 percent of the requests it has received and approved "more than 50 percent" of the requests. 0 Comments

Germany to Treat Google Like a Public Utility?

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German officials are planning to clip the wings of tech giants such as Google through heavier regulation. The country's Federal Cartel Office would be given powers to curtail Google's influence, were it decided that it had got too big for its boots. The country's Federal Cartel Office would be given powers to curtail Google's influence, were it decided that it had got too big for its boots. 0 Comments

Google Begins Removing Search Results to Comply With 'Right to be Forgotten'

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Google says "Each request has to be assessed individually, and we're working as quickly as possible to get through the queue." It's not clear how many requests Google has received, but recent reports indicate takedown requests have topped 50,000. Google has started removing search results, following the European Court of Justice landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling in May. 0 Comments

5 Fast Facts about the EU's Privacy Ruling on Google

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A European court has ruled that if Google wants to continue operating in Europe, the search giant must respect individuals' requests to remove data from the search results. Here are five facts you need to know about the "right to be forgotten." A European court has ruled that if Google wants to continue operating in Europe, the search giant must respect individuals' requests to remove data from the search results. Here are five facts you need to know about the "right to be forgotten." 0 Comments

New Google Search Layout Has No Underlines, Makes Titles Bigger

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Many Google users are seeing a new variety of search results. The redesign increases the font size for titles, removes underlines from links, uses a hard to read gray text, and also features a yellow ads label that has been spotted for months. Many Google users are seeing a new variety of search results. The redesign increases the font size for titles, removes underlines from links, uses a hard to read gray text, and also features a yellow ads label that has been spotted for months. 0 Comments

Google, Europe Near Antitrust Deal, Really This Time?

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With its latest offer, Google has effectively settled the three year probe and has dodged a potential $5 billion fine. While the European Commission has accepted the concessions, they must first be accepted by the complainants, including Microsoft. With its latest offer, Google has effectively settled the three year probe and has dodged a potential $5 billion fine. While the European Commission has accepted the concessions, they must first be accepted by the complainants, including Microsoft. 0 Comments

European Search Awards Entry Deadline is Fast Approaching

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Time is quickly running out to enter your nominations for the European Search Awards. The deadline is January 17 for individuals, agencies, or organizations hoping to have their outstanding search achievements in Europe honored during RIMC 2014. January 17 is the deadline for individuals, agencies, or organizations hoping to have their search achievements honored during the European Search Awards. 0 Comments

Google Keyword Data Goes Missing Again, This Time From Webmaster Tools

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Google Webmaster Tools is missing keywords data. It appears as though search query data from the Search Traffic section hasn't been recorded since last Monday, September 23, the same day Google launched secure search for all searches. Google Webmaster Tools is missing keywords data. It appears as though search query data from the Search Traffic section hasn't been recorded since last Monday, September 23, the same day Google launched secure search for all searches. 0 Comments

Europe to Demand Further Search Concessions From Google

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European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia addressed the European parliament yesterday and said that Google's proposed changes to its search aren't good enough, and that it's unlikely to signal an end to the EC's ongoing probe into the firm. European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia addressed the European parliament yesterday and said that Google's proposed changes to its search aren't good enough, and that it's unlikely to signal an end to the EC's ongoing probe into the firm. 0 Comments

Can This Data Analysis Predict Which Google Products Will Close Next?

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Data analyzed by Gwern.net predicts the Google products that are safe for now – including Google search, AdWords, and News. Google Glass is only is given a 50-50 chance of survival. And find out which products are most likely to shut down. Data analyzed by Gwern.net predicts the Google products that are safe for now – including Google search, AdWords, and News. Google Glass is only is given a 50-50 chance of survival. And find out which products are most likely to shut down. 0 Comments

Is Google Places Search Permanently Closed?

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Google has removed the link to Places search. The link, which had been located in Google's "More" drop-down menu option, is no longer there, meaning local businesses can only be found via search (paid or organic), Google+ Local, or Google Maps. Google has removed the link to Places search. The link, which had been located in Google's "More" drop-down menu option, is no longer there, meaning local businesses can only be found via search (paid or organic), Google+ Local, or Google Maps. 0 Comments

Report: Google Will Label Search Results to End EU Antitrust Probe

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The three-year Google antitrust investigation might be over. An agreement means that Google must clearly label search results for its own services such as Google News or Google+, but it won't involve any changes to Google's search algorithm. The three-year Google antitrust investigation might be over. An agreement means that Google must clearly label search results for its own services such as Google News or Google+, but it won't involve any changes to Google's search algorithm. 0 Comments

Will Google's Proposed Search Fixes End EU Antitrust Case?

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Google has presented a list of concessions in a bid to address the European Union's concerns and put an end to a two-year long antitrust probe into its search business. Google wants to avoid paying out a massive fine and facing more legal action. Google has presented a list of concessions in a bid to address the European Union's concerns and put an end to a two-year long antitrust probe into its search business. Google wants to avoid paying out a massive fine and facing more legal action. 0 Comments

Google Could Make $5 Billion From Paid Search Ads on Tablets in 2013

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Click-through rates and conversion rates on tablets rose sharply in 2012, and a new report from Marin Software projects tablets will account for 20 percent of Google’s paid search ad clicks in the U.S. – and about $5 billion in revenue. Click-through rates and conversion rates on tablets rose sharply in 2012, and a new report from Marin Software projects tablets will account for 20 percent of Google’s paid search ad clicks in the U.S. – and about $5 billion in revenue. 0 Comments

Will Europe Force Google to Change How it Displays Search Results?

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Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner. Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner. 0 Comments

Strong IPhone 5 Sales Help Apple Overtake Android in U.S.

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New data show that IOS has once again pushed past Android in the U.S. The statistics show that IOS now has a 48.1 percent share of U.S. smartphone sales, compared to Android's 46.7 percent share. Android still has the lead in Europe New data show that IOS has once again pushed past Android in the U.S. The statistics show that IOS now has a 48.1 percent share of U.S. smartphone sales, compared to Android's 46.7 percent share. Android still has the lead in Europe 0 Comments

FTC Hopes to Resolve Google Antitrust Inquiry Before 2013

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is aiming to resolve its antitrust investigation into Google's search practices by the end of the year. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says that the organization is working to have an outcome as soon as possible. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is aiming to resolve its antitrust investigation into Google's search practices by the end of the year. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says that the organization is working to have an outcome as soon as possible. 0 Comments

A Trusted Link? There Is No Such Thing

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There is no such thing as a trusted link. Links and likes and tweets originate from a person (or persons) who made the decision to put them there, and that source is where the trustworthiness resides. Links are just a part of the machine. There is no such thing as a trusted link. Links and likes and tweets originate from a person (or persons) who made the decision to put them there, and that source is where the trustworthiness resides. Links are just a part of the machine. 0 Comments

Bing Maps Adds Thousands of Venues

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Aided by Nokia, Bing has added thousands of "Venues" to its mapping offerings to help users in North America, Europe, and Asia find and navigate shopping malls, airports, convention centers, museums, parks, racecourses, racetracks, and stadiums. Aided by Nokia, Bing has added thousands of "Venues" to its mapping offerings to help users in North America, Europe, and Asia find and navigate shopping malls, airports, convention centers, museums, parks, racecourses, racetracks, and stadiums. 0 Comments

Switzerland Relaxes Rules for Google Street View

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A Swiss court has relaxed the privacy and anonymization requirements being placed on Google's Street View service. Google won't need to guarantee 100 percent accuracy when blurring out the faces of individuals who appear in Street View images. A Swiss court has relaxed the privacy and anonymization requirements being placed on Google's Street View service. Google won't need to guarantee 100 percent accuracy when blurring out the faces of individuals who appear in Street View images. 0 Comments