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.
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.
Foundem, a comparison search website that helped initiate a large-scale European Union anti-trust investigation against Google, has filed a lawsuit against Google, according to court papers filed in October and released this week.
Two search technologists previously from Yahoo and Powerset have teamed up to create an app to turn searching on its head. Jybe aims to surface suggestions of movies to watch, books you will find interesting and restaurants or dishes you'll enjoy.
Bing has announced a number of changes designed to improve the user experience for searchers. Bing said the service improvements include faster page loading times and a greater relevance in search results, as well as some cosmetic changes.
An experimental Google search user interface has been spotted. It repositions the left sidebar navigation horizontally below the search box. Users are speculating on whether the empty left sidebar could be used for more ads or Google+ integration.
European antitrust chiefs are offering Google a chance to end the 18-month investigation into alleged monopoly abuses by the company. U.S. senators say the deal is a positive step forward in addressing the concerns they also have with the firm.
Healthline and Wolfram Alpha have both announced new features specifically related to comsumer health information. Healthline now offers crowd sourced information on drug experiences while Wolfram Alpha taps into a rich compilation of clinical data.
Search engines be improvin' th' quality o' the'r results in a way that be helpin' t' fill th' void once created by searches wi' vertical intent. As a result, growth in vertical searches be now actually concedin' poop deck t' th' core search engines.
Yahoo introduced redesigned search result pages yesterday. The new, simpler look adds tabs beneath the search box, allowing you to view images, video, or news or other results. Yahoo also lets you filter searches by time and trending searches.