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Google Won't Suggest 'Are Jews Evil' to Your Search Anymore

Search engine is working to remove offensive autocomplete results

(Newser) - Google will no longer offer a search suggestion for "are Jews evil" which directs users to anti-Semitic websites. The search engine says it has removed offensive autocomplete results initially spotted by Carole Cadwalladr at the Observer , reports the Guardian . Cadwalladr explained how Google suggested a search for "are... More »

To Diagnose Cancer, Doctors Only Need Your Search History

Microsoft study could lead to 'a Cortana for health'

(Newser) - Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for five years. Microsoft researchers, however, say that rate could be doubled with early detection—and the Internet may play a vital role. The researchers, together with a Columbia grad student, found searches on Microsoft's search engine Bing that... More »

Here's What Each State Googles Weirdly Often

'Is Mr. T dead?'

(Newser) - Ever want to know what questions keep your neighbors up at night? Be careful what you wish for. Estately figured out what questions residents of each state Google more often than the others, and the results are both "inspiring and depressing." Estately used Google autocomplete to get a... More »

This Simpsons Search Engine Is Amazing

You must try 'Frinkiac'

(Newser) - Simpsons fans absolutely must check out Frinkiac, a new search engine that finds the screenshot to go with your favorite Simpsons quote. Sean Schulte, Paul Kehrer, and Allie Young built the search engine (named after Springfield's Professor Frink) after realizing how difficult it could be to find the correct... More »

Wolfram's Latest IDs What's In Your Photos

At least, it tries to...

(Newser) - You probably can already identify the contents of most of your photos, but this is still fun. A new website from Stephen Wolfram, whom you may know from the search tool WolframAlpha , lets you drag and drop any photo; it will then in theory identify what's in it. Right... More »

7 Folks Named 'Gudmundur' Have Most Unusual Job

They're a 'human search engine' in Iceland

(Newser) - What do a washing machine, a crocodile, and glacial water have in common? Gudmundur of the West is on the hot seat to answer that question this week, and if he can't figure it out, maybe Gudmundur from the North or Gudmunda from Reykjavik can help him out with... More »

Google Reveals Top Search of 2014

Search requests for information about Robin Williams top the list

(Newser) - Google has revealed the topic of the year's fastest-rising search request: Robin Williams' suicide. Reaction to his death tops this year's list, the AP reports. Some notable examples: In the first few days after, the number of searches for "carpe diem," a phrase Williams popularized in... More »

EU Parliament Says It's Time to Break Up Google

Nonbinding move calls for search to be separated from other services

(Newser) - Europe's parliament has made a statement with a nonbinding vote: Google, the body says, needs to be divided. The European Parliament doesn't actually have power over antitrust matters, the New York Times reports, but the vote says that the EU's competition commissioner should "consider proposals aimed... More »

Google Holds Debates on 'Right to Be Forgotten'

EU rule calls for removal of some links from search engines

(Newser) - Google is touring Europe to discuss a controversial new rule in the region: the "right to be forgotten," which allows individuals to seek the removal of unwanted search-engine links about them. While those on one side of the argument see a victory for privacy, others see censorship, the... More »

Google Must Erase Certain Links If Asked: EU Court

Decision aims to protect individual privacy

(Newser) - If you want certain articles or court documents removed when your name is Googled—and you live in Europe—the search giant must comply, Europe's top court says. The ruling, which affects all search engines, focuses on privacy protection and the "right to be forgotten" in Europe, the... More »

Most Web Traffic Isn't Human

Bots now account for 61.5% of traffic

(Newser) - If you're an Internet user with blood in your veins and air in your lungs, you're now part of a shrinking minority, according to startling new research. Some 61% of web traffic is now non-human, made up of a motley assortments of bots generated by search engines, scrapers,... More »

Pedos Who Google Kid Porn Now Get Warnings, Not Pics

Google, Microsoft partner to target 100K search terms

(Newser) - Google and Microsoft are working closely together to make it harder for pedophiles to find images of child abuse online. Google says it has targeted 100,000 search terms associated with child sexual abuse and the terms will now deliver warnings instead of illegal results, the BBC reports. Over the... More »

Google Breaks Advertising Promise

It's testing banner ads

(Newser) - "There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results page. There will not be crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site. Ever." Google said that in a 2005 blog post , to ease fears about a partnership deal... More »

Prof: We Need Laws to Check Google's Power

He thinks it's too easy for company to sway elections

(Newser) - The Washington Post explores a provocative question about Google in its Outlook section tomorrow: Do we need laws in place to safeguard against the company deliberately manipulating elections? It may sound far-fetched on the surface, but the story follows the experiments of psychologist Robert Epstein, who showed that it's... More »

Facebook Unveils Ambitious New Search Feature

You'll be able to search the 'graph' for info from your friends

(Newser) - Facebook held a major press event today, but kept the media guessing about what it would be unveiling. The answer was what Mark Zuckerberg described as the "third pillar" of Facebook: Graph Search. Basically, the idea is to allow people to search for people, places, and things to do... More »

Feds Clear Google of Search Bias

Company will make some voluntary changes to its practices

(Newser) - Google is resolving the FTC's antitrust probe into its business practices today after 19 months, the AP reports. As part of the settlement, Google will voluntarily license patents deemed "essential" to its rivals in the mobile phone industry, including Apple, Research in Motion, and Microsoft. The investigation was... More »

Is Google Hiding Porn on Image Search?

Some users cry foul over safe search changes

(Newser) - We're sure none of our esteemed readers would ever use Google's wholesome Image Search to find filthy pictures of naked people committing depraved acts. But on the off chance that you do, you might notice that it's a little harder to find what you're looking for.... More »

Guy Wins Defamation Suit Vs. Google for Search Results

Australia man wins what might be the first such victory

(Newser) - Google has lost a defamation case with potentially big repercussions. An Australia man sued because if you Googled his name, the search results brought up stories about the nation's criminal underworld and left the impression he belonged to it, report AFP and Slate . When Google declined to address the... More »

Archaeologists Find Maya Warrior Queen

Meet the 'Lady Snake Lord'

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Guatemala think they've found the resting place of an ancient Maya warrior queen with the awesome nickname of Lady Snake Lord, reports the National Geographic . Her more formal name was Lady K'abel, and she ruled for 20 years in the late 7th century. A slew of... More »

Zuckerberg: Mobile Tech Was Our Biggest Mistake

Facebook building a search engine, he says

(Newser) - In his first public talk since Facebook's IPO in May, Mark Zuckerberg said the stock's decline was "obviously disappointing," and admitted the company had "burned two years" by focusing on the wrong mobile technology, reports the Financial Times . But he came across as upbeat and... More »

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