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Microsoft: 'Human Error' Caused Famous Pic to Vanish Online

Company denies censorship led Bing to stifle search results for Tiananmen Square's 'Tank Man'

(Newser) - Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, which means lots of people headed online to peruse articles and pictures of the incident that led to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protester deaths. One photo that interested parties in several countries couldn't initially find, at least...

Google Makes a Big Threat in Australian Dispute

Firm says it will pull search engine from country if it makes tech giants pay for news content

(Newser) - Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying, "We don't respond to threats," per the AP . "Australia makes...

What We Googled in 2020: 'Why Were Chainsaws Invented?'

Stimulus checks, murder hornet among top trending searches in US

(Newser) - Remember the Australia wildfires? What about Hurricane Laura? The blast in Beirut? No? That might be because it was a jam-packed year, as Google's Year in Search report shows. Per the Verge , Google combed through US search results to find terms that experienced spikes in traffic over a prolonged...

UA Is Now UArizona, Because SEO
UA Is Now UArizona, 
Because SEO

UA Is Now UArizona, Because SEO

University of Arizona changes its abbreviation so it will show up higher on web searches

(Newser) - The University of Arizona has announced it is changing its abbreviation from UA to UArizona in an effort to increase search engine optimization results for the college, the AP reports. The Tucson-based college in a statement Monday said the change would help distinguish the school from other national and international...

Google Accused of 'Gross Attack' on Internet Freedom

Company reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship

(Newser) - Google is looking to reenter the Chinese market it exited in protest over government censorship in a move critics say is nothing short of hypocritical. According to the Information and Intercept , Google has presented to Chinese officials two mobile apps—one for internet searches, one focusing on news aggregation—that...

Judge Rules That Ex-Con Has 'Right to Be Forgotten'

But another one does not

(Newser) - A London judge has ruled that one businessman has a right to be forgotten and another does not, the Guardian reports. Justice Mark Warby's Friday ruling compels Google to delete search findings about the criminal conviction of a claimant known publicly as NT2, while NT1's conviction will remain...

Matt Lauer Made at Least One Company's Top 10 List

He's up there with Hurricane Irma on Google's annual ranking of favorite searches

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma and Matt Lauer were hot topics in 2017, Fast Company notes—hot enough to propel both to the top of Google's annual "Year in Search" results. Per the site, the results were culled "based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in...

Feeling Depressed? Google Might Be Able to Help Out

Users have the option to fill out a questionnaire

(Newser) - Only about half of people who are depressed seek treatment, and Google says it wants to help. The company is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Health to deploy a tool the groups hope will encourage those at risk of depression to seek help, reports Forbes . The set-up is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Most Web Traffic Isn't Human
 Most Web Traffic Isn't Human 

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,...

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...

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