search engines

  • So much for Yahoo's 'consumer-friendly' data-retention policy

    Posted April 19, 2011 - 10:04 am

    It's a shame that Yahoo, in a frantic bid to grow stalled revenue, has decided to join search market leader Google in retaining user data far longer than is necessary.
  • Bing guy says Google turns users into pidgin English-speaking search dunces

    Posted April 12, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    This sounds like it comes straight from the classic Microsoft FUD playbook.

    In an interview with The Huffington Post, Bing Director Stefan Weitz accuses search market leader Google of teaching users very bad habits:

  • Yahoo to appeal Italian court's ruling on search

    Posted April 7, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Yahoo is planning to appeal an Italian court's ruling that it should remove links leading to a pirated Iranian movie from its search index.
  • Lawmakers question if search engines contribute to piracy

    Posted April 6, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    U.S. lawmakers explore ways to combat websites engaging in digital piracy.
  • Yahoo Search Direct Takes On Google Instant

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 9:36 am

    Yahoo today unveiled Yahoo Search Direct, a new feature similar to Google Instant that shows search results as you type. The benefit to you: Less typing, fewer clicks, and (hopefully) faster results.
  • Three new search engines worth checking out

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    It takes a brave company to set up in business against Google, Bing and Yahoo, but that's what several intriguing startups are doing.
  • Consumers must be confused after shifting to Bing from Google

    Posted March 4, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Bing searches increase through Yahoo affinity, heavy marketing, and re-tries by users who can't find "Windows" on
  • Unholy union of SEO trickeration clears antitrust scrutiny

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    Just when Google thought it was getting a handle on ridding its searches of low-quality content created by content farms, aggregators and SEO-riggers, the marriage of two masters of those dark arts was approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
  • There's no clear winner in Google's search war

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Google has supposedly declared war against "content farms," yet has never come out and said that. In fact, all Google says in a Thursday blog post is that it has launched "a pretty big algorithmic improvement" to how it ranks search results. Google writes that its goal is to improve rankings so that supposed "high-quality" sites will rank higher than "low-quality" content.
  • Google doesn't hate you, it's just business

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Move along folks. Nothing to see here.
  • Google unofficially declares war on content farms

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Search behemoth Google says it's taking a stab at raising the bar on search results by penalizing Websites that offer copycat content and sites that are clearly trying to game the company's search algorithm. Google announced changes to its search algorithms, in an effort to improve rankings of Websites offering high quality content. The move is set to impact over 10 percent of U.S. search results and is widely seen as a direct attack on so-called 'content farms' that generate articles based on popular search queries.
  • Google catches Bing copying search results

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    An interesting “sting” operation carried out by Google’s search engine team appears to show that Microsoft’s Bing is copying some of Google’s search results.
  • Facebook, that fierce defender of its your data

    Posted January 27, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    Hey, all you ad networks and other sleazy data collectors, don't even think of misusing the personal information of Facebook users. That's for Facebook and Facebook alone to do!
  • AltaVista's view was nice, for a moment in time

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    AltaVista will be "sunsetted" soon--reminding us that even though the bubbly mid-90's seems like a century ago, the Web is merely a toddler.
  • Bing adds bevy of new search, social and mobile features

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Microsoft announced a set of updates to its Bing search engine Wednesday, among them changes to the way search results are presented, enhancements to its "social search" capabilities, and some cool additions to its mobile app for Android and iPhone.
  • Google search engine now detects bad businesses

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 11:28 pm

    In an uncharacteristically public way, Google has acknowledged modifying its search engine so it can identify businesses that provide bad service and lower their search results rankings accordingly.
  • Barry Diller's not doing much for's self-esteem

    Posted September 29, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Give Barry Diller credit for candor, if not discretion. tweetmeme_source = 'ITworld';
  • Microsoft's big Bing theory targets Google

    Posted August 26, 2010 - 10:50 am

    It's time to wait and see whether the search alliance between Microsoft and Yahoo can make a dent in Google's huge lead over its top opponents.
  • Google Local Product Search: Great Idea, Needs Tweaks

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    As with many new Google services, the ability to search for products at local stores is a little slow out of the gate, but the potential is there.
  • Bing Gains Again -- Should Google Worry?

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    Microsoft's Bing search engine may still be a bit player in the lucrative online search business dominated by Google, but it's slowly and steadily gaining users. And it appears that Bing's share is coming at the expense of both Google and Yahoo, the latter of which recently teamed up with Microsoft to be more competitive in online search.
  • Google-Microsoft search war hits new heights

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 10:15 pm

    Microsoft's apparent backing of complaints that prompted a European antitrust investigation of Google is but the latest clash in the ongoing war between the two technology titans, analysts say.
  • Ballmer: We'll beat Google ... someday

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    It's not easy being Steve Ballmer. The Microsoft CEO was asked for the umpteenth time Tuesday if his company will ever be number one in search.
  • If you're stupid, it's not Google's fault

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    Three out of four people surveyed think the Internet is making us smarter, not more stupid, according to a study done by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.
  • Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Makes Bing Better, DOJ Says

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Bing will become a better search engine when Microsoft takes over Yahoo search, and better able to compete with search giant Google, the U.S. Department of Justice said in its decision supporting the deal.
  • Is Yahoo Doomed to be the Next Alta Vista?

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    After a couple years of false starts, aborted mergers, and other behind-the-scenes mishaps, Microsoft and Yahoo are ready to form a search partnership to better compete against Google, which continues to blow away its competitors in online search. Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft's Bing engine will power both the Bing and Yahoo search sites, with any differentiation coming at a more superficial level.
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