The wily programming nerds at Google are all about Easter eggs, and if you type "Atari Breakout" into Google's image search, you'll spy the latest one. This isn't just a random flashback to an old school arcade game, it's also a shout out to the 1976 title's 37th anniversary, though the timing is a little curious. Breakout (PDF) originally debuted in April, so if someone knows the significance of today's date specifically, feel free to enlighten us in comments section below.
Bing falls to fifth place in the search engine wars, according to data from comScore qSearch.
Google tends to be the go-to search engine in the United States and in many other parts of the world, but in Russia, Yandex is top dog. On a global scale, Yandex is now officially more popular than Microsoft's Bing, so says the latest search engine data from comScore qSearch. Bing slipped to fifth place with a 2.5 share of the search market, falling slightly behind Yandex at 2.8 percent.
1.4 trillion searches can't all be wrong, can they?
Whitney Houston's untimely demise in February of this year led to her being the most searched term on Google in all of 2012, followed by "Gangnam Style," which ranked No. 2 and is on pace to hit an unprecedented 1 billion views on YouTube. With 1.2 trillion searches in 146 languages throughout the year, Google gives arguably the best glimpse of what's trending around the world.
If you're a Sprint customer using a Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone, there's plenty of blame to go around for why your universal search feature is now broken, provided you installed the latest security update. You can blame Apple, which holds U.S. patent number 8,086,604 related to "using a plurality of heuristic algorithms" to search multiple locations at once. You can blame U.S. patent law and hate the game, not the player. Samsung and its legal team deserve a bit of scorn for not putting together a better legal defense, and Sprint gets some blame for not making it clear that Galaxy SIII owners were about to lose their 'Quick Search' feature by installing the latest update.
The Internet may have forever changed the way information is shared and consumed, but what hasn't changed is the fact that government agencies around the globe go to great efforts to censor certain data. Google, which now discloses government requests to remove certain links and YouTube videos, says that what it's seen over the past two years has been nothing short of "troubling."
In an effort to be more transparent about copyright removals in search, Google this week expanded its Transparency Report with a new section that discloses precisely how many requests the sultan of search receives from copyright owners, including organizations, to remove allegedly infringing search links. That number now stands at over 1.2 million requests per month, or over 250,000 per week, which is more than it received in all of 2009.
Microsoft is dipping its search brush into its paint bucket and getting ready to swipe it across Bing, the world's second most popular search engine behind Google. The new-look Bing will take on a three column design that Microsoft says is "the most significant update" to the search engine since it launched three years ago. Microsoft is looking beyond simple keyword searches and putting a big part of its focus on sharing search results by incorporating a Facebook column on the right-hand side.
When Eric Cartman prettied himself up in makeup and started shouting "Whatever! I'll do what I want!" on a fictional Maury Povich talk show, he and South Park's creators were flexing the freedom of speech rights allowed to everyone in the United States. Now, Google may be getting ready to do what it wants, too; the company recently commissioned a report by a First Amendment scholar who concluded that Google's search engine results are constitutionally protected speech and shouldn't be subject to government anti-trust regulations.
First introduced in late 2004 as a Google Labs project, Google’s autocomplete search feature has been an integral part of the world’s most popular search engine ever since its widespread rollout in 2008. This nifty search aid hasn’t had a controversy-free existence, however. It now finds itself at the heart of a fresh controversy in Japan. More after the jump.
Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it introduced the Google+-infused Search Plus Your World personal results to its bread and butter Search results, but the most publicized criticisms have come from big name social competitors like Twitter and Facebook. What does Joe Everyman think about personalized search results? A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project asked 2,000 people that very question -- and most say that hand-tailored results are a "Bad thing."