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April 15, 2015

EU Files Antitrust Charges Against Google

The European Union has formally filed antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the search company “infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers.” Google, of course, has denied that this is so.

Google’s graph for showing its poor performance among shopping sites in France.

According a press release published on Wednesday, the EU’s accusations are hinged on the fact that Google uses its dominance as a search engine to skew search results towards its own [...]

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February 5, 2015

Google and Twitter Make Deal for Tweets in Search Results

A report out of Bloomberg today reveals that Google and Twitter have shaken hands on a new deal to help new Tweets instantly appear in Google Search results. According to the report, Google has access to “Twitter’s firehose, the stream of data generated by the microblogging service’s 284 million users.” The result will be Tweets showing up in Google Search results immediately after they’ve been posted.

That’s a huge win for both companies. Twitter’s bread and butter – the Tweets generated by its users – will become more [...]

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November 26, 2014

Competition to Oust Google on Apple Safari Heats Up

The word “Google” is synonymous with the idea of the web search, a fact that doesn’t really work too well for competitors like Yahoo and Bing. Now that the contract between Google and Apple to make Google the default search option on the Safari web browser is set to expire next year, Yahoo and Bing are looking to claim the default search spot in Apple’s browser.

A report published yesterday by The Information (and helpfully parsed by 9to5Mac) explains that the two companies are working harder than ever to sign a deal with Apple [...]

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November 19, 2014

Mozilla Taps Yahoo to Replace Google for Firefox Search

Google has been synonymous with “search” for many years now, but before Larry and Sergei came on the scene, Yahoo was the hippest search tool on the web. It seems that in an effort to combat a common foe, today Firefox-maker Mozilla announced that it has teamed up with Yahoo to push Google out as the browser’s default search tool.

For the last decade or so, Google has held the default search spot on Firefox, but now that the contract between the two has come due for renewal, Mozilla has decided to go with Yahoo instead. This [...]

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September 28, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Lots of Apple News; Yahoo to Close the Directory

Happy Sunday, folks!

I typically try to shy away from covering a whole lot about one company in these Wrap-Ups. Unfortunately, not a whole lot happened this week, and Apple made the headlines quite a bit; for both good and bad reasons.

Yahoo made the news, too, though I’m sure it would rather not have. Let’s find out why.

Apple Breaks Records, iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million

The iPhone 6 broke pre-order records this year, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that Apple now has more news on broken [...]

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September 27, 2014

End of an Era: Yahoo Directory to Shut Down Dec. 31

It feels like a lifetime ago, but there was a time when I used the Internet without Google.

Yahoo was the website to use back then when you wanted to find other sites. And the way you did that was by looking through the Yahoo Directory.

Now the Directory, which has remained online for nearly twenty years, is closing its doors. The move comes as part of what Yahoo is calling “Continued Product Focus,” which is about the most boring title you could use for such a plan. In fact, it’s almost disrespectful [...]

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March 12, 2014

It’s Not You, Google Search Results Really Do Look Different

If you have noticed that Google’s search results look a little different right now–its not your eyes playing tricks on you. The modified appearance of the results is thanks to a very large “bucket” test currently underway, which has changed the look-and-feel of Google’s list of blue links. Most notably, the search result links are no longer underlined, the fonts are larger, and ads don’t have the usual yellow-colored background, but are rather just flagged with a small yellow label that says “Ad.”

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February 27, 2014

‘OK Google’ Voice Search Comes to Chrome Beta

A few months back, Google released a beta plugin called “Google Voice Search Hotword” that brought hands-free voice search to Chrome. That feature, first introduced in the Moto X smartphone, appears to have graduated to the level of built-in browser feature, as Google has officially added the capability to the latest version of Chrome beta.

Using voice search in Chrome isn’t as easy as it is on the Moto X. For starters, you can’t just bring up search from any old webpage; you’ll need to open a new [...]

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January 7, 2014

I’m Not Jelly: Why I’m Disappointed With Biz Stone’s New App

Just downloaded and used the Jelly app for a bit and I can say with certainty that I’m not sold on the idea or the app which is unfortunate because I was really excited about what it could have been.  Despite buying into the pre-launch hype surrounding Jelly, I don’t feel that is what ultimately led me to be disappointed with the product.  Instead my disappointment comes from the fact Jelly is an old idea in a nice user interface for mobile.

Before I jump into the specific details as to why I’m disappointed by [...]

 
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November 27, 2013

‘OK Google’ Comes to the Desktop Version of Chrome as an Extension

Voice recognition and voice control aren’t new — not even close — but not many devices actively listen for voice commands. In most cases, the user has to press a button to get a smartphone, laptop or tablet to start listening. Notable exceptions include Microsoft’s Kinect devices for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as the Moto X smartphone, where Google introduced the “OK Google” search feature for the first time.

That same “OK Google” command, which tells the Moto X it [...]

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