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Paying For an Online Reputation: Fair, Or Gaming the System?

For everything we do now -- from scheduling a mover to choosing a restaurant for a first date -- we turn to the Web. Yelp, Twitter, Facebook, Citysearch and even Google immediately pull up reviews and hear what the collective voice of the Internet has to say. In fact, when scheduling a doctor, your author crosschecks what her insurance provides with what the consensus says; negative reviews are...

N.Y. Court Rejects Settlement in Lawsuit Against Google Books

A New York court has rejected a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild against Google Books. Under the settlement, reached in 2009, Google would be able to digitize and display excerpts from books that are out of print, even if they're still under copyright, or not authorized to be included in Google Books. The agreement quickly raised the ire of many organizations, inc...

You Can Now Block Specific Sites From Google Search Results

Google has introduced a new feature that allows users to block all search results from any site they choose. Users will now see a new 'Block all example.com results' link, next to the 'Cached' and 'Similar' options that appear under search results. The block option will only show up, however, after a user clicks on the link, and returns to Google. If you choose to block a site, you'll receive a...

Bing Shows Facebook Friend 'Likes' in Search Results

Bing now displays your Facebook friends who have "liked" a link in its search results. If you're searching for a restaurant in New Orleans, for example, and a friend has publicly "liked" one, then you'll see his or her photo and name below the link. Even those of us with the most extensive friends lists won't find "liked" links in every search result, though. Still, this new feature should give...

Google Introduces New Search Algorithm, Aimed at Burying Low-Quality Results

Lately, Google's been taking a lot of heat for the suddenly nebulous quality and reliability of its search results. In response, the company reaffirmed its commitment to enhance its search mechanisms, and rolled out a handful of small and subtle changes. Yesterday, however, Google announced that it's making a "big algorithmic change" -- one that its users will actually be able to notice. The...

Google Adds Recipes Filter to Search Results

Google has introduced a new tab that filters search results to show nothing but recipes. The search results in Recipe View can be refined by ingredient, calorie content and cooking time with the options found on the left side of the page. Each recipe also includes a star rating by users who have tried the dish and photos of the finished product, too. While this new feature does make finding the...

China's New Search Engine Offers Even More Propaganda for User Enlightenment

The Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government's largest news service, has launched its own search engine, providing China's 450 million Web users with even more party propaganda. The search engine, called Panguso, was created in partnership with government-owned China Mobile -- the world's largest mobile operator with over 550 million customers. In combining Xinhua's news with China Mobile's ...

Google Blocks 'Piracy Related' Terms From Autocomplete, Instant Search

Add 'BitTorrent' and 'RapidShare' to the long list of terms for which Google won't help you search. In an apparent attempt to curry favor with the MPAA and RIAA, the company has begun blocking all "piracy related" terms from its Autocomplete feature. (TorrentFreak reports that Instant search results have also been blocked, but searches still instantly appear for us, once we complete the term. It ...

Spam Clock Claims 1 Million Spam Pages Are Created Every Hour

Google's high-quality search results have been hit hard lately as spammers have been increasingly successful in gaming the system to serve you useless pages that contain only a nugget of relevancy to your query and are slathered in ads. To illustrate this growing problem, the founders of startup search engine Blekko created the Spam Clock, which claims that more than 220 million spam pages have b...

Google Unveils Holiday-Themed Homepage Doodle

Google's just unveiled its holiday gift to the world: a brand new homepage doodle. The latest design features interactive, postcard-like images of 17 holiday scenes from around the world. All of the images are arranged across the top of the homepage, and each can be enlarged with a hover of the cursor. It took five artists a total of 250 hours to put together, working under the direction of Go...

Murdoch Tries to Keep Google Out of Times Office, Fails

Rupert Murdoch really wanted his new Sunday Times office to be Google-free. So, he decided to set all of his employees' homepages to Bing (Microsoft's chess champ to Google's high school quarterback), which, coincidentally enough, has received plenty of support from the media mogul. It wasn't long, though, before his underlings staged a peaceful revolution. "None of us knows how to use [Bing]," on...

Google Place Search Reveals Real-World Locations

According to the Official Google Blog, the company has added the option of searching by place to its results page. By clicking the Places tab that appears on the left side of Google's main page, the search results will be filtered by location, and marked on a map with red pins. Nothing new, right? But, now, each search result includes links containing more information about the place, whereas, in...

How to Get Your Very Own Birthday Google Doodle

Whenever Google rolls out one of its quirky homepage redesigns, it's usually in commemoration of some famous event or celebrity birthday. Now, though, the search engine has decided to offer a special birthday doodle to each of its users -- even non-celebrity schmucks like us. To get your very own birthday doodle surprise, you'll have to first add your birthday to your Google Profile, and make ...

Yahoo! 'Accordion' Search Page to Help Users Stay 'Entertained'

In an attempt to set it apart from rival Google, Yahoo! has now launched a revamped search page, which the company hopes will allow users "to be entertained, to be productive and stay informed." The new search page, which went live today, certainly stands in stark contrast to Google's comparatively spartan layout. Although most search topics won't be affected immediately, Yahoo! users searchin...

15-Year-Old Stephen Ou Develops iTunes Instant Search Engine

Last week, Google launched Instant Search, which supposedly shaves off seconds while searching for stuff on the Web. Now, a 15-year-old named Stephen Ou has developed a twist on Apple's iTunes that makes finding music quicker and easier. iTunes Instant is a Web-based search engine featuring (nearly) instant song and albums results with links to the music in the iTunes Store. On his Tumblr, Ou cla...