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If you search Google on Tuesday, you may notice that the information you're looking for is a bit "fresher" than it would have been on Monday.
Google began offering an encrypted option for Web searchers on Friday and said it planned to roll it out for all of its services eventually.
Shares of Chinese search company Baidu leapt by nearly $90 Thursday after the company reported that its profit more than doubled following rival Google's exit from the search business in China.
In toying with ads, Twitter -- the net's largest micro-publishing service -- is going where every Internet company in search of a dollar has gone before.
If there is perhaps one universal truth about the Web, it's that people want it now.
Google's search engine was down in China on Tuesday -- a glitch the company initially said was due to its own technical tweaks, but now claims was caused by the Chinese government's Internet filtering.
Google's partners in China are beginning to sever ties with the Internet giant following the company's decision to quit self censoring in the country and redirect searches to Google in Hong Kong.
CNN's Eunice Yoon reports on the uneasiness in the international business community in China.
Businesses and universities could be substantially affected by the departure of Google from China.
Google on Monday announced it has stopped censoring search results in China.
In Turkey, it's a crime to defame the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or to ridicule "Turkishness." So Google restricts access to videos that the government of Turkey deems illegal on google.com.tr.
When dealing with privacy, Google often finds itself walking a tightrope.
Text messaging for cheaters, spies, and anyone who wants their messages to self-destruct. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
If Tiger Woods was hoping his public apology last month would help restore his damaged reputation, he may be disappointed.
Microsoft and Yahoo said Thursday that their online search deal has received approval from U.S. and European Union regulators, paving the way for the two companies to combine much of their Internet search business.
Google is now offering more relevant ads to users who view sites on its AdSense network, the company announced in a blog post Thursday.
The Rodney Dangerfield of search engines is starting to get a little annoyed about its plight.
Google plunged into the world of social networking on Tuesday, melding pieces of Facebook and Twitter into a new feature, Google Buzz.
Within hours of Google's announcement that it was no longer willing to self-censor in China, Google.cn was retrieving results for sensitive topics including the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, the Dalai Lama and the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.
When a racist image of first lady Michelle Obama surfaced from the ugliest corners of the Internet last week to top Google's image search results, the episode shined a spotlight on the mysterious workings of search engines.
If Rupert Murdoch gets his way -- and he's not simply bluffing -- you may one day need to "Bing it" rather than "Google it" to find news stories online.
Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company's being paid to "de-index" its news websites from Google, setting the scene for a search engine battle that could offer a ray of light to the newspaper industry.
CNN.com writer John Sutter demonstrates the new Internet search-engine tools from Microsoft and Google.
One of the largest Internet search engines is being accused of violating both federal and state laws by accepting advertising from online pharmacies it should have known were selling drugs without valid prescriptions.
Microsoft has agreed to hire at least 400 Yahoo employees as part of the companies' new plan to share revenue on Internet search advertising, a regulatory filing showed Wednesday.
In May 2008 I nearly had a nervous breakdown -- and for good reason.
CNN's Adrian Finighan conducts a very unscientific test to gauge how ingrained in the public consciousness Google is.
Microsoft and Yahoo reached a long-awaited partnership Wednesday in a bid to challenge Google's dominance in online search.
"Microhoo" is finally a done deal, but will it really be able to make a dent in Google's enormous search market lead?
As a small business in a small town, we rely heavily on phone-book advertising for our law firm. We have recently expanded to create a Web site. We have tried to keep it informative to draw in potential clients. We currently use Google AdWords and are listed as a member of the AARP Legal Services Network. Can you make any suggestions as to how we can improve our Web site to attract people who are using the Internet to search for an appropriate attorney in this area?
In less than a week, Google announced an operating system to compete with Windows, while Microsoft announced that Office 10 will include free, online versions of its four most popular software programs -- a shot at Google's suite of web-based office applications.
Large Internet companies spend millions on consultants and technology trying to get their sites to rank among the highest results on Google. Everyone else has to rely on the poor man's search-engine optimization: the link exchange.
When Iran cracked down on journalists following its recent election, international focus turned to Twitter as citizen journalists posted 140-character reports and links to photos and videos to the site. Trouble was, it was hard to sift the useful and reliable nuggets of information from scores of tweets that included plenty of spam, useless remarks, and stray sentiments.
Google was going to help democratize data in China. Instead, about three years after entering the Middle Kingdom, the search company still finds itself in an uncomfortable working relationship with government censors.
Microsoft Corp. on Thursday offered Internet users a first glimpse at Bing, its fresh attempt to gain ground in the online search market.
Search engine wars are heating up.
We may be coming upon a new era for the Internet search.
CNN's John Roberts speaks to Nicholas Thompson of Wired Magazine about a new Internet search engine.
The online world has gone totally multimedia: Web video and images have proliferated in recent years. Yet the go-to method for finding stuff on the Internet remains text-based. Looking for a site? Type words into a search bar, and the text results offer a hint of the relevant pages. Even if you're looking for images or video, the results are notated with words.
Ack! I was modifying data in a very complex Excel spreadsheet for a good part of the day and now...I can't find it! I'm always very careful to press the "save" button every five minutes or so, but where did it go? It can't have just disappeared, right? Help!
Arkady Volozh, CEO of Yandex, Russia's largest online-search company, is playing with a set of nesting dolls (for real!). Instead of the traditional folk decoration, though, these figurines are outfitted with the names of Internet companies doing business in Russia. The first and biggest doll has Yandex emblazoned on its belly in bold red and black letters. A smaller doll bears the Google logo, followed by one representing Rambler, Russia's other homegrown search engine. "We were charitable with these dolls," Volozh says. "If we had been honest, we would have left the second doll blank and made Google third. We're that much bigger than them."
Google recently released its annual rundown of popular searches for 2008 - what they call the "zeitgeist" list - and it's a reminder, once again, of how much we reveal about ourselves every time we type into a search bar.
The current Republican vice-presidential candidate is shaping up to be not only a celebrity, but a sex symbol, according to popular Internet searches
During the campaign, voters are looking into rumors about the candidates far more than their policy positions
When Black Line Group, a Minneapolis accounting firm, wanted to drum up business, it hired telemarketers - lots of them. The effort was a bust, says Black Line marketing chief Scott Schmidt, largely because "so many companies have gate-keepers between the decision-maker and you."
The much-hyped, heavily funded new search engine developed by a former Google whiz leaves users unexcited
Shares of Microsoft Corp. dropped more than 6% in after-hours trading after the software giant posted a fiscal fourth-quarter profit that fell short of Wall Street's estimates as it forecast lower-than-expected revenue for the following quarter.
Jerky might not top everyone's list of hot products for a cold economy. But recently I met an entrepreneur who is prospering in the jerky business against all odds. Her story is instructive for any business owner trying to swim against the economic current - which is most of us nowadays.
In a dramatic about-face, Ask.com is abandoning its effort to outshine Internet search leader Google Inc. and will instead focus on a narrower market consisting of married women looking for help managing their lives.
The Web used to be a place where we went to seek information. But with the rise of social networks, we're barraged with a constant stream of data, requested or not
Ralph Fiol met the future of Internet search marketing at the bottom of the sea. Fiol lives in Miami and loves to scuba-dive. But a few years back he had a problem. "There was no smart way to quickly find wrecks I wanted to dive, get information about them, and take that information with me no matter where," says Fiol, 40.
Ask.com will offer users the option to erase their search data. ITN's Benjamin Cohen reports
Last summer Jones devised a process to bring more ideas out of the filing cabinet and into active development. He assigned Lee Jorgenson, a 22-year-old former intern, to build a team of college students and recent graduates who would research what Jones boasts will be the next big thing in Christmas lights. (He declines to explain further.) Jones was so delighted with the team's prototype that Jorgenson now has the green light to hire as many as 25 more young techies to work on four additional projects.
As the search behemoth continues to dominate, there are still more than a thousand other search engines vying for users
Microsoft Corp., the No. 3 Web search provider in the U.S., is rolling out changes to its search engine aimed at narrowing the gap between it and market leader Google Inc.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said Friday he is putting the building blocks in place for a community-developed Web search service that would rival search engines such as Google or Yahoo.
Ask.com became the first major search engine to promise users it won't store data on their queries, giving the privacy conscious the option of conducting research on the Internet in relative anonymity
Microsoft Corp. said Sunday the software maker was taking new steps to protect consumer privacy in the areas of Web search and online advertising and called on the Internet industry to support it.
Google Inc. is offering to run the search engines of small Web sites for as little as $100 per year, marking the company's latest attempt to make more money off technology that already steers much of the Internet's traffic
Europe's major consumer group BEUC fears Google Inc.'s takeover of online ad tracker DoubleClick Inc. would damage European Union privacy rights and limit consumers' choice of Web content
The search engine giant has made it easier to navigate different media. It's also setting itself up nicely for video ads
Momentum. Yahoo! has it. Google doesn't. That's the current view on Wall Street.
Steve Davis used to have a hard time explaining to his mom what he did for a living. She understood that he was the CEO of a Seattle company called Corbis, that it was owned by Bill Gates, and that...
Yahoo!, the world's second largest Internet search company, reported fourth quarter results Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations but issued a tepid forecast for 2007.
A media firm catering to people over the age of 50 has launched a new search engine on Tuesday geared to Baby Boomers and seniors. And the name says it all: Cranky.com.
If you've ever tried to look for a photo of a person using Google, Yahoo or another popular search engine, you know that it can be a frustrating, and far from perfect, experience.
The online search giant Google Inc. unveiled a new service Monday that allows users to create their own personalized search engine for their own Web sites or blogs.
8: The number of years search engine Google.com has existed. It was founded by two Stanford University graduates, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in September 1998.
Allan Keiter awoke one recent morning to the scary news that his Atlanta company's website was nearly impossible to find on a Google search. MyRatePlan.com helps consumers compare cellular calling ...
It looks like Yahoo! investors won't have any reason to yodel following the company's slightly disappointing second-quarter results and forecast for the third quarter issued Tuesday.
The battle for search supremacy on the Web is escalating between Google and Yahoo! But as both companies prepare to release their second-quarter results, investors can't seem to decide who will be the ultimate winner...so they've sold off both stocks.
For years, Wall Street placed a big, fat zero on AOL's worth. As growth in subscribers and advertising revenue stalled, the online service seemed to have lost its way in the age of broadband.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - On the Web, Google may have search all wrapped up. But search on cell phones is still a wide-open, fast-growing field that some startups think will make a good business.
The God Algorithm is dead. There isn't a computational technique that will get the right answer to a search query the first time, every time, the way an omnipotent, omniscient deity would. Far from...
The Department of Justice told a federal judge Friday it needs to extend the term under which it is monitoring Microsoft's adherence to a 2002 antitrust settlement, but also dismissed concerns that the company's new Web browser would give it an unfair advantage over Google Inc.
The battle for Internet users is escalating.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Google. Yahoo! MSN. They are the 21st century equivalent of the Big Three.
RIYADH, April 25 (Reuters) - A Saudi-German plan to launch a dedicated Arabic language search engine for the World Wide Web could revolutionize the moribund Arabic Internet market, a senior official in the project said.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Yahoo! matched Wall Street's earnings expectations for the first quarter Tuesday and was rewarded by investors. But the pressure is on Google to do more than just meet estimates.
Yahoo! didn't blow away estimates for first-quarter sales and earnings. But given how negative many investors were feeling heading into the company's first-quarter report Tuesday, it probably didn't have to.
The most successful Internet companies have grown rich by exploiting other people's content -- without paying for it.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Barry Diller knows he has a tough fight on his hands. But the former media mogul turned Internet empire builder hopes that he can outdo Google, Yahoo! and MSN in the ultra-competitive world of online search.
Apple rumor site Think Secret is reporting that a new video iPod is in the works, with a screen that covers the entire face of the device and a virtual click-wheel that only appears when a user touches the screen. The design resembles a recent patent for a tablet computer Apple filed. Apple may announce the new product on April 1, which marks the 30th anniversary of the company's founding.
Google has blocked the German Web site of BMW after accusing the car maker of trying to manipulate search results.
Google may not be the giant-killer it seemed before Tuesday. But the reaction to its earnings miss just makes it all the more critical that the company find new engines of growth far afield from its core business of search advertising.
Internet search engine Google has rolled out a China-based version of its popular Web site -- one that bows to Beijing's censorship laws and will edit the content of its results.
Can you remember what life was like before the World Wide Web? Searching for information is not just an occasional pleasure, it is now a necessity.
Google will stumble in 2006.
You may think of Amazon.com as the place to do your online holiday shopping, but CEO Jeff Bezos increasingly thinks of his company as a giant software platform. And like Google or Microsoft or Yahoo, one of his goals is to get other people to build Web sites and businesses on top of its technology.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - It's tough to figure out which physics cliché best describes Google. Is it more like an irresistible force or the immovable object?
A new Web search engine gives users the opportunity to generate cash for their favorite charities every time they browse the Internet.
Custom Golf Clubs will cost you a mere $1.57. For an "injury lawyer," you'll need to shell out quite a bit more: $19. But a "pet monkey" can be yours for the fire-sale price of just 13 cents.
In honor of National Teacher Day, Google featured on its home page Tuesday a graphic of a chalkboard with an apple at its base. Quirky tributes like this are meant to engender goodwill among the Google masses.
MICROSOFT WAS ALREADY MONTHS INTO A MASSIVE project aimed at taking down Google when the truth began to dawn on Bill Gates. It was December 2003. He was poking around on the Google company website ...
Add blogging to the list of extracurricular activities in need of some protection.
The meeting had dragged on for more than an hour, and a restless Jeff Bezos had heard enough. Three years ago, in one of Amazon's Seattle offices, the CEO had rounded up 15 or so senior engineers a...
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Take a moment and think. In its young life the Internet has banished more than a few once popular search engines to virtual obscurity, Altavista, Excite, Lycos, Go.com, Snap, the list goes on.
A Rice University computer scientist and two of his students discovered a potentially serious security flaw in the desktop search tool recently distributed by Google, a newspaper report said Monday.
JON GALES LOVES GOOGLE, BUT NOT FOR THE REASON YOU MIGHT think. It's a terrific search engine, sure, but what Gales really likes is that Google is making him money. Gales's website, Mobiletracker.n...
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