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Bing and Yahoo Are Surfacing Some Extremely Racist Search Queries Bing and Yahoo Are Surfacing Some Extremely Racist Search Queries

In yet another case of a search engine finding itself in hot water over racist, sexist, or otherwise problematic search results, it appears Microsoft’s Bing—whose technology also powers Yahoo’s search function—is returning wildly offensive related search suggestions in its image search function. A report from online…

Report: Google's Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides Unapproved Pollution Data Report: Google's Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides Unapproved Pollution Data

Google’s widely reported search engine prototype for China, which is allegedly code-named Dragonfly, not only blacklists search terms to comply with the wishes of government censors but ties all searches to devices’ phone numbers, according to a report on Friday from the Intercept.

Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 'State of the Union' Speeches Google Calls BS on Trump's Claim It Blacklisted His 2017 and 2018 'State of the Union' Speeches

On Wednesday, Donald Trump escalated his war with major U.S. tech companies he and other prominent conservatives have been baselessly accusing of censoring right-wingers. In a video with an ominous soundtrack posted to his Twitter account, the president’s team accused search giant Google of featuring links to live…

European Union Competition Watchdog Renews Threats to Break Up Google Into Smaller Companies European Union Competition Watchdog Renews Threats to Break Up Google Into Smaller Companies

Facebook may be having a very bad week stateside and in the UK over its Cambridge Analytica data scandal, but over in the continental European Union officials are maintaining that fellow tech giant Google may ultimately need to be broken up, lest it swallow the internet whole.

Google Says It's Received 2.4 Million Takedown Requests Under EU's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Laws Google Says It's Received 2.4 Million Takedown Requests Under EU's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Laws

Google has now been complying with the European Union’s controversial “right to be forgotten” laws, which the European Court of Justice first ruled applied to search engines in 2014, for three years. On Monday, the search giant released an updated version of its annual Transparency Report, which discloses how many and…

Conservatives Are Now Getting Angry About Google's Fact-Checking Module Conservatives Are Now Getting Angry About Google's Fact-Checking Module

Paranoid conservatives have increasingly become certain Google is trying to silence them, citing its firing of engineers who allegedly created hostile work environments and a largely illusory panic about YouTube censorship. Now, according to Tucker Carlson’s flagship site the Daily Caller, they’re worried Google’s new…

Once Again, Google Promoted Disinformation and Propaganda After a Mass Shooting [Updated] Once Again, Google Promoted Disinformation and Propaganda After a Mass Shooting [Updated]

As authorities named Devin Patrick Kelley as the shooter in a horrifying massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas which resulted in at least 26 deaths on Sunday, Google once again served up misinformation and posts from conspiracy theorists at the top of search results for his name.

Microsoft: Bing's US Market Share Is Wildly Underestimated Microsoft: Bing's US Market Share Is Wildly Underestimated

Microsoft claims Bing, its search engine for people who have just unboxed a new computer and are trying to find out where to download Chrome, is bigger than you think.

Ominous 'Right to be Forgotten' Case With Global Consequences Heads to Europe's Highest Court Ominous 'Right to be Forgotten' Case With Global Consequences Heads to Europe's Highest Court

Following the laws of individual nations becomes a hell of a conundrum when your business fundamentally has no borders. But recent court cases are threatening to make the situation even more difficult by demanding that a country’s laws be honored by companies like Google all around the world. On Wednesday, an ongoing…

Digital Footprints Paint an Eerily Accurate Picture of Europe's Refugees Digital Footprints Paint an Eerily Accurate Picture of Europe's Refugees

Using search data collected by Google, researchers at the Pew Research Center have reconstructed the journeys taken by refugees flowing into Europe from the Middle East. It represents a new way of tracking migration patterns—but the technique could eventually lead to misuse.

5 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search 5 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search

Google is pretty much everywhere. It’s in your smartphone, car, and maybe even your watch— but there’s still nothing like searching Google on a desktop computer. To this day, about 64 percent of US web surfers use Google as their primary search engine.

This Image Search Turns Your Drawings Into Photos This Image Search Turns Your Drawings Into Photos

A neat search engine from photo sharing company 500px uses sketches to help you find the photos you’re looking for—and, luckily, it doesn’t matter if you can’t draw for shit.

There's Now a Futurama Version of That Brilliant Simpsons Quote Search Engine

Remember Frinkiac, the amazing database that lets you search for thousands of iconic Simpsons quotes for the perfect screencap? And then let you gif them, rendering the need for actual language in internet communication null and void? Well, now it has a Futurama-flavored sibling. With blackjack and hookers!

This Amazing Simpsons Search Engine Matches the Perfect Screencap To a Quote This Amazing Simpsons Search Engine Matches the Perfect Screencap To a Quote

There’s a still—and a matching quote—from The Simpsons to fit pretty much every occasion in human history. Finding the perfect one, however, just got incredibly easy with the public release of Frinkiac, which trawls through millions of images to match whatever Simpsons quote you put in.

France Says Google Must Honor the "Right to Be Forgotten" Around the World France Says Google Must Honor the "Right to Be Forgotten" Around the World

Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rules have been around for a while, but they pretty much just applied to Europeans who wanted to hide embarrassing or incorrect content about them. Now a French court says that Google needs to go a step further and apply the rules to all of its domains.

How Lycos Almost Won the Search Engine Wars How Lycos Almost Won the Search Engine Wars

It was exhilarating to be back in the game again, a 20-year-old college dropout with stock options, working at the center of the internet revolution. But I was overwhelmed. I’d only ever worked on a team with a half-dozen people, and Lycos was a huge company with hundreds of employees. All the developers seemed much…

Google Is Trying to Google Google Better  Google Is Trying to Google Google Better 

Google wants to be better at Googling Google. The company is hiring an SEO program manager so Google sites get Googled better. What a world!

Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because holy shit, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU’s new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues.

Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like Minority Report Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime a Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically scifi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in…

Google News Will Now Pick Out News Stories It Thinks You Should Read Google News Will Now Pick Out News Stories It Thinks You Should Read

Google just added a new Suggested Stories feature to its news search results, so you can let the search engine pull up a customized selection of stories to read about based on whatever terrifyingly dense accumulation of personal data Google has on you by now.

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