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Searching For Fun
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Searching For Fun

Research suggests that search engines could tap into users' need to be entertained.

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Google Gives Real-Time Search Its Own Page

Google is digging deeper into real-time search, with a new search page that displays only results from timely sources, like updates from Twitter and other social...

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A Search Service that Can Peer Into the Future

Yahoo!'s Barcelona research lab has developed Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine that generates timelines that stretch into the future as well as the...

Yahoo! Labs Competition Yields Better Ranking Model
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Yahoo! Labs Competition Yields Better Ranking Model

The Learning to Rank Challenge showed Yahoo! that its approach to search is on target, but there’s still room for improvement.

When You Google, Think Ben Gomes
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When You Google, Think Ben Gomes

Like few other people on the planet, Google's Ben Gomes knows what interests the world.

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Google Plan With Verizon Disillusions Some Allies

On Friday at lunchtime, as Google employees dined al fresco, a hundred protesters descended on the company’s Silicon Valley campus. A group called the Raging...

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'Science 2.0' Sifts Data to Provide Relevant Search Results

A team at West Virginia University is researching ways to make better use of digital data. The researchers are working on technology that knows a user's goals...

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Xinhua, China Mobile to Establish Internet Search Engine Joint Venture

Xinhua News Agency Thursday signed a framework agreement with China Mobile Communications Corp., the world's biggest mobile operator by subscribers, to establish...

Google Mapping Worries Spread
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Google Mapping Worries Spread

South Korea police raid Internet giant's offices; German officials criticize plan to roll out Street View in 20 cities.

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Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead

A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should...

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Google, Twitter, and Facebook Build the Semantic Web

A truly meaningful way of interacting with the web may finally be here, and it is called the semantic web. The idea was proposed over a decade ago by Tim Berners...

Google: The Search Party Is Over
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Google: The Search Party Is Over

Yes, the company is still growing at rates that would be the envy of the rest of the Fortune 500. But its core business is slowing, its stock is down, its Android...

The Agnostic Cartographer
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The Agnostic Cartographer

How Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.

Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference
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Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference

In a city filled with slot machines spilling jackpots, it was a "jackpotted" ATM machine that got the most attention Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference...

Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring
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Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time—and says it uses that information to predict the future.

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Bringing Data Mining into the Mainstream

Plumbing the world’s ever-growing pools of digitized information—on the Web, in corporate databases, generated by scientific research—for wisdom and profit is a...

Mechanism Design Meets Computer Science
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Mechanism Design Meets Computer Science

A field emerging from economics is teaming up with computer science to improve auctions, supply chains, and communication protocols.

The Web Means the End of Forgetting
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The Web Means the End of Forgetting

Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that...

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Fewer Ads, More Clicks

Search engines get smarter at predicting when we'll respond to a pitch.

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Official: Google's China Changes in Line with Law

China renewed Google's Internet license after it pledged to obey censorship laws and stop automatically switching mainland users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site...
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