Google Researchers Are Ranking Web Pages By Facts Not Links

Internet searches may be based on algorithmic rigour—but that doesn't necessarily guarantee the quality of a suggested page. Now, a team of Google researchers has developed a method that sorts results by factual content rather than how well linked a page is. » 3/02/15 7:00am 3/02/15 7:00am

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… » 2/09/15 12:40pm 2/09/15 12:40pm

Google Wants To Sell You Concert Tickets Right On The Search Page

In the Google Utopia, no-one will ever have to click past the search page; all worldly desires can be fulfilled from the results page. Or, at least, that seems to be the plan. You're probably familiar with things like weather and sports scores popping up in search; now, Google's going to serve you event tickets… » 1/17/15 10:19am 1/17/15 10:19am

A Bad Bing Update Took Out Yahoo Search Yesterday

News from the land of unloved search engines: yesterday, both Bing and Yahoo had an outage (don't worry, I didn't notice either), caused by a coding booboo from Microsoft. » 1/03/15 1:00pm 1/03/15 1:00pm

Facebook Is Ditching Bing's Search Results

Facebook and Microsoft have had a relatively long-standing partnership when it comes to search: for years, Facebook searches would also show Bing results, and Bing queries have thrown up results from your friends. But history seems to mean very little to Facebook, which appears to have quietly killed Bing results. » 12/13/14 9:02am 12/13/14 9:02am

Who Said It First Tracks Down the First Tweet on Any Topic

Ever wonder who said something first on Twitter? Now that Twitter's opened up its archive of tweets, you can easily figure that out. Who Said It First is a search tool that'll help you do just that. » 11/29/14 3:25pm 11/29/14 3:25pm

Google's tweaking its search results again. This time, it's adding a little tag to mobile-optimized results when you search from your smartphone, so that hopefully you won't get stuck on a GeoCities page by accident. Google's also said that it might change page ranking based on whether a site is mobile-optimized or… » 11/18/14 9:13pm 11/18/14 9:13pm

Twitter's Expanding Its Search to Include Any Tweet Ever Tweeted

Ever think of a tweet someone sent weeks or months or years ago, but you just can't find it? Now, according to Wired, Twitter will let you search for those forgotten 140-character messages, without going elsewhere. » 11/18/14 1:08pm 11/18/14 1:08pm

Court: Google Can Arrange Search Results Any Way It Damn Pleases

According to a new US court ruling made in San Francisco, Google can list its search results in whatever order it pleases—and it has the First Amendment behind it, too. » 11/18/14 4:30am 11/18/14 4:30am

Google's Search Changes Are Reportedly Destroying Top Pirate Sites

Last week Google announced that it would be rolling out changes to its search algorithm to significantly demote sites that receive a large number of valid copyright takedown requests. Now TorrentFreak reports that top sites have taken tremendous hits in traffic coming from Google. » 10/23/14 5:10pm 10/23/14 5:10pm

Google Has a Custom Search Just for the Pirate Bay

You may have noticed that Google has changed a little bit recently. If you search for a site, it includes a handy-dandy site-search right in the results. And as TorrentFreak noticed, that includes one for thepiratebay.se. Intentionally or not, Google is now running a pirate search, autocomplete included. » 10/08/14 10:13am 10/08/14 10:13am

The latest version of Google's Voice Search allows you to choose up to five languages as your default instead of just one—which means you can search in different languages without having to change a single option anywhere. Neat. » 8/15/14 5:40am 8/15/14 5:40am

Do You Search Differently Since Snowden?

In the year-plus since Edward Snowden lifted the veil on just how closely our government tracks our online lives, a few things have changed. Tech companies are encrypting more; foreign governments are trusting less; and, according to a new study, we're all searching quite a bit more cautiously. » 7/27/14 5:00pm 7/27/14 5:00pm

Your Right To Be Forgotten Beats Google's Right to Remember

Last week, Microsoft's Bing joined Google in acquiescing to the E.U. high court's "right to be forgotten" ruling, which allows European citizens to petition for the removal of search results about themselves that are "inadequate…no longer relevant, or excessive." The Court of Justice sees it as a victory for privacy… » 7/25/14 1:20pm 7/25/14 1:20pm

Imgur's had an overhaul, including a new search feature—which let's you find images by title, tag, image size, and image type—and user-suggested tagging. Basically, it's way easier to find the right animated GIF now. » 7/17/14 7:58am 7/17/14 7:58am

Report: Microsoft Is Banning Google as a Default Search on New Lumias

Microsoft has apparently decided to remove the ability to set Google as a default search engine on new Lumia Windows Phone handsets. » 7/15/14 7:01am 7/15/14 7:01am

The Evolution of Google's Iconic Logo

It may feel like Google's colorful lettering has been with us since the dawn of time, but it's been a long, bumpy road getting there. When it comes to logo design, sometimes you have to face-plant before you can fly. And in Google's case, there's been plenty of face-planting. » 5/28/14 2:00pm 5/28/14 2:00pm