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. » 4/16/15 6:05pm Yesterday 6:05pm

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 Flu Trends Resorts to Actual Data Because It Got It Wrong

Remember how excited everyone was about Google Flu Trends last year when it confirmed all of our deepest and darkest fears that we were doomed to a winter of misery? Apparently, using peoples' neurotic self-diagnoses isn't the most accurate way to track disease. So now, Google has decided to introduce a "new"… » 10/31/14 5:18pm 10/31/14 5:18pm

Google Clone Makes It Easy to Search for Drugs and Guns on the Dark Web

It can be hard to find good smack without leaving the comfort of your own home. At least it used to be. A new search engine for black markets is making it easier than ever to find anything from high quality heroin to assault rifles. The site even looks just like Google. It's called Grams, and it works remarkably well. » 4/17/14 3:14pm 4/17/14 3:14pm

What Searches Look Like With the Top Million Sites Removed

At this point it's ludicrous to think of using any other search engine than Google. But while it's very effective, you'll find your search results coming from many of the web's top sites again and again. What if you wanted to find something a little more eclectic? Well, a new search engine called Million Short offers… » 12/10/13 8:54am 12/10/13 8:54am

These Weird Searches Make Google Return Nothing But Porn

In a way, Google already is a porn machine; it is what you make of it. But it turns out that a handful of bizarre, technically impossible search queries turn the raunchiness up like 20 notches and cause the engine to return porn results almost exclusively. The searches themselves aren't dirty in the slightest,… » 2/09/13 9:33am 2/09/13 9:33am

Wolfram Alpha Pro Arrives Tomorrow With the Power to Analyze Data and…

Wolfram Alpha may or may not be one of my favorite things in tech right now. It'll spew movie times, compare NFL stats, help you cheat in Words With Friends and tell you exactly what airplane you're staring at in the sky. And now with tomorrow's arrival of Wolfram Alpha Pro, the company, in its founder's words, begins… » 2/07/12 10:20am 2/07/12 10:20am

The Chinese Government Gets a Search Engine of Its Own

Google may have shut down its China-approved search engine, but the Chinese government isn't losing any sleep over it. The largest news agency in China (which is government run) is launching a search engine of their own, Panguso, to provide citizens with results approved by the Communist powers that be. If you're… » 2/22/11 4:40pm 2/22/11 4:40pm