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Microsoft this week announced that web searches made using the company's Bing search engine will soon be encrypted by default. In actuality, users have been able to encrypt searches made via Bing for around a year and a half now, though sometime before summer comes to an end, it will be a standard option for all users. The move will level the playing field with Google and Yahoo, both of which already offer encrypted searches by default. Of course, the bodies at Microsoft still need to eat and so the company will conintue to pass along referrer strings to marketers and webmasters that identify traffic... Read more...
If you’ve ever searched for information at the Congress website, you’ve used The Library of Congress’ venerable THOMAS system, which has been around since 1995. (That’s THOMAS, as in, Thomas Jefferson.) Search now at Congress.gov, and you’ll be using an entirely new search engine that is designed to provide an improved search experience. The search engine, which is still in Beta, was developed with open source code. The major change is the single search field. Like Bing, Google, or just about any modern search engine, Congress.gov now lets you simply type your search... Read more...
Google has released its Caffeine indexing technology. As the most significant change Google has made to the basic technology that crawls the Internet and ranks Web pages since 2006, Caffeine has been in the testing phase for almost a year. According to Google, "Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered." In a blog post announcing the completion of Caffeine, Google Software Engineer Carrie Grimes explained how Caffeine is different from the company's previous indexing system: Our old index had several... Read more...
As part of its latest attempt to make its site more useful, Yahoo announced a partnership with Twitter. Although most of the new features won't be available until later this year, one of the upcoming features will allow anyone with a Twitter account to tweet and see the updates of people they're tracking while they are logged in to the Yahoo Web site. One change has already taken place: Yahoo is now displaying a wider range of Twitter updates in its search results. Google and Microsoft have been displaying Twitter search results since late last year. Like its rivals, Yahoo will pay Twitter for... Read more...
As you will recall, Microsoft and Yahoo announced an agreement back in July to team up in hopes of improving their competitive position against Google. Now that the deal has been unconditionally cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, the partnership is one step closer to reality. Under the terms of the agreement, Bing will become the search engine for both Microsoft and Yahoo sites. Yahoo, in turn, will focus on attracting the big advertisers. The automated auction of search ads that will be used on both companies' sites will be handled by Microsoft; Microsoft will... Read more...
We can't exactly say that hell has frozen over here, as Google has actually went against its unofficial no-ad policy at least once before. But then again, that whole ordeal was something entirely different than this. We've known that the search engine giant (and now operating system contender) has been looking into the TV ad business for some time, but it has yet to come forward with a splash as big as the one you'll probably see tonight. That is, if you're watching the single biggest sporting event of the US sporting calendar.If rumors are correct, Google will air a Super Bowl ad of their own... Read more...
Investors have had a couple days to digest the strategic partnership Microsoft and Yahoo jointly announced this week, and they  aren't exactly pouring money into Yahoo's coffers. The company's stock price (Ticker: YHOO) has fallen nearly 20 percent over the past five days, from its July 27 price of $17.31 to today's $14.44 (as of this writing). Microsoft's stock is up very slightly over the same period, from $23.11 to today's $23.81, but a flat trend doesn't constitute a ringing endorsement. "I was myself kind of surprised by the market reaction," Ballmer told a meeting for financial analysts... Read more...
For quite some time now, Google has enjoyed the top spot in terms of search traffic. As you can imagine, Microsoft is not content to simply exist in another company’s shadow, so the company has been attempting to put a dent in Google’s search traffic with a new search engine of its own. Microsoft’s Bing search engine launched June 3rd. While Google is still No. 1, Microsoft has enjoyed two continual weeks of growth according to industry tracker comScore Inc. According to comScore, Microsoft’s share of search result pages in the U.S. rose to 12.1% for the period of June 8-12. A week prior (June... Read more...
Just what the world needs, right? Another search engine. Before you just pass Microsoft's efforts up as futile, we should point out that 'Bing' does actually look rather promising. Of course, Wolfram Alpha is but a long lost memory in most minds by now, so it remains to be seen how much traction Bing will receive when staring down the almighty Google.Smartly, Microsoft has angled Bing as to not be a direct competitor to Google. Instead, it's being described as a Decision Engine and consumer brand, which aims to provide users with a "first step in moving beyond search to help make faster, more informed... Read more...
As instantaneous as the Web can be, most search engines--Google included--suffer from a bit of a time lag. The search engines can only link to pages and sites that the search engines have scraped with their Web crawlers or spiders and other indexing tools. This means that the latest entries on the quick-changing-content sites like Twitter or Digg won't be searchable via Google or other similar search engines until well after the content has already been replaced with even newer entries. Where Google leaves off, the new search engine, Scoopler looks to pick up. Scoopler is a search engine that indexes... Read more...
At a time when many advertisers are cutting spending, Yahoo is making changes to its core revenue engine in order to make it more powerful and hopefully keep the attention of advertisers. The new ad targeting features announced today could mean you’ll be seeing more and more advertisements based around your searches at Yahoo in the future. One of the new technologies behind these changes is called search retargeting. Search retargeting lets marketers target people with tailored display ads based upon the search terms used in Yahoo’s search engine. Search retargeting is just one of three new features... Read more...
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves here at HotHardware that us editors and our loyal readers do not necessarily represent typical Internet users. Many of us consider ourselves to be "power users," and feel we know how to leverage the available tools to find exactly what we are looking for online. Which is why it came as a surprise to us to learn that on average, "the percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day... [is] just under one-half (49%)." This revelation comes from a recent survey conduced by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. We were under the (mistaken)... Read more...
Microsoft and Yahoo aren't the only companies looking to compete with Google in the search business. In fact, this morning a new startup called Cuil opened its virtual doors for the world to start using its search engine. So, on this morning we ask, how is Cuil different from all other search engines? The site claims: "Cuil (pronounced COOL) is a search engine that combines the largest Web index with content-based relevance methods, organized results, and complete user privacy. The company's next generation approach to search is the result of proprietary breakthroughs in search architecture and... Read more...
No, we (China) really, really don't want you to hear anything about the Dalai Lama.  Or so that's the theory behind search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search being redirected to Baidu.Various reports indicate that YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search are all being redirected to Baidu, in a possible move to block out news of the Dalai Lama's receipt of the Congressional Gold Medal.Such a move would not be surprising, considering China has already done something similar in the past. In 2002, it redirected Google surfers away from the site ahead of the Communist... Read more...
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