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Google's 'In the news' section being removed to stop fake news

Google is planning to remove the "In the news" section from its desktop search pages in an effort to combat the proliferation of fake news. It comes shortly after the feature promoted a WordPress blog post claiming Donald Trump won the popular vote.

Google now shows you university information in search results

Google has announced a new style of card it's adding to its search results. Searching for a school or university will now show relevant data within the search page, letting you check details like graduation and acceptance rates without leaving Google.

Couple rescued after searchers spot SOS on remote island

Wellington - Two people stranded for a week on a remote Pacific island have been rescued after a search aircraft spotted their SOS message in the sand, the US Coast Guard said Sunday.

You can now play Solitaire straight from Google's search results

Google has announced you can now play two of the most popular casual games within its search results. It has added embedded versions of Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe to its search pages, a feature that's likely to contribute to a lot of time wasted today.

Google to crack down on mobile sites with intrusive popup ads

Google has announced a crackdown on mobile sites that make use of intrusive pop-up adverts. It is revising its search algorithms to lower the rank of these sites. The move will help users avoid bad advertising and could reduce traffic to offending pages.

Chinese families of MH 370 victims protest proposed end of search

Beijing - Family members of passengers aboard ill-fated Maylasia Airlines Flight 370 demonstrated outside China's Foreign Ministry on Friday, demanding to meet officials who propose suspending the high-tech search for the jet if it is not found by year's end.

Missing boat found off Tonga, all survive

Wellington - A boat that sparked a major search when it went missing off Tonga with 11 people aboard had been found with all passengers safe and well, authorities said Wednesday.

Private firm hired to hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

Cairo - Egypt has hired a private firm to help find EgyptAir MS804's black boxes in an area narrowed down by an emergency signal sent when it hit the Mediterranean last week.

Deep-water search for EgyptAir black boxes to start 'in coming days': France's BEA

Paris - Deep-water search operations to locate the wreckage and black boxes of the EgyptAir jet that plunged into the Mediterranean last week will start in the coming days, France's BEA air safety agency said Thursday.

Private firms to hunt for Egyptair black boxes: France

Paris - France and Egypt will hire two private firms to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week on route from from Paris to Cairo, the French foreign ministry has said."We are in talks with two private companies...

Google is turning search results black in a major redesign

Google is testing a new core search experience that sees traditionally blue links turned black. The updated experience is visible only to a small subset of users and there's no word on whether Google intends to make it the default in the future.

Report: Google building a keyboard for Apple's iOS

Google is said to be building a feature-packed third-party keyboard for the iPhone and iPad that will see it bring elements of the Android user interface to Apple's rival platform. The company wants to increase the number of searches made by iOS users.

Windows 10's app store is so broken that developers are quitting

Microsoft's Windows Store has a major problem and recently it's become so serious that developers are threatening to quit the platform entirely. As the company calls on app creators to write for Windows 10, it is refusing to acknowledge the issue.

Google paid Apple $1b in 2014 to remain default iOS search engine

Google reportedly paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to remain as the default search engine in the company's iOS software used on the iPhone and iPad. The information was revealed as part of Google's ongoing legal case with Oracle.

Belgium police detain two over Paris attacks: Prosecutor

Brussels - Belgian police on Wednesday held two people for questioning in connection with the Paris attacks, after carrying out a series of searches in their hunt for key suspects with links to the November 13 massacre.

Russian soldier killed in search for pilots of downed plane: military

Moscow - A Russian soldier was killed Tuesday during a failed operation to rescue two pilots whose jet was shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border, Moscow announced.

Bizarre bug leaves Google stumped by UK political leaders

Google has been found to be clueless regarding UK politics. An odd quirk in its search engine sees it presenting a jumbled-up assortment of past figures when entering terms like "Labour leader."

Google flooded with piracy takedown requests, gets 1,500 a minute

Google's latest Transparency Report has confirmed the flood of piracy takedown requests shows no sign of stopping soon. The company now receives over 2 million requests to remove URLs from search results every day, equating to 1,500 each minute.

Google 'experiment' lets you stream Android apps from the web

An update to the Google search app on Android devices has enabled a new feature that lets users stream apps from the Internet if they don't already have them installed, opening the door to richer search experiences and marking a new first for Android.

Google Maps offline navigation and search launches today

Google has announced it is rolling out an update to its Google Maps app today that adds full support for navigating while offline. Users can browse maps and get directions even when they have no Internet connection.

Authorities: Texas judge expected to survive Austin shooting

Austin - A Texas state presiding judge was shot and injured late Friday in a still unexplained attack in West Austin, authorities said Saturday.

'Majority' of Google searches now processed by 'RankBrain' AI

Google has revealed it uses an artificial intelligence system to process a large majority of searches made through its website. Known as 'RankBrain', the AI helps with ambiguous questions never answered before.

Google removes always-on 'OK Google' voice search from Chrome

The latest version of the Google Chrome web browser, released earlier this week, removed support for always-on listening for the 'OK Google' hot-word to start voice searches. Google says it is hardly ever used but the move has upset those who do.

U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for 'El Faro' survivors

Miami - The US Coast Guard suspended its intensive search for survivors of "El Faro," a cargo ship believed to have sunk last week during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew aboard.

Microsoft mission to increase Bing usage by '10-15%' ends in 1%

Before the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft claimed the new operating system's deep-reaching search features would lead to a 15 percent increase in Bing usage. Nearly two months on, an independent study says only a 1 percent increase has been experienced.

Microsoft caught recommending Edge when downloading Chrome

Microsoft has been caught trying to convince Windows 10 users to give its Edge web browser a chance by "recommending" it when making a Bing search for rivals Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It could be viewed as anti-competitive by some.

Google has an all-new logo to convey colour and friendliness

Google is rolling-out an all-new logo with a flatter, more modern design with a greater emphasis on bold colour and simplicity. It can be seen today on the company's search engine and will be bringing updated multi-colour iconography to apps very soon.

Revealed: Google's coder recruiting tool hidden inside search

Google has secretly hidden a tool inside its search results that recruits talented new programmers for the company. Searching for some complex programming terms can lead to access to a series of online puzzles. Solving the puzzles can lead to a job.

Turning on Windows 10's privacy controls may not actually do much

Windows 10 has been found to send and request data from Microsoft's servers even when the user enables privacy controls designed to disable this behaviour. Details transmitted include a unique machine ID that has the potential to link computer and owner.

Google announces massive restructuring, 'Alphabet' parent company

Google has surprised the world by announcing a large-scale restructuring of its entire business that will result in the formation of a new holding company, Alphabet, to contain the search giant itself and the various other companies it has acquired.
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Typing  Labour leader  into Google can yield some interesting results due to a bug in the company s ...
Typing "Labour leader" into Google can yield some interesting results due to a bug in the company's search engine
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Air crews and officials who participated in the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 pose for a photograph Tuesday on the tarmac at Royal Australian Air Force base Pearce, just north of Perth.
Australian Defence Force
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The Bing homepage on 17/04/2015
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Examples of what Google considers to be "intrusive" mobile pop-ups
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Aerial photograph and plan of earthworks at Fazenda Colorada made up of clear geometric shapes. Excavations suggest inhabitants lived in the three-sided square
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The new search feature with the redesigned menu
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A US Navy Towed Pinger Locator, similar to the one being used in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, is seen on a ship near Washington, D.C., in 2011.
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If you search “cartoon avatars”, you get 612,000 images on Google, from Disney to anime characters by the swarm.
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Screenshot of Facebook's Graph Search in action
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Examples of pop-ups that will still be allowed
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Picture of the Google Instant search.
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Typing "Labour leader" into Google can yield some interesting results due to a bug in the company's search engine
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US Navy mechanic Matthew Walton prepares a P-8A Poseidon aircraft in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last month before it joins the search Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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An aerial view of the Adelaide, Australia, city center is seen, looking southeast.
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An Egyptian tradeperson managed to outrank Google on its own search listing as an algorithm acted strangely
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Kids on an alien planet
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U.S. Navy air crewman Clayton Wirth brings up a life jacket found in the Indian Ocean in March during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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Yogi Bear abd Boo Boo plan their next picnic basket heist
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MISDIRECTION: Areas search in 2014 at the start of the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March with 239 passengers and crew.
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