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Google and Bing gain as Yahoo slips in search

SAN FRANCISCO — Google and Bing gained ground in the US Internet search market in March at the expense of Ask, AOL, and Yahoo!, according to figures released Wednesday by industry tracker comScore. Google continued to be the prime tool used to seek online information, handling 65.7 percent of “explicit”…

Google could be target of FTC antitrust probe: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an investigation, the FTC is waiting for the Justice Department to decide whether…

Microsoft declares war on Google in EU anti-trust complaint

BRUSSELS – US computer giant Microsoft declared war on Internet king Google Thursday when it joined an anti-trust complaint in Europe that could result in billions of dollars in fines. It is the first time Microsoft, which has itself been hit with multi-million-dollar anti-trust fines by Brussels, has gone public…

Rick Santorum owns up to his long running ‘Google problem’

Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) has a problem: he’s eying a run for president, but his name recognition is weak. And Google, as it turns out, isn’t really helping his brand image. Enter “Rick Santorum” into a Google search and you should get over half a million results. But…

Google slams Microsoft for ‘cheating’

WASHINGTON – The world’s biggest Internet search company, Google, is accusing rival Microsoft’s Bing of copying its results, a charge Microsoft denies. “Some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results — a cheap imitation,” said Amit Singhal, one of the company’s search engineers, on Google’s…

Facebook challenges Google’s Internet supremacy

Facebook is challenging Google’s supremacy on the Internet with a radically different approach to how people live, work, play and search online. While Google delivers search results selected by algorithms that take into account a user’s Web history, Facebook boasts a richer level of personalization based on one’s own “likes”…

Religious search engines filter results to weed out temptations

Seek and ye shall find. A number of new Internet search engines created by Christian, Jewish or Muslim entities aim to filter out queries from Web users in a way that is more relevant to those users and keeps them from temptation, alcohol and pornography. “We think that the other…

Texas probing Google over search results

WASHINGTON — The attorney general of the US state of Texas has opened an inquiry into whether Internet giant Google manipulates search results. Google disclosed the antitrust probe in a blog post late Friday following a report by technology website SearchEngineLand.com on the investigation by the Texas authorities. “We recognize…

Haiti calls off search and rescue as death toll soars past 110,000

Haiti’s government has ended the search and rescue phase of the quake relief effort after two people who spent 10 days buried under rubble were pulled out alive and the death toll soared to more than 110,000. The United Nations said 132 people had been saved from debris but that…

Survey: Half of Google News readers only look at headlines

Nearly half of the users of Google News skim the headlines at the news aggregator site without clicking through to newspaper websites, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The findings by Outsell Inc. appear likely to provide further ammunition to publishers such as News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch who have…

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