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November 28, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Google has come out swinging against German legislation that would require search engines to pay for using snippets of newspaper articles, photographs and other media content. German lawmakers are slated to debate the legislation Thursday, one in a string of proposals pushed across Europe by frustrated publishers seeking ways to survive in the Internet era. Google has likened the idea to making taxi drivers pay restaurants for dropping off customers at their doors. The company is now seeking to mobilize Internet users against the German measure, arguing that it would hamper their searches.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A study released by the Motion Picture Assn. of America is taking aim at Google, alleging the Internet giant and other search engines are making it too easy for consumers to find pirated content online -- even when they're not looking for it. A study released Wednesday by the MPAA, the trade group representing the major Hollywood studios, concludes that search is a major gateway to the initial discovery of pirated movies and TV shows. The survey found that 74% of consumers surveyed cited using a search engine as a navigational tool the first time they arrived at a site with infringing content, even when the consumer was not looking for pirated movies or TV shows.
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BUSINESS
March 22, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn and David Pierson
With negotiations over censorship at an impasse, Google Inc. shut down its search engine operation in China on Monday and redirected users to uncensored results -- a move certain to anger the Chinese government and jeopardize Google's future in the world's most populous country. In taking the extraordinary action, Google said it was making good on a promise it made two months ago, when it said it would not self-censor the site as demanded by Chinese officials. At the time, Google also complained that it had been a victim of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The White House unveiled new antipiracy initiatives and is calling for more cooperation in the fight against intellectual property theft from search engines, data storage services and domain name registrars. The initiatives are an expansion of the Obama administration's 3-year-old program aimed at curbing piracy of movies, TV shows, music and other copyright materials. The White House will also seek greater cooperation from other countries where piracy is rampant. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement coordinator Victoria Espinel said the administration needs to be more "thoughtful and forceful" when it comes to cracking down on piracy.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
America Online Inc. on Thursday announced an improved Internet search engine designed to help it attract nonsubscribers and tap into the roaring online advertising market. The nation's biggest Internet service provider, which has seen its membership numbers dwindle, is gradually giving the general public access to content and services it once reserved for paying AOL members. The search engine's new features, due to appear on AOL.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2004 | Chris Gaither
Microsoft Corp. unveiled its long-anticipated search engine in an attempt to keep customers from leaving its websites when they seek information online. Microsoft's search engine, which replaced technology licensed from rival Yahoo Inc., includes such features as localized results and articles from its Encarta encyclopedia. The Redmond, Wash.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Internet's leading search engines are teaming with an advertising trade group to find a better way to identify and measure "click fraud," a scam that has raised doubts about the Web's trustworthiness as a marketing vehicle. The initiative, announced by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, will draw upon the expertise of Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. -- the owners of the top online search engines -- to attack a problem threatening to erode profits.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2000 | KAREN KAPLAN
Plenty of companies have tried to make better Internet search engines by mimicking the way the human brain works. Now an Ojai start-up is taking a different approach: Its search engine is patterned after the brain of a dolphin. Instead of simply looking for keywords, the search engines being developed by DolphinSearch look for patterns, a skill at which dolphins excel.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1999 | Reuters
When it comes to search engines--the Internet tool that helps viewers skim the Web for sites of interest--Norwegian company Fast Search & Transfer is betting that size does matter. Today, the company will unveil what it is marketing as the "world's biggest search engine" (http://www.alltheweb.com), which it says will scan 200 million of the Web's estimated 800 million pages. Fast Search is entering a field dominated by San Mateo, Calif.-based Inktomi Corp.
BUSINESS
June 10, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Ovitz and his technology investment partner, Yucaipa Cos., are expanding their Internet holdings by taking a controlling interest in Beverly Hills-based Scour.net, which operates a search engine for finding multimedia content on the World Wide Web. The investment, said to be in the millions of dollars, is expected to be announced today.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
If you are like me and spend hours trawling the Web to find the next best restaurant, travel destination or book, you might want to take a look at Qloo , a new "cultural discovery platform" that aims to make searches more personal and easier. The New York start-up, which launched in November, offers recommendations based on the user's tastes in music, film, TV, dining, nightlife, fashion, books and travel. "We are culturally much more than just your taste in an individual category," said Alex Elias, who co-founded Qloo with Jay Alger, chief executive of digital agency Deepend.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
If you turn to Google before turning to a doctor when you're feeling icky, you're not alone. Last year, 1 in 3 Americans typed their symptoms into search engines and medical websites before seeing their physician, according to a Pew Research Center study released this week. And with the flu epidemic making its way steadily west, now seems like a good time to talk about the best way to search for health information online. Searching for medical advice online can never replace a visit to a living, breathing doctor, but there are ways to help you weed through the online clutter and get reliable information.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Kim Kardashian. Hurricane Sandy. Jeremy Lin. Big Bird. These timely phrases are not the most searched for terms of 2012.  After analyzing the top 1,000 search terms across 60 search engines, Experian Marketing Services found that the most searched for term of 2012 was ... Facebook. And not because of the IPO. Facebook was also the most searched for phrase of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. Why were people searching for Facebook? Presumably because they were too lazy to go to their browser's URL bar and type in facebook.com.
WORLD
November 28, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Google has come out swinging against German legislation that would require search engines to pay for using snippets of newspaper articles, photographs and other media content. German lawmakers are slated to debate the legislation Thursday, one in a string of proposals pushed across Europe by frustrated publishers seeking ways to survive in the Internet era. Google has likened the idea to making taxi drivers pay restaurants for dropping off customers at their doors. The company is now seeking to mobilize Internet users against the German measure, arguing that it would hamper their searches.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2012 | By Jen Leo
Here's a hotel search engine for the social media-obsessed. Name: Tripbirds.com What it does: Sorts hotel searches according to where your friends have stayed, which hotel has the most "likes" (as on Facebook) or Instagrams (as in photos shared on Instagram), social media interactivity in general - and, yes, price and star ratings. What's hot: I love that when I search for hotels in New York or San Francisco, Tripbirds tells me which of my Facebook friends have stayed there (and - scary - when they visited)
BUSINESS
July 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Mac users who search for hotels on the Orbitz online booking service are initially directed to more expensive hotels than PC users, Orbitz acknowledged last week. Orbitz defended the practice, saying the travel search engine is simply showing users what it thinks they prefer. Orbitz Chief Executive Barney Harford said data collected by Orbitz shows that Mac users were 40% more likely than PC users to book four- or five-star hotels. "That is just one of many factors that determine which hotels to recommend a given customer as part of our effort to show customers the most relevant hotels possible," Harford said in an email.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is planning to add Chinese search engine Baidu as an option in China for its iPhone Safari app's search window, according to a report. The  Bloomberg report says an announcement from the Cupertino, Calif., company regarding the change could come as early as next week, citing to two people, one of whom did not wish to be named because the plans are private. The addition of Baidu to the iPhone is a big win for the Chinese company, which already accounts for 80% of the search queries originating from China.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chrome is coming to the iPhone, or at least that's what one group of analysts say. Macquarie Equities Research on Tuesday sent out an email titled "The Browser Wars Part Deux; Google Chrome Browser for iOS is Coming," saying Google's browser, known for its simplicity and quickness, is coming to Apple's iOS for the iPhone.  Chrome could arrive on the iPhone as early as this quarter or "very likely" this year, the group said. Tom White, one of the analysts, said there's reason to believe Google is developing the app and may have already even submitted it to Apple for approval for its App Store.
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