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March 18, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Friday denied a Justice Department demand for access to some Internet search queries of Google Inc. users in a closely watched case testing the limits of online privacy. The ruling by U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose was a victory for Google, which argued that handing over the records would violate the privacy of people who might scour the Internet with terms as diverse as "best-actor nominees," "third trimester abortion" or "pipe bomb."
A popular Internet service that locates digital music and video files also has allowed users to peer at any kind of multimedia file stored on many personal computers--sometimes without the owners' knowledge. Scour Inc., a Beverly Hills-based new-media company backed by Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz, has attracted millions of users eager to tap into what the company boasts is one of the Internet's biggest collections of digital entertainment.
July 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hopping on the privacy-protection bandwagon, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are limiting how long their Internet search engines retain potentially sensitive data about their users. With the safeguards confirmed Monday by Microsoft and Yahoo, all of the Internet's largest search engines have changed the way they handle the personal information collected about the millions of people who use their free services each day.
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.
December 11, 2000 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Some search engines are better at listing commercial sites, while others are more comprehensive guides to Web content, according to a recent study by the investment banking firm Lazard Freres & Co. After 20 identical queries to six popular search engines, a scoring system was used to see which gave the most relevant results. and were the clear-cut winners, but in very different areas.
March 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Privacy, schmivacy -- though not entirely without jitters. Google still reigns supreme as the go-to search engine, even if people are bit nervous about how it collects data and targets ads. A survey from Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 83% of people who use search engines in the U.S. prefer Google, up from 47% in 2004. Yahoo came in second at 6%. Nine in 10 Americans who use search engines say they find the information they are seeking and nearly as many say they learn something new or important that increased their knowledge.
December 18, 2008 | Jessica Guynn
With U.S. and European regulators and watchdogs worried that Internet companies are compromising users' privacy by keeping data about online behavior for long periods, Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that it would shorten that time from 13 months to 90 days. The retention policy is the shortest among major U.S. search engines and could pressure rivals Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to reduce the time they keep information about their users.
June 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
A leading library supplier is allowing the Internet's top search engines to index its previously restricted reference material, hoping to open an online avenue that transports more traffic to local libraries. About 5,000 public, academic and military libraries nationwide are participating in the pilot program announced Thursday by Thomson Gale, a Farmington Hills, Mich.-based company that provides electronic versions of articles, encyclopedic references and 18th century books.
May 16, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The upholstery business was starting to look a little threadbare. Search engines helped restore the luster. Sales at Michael's Custom Built Inc. in San Rafael, Calif., were on a steady decline a few years ago. Owner Michael Jimenez blamed the growing popularity of inexpensive furniture that's cheaper to replace than reupholster. The second-generation craftsman wondered whether he was tethered to a dying profession.
January 20, 2012
Wikipedia went dark for a day. Google hid its logo under a black shroud. And hundreds of other websites darkened their pages temporarily in a massive, coordinated protest against a pair of bills that would step up enforcement of copyrights and trademarks. Wednesday's demonstration provoked such an intense backlash against the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (better known as PIPA and SOPA) that by the end of the week, more than 100 lawmakers had declared their opposition and both bills had been placed on hold.
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