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October 15, 2007 | Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press
Around the world, Internet users are conducting about 1.4 million searches every minute -- most of them through Google Inc., a ComScore study estimates. Yet Inc. is strong enough in China and NHN Corp. in South Korea to crack the global top five in ComScore Inc.'s inaugural report on worldwide search patterns. The report, based on August traffic patterns, was released last week. In the past, ComScore reported search numbers for only a few countries.
September 23, 1999 | From Reuters
The United States and Australia on Wednesday announced raids and a crackdown on people who moved Web users from the sites they wanted to pornographic sites--and would not let them leave. The Federal Trade Commission in Washington characterized the scheme as the "page-jacking" of as many as 25 million of the roughly 1 billion World Wide Web pages. At a news conference, FTC officials said when Web users clicked on sites from search engines, they were switched instead to pornographic sites.
August 23, 2005 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
Until two years ago, Shi Lifeng had never heard of Baidu. He didn't even know what an Internet search engine was. The only engine he cared about was under the hood of vehicles he test-drove for a living here. Now, the 28-year-old auto worker spends several hours a day in front of his broadband-connected home computer, often using Baidu to search for news, music and movies. Baidu also helps him find file-sharing sites and software to download.
Scour Inc. announced late Friday that it has stopped a controversial Internet search engine tool that enabled outsiders to peek at digital entertainment files in personal computers, sometimes without the owner's knowledge. The move came on the same day a story in The Times detailed the practice.
May 29, 2009 | David Sarno
Microsoft's new Bing "decision engine," unveiled Thursday by Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, is being positioned as an alternative to the busy, confusing search engines of today. This more elegant and intuitive approach to search will help consumers distill useful information on commerce-friendly topics such as shopping, travel, health and local business, Microsoft said. The Redmond, Wash., company has long been trying to boost its share of the Internet search market. Its search tools captured 8.
March 25, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Google Inc. made two changes to its search results pages Tuesday that it said would help more effectively direct users to the information they were seeking. The search engine giant said it was launching a technology to better understand what people were looking for online. It also will give longer lines of text, or snippets, after the search title, with relevant words in bold.
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.
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.
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.
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