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.
June 13, 2007 |
Google Inc. cut the time it keeps the personal search records of its users, an effort to quell privacy concerns raised by European regulators. The owner of the most popular Internet search engine will retain the records for 18 months, down from 18 to 24 months. Google described the new policy in a post on its website written by Peter Fleischer, chief privacy lawyer for the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.
June 3, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet search engine will become the default search program on all personal computers sold in the U.S. and Canada by Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's biggest maker of the machines. The Windows Live Search tool bar will be installed on PCs starting in January, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft said Monday. The software also will direct users to Hewlett-Packard's sites, including its photo service Snapfish. Microsoft's search engine, the third most popular, will replace Yahoo Inc.'s as the default on Hewlett-Packard machines.
March 2, 2004 |
Internet giant Yahoo Inc. is adopting a new system for indexing Web pages that will charge businesses to include material currently unlisted in its online search engine, the first volley in a duel with Google Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo is touting the approach, scheduled to be announced today, as a practical way to assure that its search engine includes more of the billions of pages that are not found during periodic crawls of the Internet.
July 26, 2006 |
Google Inc. plans to announce today that it will start telling marketers how many times their ads are clicked fraudulently or accidentally, trying to tamp down an increasing concern of its advertisers and investors. Some advertisers have complained that Google, Yahoo Inc. and other search providers don't do enough to prevent "click fraud": clicking on a competitors' ads to drain their advertising budgets or clicking on ads on one's own site to artificially boost revenue.
July 16, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. is expected to announce today that it has acquired Lookout Inc., a Palo Alto start-up whose software figures into Microsoft's ambitions to make searching for information on personal computers as easy as searching the Web. The two-employee company, which sells a program that hunts for specific words in e-mail, documents and other files on the PC, will be folded into Microsoft's MSN online service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
February 17, 2012 |
The Internet can be a cruel mistress. Demand Media Inc. found that out the hard way. A year ago the Web company, awash in traffic, was the darling of Wall Street, valued at $1 billion in a Jan. 26 initial public offering. Three months later,Google Inc., which had sent millions of visitors a day to Demand's websites, modified its search results to de-emphasize destinations deemed to have lower-quality content. The change throttled the Santa Monica company's traffic nearly 25% between January and July.
January 20, 2006 |
Federal investigators have obtained potentially billions of Internet search requests made by users of major websites run by Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and America Online Inc., raising concerns about how the massive data trove will be used. The information turned over to Justice Department lawyers reveals a week's worth of online queries from millions of Americans -- the Internet Age equivalent of eavesdropping on their inner monologues.
January 18, 2005 |
A new version of Picasa, Google Inc.'s digital photo software, is due for release today, offering additional ways to edit, print and share pictures. It also has a feature that Web surfers have come to expect from Google: It's free. Google acquired the company behind Picasa in July and immediately slashed the price of its software from $30 to nothing. When Picasa co-founder Lars Perkins asked Google executives how the software would make money, he recalled, they told him, "Don't worry about it."