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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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BUSINESS
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. Google.com and GoTo.com were the clear-cut winners, but in very different areas.
BUSINESS
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.
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 5, 2011 | By Richard Verrier and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Film director Penelope Spheeris' new comedy, "Balls to the Wall," had barely premiered in Europe when bootleg copies started popping up on the Internet, throwing its U.S. release into jeopardy. A Spheeris assistant sent out as many as 30 cease-and-desist notices a day in a desperate, but failed, attempt to halt the piracy. "It's like putting out a forest fire with your bare feet," she said. That helps explain why Spheeris and other filmmakers are backing tough new legislation making its way through Congress that would give the Justice Department broad powers to shut down websites that host pirated material and would open the door for movie studios, music companies and other copyright holders to seek court injunctions against Internet companies they believe are aiding in copyright theft, which amounts to $58 billion a year.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2000 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Most Web search engines have come a long way in their search for profits, from simple sites that helped people find their way around the Internet to bazaars of news, weather, shopping, e-mail and chats. But as serious ad revenues have begun to dry up for nearly all full-service portals but Yahoo, MSN and America Online, the search for profits has come full circle. Some sites that began as search engines are scaling back and becoming search sites once more.
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
February 1, 2005 | Chris Gaither and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Just days after Bill Gates acknowledged Microsoft Corp. was "stupid" for not recognizing the importance of Internet search engines sooner, the software giant today plans to debut one of its own. Microsoft will move its new search engine to the front page of its MSN service, trying to keep Web surfers -- and the advertising dollars that accompany them -- from heading to such rivals as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Advertisers spent nearly $3.
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