July 24, 2007 |
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.
December 11, 2000 |
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.
March 9, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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.
June 20, 2013 |
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.
February 1, 2005 |
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.
July 2, 2010 |
Irvine-based Internet search engine Local.com Corp. said Thursday that it had acquired Octane360, a Los Angeles technology start-up that specializes in online marketing for small businesses and Web domain owners. Local.com said it paid $5 million in cash and stock for Octane360, with up to $5.9 million in additional cash if certain performance criteria are met in the two years after the deal's close. Local.com provides a Web directory of about 14 million local businesses and offers geo-location services that connect consumers with businesses in their immediate area.
October 2, 2011 |
A guide to consumer devices and services, and the types of data they collect. •PERSONAL COMPUTERS Web browsers create records of sites you've visited. Google, Bing and other search engines can record the types of searches you're performing, sometimes keeping them for many years. Commerce websites like Amazon.com often keep detailed records of past purchases to be able to recommend items you might like. Many online advertisements, when clicked, make a note of the types of products you might be likely to buy. Social networking sites like Facebook record usage patterns such as the photos you've looked at and whose profile you've viewed.
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.