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July 16, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 2, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
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.
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February 17, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
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.
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January 20, 2006 | Joseph Menn and Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writers
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.
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January 18, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
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."
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January 8, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Wikia Inc., the Internet company started by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, opened its search engine to the public on Monday in a bid to challenge Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Wikia Search, which lets users edit and fine-tune its results, is now seeking contributors to help expand the service, according to a statement from the San Mateo, Calif.-based company. The system is open-source, meaning its underlying programming code can be shared freely.
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May 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chrome is coming to the iPhone, or at least that's what one group of analysts say. Macquarie Equities Research on Tuesday sent out an email titled "The Browser Wars Part Deux; Google Chrome Browser for iOS is Coming," saying Google's browser, known for its simplicity and quickness, is coming to Apple's iOS for the iPhone.  Chrome could arrive on the iPhone as early as this quarter or "very likely" this year, the group said. Tom White, one of the analysts, said there's reason to believe Google is developing the app and may have already even submitted it to Apple for approval for its App Store.
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October 18, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A grass-roots effort to harness the power of the masses has recently emerged to solve one of the most intractable problems of the Internet--indexing the vastness of the Web. The Open Directory project has mushroomed in the last year, suddenly becoming a credible competitor to the dominance of search leader Yahoo.
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October 24, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. on Monday unveiled a radically new approach to online searches, offering a free service that lets a website operator create a tailored search engine to scour an index of handpicked sites. Anyone who has used Web search engines knows the frustration of trying to find the desired information embedded in pages of results. Google's Custom Search Engine adds human intelligence to the company's hyper-efficient automated process, presumably increasing the relevance to the user.
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July 1, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. is expected to release a new Internet search website today that borrows heavily from the two big rivals it's designed to compete against. The new MSN site will employ Yahoo Inc.'s search technology and echo the simple design pioneered by Google Inc. Search engines such as Google have become a launching pad for consumers on the Internet, and advertisers eager to reach those consumers have made the sites big moneymakers.
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