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.
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."
May 15, 2012 |
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.
December 21, 2012 |
Kim Kardashian. Hurricane Sandy. Jeremy Lin. Big Bird. These timely phrases are not the most searched for terms of 2012. After analyzing the top 1,000 search terms across 60 search engines, Experian Marketing Services found that the most searched for term of 2012 was ... Facebook. And not because of the IPO. Facebook was also the most searched for phrase of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. Why were people searching for Facebook? Presumably because they were too lazy to go to their browser's URL bar and type in facebook.com.
October 18, 1999 |
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.
October 24, 2006 |
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.
July 1, 2004 |
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.
October 3, 2005 |
Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is setting out to build a vast online library of copyrighted books that pleases publishers -- something that rival Google Inc. hasn't been able to achieve. The Open Content Alliance, a project that Yahoo is backing with several other partners, plans to provide digital versions of books, academic papers, video and audio.
December 5, 2011 |
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.