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June 13, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
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June 3, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
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.
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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.
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March 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 26, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times staff writer
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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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