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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.
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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
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.
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.
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
May 16, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The upholstery business was starting to look a little threadbare. Search engines helped restore the luster. Sales at Michael's Custom Built Inc. in San Rafael, Calif., were on a steady decline a few years ago. Owner Michael Jimenez blamed the growing popularity of inexpensive furniture that's cheaper to replace than reupholster. The second-generation craftsman wondered whether he was tethered to a dying profession.
OPINION
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.
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.
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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