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  1. Impossible Google Queries Come Up With a Whole Mess of Porn Thanks to Search Bug

    Ah, Google. Never change. Well, okay, change a bit, but please always have strange search bugs. Thanks to what's being called an "impossible query," there's a way to make Google churn out a bunch of strange links to pornography when it should only be trying to solve a mathematical equation. It appears that Google's been made aware of this via a Quora question, but there's still time to experience the phenomenon for yourself.

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  2. FTC Finds No Evidence to Suggest Bias in Google Search Results, Concludes Investigation

    The United States Federal Trade Commission today officially concluded their antitrust investigation of search engine giant Google with a series of decisions ranging from interesting to potentially fascinating. Perhaps most importantly, Google must stop attempting to exclude competitors from using patents important to key technologies. In other words, they can't use the patents they've acquired from their Motorola acquisition like a giant cudgel. We say most importantly because it's the only major change being made. When it comes to the actual allegations of search bias, though, that's a horse of a different color.

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  3. How Google Search Works [Video]

    Ever wondered how Google actually works? You aren't the only one. The ins and outs of Google's search algorithm are valuable knowledge for websites everywhere, interested users, other search engines, and even spammers. As a result, Google keeps a big part of its algorithm -- specifically its hundreds of pagerank indicators -- under its hat. The general gist of the process, however, isn't secret at all, and is incredibly interesting. There is an unimaginably large amount of webpages out there to be indexed in real-time. How could you possible come close to doing that? Allow us to allow Google software engineer Matt Cutts of Google Webmaster Central to explain.

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  4. Google Brings the Noise: Adds Upcoming Concerts to Search Results

    Google's never ending quest to sort and categorize everything on the planet continues as the search engine will now inform you of upcoming concerts in the area. The venerable search engine already brings you movie showings, tell you the weather, perform calculations, and even give you currency exchange rates. Pretty soon it's going to be faster to just say what Google's can't do.

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  5. Google Merges Google+ Results Into Main Search

    As of today, Google is rolling out a modification to the standard Google search we all know and love. From here on out, your vanilla Google search will also include personal results from your Google+ account. Obviously, if you don't have a Google+ account, this isn't going to affect you too much; but even if you have one you don't frequently use it, you'll probably start noticing a few changes. The three big elements as Google lays them out are the addition of Personal Results, Profiles in Search, and People and Pages.

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  6. Google Search Globe

    Something like this has apparently been a fixture on Google's campus for some time now, but today, it released it to the masses: Search Globe is a WebGL-based data visualizing tool that allows users to see and interact with a map of Google queries worldwide.

    The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see a bright landscape of queries across Europe, and parts of Asia for instance, but unfortunately we see many fewer searches from parts of the world lacking Internet access—and often electricity as well—like Africa. We hope that as the Internet continues to become more accessible over time and people continue to ask questions, we’ll see this globe shine brightly everywhere.
    Google has open-sourced Search Globe, so expect to see developers tinkering with its code as a means to display their data if it catches on.

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  7. Google Accuses Bing of Copying Search Results [Update]

    Over at Search Engine Land, blogger Danny Sullivan has the scoop on a pattern in Bing search results which, Google alleges, shows that Microsoft's rival search engine is piggybacking off of Google's search results. [Bing is currently an advertiser on Geekosystem and other Abrams Media sites.] The full, nitty-gritty details are available on Sullivan's site, but in short, Google thinks that Microsoft is using search tools associated with its Internet Explorer browser to peek at users' search behavior on Google, then effectively copying what they choose to click on. In an attempt to "sting" Bing, Google manually created 100 sets of search results for nonsense queries like "hiybbprqag" and "mbzrxpgjys"; for between seven and nine of those queries, Google found that Bing displayed the same results, which suggested that Bing was copying off Google's answer sheet.

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  8. The Alphabet, Presented in Order of Popularity on Google

    The most popular letter on the Internet, according to its Google search results, is "A," probably because it's a word, followed by "I," because we live in a world of virulent self-absorption. But we're also weird, because we've been searching for individual letters on the Internet. (via SmallCBN via NOTCOT via The Daily What)

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  9. Google: No Longer Helping Users Kill Themselves

    Google wants to keep you alive. The New York Times reported yesterday that any searches related to suicide techniques will now bring up the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline accompanied by a bright, red telephone icon as the first result on the page. This is the second time that Google has offered a helpful telephone number to go with troubling search terms. A few months ago, the search engine added the phone number for the national poison control hotline when users search terms like "poison emergency".

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