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Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement

Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive […]

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Tree planting search engine Ecosia is getting a visibility boost in Chrome

Tree planting search engine Ecosia is getting a visibility boost in Chrome Ecosia, a not-for-profit search engine which uses ad generated revenue to fund planting trees, is set to get a visibility boost in Chrome. A change Google is making to its chromium engine will see it added as a default search […]

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Google Search will make mobile-first indexing the default by September

Google Search will make mobile-first indexing the default by September For a while now, Google has been working on making mobile-first indexing the default behavior of its search engine. With mobile-first indexing, Google Search primarily uses a page’s mobile content for creating its search index and ranking. Google announced this initiative in […]

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Google’s latest user-hostile design change makes ads and search results look identical

Google’s latest user-hostile design change makes ads and search results look identical Did you notice a recent change to how Google search results are displayed on the desktop? I noticed something last week — thinking there must be some kind of weird bug messing up the browser’s page rendering because suddenly everything […]

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DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot

DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot Google has announced which search engines have won an auction process it has devised for an Android ‘choice screen’ — as its response to an antitrust intervention by the region’s competition regulator. The prompt is shown to […]

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US search market needs a ‘choice screen’ remedy now, says DuckDuckGo

US search market needs a ‘choice screen’ remedy now, says DuckDuckGo US regulators shouldn’t be sitting on their hands while the 50+ state, federal and congressional antitrust investigations of Google to grind along, search rival DuckDuckGo argues. It’s put out a piece of research today that suggests choice screens which let smartphone […]

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Parallels’ KeyGenie lets you play for a free product key — but you can’t ever win

Parallels’ KeyGenie lets you play for a free product key — but you can’t ever win When is a game not a game? When you never win. For years, virtualization software maker Parallels offered the chance to win a free product key if you “stump the KeyGenie,” a virtual robot which users can […]

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UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation

UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a new joint report and stat-fest on Internet attitudes and usage with the national data protection watchdog, the ICO — a quantitative study to be published annually which they’re calling the Online Nation report. The […]

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UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms

UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking off a public consultation. The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal […]

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Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe

Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe Google is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running investigation of AdSense could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has […]

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