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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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Google brings in BERT to improve its search results

Google brings in BERT to improve its search results Google today announced one of the biggest updates to its search algorithm in recent years. By using new neural networking techniques to better understand the intentions behind queries, Google says it can now offer more relevant results for about one in 10 searches […]

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Google starts highlighting key moments from videos in Search

Google starts highlighting key moments from videos in Search Google today announced an update to how it handles videos in search results. Instead of just listing relevant videos on the search results page, Google will now also highlight the most relevant parts of longer videos, based on timestamps provided by the video […]

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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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How to use Amazon and advertising to build a D2C startup

How to use Amazon and advertising to build a D2C startup Matt Altman & Tyler Elliston Contributor Matt Altman runs the Amazon practice area for VMG Ignite, an eCommerce consultancy that helps early to mid stage CPG companies achieve growth. Tyler Elliston is the founder of VMG Ignite. Clients include Sun Bum, […]

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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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Baidu’s video site iQiyi adds 37M subscribers in 2018 amid mounting losses

Baidu’s video site iQiyi adds 37M subscribers in 2018 amid mounting losses China’s Baidu, which is often compared to Alphabet’s Google, is showing no signs of slowing down its pace of betting on video content as its core advertising unit feels the squeeze from rivals. The company’s latest financial results show its video streaming […]

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Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices

Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices The European Union’s political institutions have reached agreement over new rules designed to boost transparency around online platform businesses and curb unfair practices to support traders and other businesses that rely on digital intermediaries for discovery and sales. The European Commission proposed a […]

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A simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation

A simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation A bug that anyone can easily exploit in Google makes it easy to kick out manipulated search results that look entirely real. The search manipulation bug was documented by Wietze Beukema, a London-based security specialist, who warned that […]

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Google CEO won’t rule out relaunching in China

Google CEO won’t rule out relaunching in China Members of the House Judiciary committee have today closely questioned Google’s CEO about the company’s intentions in China, following reports this summer it’s planning a controversial return to the market despite local censorship of Internet services. Mountain View pulled its search engine out of China back […]

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