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Bing mobile search gets HTML5 enhancements for iOS and Android

The Bing team has just delivered a major update to its mobile search. m.bing.com now utilizes HTML5 tech to deliver better image and iOS app search, as well as realtime directions and transit info to Android and iOS users. It gets better, too. If the update situation for Windows Phone 7 wasn't bad enough, the official blog post offers this sad-trombone style news for WP7 users: "If you have a...

Google lets users block sites from search results

Google now allows users to block sites from search results, allowing for a more personalized, more relevant search experience. When you run a search, each result should have a "Block all example.com results" link beside it. Clicking that button will hide the domain in your future searches. When Google hides a result you've blocked, you'll see a "blocked results" message at the top of the...

Google updates search to massively bias original content

Google has just made a change to its search engine that noticeably impacts 12% of all queries. Yet again, it is aimed at reducing the prevalence of non-original content farm content in search results. It also heavily biases sites with "original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis," increasing their chance of being at the top. This only affects google.com...

Google stirs cooking recipes into search results

Google's latest search trick is recognizing recipes in search results, and showing you a quick overview of a recipe before you even click through. Thanks to some XML tricks, you'll soon be able to see ingredients, ratings and thumbnail images for recipes right in your search results. Google's recipe search also has some advanced options (found in the search sidebar), including filters for...

BTDigg, the first DHT 'trackerless' decentralized torrent search engine

Despite DHT being included in major BitTorrent clients for years, the very first 'trackerless' torrent search engine has only just launched: BTDigg. DHT is a decentralized and distributed technology that enables users to download files from nearby peers without contacting a central tracker. BTDigg crawls the massive DHT network, hopping from peer to peer, and slowly builds up an index of...

Add custom search engines to your browser easily with Mycroft

One of the oldest -- yet somehow least-lauded projects in existence -- is Mycroft. Perhaps its under-hypedness is due to its total simplicity -- Mycroft is nothing more than a massive directory of search plug-ins that you can add to Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Check the top 100, and you'll get some idea of Mycroft's scale. For Firefox and Internet Explorer, this means you can search...

Spam Clock illustrates the problem of link relevancy for Google, Bing, and other search engines

If you've wondered about the recent slow droop in search result relevancy, take a look at Spam Clock; watch the counter tick up, be amazed, or be appalled. Believe it or not, over 220 million spam Web pages have been created since January 1. That's one million spam pages per hour, or about 270 new spam websites every second. Spam Clock just scratches the surface of the problem, though. The real...

Firefox reshuffles default search engines, but Google and Yahoo! still top the list

Changes to the search bar are coming in Firefox 4 and, despite rumors, Bing isn't getting a prominent place on the list. Microsoft's search engine will be included in the list (for English language users), but it will still sit behind Google and Yahoo! in Firefox's search engine menu, and Google will remain the default search. Teams working on Firefox localizations for other languages will have...

Cuil, once touted as a 'Google killer,' appears to be dead

Remember Cuil? The search engine startup that claimed it could beat Google launched back in 2008 to a lot of fanfare, but it just didn't have the quality search results to back up its initial promise. Well, Cuil has existed for two years, getting almost no attention after its colossally bad launch, and now it appears to be shutting down. There's no official word yet, but the site is down right...

CloudMagic searches your Gmail faster than Google can

I'm unabashedly a Gmail fan, and have been using it for years. One of the things I love about it is its ability to search through a huge number of messages, and find exactly what I need quickly. But what if I told you there's a way to make searching your Gmail even faster, and that it wasn't Google that did it? CloudMagic is a Google Chrome and Firefox extension which indexes your email locally on...

The hidden first step of Google's redesign explanation?

Yesterday, Google posted a fairly in-depth overview and brief history of their new redesign that had been going through heavy testing and revision over the past few months. Jon Wiley, their senior designer on the project, went into detail explaining the process they went through in deciding on the new look. It was a pretty good rundown, but it seemed to be missing something......

Google seeks ruling against record label to squash infringement claims

It may not be the sort of landmark ruling we were hoping for, but Google seems intent on making at least some progress in the dreaded copyright infringement debate, and they're using an unlikely tool to do it -- a lawsuit filed against Google. Not long ago, a small and basically unheard-of record company called Blues Destiny Records made waves by suing Google, Microsoft and Rapidshare. Their...

Bing says "Hey, we have Twitter search too!"

With Google recently introducing its powerful new Twitter timeline search, Microsoft Bing's new real-time search features have been lost in all the hype. Bing's social search, announced last year, just got rolled into the main Bing.com product this week. Bing's social search doesn't have a cool timeline view like Google's, but it does work pretty well to see what's going on right now. On top...

7 out of 10 Google users prefer Bing

A recent, independent report claims that out of 15 Google users forced to use Bing exclusively for a week, 10 stated that would continue to use Bing after the end of the experiment. These (shocking?) results come after Microsoft hired a research firm to look into how 'transient' we Internet searchers are. Do we stick to Google through loyalty, or purely because there's no adequate replacement?...

Seven Mininova and Pirate Bay Alternatives to fend off P2P withdrawal

The Pirate Bay's torrents have gone forever and Mininova's turned legal. With the dams shattered you can be damn sure that other sites will now follow in their footsteps and shut down -- or go legal. But you -- and the draconian piracy lobby groups -- should be well aware by now that you can't stop piracy, you can only displace traffic from one site or service to another. Napster shuts down;...