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Japan earthquake search results lead to malware

Tragedies like the massive earthquake which recently hit Japan are bad enough, and they're compounded online by nefarious types who want to profit from the inevitable increase in search engine queries. It's a common way to trick users into installing malicious programs like fake antivirus or fake system maintenance tools. By getting in quickly on new search terms as the become popular,...

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 adds click-to-call for emergency information

It's not uncommon for panic-stricken users to head to Google to search for emergency service information -- and that's precisely the reason for a new feature being integrated into Google's mobile Web version. Built on the same code that powers Google's targeted mobile ads, the new feature provides click-to-call functionality when a user appears to be searching for information for dealing with a...

Flipboard gains Instagram support, social search, and gets much faster

Flipboard has just updated its social-feed reading iPad app to version 1.2. This new version adds a performance boost and bug-fixes, with the highlight being Instagram integration. Instagram integration Taking advantage of the recent API access Instagram made available, the Flipboard team have enabled users to browse through the plethora of user-made photos in a digital representation of...

Google Instant Previews come to iOS and Android search

After news of its emergence leaked in January, Google has now officially launched Instant Previews for Google searches performed on iOS and Android devices. Instant Previews allow you to go through search results visually, scrolling through a list of snapshots of the pages that the respective results point to. To access this new functionality, just perform a Google search on your iOS (4.0...

Google introduces new Twitter snippets in search results

Google has made some improvements to the way Twitter accounts show up in search results. Rather than just a link to the account, you'll now see improved snippets featuring the Twitter user's icon and most recent tweet. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but the new enhanced snippets are particularly useful when you're trying to distinguish between two people with the same name, or when you're...

Bing Deals for iPhone and Android aggregates daily deals on m.bing.com

Bing has launched a new addition to its mobile portal for iOS and Android. Bing Deals gives you access to more than 200,000 unique offers in 14,000 cities and towns across the US. The data is aggregated from deals providers such as Groupon, Living Social, Restaurant.com, as well as many others. Bing Deals is powered by The Dealmap, "a leading source for people to find and share the best local...

Google Maps for Android updated, Latitude and Hotpot now cozier than ever

Google Maps for Android got a small but worthwhile update today, which seems to be part of an effort to socialize Latitude while tying it in closer to Hotpot. Hotpot, which most people just call "Places" at this point since it's never referenced by name in the app itself, now allows users to post their reviews of establishments to Twitter. It's also now meshed in with Latitude much more...

Bing is now the No.2 search engine worldwide

According to Web analytics company StatCounter, Bing has overtaken Yahoo in January to become the No.2 search engine worldwide. Once you see the numbers though, it's tough not to feel sorry for both Bing and Yahoo, since Google's global market share in February was 89.94% -- with Bing following at 4.37. And while Google has fallen below 90% for the first time since August 2009, the gap between...

Hipmunk now lets you search for hotels, couches

Hipmunk, the flight search company that has somehow managed to seem even cooler than Kayak, has announced the launch of Hipmunk Hotels today. Hipmunk Hotels lets you search for hotels and "space that people are renting out in their own homes", the latter courtesy of Airbnb, the very hip 'rent a couch' service. Hotel search is now powered by several companies, including Orbitz and...

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 adds 'open now' to mobile local search on Android and iOS

If you've ever searched for local shops on your iPhone or Android-based smartphone, but only wanted to show business that are still open, now you can. Google has rolled out its 'open now' feature for US-based local business search for mobile. It essentially allows you to filter by shop opening hours, showing you only the results that list the store as still being open at the time. A handy feature...

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...

Chinese government launches Panguso, all your search are belong to us

Not content with by far the largest cellular network in the world, state-owned China Mobile has joined forces with the state-owned Xinhua News Agency to create the state-owned search engine Panguso. Their new offering pits itself against the current incumbent, Baidu, which has 75% of the search market in China. The idea is that Xinhua, which is one of the world's largest news agencies, will...