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# Search Engine

All time
# Unfair Advantage
EU fines Google €2.4 billion for 'abusing its market dominance'
The EU accused Google of giving its own online service, Google Shopping, too much priority over competitors.
# Knowledge
You use them every day, but how much do you really know about search engines?
No Googling now!
# DuckDuckGo
What the heck is DuckDuckGo and why is it growing in popularity?
The search engine that focuses on privacy has slowly built up a reputation by word of mouth.
# eerie
Google is now answering your questions before you can finish asking them
“It’s like we finish each other’s… sandwiches?”
# don't leave
Facebook thinks it has found a way to hurt Google's search business
It’s testing its own search engine, which will allow users to search and find links to articles without leaving the site.
# Removal
Google received 1,440 right to be forgotten requests from Ireland
And almost 150,000 requests were made across Europe since Google started processing requests in May.
# back to square one
EU tells Google to improve its proposal regarding search practices or face charges
The European Commission’s antitrust commissioner said that ‘fresh evidence’ from competitors has raised new concerns over Google’s search proposal.
# right to be forgotten
Google receives 41,000 requests to delete search results in first four days
More than 12,000 requests were made on the first day alone as Google copes with the ruling made by the European Court of Justice.
# Links
Google now has a form for those who want to be 'forgotten'
If follows a European Court of Justice ruling that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches
# Week in Web
Weird Wide Web: Kissing with tongues, rose-tinted glasses and some terrified journalists
All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
# google box
Google autocomplete reveals what we all secretly think about Irish celebrities
And it turns out we aren’t that complimentary.
# erasure
Google must delete your data if you ask, orders judge in landmark case
An EU court has ruled that a person can request certain information to be removed from search engines if “the data appears to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.”
# Week in Web
Weird Wide Web: Bare bottoms, emails from space and a selfie search engine
All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
# ba da bing
Bing responded to its elephant-penis homepage in the best possible way
THIS is how you do it.
# whipped
Google ordered to block photos of Max Mosley at orgy
Google said the decision sent a “disturbing message”.
# Search Engine
Google to block some child sexual abuse search results
The world’s biggest search engine is using new technology to stop 100,000 different searches from resulting in images of children being abused.
# Google
Look at the colourful new way Google lets you watch real time searches
You’ll find it hard to look away…
# autocomplete
Pregnant at 10, a virgin at 60... Google searches based on age
“I’m 13 and still beastfeed”.
# Google
Google to change how it displays search results in Europe
The company announced the move in a bid to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position.
# give us a ring
Google wants to replace your passwords with jewellery
Replacing all your passwords with one small chip in a ring? Don’t lose it.
# Deal
Orange makes Google pay for using its mobile network
The Orange CEO said they had been able to reach a “balance of forces” with the search giant.
# poached
Yahoo! nabs new CEO from Google
Marissa Mayer was Google’s first female engineer – now she is head of Yahoo, one of its main rivals.
# unencrypted
Hackers post pilfered Yahoo! passwords
Nearly half a million passwords and email addresses from a Yahoo! server were posted online.
# dear uncle google
Where is Chuck Norris? Who are Rubberbandits?… what Google wants you to know
Have a look at some of the unusual suggestions Google makes in your search bar…
# Draw
Want to doodle for Google? They're hiring...
The web giant is looking for its first full-time doodler to illustrate its homepage.
# strange searches
18 strange things Google users search for about famous Irish people
People think Enda Kenny is WHAT? Take a look at some of Google’s suggestions for what people search for when they look up famous Irish people…
# Google Doodle
Students compete to have doodle shown on Google Ireland homepage
75 students from primary and secondary schools across Ireland have had their drawings chosen from almost 2,000 entries to this year’s competition.
# Tech wars
Twitter says Google search changes are bad for internet users
Twitter has accused the search giant of boosting posts from its Google+ social network when returning search results – and ignoring information from other sites.
# Google
Google launches new ‘personal results’ feature within search
Following Bing’s lead with its Facebook tie-up, Google will now include some ‘personal results’ drawn from your Google+ friends.
# Google
Google redesigns its home page - but you may not see it for several weeks
The revamp is one of the biggest changes to the Google homepage since it launched over a decade ago.
# Zeitgeist
Google Zeitgeist: what have you been searching in 2011?
The search engine has released Ireland’s top searches for this year which included Pippa Middleton, Donedeal and… how to shuffle.
# Takeover
Microsoft reported to be considering takeover bid for Yahoo
Shares jumped amid reports that Microsoft is renewing its interest in the company it tried to buy three years ago.
# Ouch!
Yahoo CEO emails colleagues: 'I've just been fired over the phone'
Carol Bartz got her marching orders yesterday after an unsuccessful two-and-a-half years at the helm of the tech company.
# Downloading
China's largest search engine to pay for music downloads
Sony, Warner Music and Universal have reached a deal with Baidu. Currently almost all of music downloads in China are illegal.
# Google
Irish authorities asked Google to remove mystery content
Google launches its transparency report to highlight government removal requests: guess which country submitted most removal requests?
# Google
Google faces probe over online dominance
Rival companies claim that the tech giant uses its search engine to gain an unfair advantage.
# Google
Google says it has "shaved precious seconds" off web searches
The internet giant says it won’t be happy until browsing the web is as easy as flipping through a magazine.
Yahoo to extend its retention of online search records
Internet search engine reverses decision on deleting search data, saying it will retain personal information for 18 months.
# Google
Google: "You +1 me, you really +1 me?"
Search engine giant invites users to recommend sites with the click of a button. Will it have Facebook quaking in its boots?