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Google tweaks search to promote "high-quality" sites

Do Google's search results look a little different this morning? Maybe they should. The Mountain View, Calif., company announced changes to its proprietary search equations Thursday night that affect more than a tenth of its old results. A blog post outlines how Google proposes to lower the boom on uninformative...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 25, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Google socializes search further, redesigns navigation bar

Google searches will reflect more of what your friends know. The Mountain View, Calif., company is expanding its "social search" feature to show additional links created or shared by friends and make them easier to spot. As its blog post explained yesterday, Google will no longer confine those social results...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 18, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Google, Search, The Web  
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Google adds content-farm blocking extension to Chrome

You can do your part to salt the earth of content farms--mass-production sites that extrude content to fit popular search terms, as opposed to starting out with something original to say--with a new extension to Google's Chrome browser. Called Personal Blocklist, it's a free, one-click installation in Chrome. Google introduced...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 15, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bing and Google get into search slapfight

You could say that Bing has been engaged in the sincerest form of flattery. But the company making this observation--Google--would probably not phrase things so nicely. Tuesday morning, Google alleged that Microsoft's Bing has been using that company's Internet Explorer browser and Bing toolbar to gather intelligence on Google's search...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 2, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Google promises searchers less spam, fewer content-farm results

If you've been searching for a sign that Google recognizes that its search results don't always steer you right, look no further. Search engineer Matt Cutts posted a note to the Mountain View, Calif., company's official blog on Friday that acknowledged problems with its results and pledged improvements. Cutts wrote...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 21, 2011; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Google Offers coupon launch confirmed

Google will launch Google Offers, a new service that will take on group discount sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 21, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Digital culture, Search, Shopping  
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Google Doodle rings in new year the old-fashioned way, Hayley Tsukayama , December 31, 2010
Yahoo cuts Delicious, My Blog Log, AltaVista, Hayley Tsukayama , December 17, 2010
Ask.com and you won't receive, Rob Pegoraro , November 9, 2010
Bing brings Facebook-fueled search results, Rob Pegoraro , October 13, 2010
Google debuts 'Instant' search, Rob Pegoraro , September 8, 2010
Another day, another goofy Google logo, Rob Pegoraro , September 8, 2010
Google bouncing-balls logo amuses, bemuses visitors, Rob Pegoraro , September 7, 2010
Relaunched MapQuest still looks lost, Rob Pegoraro , August 4, 2010
Grading Google's China compromise, Rob Pegoraro , July 9, 2010
Google to defy China's censors a little less, Rob Pegoraro , June 29, 2010
Bing adds music, videos, games, Rob Pegoraro , June 23, 2010
Google tweaks search pages and logo, Rob Pegoraro , May 5, 2010
Google adds bicycle directions to Google Maps, Rob Pegoraro , March 10, 2010
 
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