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Category Archives: Search Engines

Study by law prof challenges Google search results

Tim Wu, Michael Luca, and the Yelp Data Team [note – Wu was compensated by Yelp for his work] – “While Google is known primarily as a search engine, it has increasingly developed and promoted its own content as an alternative to results from other websites. By prominently displaying Google content in response to search queries, Google is able to leverage its dominance in search to gain customers for this content. This yields serious concerns if the internal content is inferior to organic search results. To investigate, we implement a randomized controlled trial in which we vary the search results that users are shown ­ comparing Google’s current policy of favorable treatment of Google content to results in which external content is displayed. We find that users are 45% more likely to engage with universal search results (i.e. prominently displayed map results on Google) when the results are organically determined. This suggests that by leveraging dominance in search to promote its internal content, Google is reducing social welfare ­ leaving consumers with lower quality results and worse matches.” Study: “Is Google degrading search? Consumer Harm from Universal Search

2015 Scholar Metrics released

Google Scholar Blog: “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2015 version of Scholar Metrics. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2015 and coversContinue Reading

Google Launches News Lab

Official Google Blog: “…we’ve created the News Lab, a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists aroundContinue Reading

Bing to implement HTTPS summer 2015

Bing Moving to Encrypt Search Traffic by Default: “At Microsoft, we’re committed to helping users keep their data safe and secure. That’s why we support the industry’s move to use of TLS protocols as part of our effort to expand encryption across our networks and services. Bing has already been offering users the option toContinue Reading

“Now on tap” – mobile help with what you need in the moment

Google Inside Search – “Your mobile phone does wonderful things for you, but it’s still not always easy to find a quick piece of information or get something done on the fly while you’re in the middle of something else—like listening to music, texting your friends, or reading your email. Too often, you have toContinue Reading

Tumblr releases GIF search engine

“Since GIFs have replaced written language, we’re making it easier to turn your obsolete verbiage into modern moving pictures.  When you’re making a post on the web: Just click the ✚ button, click the GIF button, then search for whatever it is you’re trying to express. Pick the GIF you want and it slinks rightContinue Reading

Data Collection From Consumers Continues Without Transparency

National Journal – “Don’t be fooled: Congress may have finally passed the bill reining in the National Security Agency’s bulk-surveillance programs  [USA Freedom Act of 2015], but your data is still being collected on the Internet. Lost in the debate over the NSA is the fact that companies like Google and Facebook continue to vacuumContinue Reading

Google releases latest report on diversity

Google news release: “Last month, we shared our long term strategy for improving diversity at Google and across the industry (http://goo.gl/0vQ5lX). We’re encouraged that this important issue is now being discussed openly – including at events and conferences like the recent Code Conference and our own Google I/O conference (http://goo.gl/Csw9Fr). But it’s fair to ask:Continue Reading

BEA’s New Data Tool Provides Fast Access to Trade and Investment Stats for Countries

Commerce.gov – “A new data tool–International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application–on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and another country by simply clicking on a world map. These fast facts at your fingertips can include: Total exports, imports and tradeContinue Reading

Google Photos One home for all your photos – organized and easy to find

https://photos.google.com/ Auto upload from all your devices – Back up and view a lifetime of photos across all your devices. Edits made once appear on all your devices. Automatically organized and searchable See all your photos organized by people, places, and things. Search by what you remember about a photo, no description needed. Easily editContinue Reading

The Library of Congress: Web Archive Collections

Web Archive Collections – Researcher Access to Publicly Available Web Archive Collections is here The following is a list of all web archive collections developed by or in partnership with the Library of Congress. These are in various stages of production. U.S. Election Web Archives U.S. Congressional/Legislative Web Archives Law Library Web Archives Single SitesContinue Reading

Information Retrieval with Verbose Queries

Information Retrieval with Verbose Queries – Manish Gupta and Michael Bendersky, March 2015. “Recently, the focus of many novel search applications shifted from short keyword queries to verbose natural language queries. Examples include question answering systems and dialogue systems, voice search on mobile devices and entity search engines like Facebook’s Graph Search or Google’s KnowledgeContinue Reading