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Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results
Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings. Bing doesn’t deny this.

As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing’s relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google’s own work. Google likens it to the digital equivalent of Bing leaning over during an exam and copying off of Google’s test.

Trending Terms, Digital Books & Historical Data Crunching

NPR's OnPoint Radio program today looks at Google and the way of words. They look at what 500 years of word usage tells us about our culture with the Google NGram Viewer. It airs live today, Wednesday December 22nd at 11:00 AM EST with an online stream and will be available later in the day as a podcast.

Google Book Tool Tracks Cultural Change With Words

A searchable database of more than 500 billion words from millions of books published over the past four centuries is now online. Researchers say the tool, which is a collection of words and phases stripped of all context except the date in which they appeared, is a powerful way to study cultural change.

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European Union Clamps Down on Google

New York Times reports: BRUSSELS — Europe opened a formal antitrust investigation on Tuesday into accusations that Google had abused its dominance in online search, exposing the company’s zealously guarded technology to unwelcome scrutiny.

The investigation by the European Commission follows complaints from smaller Web businesses, which claim that Google downgraded their sites in its search results to weaken potential competitors for advertising. The commission said it would also look into whether Google might have given its Web services “preferential placement” in search results.

Google’s dominance on the Internet has been a sore point in Europe, where it controls more than 80 percent of the online search market, compared with about 66 percent in the United States, according to comScore, a research firm.

Google already faces antitrust inquiries, as well as investigations of its privacy and copyright protection policies, in several European countries. In addition, other American companies have fought lengthy legal battles with European regulators in the past.

In a statement, Google said it had strived to “do the right thing by our users and our industry.”

“But there’s always going to be room for improvement,” the company said, “and so we’ll be working with the commission to address any concerns.”

Google Wants You To Tell Them Which Books Are Public Domain

This Search Engine Round Table post says Clearly Google would love if more books were full view so after one person complained that he found a book where the author died in 1821 and the book was not available in full view. Since the author died in 1821 the book should be in the public domain and available for full view.

So Googler, Sofia started a thread asking people to either post books that should be full view in the thread or submit the information via web form.

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Google Instant Searches the Web As You Type

Google has rekindle its love for speedy Web searches with Google Instant, a new version of the search engine that displays results as you type.

When typing a search query with Google Instant, results appear after the first letter is entered, and they update as the user types. Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search and user experience, said results are actually delivered "before you type," because Google Instant predicts and automatically completes search terms.

Full article in PC World

Google Instant is not just Google trying to guess at your keywords as you type them. It is Google starting to run a search as you type each letter.

Here is Google's page about Google Instant

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How many books in the world?

Based on a new algorithm, Google says there are some 129,864,880 books in the world.

More at the NPR News Blog

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Google Search Engine Is Blocked in China

Google said it was the first time the site had been blocked since March.

Full story in the NYT:
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/google-search-engine-is-blocked-in-china/?ref=techn...

Another eBook Provider To the Fore...It's Google

The New York Times reports that later this summer, Google plans to introduce its long-awaited push into electronic books, called Google Editions. The company has revealed little about the venture thus far, describing it generally as an effort to sell digital books that will be readable within a Web browser and accessible from any Internet-connected computing device.

Now one element of Google Editions is coming into sharper focus. Google is on the verge of completing a deal with the American Booksellers Association, the trade group for independent bookstores, to make Google Editions the primary source of e-books on the Web sites of hundreds of independent booksellers around the country, according to representatives of Google and the association.

The partnership could help beloved bookstores like Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore.; Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, Calif.; and St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York. To court the growing audience of people who prefer reading on screens rather than paper, these small stores have until now been forced to compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Sony.

The Google deal could give them a foothold in this fast-growing market and help them keep devoted customers from migrating elsewhere.

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