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Google News Will Now Pick Out News Stories It Thinks You Should Read

Google just added a new Suggested Stories feature to its news search results, so you can let the search engine pull up a customised selection of stories to read about based on whatever terrifyingly dense accumulation of personal data Google has on you by now.


Google Flu Trends Resorts To Actual Data Because It Got It Wrong

Remember how excited everyone was about Google Flu Trends last year when it confirmed all of our deepest and darkest fears that we were doomed to a winter of misery? Apparently, using peoples’ neurotic self-diagnoses isn’t the most accurate way to track disease. So now, Google has decided to introduce a “new” flu-tracking engine. The new part? Reliable data.


OMFG U Can Search Bing W/ Emojis LOL

The Bing search engine will now give you results if you use emojis instead of words in your search query. “With this new feature, you can search using your favourite emoji, and Bing will return results based on the semantic meaning of the emoji,” Bing wrote in a blog post (probably right after sending the Google team a message solely comprised of a bunch of smiley poop emojis).


Ex-Googler's Porn Search Engine Will Help You Trawl Tumblr's Sex Parts

Searching for porn on the internet just got easier (not that it was hard before). Boodigo, a porn search engine created by porn producer Colin Rowntree and ex-Google programmers, filters out the web’s non-sexy content to get you exactly what you’re looking for. No more pictures of old brass instruments when you search for rusty trombones. Boodigo goes straight for the gutter.


Microsoft Wants You To Use Your Apps And Services Within Bing

Microsoft has big plans for Bing, and one of those plans is to use the search service’s ‘entity engine’ to link all your favourite apps. If you’ve got your LinkedIn account already authorised with Bing, for example, searching for someone’s name will bring up their LinkedIn data and your association with them. That’s just the first step.


What Searches Look Like With The Top Million Sites Removed

At this point, it’s ludicrous to think of using any other search engine than Google. But, while it’s very effective, you’ll find your search results coming from many of the web’s top sites again and again. What if you wanted to find something a little more eclectic? Well, a new search engine called Million Short offers just that by letting you ignore the top million websites on the internet.


Google's 15th Anniversary Easter Egg Lets You Search Like It's 1998

Here’s a fun Friday afternoon activity: Go to Google and search “Google in 1998″. You’ll be surprised by what the search engine returns. Or at least by the way the page looks.


These Impossible Search Queries Turn Google Into A Total Porn Machine

In a way, Google already is a porn machine; it is what you make of it. But it turns out that a handful of bizarre, technically impossible search queries turn the raunchiness up like 20 notches and cause the engine to return porn results almost exclusively. The searches themselves aren’t dirty in the slightest, either. It’s ridiculous.


The First GIF Search Engine Is Hilariously Bad

There’s a Google specifically for GIFs now. Giphy is a great and noble cause and we hope it gets better some day. But as it stands now, it’s humorously awful and painfully slow.


23 Ancient Web Sites That Are Still Alive

Do you know that Altavista, the omnipotent web search platform before Google awakened, is still online? OK, it’s integrated into Yahoo, but the domain and the interface is up and running. Just like HotBot! Anyone remember HotBot? And Lycos? WebCrawler? …Bueller?