Following the laws of individual nations becomes a hell of a conundrum when your business fundamentally has no borders. But recent court cases are threatening to make the situation even more difficult by demanding that a country's laws be honoured by companies like Google all around the world. On Wednesday, an ongoing case with terrifying implications was kicked up to the European Union's highest court.
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Remember Frinkiac, the amazing database that lets you search for thousands of iconic Simpsons quotes for the perfect screencap? And then let you gif them, rendering the need for actual language in internet communication null and void? Well, now it has a Futurama-flavoured sibling. With blackjack and hookers!
Google wants to be better at Googling Google. The company is hiring an SEO program manager so Google sites get Googled better. What a world!
Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing "Google is the most popular search engine in the world", because, holy crap, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU's new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues.
Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically sci-fi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google's crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we're getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in action.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Before Google there were many search engines worth trying out on the Internet. Technically, many of them still exist. What, you haven't visited Dogpile recently? Well maybe you should, if only to see what its puny algorithm thinks you're searching for.