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Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; 2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.
The amount is the regulator's largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting the market.

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izik: Take Search for a Joy Ride on Your Tablet

We are giddy to announce the launch of izik, our new search app built specifically with the iPad and Android tablets in mind. With izik, every search on your tablet is transformed into a beautiful, glossy page that utilises rich images, categories, and, of course, gesture controls.
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Google's anti-piracy move

Two file-sharing websites claim the new way in which Google is organising its search results will drive more traffic directly to their home pages.
Websites that have been flagged for aiding access to pirated content now automatically appear lower down on Google search lists.

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Wolfram Alpha unveils premium 'Pro' analysis service

Wolfram Alpha is about to allow users to analyse and manipulate their own data - including pictures and sounds.
The service is part of a new "pro" version of the data search and analysis engine to be launched on Wednesday.

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If you're a user in the United States, Wolfram|Alpha can now help you identify commercial and other flights flying overhead.
Try the simple query "flights overhead" and you'll get information on aircraft that should be visible to you, assuming a clear sky and unobstructed view.

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Playable Les Paul Google doodle

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Google animation of Martha Graham's 117th Birthday.
Animation by Ryan Woodward.

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Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 - April 1, 1991) was an American dancer & choreographer of modern dance



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Wolfram/Alpha has been upgraded to Wolfram/Beta



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Google tweaks search engine to curtail content farms

Google is making a big change to its search engine algorithm that will provide higher rankings to high quality sites and lower the rankings of low quality sites. In Google's opinion, low quality sites are those which are "low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful." High quality sites are those which have original content and contain research, in depth reports and analysis.
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Search engine Wolfram Alpha

To a layman like me, Wolfram Alpha is one incredible search engine with advanced degrees in chemistry, physics, culinary arts, meteorology, astronomy, politics, history and, quite frankly, every other topic known to man.
The website, which prefers to be acknowledged as a "computational knowledge engine," generates output by computing and processing from its own internal knowledge base - not by searching the Web and returning links.

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