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Google Drive Gets New Features On Android, iOS (Also In Gmail)

Google announced some new features for Google Drive on Android and iOS. On Android, users can search for files in Drive from the main Google app. Google explains, “For example, you could say ‘OK, Google — search for holiday letter on Drive’ to get to your files without opening the app and typing keywords.” On iOS, you can add files …

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Google Is Shutting Down Knowledge Graph Source Freebase

When Google first announced the Knowlege Graph, it named Freebase as one of its primary sources of structured data. It was named as one several public sources of information, which also included Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook. Google announced that it will be closing Freebase, and moving toward the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikidata, which is described as “a free linked …

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Google News Closure Already Hurting Publishers [Report]

As you may know, Google announced it would shut down Google News in Spain today as a new law takes effect, requiring such services to pay publishers to use small snippets of text. Google has indeed shut down the homepage of Google News in Spain, but as detailed earlier, you can still access Spanish Google News via web searches, which …

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Wassily Kandinsky: Abstract Artist Gets a Birthday Google Doodle

Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born artist and theorist who is known as one of the key figures in abstract art, has been given his own Google Doodle on the site’s homepage in honor of his 148th birthday. Born 1866 in Moscow, Kandinsky studied law and economics at the University of Moscow. It was when he took a job as a professor …

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Should Google News Be Shut Down In Spain?

Publishers aren’t fond of the idea of not having Google News to send them traffic, it would seem. Who knew? Last week, Google announced it would shut down Google News in Spain on December 16. The day is here, and as of the time of this writing, the site is operational, but it may be gone soon. The company’s hand …

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Robin Williams Leads Google Searches For 2014

Google has released its annual lists of the top trending searches for the year. In the past, these have come under the “Zeitgeist” label, but this year, Google is just going with “Year in Search” without any explanation as to why that changed. Robin Williams took the top spot on Google’s global trends charts this year. According to the company, …

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You Can Search Google News Archives Again

Google News used to have an archive search feature. It enabled you to search back through the years for old news stories. This can sometimes be helpful in research (obviously). A few years ago, Google pulled the plug on it, but now it’s back. Google announced this in the Google News Publishers forum (via Search Engine Roundtable): Great news–we’ve re-enabled …

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Facebook Gets Rid Of Bing In Search Results

Last week, Facebook began rolling out an update to its search experience, finally enabling users to search keywords and get actual posts from their network. One part of the update that the company didn’t exactly announce, but that some have noticed, is that the search experience no longer includes web results from Bing . Facebook and Bing have been partners …

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Yahoo Tells Users To ‘Upgrade’ To Firefox

As you may know, Yahoo recently secured a five-year deal with Mozilla to become the default search engine for the Firefox web browser in the U.S. This went into effect with the latest Firefox release, which was launched last week. Now, Yahoo is going so far as to tell users on its various web properties, including its popular homepage, to …

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Google App For iOS Gets An Overhaul

Google has released a new version of the Google app for iOS, which makes use of Material Design, as the company has been injecting into its various Android apps since releasing Lollipop. The app lets users see and return to their recently visited pages or start a new search with one tap. It also lets you find nearby places and …

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Google News Is Shutting Down In Spain

Google announced that it’s going to be shutting down Google News in Spain as the result of a new law in that country. The company has faced turbulence from publishers and governments in many countries (particularly in Europe), and this time, it’s just become too much, so the service is going away. Google announced the news in a blog post …

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Annie Jump Cannon Gets Google Doodle On 151st Birthday

Annie Jump Cannon is the subject of a doodle today on Google’s homepage, as the search giant celebrates her 151st birthday. Cannon was an astronomer whose work was considered instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. She, along with Edward C. Pickering, is credited with the creation of the Harvard Classification Scheme. This is said to be the first …

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