Man Googles himself, discovers he's on the 'Most Wanted' list

Here are some of the things you can discover when you Google yourself (at least in my experience).

You can learn that you're the spawn of Satan, a raving fascist, a stinking liberal, a knee-jerk libertarian, an Apple fanboy, a Google fanboy, a Samsung fanboy, and extremely unlucky with heartless members of your target sex. (I made that last one up.)

Please, though, imagine the startled feelings of Christopher Viatafa of San Leandro, Calif., who Googled himself and found that he was on the "Most Wanted" list of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (run by various … Read more

What's on the menu? Just ask Google

Google is serving up a tasty search side dish to give those querying for restaurants in the US an immediate way to glance at what's on the menu.

"Just search Google to show you the menu for the eatery you're considering and you can see it right on the top of your search page -- complete with tabs for different parts of the menu (like appetizers, brunch or dinner) and, often, prices -- before you make your reservation," the company announced Friday in a post published to its Google+ social network.

To get the menu results, … Read more

European antitrust chief defends deal with Google

Google's deal to avoid a huge antitrust fine in Europe is no "gentlemen's agreement," the European Commission's competition chief said on Friday.

Speaking at an antitrust conference, Joaquin Almunia defended the recent deal with Google in which the search giant agreed to certain conditions to settle a long-standing investigation. To avoid a potential antitrust fine as high as $5 billion, Google agreed to display search results to its own services in the same way as those for rival companies, along with other concessions.

Google's latest rapprochement may have satisfied Almunia. But other parties aren'… Read more

Microsoft accused of censoring Chinese search results in US

Is Microsoft censoring searches of certain Chinese terms in the United States? One Web site is standing behind its original accusation.

Microsoft's Bing allegedly delivers different results for English-language searches than for those in Chinese, The Guardian said on Tuesday. Run searches on such politically sensitive topics as the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square on Bing's English-language site and its Chinese-language site, and the results vary, the report claimed. The Guardian said the discrepancies were first noted by Chinese monitoring site GreatFire.

In response to the initial charges of censorship from GreatFire, Microsoft attributed the problem to a system error, … Read more

Bing censors Chinese search results in the US?

It's no secret that many search engines abide by China's rules and censor Web results for users living in mainland China. But, typically, results in other countries don't have the same filters.

Bing, however, has been allegedly censoring results for Chinese speakers in the US, according to a report by the Guardian. The Guardian writes that sensitive political topics -- like the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square protests -- are showing up on the Chinese-language Bing in the US with filters. When searching the same topics on the English-language Bing, users get far more results.… Read more

Microsoft adds Bitcoin to Bing's currency converter

Microsoft is making it easier to track the Bitcoin's real-time value by adding the crypto-currency to its Bing search results.

Bing users can now compare Bitcoin's value to more than 50 currencies by typing a simple query into the search bar, such as "7 bitcoin to USD" or "Bitcoin to 100 euros," Microsoft announced Monday. Currency conversion is provided through a partnership with Coinbase, a digital wallet that supports Bitcoin trading.

The feature is currently available only to Bing users in the US, Australia, India, and the UK, but Microsoft promises expansion to additional … Read more

How much does Yahoo need Yelp? Short answer: A lot

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo had internally announced a licensing partnership with Yelp to incorporate the company's local business listings and reviews into Yahoo's search engine.

The deal -- specifics of which are still unclear -- seems to outsource Yahoo's local search efforts to Yelp. In the past, Yahoo has had its internal teams get local business information from third-party feeds and clean up the data to incorporate it into Yahoo's search results.

The licensing-deal route is a familiar one for Yahoo. CEO Marissa Mayer had previously called Yahoo a very … Read more

Yahoo teams with Yelp on local search, says report

Yahoo is beefing up its local-search results with the help of a Yelp partnership, according to a report.

Yahoo's search results will feature Yelp listings and reviews "in the coming weeks," an anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal.

The partnership was revealed by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at a staff meeting on Friday, which the source attended, the Journal reported, adding that terms of the deal were unknown.

Microsoft and Apple both have similar deals with Yelp, the Journal points out. Apple shows local business listings, reviews, and photos on its mobile mapping software.

Mayer is … Read more

The real big game Sunday: The Super Bowl trounced porn

If there was any question about whether football or porn is more popular, a study produced after the Super Bowl leaves little to the imagination.

According to PornHub, visits to its giant archive of free porn were down 6 percent nationwide during the Super Bowl on Sunday. As the site pointed out in a blog post, that's a significant number in a country of more than 300 million people.

The numbers were even starker in Denver and Seattle, the home cities for the combatants in the big game, won by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8. PornHub concluded that there was … Read more bands up with Spotify to offer on-demand tracks, an Internet radio Web site and music recommendation engine, is adding an on-demand track player by banding up with Spotify.

The companies, in blog posts on both their sites, said the partnership will add a Spotify playbar to the bottom of's site, where users can play and control any song in Spotify's catalog.

The partnership makes sense for both companies. The inability to play entire catalogs of artists -- something that requires onerous negotiations with labels to reach expensive licensing deals -- has long been a missing link of's discovery service. … Read more