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  • Microsoft restricts Cortana on Windows 10 to Bing and Edge

    Microsoft restricts Cortana on Windows 10 to Bing and Edge

    Cortana is Microsoft’s version of Google Now and Apple’s Siri digital assistant. It’s built right into Windows 10 and, while I’ve generally not found it all that useful, it’s a core component of Microsoft’s attempt at making its operating system smarter. Starting today, whenever you use Cortana to do a search on Windows 10 that would typically take you to… Read More

  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone relaunches Jelly as a human-powered search engine

    Calling it an “un-pivot,” Biz Stone is bringing back Jelly, the Q&A app he created in 2013. Launching today, the new and improved Jelly remains close to its roots, but with an added twist. This time, everything is anonymous so you can ask what you really want to know. Referring to the new Jelly an “on-demand search engine,” Stone said that one lesson he learned… Read More

  • E-commerce search startup Twiggle scores $12.5M Series A led by Naspers

    E-commerce search startup Twiggle scores $12.5M Series A led by Naspers

    Search engines on large e-commerce sites often spit up a lot of results, which is great if you want to browse, but otherwise annoying. Twiggle thinks it has the solution. Internet conglomerate Naspers agrees, because it has led the Tel Aviv-based startup’s $12.5 million Series A. Yahoo Japan, State of Mind Ventures (a returning investor), and Sir Ronald Cohen also participated in the round. Read More

  • Computer Vision Has Its Sights On Disrupting Search Crunch Network

    Computer Vision Has Its Sights On Disrupting Search

    You do two things when you type a query in a search engine: you provide the search engine with object identification and its context. This manual input precedes a valid query result. Computer vision has the potential to change the entire nature of search, because it eliminates the need for the user to input a search query, and instead utilizes sensor information (like noise and images)… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    A number of mobile app developers and industry observers recently noticed a significant change in the way the Apple App Store’s search algorithms are returning results. Developers say that, following a series of shifts that took place beginning on November 3, app search results now appear to be more intelligent and far more relevant – especially among the top results – than… Read More

  • Hulbee Bags $9M To Grow Its Pro-Privacy Search Engine

    Hulbee Bags $9M To Grow Its Pro-Privacy Search Engine

    Swiss-based semantic search company Hulbee, which launched a consumer search engine in the U.S. this August, has closed a $9 million angel funding. It’s positioning its consumer search offering as a pro-privacy alternative to mainstream search engines like Google, with a pledge that unlike those guys it does not track users. Read More

  • Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet

    Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet

    If you want to stream your music instead of buy tracks, there are more options than you can shake a stick at. You’ve got Spotify, Rdio, XBox Music (Microsoft), Amazon, Apple Music and Google Play just to name a few. One of the players, Google, which happens to have the world’s biggest search engine, has chosen to only recognize a few of them. Read More

  • Tumblr Launches “Tumblr TV,” A GIF Search Engine With A Full-Screen Viewing Mode

    Tumblr Launches “Tumblr TV,” A GIF Search Engine With A Full-Screen Viewing Mode

    Following the rollout of Tumblr’s GIF search engine earlier this month, the blogging platform is today launching another new feature aimed at helping users discover and share GIFs: Tumblr TV. The addition is a combination of a search and viewing feature for GIFs, which helps you find the animated images housed on Tumblr and then view them in a full-screen mode. The “TV” part… Read More

  • The VR-Smartwatch Continuum Crunch Network

    The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

    There’s a lot of enthusiasm at either end of the spectrum for “go big” virtual reality and “go small” smartwatches and other wearable devices. Is the “game-changing” hype of either justified? Or are they overblown? Read More

  • Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Keep Track Of Context For Conversational Searching On Desktop

    Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Keep Track Of Context For Conversational Searching On Desktop

    Microsoft is introducing some of its Cortana personal assistant smarts to its desktop search engine, with a new feature rolling out today that will use your previous query to inform your next, providing it with key contextual information so that you can search more conversationally, in the same way you’d ask follow-up questions of a friend during a regular chat. So, if you’re… Read More

  • China Unleashes Yet Another Attempt At A State-Run Search Portal

    China Unleashes Yet Another Attempt At A State-Run Search Portal

    The Chinese government has launched a new search site that is reportedly run by the vice president of Xinhua, the Communist Party of China’s official mouthpiece. Called ChinaSo, its logo’s color scheme closely resembles (and that’s putting it charitably) Google’s. Read More

  • Verbase Is A Search Startup Using ‘No Ads’ To Lure Users To Fire Its Crowdsourced Engines

    Verbase Is A Search Startup Using ‘No Ads’ To Lure Users To Fire Its Crowdsourced Engines

    Hong Kong based startup Verbase — currently billing itself as “a search engine with clean and pure results” — reckons it has a chance to inch into the search market by offering something different to category leader Google. Namely: no ads, no spam and, down the line, crowdsourced content to augment its core search results. Read More

  • Site Search Engine Creator Swiftype Raises $1.7M From A16Z, Others

    Site Search Engine Creator Swiftype Raises $1.7M From A16Z, Others

    Swiftype, a Y Combinator startup that creates site search engines, has raised $1.7 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ignition and several angel investors. Founded in 2012, Swiftype builds search engines in real time, organizing pages based on importance rankings from your page. After creating your search engine, the Swiftype… Read More

  • Trulia Now Allows You To Find And Promote Real Estate Agents

    Trulia Now Allows You To Find And Promote Real Estate Agents

    Trulia, the online marketplace for buying and selling homes, has added a service that allows users to search specifically for real estate agents by location, name and company. The search engine returns a list of local agents with pictures, recommendations and other information. This new update comes after Trulia announced a program to partner with such real estate companies as RE/MAX and… Read More

  • Google Could Pay Apple $1 Billion Next Year To Remain Default Search Engine On iOS, Report Says

    Google Could Pay Apple $1 Billion Next Year To Remain Default Search Engine On iOS, Report Says

    Apple and Google are enemies and partners at the same time due to asymmetric competition. According to a report from Morgan Stanley, Google could pay more than $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS. In 2009, Google paid only $82 million for the privilege. Analyst Scott Devitt believes that it is a per-device deal growing every year. Read More

  • Centzy, A “Kayak For Local Services,” Expands To Top 10 U.S. Metro Areas

    Centzy, A “Kayak For Local Services,” Expands To Top 10 U.S. Metro Areas

    Centzy, a local search engine which provides prices, reviews, hours, and ratings for nearby businesses, is today announcing its availability in the top 10 metro areas across the United States. When the service launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in May 2012, it offered 30,000 business listings in 3 major markets. Now it has over 300,000 local businesses on its site, across NYC, San Francisco… Read More

  • SimilarWeb’s integration with Twitter is, well, questionable

    Web applications and services are all the rage right now and Twitter app creations are even hotter. So, not soon after SimilarWeb launched its website, their sister project SimilarSites, which is basically SimilarWeb’s search engine, presented an interesting twitter integration that brings most of their core functionality to twitter. What is their core functionality exactly? Read More

  • Wolfram Alpha is ready for you to try

    Wolfram Alpha is a search engine that you can use to compute systematic knowledge immediately. You can put in anything you would like to know and you can compare multiple results with each other. There is no need to know how to search; just type in what you want to know. Read More

  • Balmer, Microsoft Hell-Bent On Not Sucking At Ad Game

    Some would argue that coming after Google’s online advertising crown might be an exercise in futility. Yet that’s what Microsoft’s gunning for, according to mild-mannered Steve Ballmer. And don’t think that Microsoft is trying to simply slice itself the tiniest sliver of the pie like your typical type-A friend that eats vicariously through everyone else, no sir. Read More

  • K-Fed Gets A Search Engine

    Lucky for you, I spend a good hour a day pissing my life away reading gossip blogs. So when I stumbled upon this K-Fed Search Engine, you could imagine my excitement of finding technology combined with a D-List A-list celebrity! “Search With Kevin” is a essentially a promo for Kevin Federline’s album Playing With Fire. A user can search the web with K-Fed and win a prize. Up… Read More