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Google's Hummingbird algorithm continues poaching pageviews

Google celebrates its 15th anniversary of search with the rollout of its "Hummingbird" search algorithm, which alongside better filters, is designed to put Google and not the Web as the answer to your queries.

Sudan comes back online after 24-hour Internet blackout

Service was restored around 1 p.m. local time Thursday, according to an analysis performed by Renesys, an Internet performance management company.

Bug alert: Inserting images in Gmail messages could get you banned

Beware Gmail users: Inserting images into the body of an email message can get you temporarily banned from your account.

Study: Internet sales tax software will be costly to implement

Opponents of a proposed Internet sales tax requirement contend that it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to set up along with ongoing maintenance costs.

Sudan loses Internet access, government may be to blame

Connectivity to one of three major international ISPs in Sudan has been restored, following reports that the government may be responsible for cutting off the country's access amid riots over the lifting of fuel subsidies.

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California law allows minors to remove embarrassing pics, posts

A California law enacted Monday gives California minors the right to ask a Web site to remove whatever content they choose, and restricts those sites from advertising certain items to minors.

Twitter fixes Tweet button issue that downloaded a torrent file

Some Twitter users were surprised Monday when they clicked a button to share content from third-party websites but instead downloaded a mysterious torrent file.

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New York State works to clean up fake online reviews

Search-engine-optimization firms and individual businesses in New York State must now pay fines ranging from $2500 to just under $100,000, and must discontinue the practice of posting fake reviews.

Hands-on with Kidoodle.TV, a Netflix just for kids

For $5 a month, Kidoodle.TV can help you feel better about letting your kids watch so much darn TV.

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GoDaddy buys domain marketplace Afternic

GoDaddy's acquisitions are part of a broader strategy to better service small businesses, according to a GoDaddy PR representative.

Bing gets a Modern makeover and smarter search results

To fight Google, you must become Google, it seems.

Study: Net neutrality policies vary in EU countries

European Union member states have adopted a range of stances on net neutrality, and the Openforum Academy argues that the E.U. should look to the countries' examples as it attempts to move forward with new regulations.

Security company says Nasdaq waited two weeks to fix XSS flaw

A serious cross-site scripting vulnerability at Nasdaq's website could have been used to elicit personal details from website users. The flaw was fixed Monday, though Swiss-based High-Tech Bridge said Nasdaq waited two weeks before addressing the vulnerability.

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Who's actually writing your favorite celebrity's tweets?

Inside the world of social media ghostwriters.

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Exploring Google Search's tenuous relationship with pirated content

Mountain View says it filters copyright-infringing content from its autocomplete function, but not all search filters are created equal.

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