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Yahoo closes its China portal after gradual phase-out

After seeing its popularity decline, Yahoo's Internet portal in China has formally closed down, in a sign that e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is transitioning away from the brand.

Google adds voice recognition tools to Google Search

Voice-recognition tools found in Google Now are now available in Google Search.

Hands-on: Google starts highlighting in-depth articles in (some) search results

Google's Knowledge Graph already provides you with tasty informational tidbits, and now, the company plans to point you towards the meatier stuff.

Twitter ups its search game: How it compares against G+ and Facebook's Open Graph

Twitter’s new search features are supposed to make it easier to find accounts and recent photos related to your search topic, as well as view a stream of topical tweets as you could before.

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Windows 8.1 'smart search' will show you Bing ads

Microsoft said Tuesday that results generated by its "smart search" technology will have ads from Bing. Hurray.

FTC advises Google, Yahoo, others to be clearer in labeling paid search results

Searching online for something like "diet plans," or "Caribbean vacation," or of course "iPhone," is bound to present a slew of results, including ads. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants search engines to display those ads more clearly.

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Microsoft to sanitize Bing for schools

Microsoft announced plans to launch Bing for Schools, which will optimize results for K-12 students.

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Google quietly updates local search with an image carousel

An addition to Google search introduced with little fanfare this week is a carousel of images served up with local search returns.

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How to run your own private PRISM program like the NSA

Why should the NSA have all the surveillance fun? Its PRISM spy software is built into a wide variety of tools available to everybody.

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Microsoft's 'Bing Boards' allows users to curate search results

Over the next few weeks, Microsoft's Bing search engine will experiment with allowing a select group of users to curate search results, called Bing Boards.