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Google receives search warrant for identities of everyone who searched crime victim’s name

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According to Ars Technica, police in suburban Minnesota have obtained a court order requiring Google to divulge the identities of people who searched for the name or images of the local victim of financial fraud. It’s clear that the warrant is overly broad and would potentially open the door for …

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Google says no algorithm changes in new deal to demote pirated content in UK search results

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The UK Intellectual Property Office announced what they call a “landmark agreement” between Google and Microsoft Bing for “reducing the visibility of infringing content” in the UK search results by June 1, 2017. But Google tells Search Engine Land that they are “changing nothing today as a result of the …

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Florida court: Google permitted to delist sites regarded as spam under First Amendment

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Under US law it’s well established that the First Amendment of the US Constitution gives search engines near-total discretion over the content on their pages and ranking algorithms. However, a court in Florida previously allowed a case against Google to survive a motion to dismiss (plaintiff’s links were removed as …

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Yelp, TripAdvisor: Google’s mobile ‘best-of lists’ hide our content

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Last week, Google announced local “best-of lists” content will start to show in its mobile app search results. On August 4, the company posted, “Starting today in the US, when you search on your Google app for the best spots to eat and drink, you’ll have access to reviews from …

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