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Google tickets: FanFair Alliance sees ‘room for improvement’

Yesterday, we reported on Google implementing its new policy for secondary ticketing ads on its search engine. Now UK lobbying group FanFair Alliance has issued its response, which welcomes the changes while urging Google...
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Hateful Eight producer attacks Google over film piracy

Richard Gladstein is the producer of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film ‘Hateful Eight’. He’s also not the biggest fan of Google’s piracy policies. “Google and YouTube have the ability to create a vaccine that...
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Google search-engine takedowns reach 543k a day

The rapid rise in DMCA takedown requests for links in Google's search results continues. In early July 2012, the company was fielding 719k weekly takedown requests, but a month later this had doubled to 1.5m.
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Google received 51.4m search-takedown requests in 2012

TorrentFreak has been doing some sums based on Google's publication of the DMCA URL takedown requests it received in 2012 for its search engine.
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How did Google v Major Label lobbying really stack up in 2012?

It's an irony we've noted before that back in 2010, opponents of the UK's Digital Economy Act criticised the lobbying power of the music industry, yet by 2012 that industry was itself criticising the lobbying power of Google.
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Pirates thumb nose at new Google rankings

Google’s new anti-piracy rankings are rolling out this week and it’s fair to say that the pirates are not exactly quaking in their boots.
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Microsoft gets social with So.cl site

Microsoft has launched a new social search platform called So.cl. It allows users to post their searches to Facebook as well as watch videos with friends.
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Microsoft gets social with So.cl site

Has Microsoft just launched its own social network? Not quite, even if that's the tone of many headlines covering the launch of So.cl. But this isn't trying to be a Facebook rival really.
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Google’s new Knowledge Graph promises ‘things not strings’

Google is rolling out an important change to its search engine that has relevance for music artists. It's called the Knowledge Graph, which is characterised in a blog post by SVP of engineering Amit Singhal as "things, not...
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Google reveals its Zeitgeist 2011 search charts

What were the most popular search terms on Google in 2011? The search engine has rolled out its annual Zeitgeist charts to explain.
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Google launches +1 button for websites

We reported on Google's new +1 button in March (Bulletin, 31-Mar-11), which let people recommend specific search results to friends by clicking on the button. It only worked within Google's own search engine, but at the time...
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How Google music search will work better for labels

We wrote plenty about Google's new music search service last week, which will serve up preview clips and buy links when people search for artists, songs or lyrics