Algorithm

Sign at the entrance of Google offices in Brussels.  (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Columbia Law Professor Argues That Google Is ‘Degrading’ Search Results To Bolster Its Own Properties

The study concluded that Google is “reducing social welfare, leaving consumers with lower quality results and worse matches.”

8 hours ago

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Two Powerful Earthquakes Did Not Hit Northern California, Automated Quake Alerts Fail USGS, LA Times After Deep Japan Quake

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two powerful earthquakes, measuring 4.8  and a 5.5 magnitudes did not hit San Simeon and Brooktrails early Saturday morning.  The widespread reports of the quakes are the result of a glitch in […]

05/30/2015

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Instagram Deletes #LoveYourLines Post Promoting Beauty In Women’s Stretch Marks

When Hannah Moore posted pictures of the stretch marks on her pregnant stomach, within minutes her photos were deleted and Moore’s Instagram account was shut down, citing a violation of the sites “nudity and violence” rules.

04/21/2015

Sign at the entrance of Google offices in Brussels.  (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Changing Search Algorithm On Mobile Devices

Google is making some major changes to how their search algorithm ranks websites when you search from your mobile device. Some tech analysts are calling it “Mobilegeddon”, but Larry Magid says there’s ways to make your site compliant.

04/20/2015

Sign at the entrance of Google offices in Brussels.  (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

European Union Threatens To Slap Google With $6 Billion Fine Over Alleged Antitrust Violations

Google is battening down the hatches after the European Union issued a formal list of grievances accusing the Mountain View-based company of abusing its power as the world’s most dominant search engine.

04/16/2015

The Hoover Tower is visible through trees on the Stanford University campus on May 22, 2014 in Stanford, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Learning Centers Use ‘Moneyball’ Formula To Ensure Students Get Admitted To Top-Ranked Colleges

A Bay Area group of learning centers is using techniques more associated with baseball statistics to get students into the nation’s most competitive colleges.

11/14/2014

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How Does Netflix Decide What To Recommend To You?

How does Netflix decide between offering you the past seasons of ‘Breaking Bad’ or the latest Adam Sandler direct to DVD comedy? A select group of employees – who get paid to watch everything – help the company filter all of that content so that it can be matched to what you like.

09/17/2014

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Researchers Developing Portable Device That Detects U.S. Currency Vapors To Be Used By Border Patrol

An estimated $30 billion in U.S. currency is illegally smuggled into Mexico each year from the United States, but research is being done to help U.S. border-patrol agents sniff out the so-called dirty money.

08/12/2014

A view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen May 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. Social-networking giant Facebook will go public on the NASDAQ May 18 with its initial public offering, trading under the symbol FB, in an effort to raise $10.6 billion. (Brenden Smialowski/AFP/GettyImages)

Larry Magid: Facebook Changes Algorithm For News Feed

Facebook is changing the way it decides what appears in your news feed. What some people may not realize is that they might not see every post their friends make in their News Feed.

01/22/2014

Google's search engine. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Turns 15, Overhauls Search Algorithm

Google says it recently overhauled the closely guarded formula that runs its influential Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers.

09/26/2013