Tag: Search Engines

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Judging when to tighten, or loosen, the local economy has become the world’s most consequential guessing game, and each policymaker has his or her own instincts and benchmarks. The point when hospitals reach 70 percent capacity is a red flag, for instance; so are upticks in coronavirus case counts and deaths. But as the governors […]

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Google Sets Limit on How Long It Will Store Some Data

OAKLAND, Calif. — After years of criticism about how it keeps a record of what people do online, Google said it would start automatically deleting location history and records of web and app activity as well as voice recordings on new accounts after 18 months. The limited change, announced on Wednesday, comes after Google introduced […]

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Search engines are leveraging AI to improve their language understanding

During its Build 2020 conference this week, Microsoft took the wraps off of AI at Scale, an initiative aimed at applying large-scale AI and supercomputing to language processing across the company’s apps, services, and managed products. Already, Microsoft says, massive algorithms have driven improvements in SharePoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Xbox Live, and Excel. They’ve also benefited […]

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Google Searches Can Help Us Find Emerging Covid-19 Outbreaks

Every day, millions of people around the world type their health symptoms into Google. We can use these searches to help detect unknown Covid-19 outbreaks, particularly in parts of the world with poor testing infrastructure. To see the potential information lying in plain sight in Google data, consider searches for “I can’t smell.” There is […]

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Why Google Backtracked on Its New Search Results Look

SAN FRANCISCO — Earlier this month, when Dan Shure was searching on Google for information about butchering meats, he did something he had avoided for the last 20 years: He unknowingly clicked on an ad. Mr. Shure, a 40-year-old consultant who helps companies manage where they appear in Google search, had always thought it was […]

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Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay

Facing an increasing number of requests for its users’ information, Google began charging law enforcement and other government agencies this month for legal demands seeking data such as emails, location tracking information and search queries. Google’s fees range from $45 for a subpoena and $60 for a wiretap to $245 for a search warrant, according […]

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