Information Retrieval


Google CEO finally confirms secret censored Chinese search engine, is very happy with it

Mashable

Google is finally going on the record with its once-secret Project Dragonfly, a censorship-friendly search engine for the people of China. Speaking at the Wired 25 Summit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai not only confirmed the existence of the project but also boasted about how well testing of the search engine was going. "It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries," Pichai said of search results in the testing, pushing back on the controversy surrounding a product that must adhere to the Chinese-government's strict censorship laws. The Google CEO went on to give an example of how beneficial the service will be for the Chinese people, pointing out that current Chinese search products can return "fake" info for a query like "cancer treatments." "There are many, many areas where we would provide information better than what's available," explained Pichai.


Google will no longer force Android phone makers to set Chrome as the default browser -- in the E.U.

Washington Post

Google is ending a controversial practice in Europe where it requires smartphone makers seeking to pre-install Google's app store to also add other Google apps, such as search and Chrome. Instead, Google will allow device manufacturers to pre-install the Google Play Store on a stand-alone basis, and offer the option to pre-install Google's other proprietary apps for an extra, unspecified fee. The company's announcement Tuesday came ahead of an Oct. 29 deadline to comply with a European Union antitrust decision, which saw regulators slap the company with a $5 billion fine for bundling its apps in an allegedly anticompetitive manner. Google is fighting the order but is working to meet its terms, because not doing so by the deadline could risk further penalties. In making their decision, antitrust officials in Europe had said that Google's practice of tying the apps together could harm competition by giving Google a built-in advantage over new apps struggling to attract an audience.


Google really is trying to build a censored Chinese search engine, its CEO confirms

Washington Post

Google on Monday finally confirmed a secretive project that's been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China's online censorship regime. The project, code-named Dragonfly, is not only real but is already performing to the satisfaction of top Google executives. And it could pave the way for Google to reenter China's online search market after nearly a decade. "If Google were to operate in China, what would it look like? What queries will we be able to serve?" chief executive Sundar Pichai said during an event hosted by Wired on Monday night.


Google says it 'internally tested' censored China search engine

Al Jazeera

Google CEO Sundar Pinchai has said a separate, censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market has undergone several successful internal tests. The comments are the first time Google has officially confirmed it is working on the search engine, dubbed Project Dragonfly, which has been criticised heavily by human rights organisations. Pinchai defended the decision of working on a search engine which will censor any results critical of the Chinese government by saying providing some information is better than providing no information at all. "We are compelled by our mission [to] provide information to everyone, and [China is] 20 percent of the world's population," the Google CEO said during the Wired25 conference, as reported by the organiser, Wired. "People don't understand fully, but you're always balancing a set of values," he continued, adding that the company will try to provide information in any market it enters.


Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms censored China search engine

Engadget

When Google's chief privacy officer admitted to the Senate that the company is working on a secret project called'Dragonfly,' he refused to say what it is. According to previous reports, Dragonfly is the codename for the censored search engine Google has been developing for China since 2017 -- a search engine that can automatically identify websites banned by the country's infamous firewall and can remove them from the results page. Now, Google chief Sundar Pichai has openly confirmed the search engine's existence at the Wired 25 Summit and even told the audience that its development is going very well. "It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries," he said on stage. The executive defended the project, telling people that Google is "compelled by [its] mission [to] provide information to everyone," but it also has to follow the laws in every country.


Google's CEO Says Tests of Censored Chinese Search Engine Turned Out Great

WIRED

Google's internal tests developing a censored search engine in China have been very promising, CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage on Monday as part of the WIRED 25 Summit. "It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries," that users request. What's more, "There are many, many areas where we would provide information better than what's available," such as searching for cancer treatments, Pichai said. "Today people either get fake cancer treatments or they actually get useful information." While onstage at the event, Pichai did not back away from Google's controversial decision to build a censored search engine in China.


How to Completely Optimize Your Facebook Page - Search Engine Journal

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Facebook is the most popular social media platform used by businesses. Facebook Pages help your brand or business promote and share its value-add and to assist in customer support. Facebook remains the primary platform for most Americans. Two-thirds of U.S. adults now report that they are Facebook users and 74 percent of Facebook users say they visit the site daily. Despite the recent criticism of Facebook's data privacy practices, both daily and monthly users are up 13 percent year-over-year.


Query Understanding, Divided into Three Parts – Daniel Tunkelang – Medium

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Like Rome, query understanding can't be built in one day. Implementing holistic understanding, reductionist understanding, and resolution is a lot of work, and as a search team you can always find room to improve all of these. But if you're not already looking at query understanding in this framework -- or if you're not looking at query understanding at all -- I urge you to consider it. It won't reduce the challenges, but it will help you tackle them in stages.


DuckDuckGo, the pro-privacy search engine, hits 30 million daily searches

Mashable

In an age where it seems nearly every major internet service is looking to hawk your personal data, one pro-privacy search engine is experiencing massive growth. DuckDuckGo, which bills itself as "the search engine that doesn't track you," has just hit 30 million daily searches. According to the company, this is a new daily record for the search engine. DuckDuckGo makes its traffic stats publicly available in an effort to be as transparent as possible. This new company record is about a 50% increase from its record of over 20 million searches in 2017.


Google leak reveals secret China plans for censored search engine, prompting protests from employees

The Independent

Google is secretly planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China within the next year, a leaked transcript seems to reveal. According to The Intercept, Google's search engine chief Ben Gomes held a meeting in July to discuss the progress of a new search engine, dubbed Project Dragonfly. The platform would blacklist words and phrases like "human rights," "Nobel Prize," and "student protest," in order to conform with China's strict censorship laws. "You have taken on something extremely important to the company," Mr Gomes told the Google employees, according to the transcript obtained by the publication. But I do think a very important and worthwhile one.