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A machine-learning AI is handling a large fraction of Google's search queries.

Move over, Google search algorithm hand-crafted by hard-working Google engineers. RankBrain has moved in, a machine-learning artificial intelligence that Google’s been using to process a “very large fraction” of search results per day.

It’s not really a complete replacement of the Google search algorithm, also known as Hummingbird, however. The algorithm is the system that processes what people search for and combs through billions of pages to rank the ones believed to be best first.


RankBrain: New Way To Interpret Queries?

RankBrain, instead, seems to be about one part of that algorithm, interpreting what someone searches for and understanding how to submit that request in various ways.

Source: Search Engine Land

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There was a time not too long ago when Google was the only name that mattered when it came to search engines. After all, the name has become so synonymous with “search” that the colloquial term for “look it up” is to “Google it.” Most search engine functions were done on a desktop, but now the times are a-changing, and Google mobile search has overtaken the PC.

This change was initially reported earlier this year, but it only took into consideration 10 countries, including the US and Japan. But a subsequent report confirmed that there are now more Google searches being done on mobile devices than on desktop computers around the world.

Source: Inquisitr

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It's a myth that search engines like Google need to keep track of people's digital footprint to make a profit, at least that's what Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of rival search engine DuckDuckGo, says.

DuckDuckGo bills itself as the search engine “that doesn’t track you," and recently announced it sees more than 10 million searches a day.

Sourxe: Business Insider UK

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A price comparison site has revealed that mobile phone service providers in the UK have increased access charges of call made to numbers starting 084, 087, 09 or 118 by as much as 80 per cent.

The increase in charges were imposed soon after Ofcom asked mobile phone companies to provide better transparency by segregating the call charges into an access charge that goes to the mobile phone company and the service charge that is decided by the organisation that the consumer is calling.

Source: TechieNews

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Europe’s annulment of the framework that made it easy for companies to transfer data between data centers in Europe and the US while staying within the limits of European privacy laws has caused a lot of uncertainty for businesses that operate data centers on both sides of the Atlantic.

US cloud services giants have taken steps to make sure they continue to provide services legally using means other than the Safe Harbor framework, but actual consequences of the European Court of Justice ruling earlier this week remain unclear.

Source: Data Center Knowledge

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