Google plans to discontinue Site Search, a product it has offered to Web publishers since 2008, sometime in spring of 2017, according to Forbes. The news went out via email to customers and partners Tuesday, but it was not announced publicly. Barb Darrow reports that Google charges customers based on the number of annual searches made on the platform. "A small blog, for example, would get 20,000 searches per year for $100," she writes. "A larger company might opt for 500,000 queries for $2,000 annually. Companies that wanted higher volumes of searches had to ...
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Torrent Freak reports that Google "and other search companies" will voluntarily stop indexing torrent sites in search engine results after continuous negative feedback from entertainment companies whose executives insist the move will help prevent online piracy. Engines like Google have been flooded with take-down requests that demand the engine remove links to infringing content.
A federal jury in Marshall, Texas has ordered Google to pay $20 million plus royalties to an investor and the family of the co-inventor for infringing on patents. The award that came down on Friday found that Google’s Chrome browser infringes on three patents covering a system for protecting computers from malware. Jan Wolfe of Reuters explains.