It was discovered by a user of the Q&A site Quora, who wrote a question asking why the search “-4^(1/4)” should return not just the result of that equation but hundreds of links to a wide variety of porn sites.
Today in international tech news: Google Maps’ market share plummets in China. Also: The UK reviews Google’s pledge to downgrade search results for illegal file-sharing sites, Anonymous goes on a hacking spree, and China’s WeChat app boosts the number of users it has outside China. Share/Save
Newspapers accounting for 90% of the circulation in Brazil have abandoned Google News. Share/Save
Facebook’s IPO woes have taken the spotlight off its rivalry with search giant Google. That’s changing. Here’s why. Share/Save
Iran has denied the report that it plans to cut itself off from the Internet. In a statement, the ministry said Share/Save
Never before have so many people all of a sudden thought, “I wonder if Kansas City is a nice place to live?” That’s because Google recently announced the details behind Google Fiber, its incredibly fast new Internet service that’ll cost eligible Kansas City residents $70 per month. Another $50 will add a cable TV package to the mix as well. All in all, $120 is in line with what you’d expect to pay for similar TV-plus-Internet service from other major cable providers.
Yahoo has appointed leading Google executive Marissa Mayer as its next chief executive. More recently, Ms Mayer has been in charge of such services as Google Maps, Earth, Local and Street View.
Start a Hangout, have everyone load the YouTube app at the top of the screen, and start adding videos.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of writer Charles Dickens.
Planned changes to Google Inc’s privacy policies that have caught the attention of U.S. lawmakers would not take away the control its customers have over how data is collected and used, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.