BusinessWire: Algolia Partners with Openbase to Launch Ultimate Search Engine for Open-Source Packages (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Algolia Partners with Openbase to Launch Ultimate Search Engine for Open-Source Packages (PRESS RELEASE). “While other searching platforms typically result in hundreds of packages (including many that are irrelevant to developers’ needs), the new search engine that Algolia implemented for Openbase enables developers to filter results based on the specific frameworks that they use, such as React, Vue, Node or Django. For power users, the search functionality offers advanced filtering by the last commit to the project, GitHub stars, TypeScript support and more.”

CTech: Yandex wants to move its headquarters to Israel but has some conditions

CTech: Yandex wants to move its headquarters to Israel but has some conditions . “Arkady Volozh, one of the founders of Yandex, wrote to the Israeli Prime Minister and three ministers telling them that he has decided to move the company’s headquarters to Tel Aviv. He is seeking special conditions for the company’s non-Israeli workers as he attempts to move the ‘Russian Google’ away from Russia and the sanctions.”

The Conversation: Language matters when Googling controversial people

The Conversation: Language matters when Googling controversial people. “Our recent research showed how Google’s search engine normalizes conspiracy theorists, hate figures and other controversial people by offering neutral and even sometimes positive subtitles. We used virtual private networks (VPNs) to conceal our locations and hide our browsing histories to ensure that search results were not based on our geographical location or search histories. We found, for example, that Alex Jones, ‘the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America,’ is defined as an ‘American radio host,’ while David Icke, who is also known for spreading conspiracies, is described as a ‘former footballer.’”

Chrome Unboxed: Google Search advancements take center stage at Google I/O

Chrome Unboxed: Google Search advancements take center stage at Google I/O. “There were so many product announcements yesterday at Google I/O that one would be forgiven to think it was a hardware event instead of the software-focused developer conference that it actually is. However, one of the areas that Google chose to spend quite a bit of time on was Search and how far it’s come during the past year.”

Baltic Times: Freely available sanctions screening tool for international businesses was launched

Baltic Times: Freely available sanctions screening tool for international businesses was launched. “Updated daily, the consolidated database of key sanctions lists… includes items subject to sanctions by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is a fuzzy search engine for finding entities on the financial sanctions lists, even if there are mistakes, omissions or swapped words in the search box. The number of queries for screening on this platform is unlimited, and answers are provided within seconds.”

Update: Yandex seeks new electricity contract as Finland data center runs on diesel (Data Center Dynamics)

Data Center Dynamics: Update: Yandex seeks new electricity contract as Finland data center runs on diesel. “The 40MW facility in Mäntsälä, Finland, was cut off on 25 April because Yandex’s electricity contract had run out, according to local news services. The data center appears to be running at reduced capacity on its diesel generators and is putting little or no heat into the district heating system, which is now being fed using light fuel oil and natural gas, according to Nivos.”

Yahoo Finance: This ‘rater’ gets paid $10 an hour to teach Google’s algorithm — and he’s not alone

Yahoo Finance: This ‘rater’ gets paid $10 an hour to teach Google’s algorithm — and he’s not alone. “Google Search may feel like magic, but the engine’s efficacy relies on hourly employees who work for a subcontractor. In the internet age, these are, quite literally, the people who help you find the right pair of pants.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Possible Google Search Algorithm Update May 1st With Rumbles All Week

Search Engine Roundtable: Possible Google Search Algorithm Update May 1st With Rumbles All Week. “For the past week, I have been seeing a different pattern with a possible Google search ranking algorithm update. The forums and SEO discussion around a possible Google update was brewing a good part of last week but the automated tracking tools, most of them, didn’t really pick up signs of a Google update.”

TechCrunch: Yandex signs deal with VK to sell its media products, News and Zen

TechCrunch: Yandex signs deal with VK to sell its media products, News and Zen. “In further fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Yandex, the company that’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Google of Russia’, has signed a term sheet to sell its media division to VKontakte (VK), aka the local Facebook equivalent. Yandex confirmed it has signed a term sheet to divest its news aggregator (News) and blogging/infotainment platform (Zen) with VK today. But it declined to provide further detail on the transaction that’s been agreed with VK, including financial terms.”

Engadget: You can now ask Google to remove phone numbers from search results

Engadget: You can now ask Google to remove phone numbers from search results. “Google has long accepted requests to remove some personal information from search results, but now that option should be considerably more useful. Google has expanded the policy to let you ask for the removal of contact info like phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses. You can also have Google remove login credentials if they pop up in queries.”

TorrentFreak: Google Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results

TorrentFreak: Google Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results. “Over the past months, it has become clear that Google is voluntarily helping rightsholders to tackle online piracy. The search giant has now removed another batch of ‘pirate site’ URLs from its results in the Netherlands, just days after a local ISP was ordered to block them. While it’s a big step to take, Google hasn’t yet commented on the matter.”

Moscow Times: Turmoil at ‘Russia’s Google’ Amid Sanctions, War and Censorship

Moscow Times: Turmoil at ‘Russia’s Google’ Amid Sanctions, War and Censorship. “When Tonia Samsonova started working for Russian tech giant Yandex in 2019, it was a company that shared her vision of using innovation to solve everyday problems. But after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Samsonova was dismayed to discover that the company’s media aggregator was implementing Kremlin censorship and displayed almost no information about the bloody conflict.”

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing. “We first released this experience last year in the UK, and today are excited to announce we’ve expanded to more places – the US and Canada in English. As a reminder, the hub provides fashion customers with categories like eco-friendly, upcycled, or fair-trade fashion, as well as providing all-up ratings for how ethical a given brand is, where possible.”

East-West Digital News: Yandex scales back “many planned investments,” withdraws 2022 financial guidance

East-West Digital News: Yandex scales back “many planned investments,” withdraws 2022 financial guidance . “In the instable environment created by Russia’s war on Ukraine, Yandex’s annual report to the US Security Exchange Commission (SEC) provides details on a range of pressing business issues and potential company risks. The report was issued Thursday by Yandex’s Netherlands-headquartered mother company, which has been listed on the Nasdaq since 2011.”