2019/08/13: June (as shown at the top of this post) is when zero-click searches in browsers passed 50%, but the pie chart above shows that even before that, Google was sending a huge portion of search clicks to their own properties (~6% of queries and ~12% of clicks). Those properties include YouTube, Maps, Android, Google’s blog, subdomains of Google.com, and a dozen or so others (full list here).
Maybe Google’s websites are ranking exclusively because they’re the best result, but if Congress is asking questions about whether a monopoly is potentially abusing its market dominance in one field to unfairly compete in another, I’ve got something else they’ll want to see. It’s a chart of where searches happened on major web properties in Q2, and as you can see, there’s no competition.
2018/09/14: Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal.
The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.
Sources familiar with Dragonfly said the search platform also appeared to have been tailored to replace weather and air pollution data with information provided directly by an unnamed source in Beijing.
The Parliament of the European Union last week voted to call on member states and the European Commission to investigate the operation of search engines in Europe to ensure "a balanced, fair and open internet
Today the European Parliament passed a resolution introduced by the two large groups, EPP and S&D, on "consumer rights in the digital single market". This resolution had caused quite a stir in the international press since last weekend - before it was even formally submitted to the Parliament. Multiple news outlets created the impression that the Parliament wanted to break up Google.
Google Plus has been written off as a universal flop-but a deeper look proves that we will all eventually succumb to its siren song.
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