Life and Style 'Angry Birds' and other mobile game users are reportedly leaving their personal information open to secret harvesting by government spies

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Google shows off speedy 'Caffeine' search engine

Google has lifted the lid on a new version of its search engine, allowing users to look at the results it will generate.

Microsoft to take 400 workers in Yahoo deal

Microsoft will hire at least 400 workers from Yahoo if government regulators approve the companies' proposed internet search partnership and Yahoo will receive $150 million (£80 million) to cover any unexpected costs during the switch to new technology.

Microsoft banks on behemoth factor in Yahoo search deal

Microsoft is hoping that a long-term partnership with rival Yahoo will give it the size and insight it needs to bring in more traffic, more advertisers and ultimately more revenue.

Microhoo faces tough anti-trust review

The internet search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo faces a tough antitrust review in the US and overseas, with approval likely hinging on whether the marriage would foster more competition with market leader Google.

Risky business: Will Yahoo's Bing shift benefit Google?

Microsoft thinks Bing is pretty clever. And Yahoo certainly likes Bing enough to throw its own search engine overboard in favour of Microsoft's newly redesigned one. Yet Bing has a long way to go to become a meaningful challenge to Google.

Microsoft and Yahoo make their move in search of Google's crown

US pair sign 10-year deal in attempt to break rival's search engine monopoly

Microsoft and Yahoo strike Web search partnership

Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc inked a 10-year Web search deal to better compete against market leader Google Inc but stopped short of combining their display advertising businesses.

Yahoo joins battle with Google after EU revamp

New-look website aims to increase its popularity and win users from giant rival

Yahoo set to unveil new homepage

Yahoo said it plans to introduce a major overhaul of its Internet home page, as the company strives to make itself more relevant to Web surfers and create new ways to sell advertising.

Plans for Microsoft and Yahoo to take on Google

Alliance would open up internet search market

Yahoo board member Icahn wants Microsoft deal

Activist investor Carl Icahn spoke out in favor of a search deal between Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp, as talks between the two companies appeared to regain momentum.

Microsoft still 'distant third' after Bing launch

Microsoft's redesigned search site attracted more web surfers without doing much for the software maker's market share in its first month.

Microsoft search share rising on Bing power

In the week since Microsoft launched Bing, its new search engine, the software maker's share of US web searches has crept into double digits for the first time in two years.

Yahoo prunes web links in Google fight

Yahoo is pruning Web links from its internet search results as it strives to provide more immediate gratification and lure traffic away from the market leader, Google.

Wolfram Alpha - the web search acid test

When a free web service called WolframAlpha launches in the coming days, the general public will get to try a "computational knowledge engine" that has had technology insiders buzzing because of its oracle-like ability to spit out answers and make calculations.

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