Google searches put vulnerable consumers at risk

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You may be able to ask Google questions you would never ask aloud and the search engine will silently offer you the answers. But, ou can’t think of Google as an oracle for anonymous searches. Sometimes, the most intimate questions a person is asking—about health worries, relationship woes, financial hardship—are the ones that set off a chain reaction that can have troubling consequences both online and offline.

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Google unveils top 10 searches of 2011

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Google created this video that it said provides an “overview of the search terms that captivated the world this year.”

The late co-founder of Apple and a mobile phone that never materialized found their way onto the list of the 10 most popular searches at Google in 2011.

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Google Offers Suicide Hotline Info For Suicide-Related Searches

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Google’s special features just got a potentially lifesaving addition.

Last week, Google began offering suicide prevention hotline information to people who were searching suicide-related terms.

The image of a red telephone appears at the tops of the search list and includes a number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Google Accounts For 71% Of All U.S. Searches

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Google accounted for 71.08% of all US searches conducted in the four weeks ending Oct. 3, 2009, according to research just released by Experian Hitwise. Yahoo Search, Bing, and Ask.com received 16.38%, 8.96%, and 2.56%, respectively. The remaining 52 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1.04% of US searches:

 

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