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Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

Technology
President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that almost all stories & news is BAD" — and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation. Google is pushing back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't true: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." The president's tweets Tuesday echoed his familiar attacks on the news media — and a conservative talking point that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don't give equal weight to opposing political viewpoints. They also revealed anew his deep-seated frustration over not getting the credit he believes he deserves. The p...
Google: An A to Z of search results

Google: An A to Z of search results

Technology
Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too.Most of us simply go back and try again.But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture.So, we went for a run round the alphabet to see who or what the search giant associates with each letter.The results were sourced from queries made via an anonymous Google UK Search, ignoring ads, recent news stories and dictionary/wiki-based results.They were carried out via a browser cleaned of cookies and other tracking data. Your own personalised results may differ, and the ever-evolving nature of the web m...
Desperate search for boys' soccer team lost in Thailand cave hampered by rains

Desperate search for boys' soccer team lost in Thailand cave hampered by rains

World
A nation continued to hold its breath Friday and hope for the safe return of 12 young soccer players and their coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand after disappearing nearly a week ago. "My son! Come on out! I'm waiting for you here!" one mother could be heard calling into the cave recently as she stood next to her child's bicycle. Tham Luang, Thailand's longest cave and a popular tourist site, is said to be a labyrinth, miles of passageways and tunnels running underground that can flood up to 20 feet during heavy downpours. It's believed that the coach often brought his team to the cave for fun excursions. The boys, who are between 11 and 16 years old, went missing with their coach after he took them to the cave complex after soccer practice June 24. It...
US military joins search for boys' soccer team missing in Thailand cave

US military joins search for boys' soccer team missing in Thailand cave

World
Rising floodwaters are hampering search efforts to find a group of 12 teenage boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand. Around 30 members of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) as well as several British divers arrived in Thailand Wednesday to join the rescue attempts, now in their fifth day. Thai soldiers prepared Thursday to drill a shaft in order for rescuers to gain better access to pockets of the cave where the group may be taking refuge. Experts say Tham Luang, Thailand’s longest cave, has several chambers that could still be above floodwater levels. Major Buncha Duriyapan, commander of the 37th Military District in Chiang Rai, said workers would drill from the top of the cave complex in order to open up a new tunnel entr...
MH370: Four-year hunt ends after private search is completed

MH370: Four-year hunt ends after private search is completed

World
The four-year hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has ended with the latest, privately funded search coming to a close.US-based Ocean Infinity had been using a deep-sea vessel to survey a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean.But it found nothing and Malaysia's government says it has no plans to begin any new searches.The plane disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Official search efforts ended last year and there are still fierce debates about what happened to the flight.Grace Nathan, whose mother was on MH370, said she was opposed to ending the hunt. "People might think: 'Why are these people still harping on about this, it's been four years'. It's important for peo...