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Google overhauls search engine with "Hummingbird"
A decade-and-a-half after Google was founded, the search giant announced this week a major update of its search engine: Hummingbird. This major change to the core algorithm is its biggest since the launch of "Caffeine" in 2010.
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BlackBerry reports near-$1B loss, thanks to Z10 flop
BlackBerry sold around 5.9 million smartphones during its entire second quarter — which is a fair chunk less than the nine million smartphones Apple shifted in single a weekend. As a result, the company reported close to $1 billion in losses during the quarter.
Ballmer bids farewell to Microsoft troops
Outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who announced in August he will retire, gave his final pep talk to thousands of employees at a companywide meeting on Thursday.
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