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Google Makes Deal to Pay Royalties for Search Results While Facebook Bans

Australian

Episode 1772

Google has made a deal with the Australian government to pay royalties to media companies for providing search results that drive traffic to their content. Meanwhile, Facebook has decided to turn off news links altogether. The result is that all traffic going to media sites in Australia will disappear overnight. Leo says it'll be interesting to see who blinks first.

Why can't I play a searched video in YouTube?

YouTube on iOS

Episode 1451

Bob from Elmwood, NJ

Bob has found that the search feature in his YouTube app has stopped working. He uninstalled and reinstalled it, and it worked shortly, but then stopped working again. Leo says that it could be anything from the app itself, to the service, to the iPad itself. Leo suggests talking to the genius at the Apple Store. Meantime, he should try resetting his network settings.

Why do I have to do a CAPTCHA whenever I search Google?

CAPTCHA

Episode 1440

Aaron from Riverside, CA

Aaron has an iPhone 7 and when he has to search for a website, there's a CAPTCHA challenge, but when he types it in, it doesn't do anything at all. He says it never happens on Wi-Fi, just on cellular. Leo says that could indicate that his carrier is sending him the CAPTCHA and it could be broken on their end. Google has a tech note called Unusual Traffic from your Computer Network and it talks about this similar error. The CAPTCHA is there to be sure there isn't a robot running the search.

Police Department Gets Search Warrant for Entire Community's Google Searches

Google logo

Episode 1372

The police department in Edina, MN has secured the right to look at people's Google Search history to look for information about a fraud case they were investigating. The legal brief is to cover anyone who searched for the name of the suspect and case, and it could be the entire community.

Leo says it's crazy and that Google should fight this tooth and nail. It's classic government overreach. Leo says he doesn't mind Google's algorithm putting custom ads on his search results, but for a government to ask who searched for something and to get a list is frightening.