Google is set to shake up its search results by adding facts and direct answers to its usual list of ranked pages.Using "semantic search" technology which allows for a better understanding of the true meaning of words, the company hopes to provide more relevant results.Google search executive Amit Singhal said that the new system will be more like "how humans understand the world."Search queries will be matched with a database of "entities" which includes people, places and things which Google has been building for the last two years.This will likely be bolstered by Google's acquisition of Metaweb Technologies in 2010.
As widely expected, Scott Thompson has stepped down from his position as Yahoo CEO after it emerged he lied about qualifications on his CV.The online giant has confirmed the former boss has left the company and the board with immediate effect.Thompson will be replaced in the interim by Ron Levinsohn, who runs the company’s global media department.Thompson’s position has been in question all week over the presence of a computer science degree within his biography, which he had not earned. Sorry not enoughThe now ex-CEO had apologised for the negative impact the row was having on the company, but it was not enough to save his job.In a press release confirming the news, first reported by AllThingsD, Yahoo also confirmed that Fred Amoroso had been appointed as Chairman of the Board.The company also announced a settlement with the man who exposed Thompson’s faux-pas, “activist shareholder” Daniel Loeb is also approaching.Thompson’s demise comes just a few months after he replaced Carol Bartz as the head of the internet giant. Related StoriesBing looks to Facebook and Twitter for its redesignSpotify upgrades desktop app with Playlist Radio, Instant SearchFacebook testing paid ‘promoted posts’ toolGary Marshall: In the piracy debate, both sides are telling outright liesUK Broadband: Customers paying for average 12Mbps, only getting 7Mbps
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