Monthly Archives: January 2010

Search Engine News Updates: January 18 to 22 – 2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates — Sifting through last week’s rift between China and Google, we bring to you some of the highlights and features in Search Engine Marketing as Google attempting to sell billboards ads in its popular Street View and Microsoft’s Bing records modest gain in search as YouTube, yet another Google service preps movie rentals with movies from the Sundance Film Festival. Here are some of this week’s interesting and exciting SEO news from across the web…
Microsoft’s Bing Delivers Modest US Search Market Gain In December

Microsoft’s new Internet search engine Bing continues to post modest gains in the US search market share in December, and is now growing faster than ever before any of its rivals…

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Google Ready To Sell Real-Time Billboard Ads In Street Views And Maps

Global search engine leader Google is all groomed up to transform the digital landscape of its Maps and Street View services by selling ads mapped onto real world posters, billboards and storefront to the highest…

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Google, Verizon Cooperate On Net Neutrality

Last week, Google and Verizon Communications Inc — (which supports the search giant’s new phone on its network) once again joined forces to submit a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission…

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Mozilla Releases Nearly Finished Firefox 3.6 RC2 Release Candidate

Mozilla on Sunday, suddenly posted a second Release Candidate of its forthcoming browser Firefox 3.6, just five days after the non-profit organization put forth the first release candidate…

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Microsoft Bows To EU Pressure, Pledges To Cut Bing’s IP Storage To Six Months

Succumbing to pressure from European privacy regulators, Microsoft said Tuesday that it has agreed to cooperate with the European Commission by reducing the amount of time it retains Bing search data to…

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Google Plans Live Telecasting Of Indian Premier League Cricket On YouTube

Sorry, American sports fans — there are no indications that YouTube is working with the NBA, NHL, or MLB. But according to reports, Cricket enthusiasts should rejoice as it will soon be possible to watch live Indian Premier League cricket matches on YouTube after…

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Microsoft Files Patent Suit Against DVR Maker TiVo

Redmond software maker Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in a California District Court, against the DVR maker TiVo Inc., accusing it for violating on two Microsoft patents connected with video programming as a way of defending its partner, AT&T…

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Google Unveiled New Device And Carrier-Specific Targeting Options For Mobile Ads

When it comes to advertising, it is absolutely self-evident that Google has pretty much mastered it. Although you can target Google mobile ads by location, but now Google AdWords has just announced a new…

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Opera Jumps Onto Mobile Ad Bandwagon With AdMarvel Acquisition For $8 Million Cash

In an effort to improve its mobile ad network, the Norwegian browser maker Opera Software announced that it has jumped onto the mobile advertising bandwagon with the acquisition of AdMarvel…

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YouTube Join Forces With Sundance For Online Movie Rentals

Google may have defined advertising with its search engine, but its online video site YouTube just jumped out in the opposite direction with the announcement that it will make movies from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance film festivals available for online rental…

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Search Engine News Updates: January 11 to 16 – 2010

Have you been too busy lately to take a look the latest happenings in the search engine marketing circles? This past week there were a number of interesting stories about global search leader Google from making compromise with Chinese authors to challenging the ruling authorities with its “Do No Evil” credo and finally Google is also enabling encryption by default for all Gmail users. Here is a rundown of the biggest stories from the last week…
Google’s “Fast Flip” Becomes Operational On Google News Homepage

Back in September last year, Google brought out a new service called Fast Flip to its Labs section. Despite some of its blemishes, Google is giving its experimental news reading application — which offers a way for people to easily skim through news content online…

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Google Apologizes To Chinese Writers Over Book Scanning Dispute

Search engine giant Google Inc., at the weekend said its communication with Chinese Writers Association (CWA) was “not good enough” after it published sections of their work in its online library Google Books……

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Aol Starts Layoffs; 1,200 To 1,400 Staffers To Go

Since its recently announced voluntary layoff program that fell short of its goal late last year, US Internet company Aol Inc., on Monday said that it will begin the process of giving out pink slips to around 1,200 to 1,400 employees…

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Yahoo Integrates Shopping Service With PriceGrabber

Beginning soon around mid-March, Yahoo Shopping will no more be a solo entity. Yahoo announced today that it is incorporating Yahoo Shopping with comparison shopping search engine PriceGrabber…

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Google Threatens To Exit China Over Hacking Activist Accounts

In a head-to-head confrontation with the Chinese government, internet search powerhouse Google Inc. late Tuesday said it might exit China after an investigation revealed that the company had adversely been hit with major cyber attacks on email accounts of human rights activists using Google’s Gmail service…

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Google Docs Assigns “Any File” Storage Options As Cloud Wars Heat Up

Have you missed that important file on your office computer again? Forgot an Excel spreadsheet you prepared for a promo presentation on your home laptop? You can now rejoice as Google is now floating a small virtual hard drive in the cloud that will let you upload any type of file…

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Google Shifts Gmail To More Secure HTTPS Service To Protect Wi-Fi Users

In an attempt to safeguard Chinese human-rights activists and other Gmail users around the world from hackers looking into their mail accounts, Google on Wednesday announced that it has shifted its Gmail to a more secure protocol by default for all times…

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Microsoft, HP Forge Alliance To Work Together On Cloud Computing

Building on a lengthy partnership, Microsoft Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co., two of the world’s biggest tech vendors, announced a new partnership on Wednesday said they will collectively spend $250 million to develop and more tightly integrate their software and hardware offerings…

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Yahoo Sponsored Search Introduces New Features – Adds Import AdWords Campaigns

To help things run smoothly for new advertisers, next week Yahoo is ready to release two Sponsored Search product with two new features, which the company says will provide advertisers with more transparency into and control over their accounts…

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Google Delivers Location Based Search Suggestions To Mobile Search

Typing with tiny pad on a mobile phone is an herculean task no matter what device you are using, but Google brings smile tn iPhone and Android users. On Thursday, the search heavyweight has launched search suggestions based on geographical location for iPhone and Android devices…

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Search Engine News Updates: January 2 to 8 – 2010

When we wrote our year end posts over the weekend we had the opportunity to highlight this year’s Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is rumored to be bigger and glitzier than last year. It has been a surprisingly busy week with several pre-show products pitched in and to top the show, Google finally introduced its own Android phone, the Nexus One — Here are the top stories of the week…
Google’s New Year 2010 Doodles Flares-Up With Happy New Year Messages

Traditionally, there are many New Years customs enjoyed throughout the ages, but for a passionate Internet nerds, there is nothing more exciting and entertaining than celebrating the first day of the year with a special Google doodle…

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Google Commemorated Sir Isaac Newton’s Birthday With Animated Apple

The physicist whose most significant breakthrough was portrayed in the original Apple logo, is the latest event being celebrated today by a “Google Doodle” that depicts an apple falling from a tree: an event that inspired him to formulate his theory of gravity, and established him as one of the world’s greatest scientists…

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RealNetworks Purchases Varia, Combines With Cloud Push

RealNetworks has scooped up Seattle startup Varia Mobile, hinting at top-secret cloud computing project that the Varia engineering team will be working on at Real, according to TechFlash…

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Google Unveils Its Own “Smartphone” The Nexus One — Targets Apple

Directly targeting at Apple’s iPhone, Google on Tuesday unveiled its HTC-built “Nexus One” smartphone, displaying many of its features during a press event, saying the name connotes convergence with its partners, as well as opened an online store to sell the device unlocked to consumers…

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Apple Confirms Acquisition Of Google Ad Competitor Quattro Wireless

Apple, Inc. moved on Google’s turf on Tuesday with its acquisition of Quattro Wireless, a mobile-ad competitor to AdMob, which Google just acquired. The deal is the latest sign that the mobile phone is the next battlefield…

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Skype To Offer High-Definition TV And PC Video Calls

High-tech video-conferencing is not just for only large-scale enterprise users anymore. Skype Technologies SA, the Web-based telephone company sold last year by eBay Inc…

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Google Unveils “Click-To-Call” Option On Mobile Ads For Smartphones

Google generates a lot of money from advertising, and now it is waging an all out war with Apple to be the most innovative in the mobile space, especially in the advertising arena.

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Microsoft Jumps On W3C’s Scalable Vector Graphics Bandwagon

While it is striving arduously at creating the next iteration of Internet Explorer, the Redmond software maker, Microsoft has jumped on to join a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Scalable Vector Graphics bandwagon, IE senior program manager Patrick Dengler has blogged…

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Yahoo Expands Connected TV, Processor Partners

Today, Yahoo has announced several new partnerships involved with its Connected TV, a wide release of the Widget Developer Kit, and other device manufacturers and content providers as the web company attempts to deliver Internet services to the coming generation…

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Samsung Unveiled Kindle Alternatives, Partnering With Google

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is going head-to-head with Amazon and Sony in the burgeoning e-reader market took the wraps off two wireless e-readers at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the “E6” with a six-inch (15.2-centimeter) screen and the “E101” with a 10-inch (25.4-centimeter) display…

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Search Engine News Updates: December 25 to 31– 2009

As the year ended on a quiet note with moods of holiday and merry making, we have covered some Search Engine Marketing News coming down the pipe that will affect your search results in 2010. Finally it now appears that the economy is slowly but surely recuperating and we wish all of our clients the best of luck with the success of their businesses…
French Court Imposed €300,000 In Fines Against Google’s Book Scanning Project

A French court last week imposed an astounding amount of fine €300,000 ($430,000), against Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet-search engine, for copyright infringement and ordered the search giant to pull all the scanned books off its site, a Paris court ruled today…

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Design Firm Bing Sues Microsoft Over Trademark

Bing, the much-touted search engine from Microsoft, is feeling the heat of a trademark conflict, as a small Missouri company called Bing! Information Designs, having the word “Bing” in its name has sued Microsoft for branding its search engine with the same word…

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Facebook Faces Privacy Backlash With FTC Complaint

Privacy advocates are grousing about Facebook’s recent privacy changes effected since the second week of December has had scores of users of the world’s biggest online social network up in arms now calling on the US Federal Trade Commission to make Facebook undo the changes in an official complaint…

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Microsoft Loses Word Patent Lawsuit, But Modifies Code To Comply With Court

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp., lost its appeal of a lawsuit involving a Canadian company called i4i in May, after a jury ruled that the Redmond, Wash., software maker infringed one of i4i’s patents with a custom XML feature found in Word…

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YouTube Hops On Twitter Bandwagon With URL Shortener

Search engine giant Google Inc.’s popular video sharing site YouTube has joined Google and Facebook in the latest bid to improve the way they spread across the web by launching its own URL shortener — Youtu.be…

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Google Fetching DocVerse — Targets Microsoft Office

Google, which is reportedly busy tracking valuable start-ups, it seems that the Mountain View, company may be on the brink of acquiring yet again another company called DocVerse

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Yahoo Pulling Down MyBlogLog Next Month

It seems like Yahoo has not done eliminating “non-core” services quite yet. “10 Million Dollars Down the Drain!” The company says it is going to shutter another popular blogging widget MyBlogLog next month, leaving more than a few people scratching their heads…

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Google Assists Businesses Locate AdWords Professionals In Beta

Companies that are looking for some assistance with their AdWords campaign may now rejoice to receive some thanks to Google. Google has launched a beta search platform that allows people to search for AdWords Professionals…

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Twitter Fetches Location Tracking Start-Up “Mixer Labs” To Its Arsenal

Popular micro-blogging website Twitter is acquiring the location tracking start-up “Mixer Labs,” in an attempt to enable users to map their Twitter posts to specific locations on maps and other tools…

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Google Confirms January 5 Android Media Event

It may be the much-anticipated moment the tech industry has been waiting for as Google apparently seems well prepared to give outsiders a glimpse at its latest vision of the world-changing possibilities of smartphones…

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Consumer Groups Urge FTC To Block Google’s AdMob Acquisition

Two consumer groups requested the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday to bar the global online search and advertising giant Google’s proposed acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob…

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Facebook Ranked The Most Visited Website In The US On Christmas Day

Hitwise, a market analytics firm that tracks online stats, has some good news for the team at Facebook. The popular social-networking entity Facebook hit an audience milestone recently when it was crowned as the most visited site in the U.S….

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Google Analytics Adds New Annotation Feature

Google Analytics is one of the most robust offerings by the search giant and with its recent release of Google Analytics new features, it has almost become ubiquitous for a large number of companies reaping benefits from it…

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Google City Tours Simplifies Trip Planning – Adds Walking Directions, Custom Maps

The team at Google Labs last summer introduced a new service dubbed as Google City Tours, one of the ongoing projects by Google Labs team that has tweaked the interface that generated a tour of various attractions near a location including real walking directions and My Maps integration…

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