Monthly Archives: March 2010

Search Engine News Updates: March 15-20-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social news updates where several contenders in this billion dollar Search Marketing Industry are attempting to claim their own unique identity. Staying on top of these revolutionary changes is no easy task. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most noteworthy search advertising happenings of the week, and many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
YouTube Switches On Mobile Advertising Now Serving Banner Ads

With the ever increasing traffic over Google owned video-sharing venue, YouTube mobile site, it is not surprising that the Mountain View web giant last week officially embarked on a broad rollout of advertising to its mobile YouTube site (m.youtube.com) in the US and Japan…

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Google Wave Gets Another Push With Extensions Gallery

Google Wave did not fared well when it came out of the Mountain View terminal, but today, Google has launched an “extensions” gallery for their real-time communications product, Google Wave, the still-conceiving browser-based app that crossbreeds email with IM and document sharing…

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Yahoo’s Sales Chief “Joanne Bradford” Leaving To Join Startup Demand Media

A big catch for Demand Media caught Sunnyvale, Internet portal by surprise. Yahoo Inc.’s senior vice president and head of North American sales and market development chief “Joanne Bradford”, is leaving the company to join private online content start-up Demand Media Inc., becoming the latest executive to depart the Web giant’s ranks…

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Facebook Ousts Google As Most Engaged Website In The U.S.

Facebook is speedily taking over the world — Google bumped after three years at the top. Facebook the most popular social-networking venue has now ranked as the most engaged website in the U.S., according to analytics firm Hitwise

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Twitter Expands Its Reach With “@Anywhere” Platform Across Popular Web Sites

In an attempt to expand its scope across the Internet, Twitter users will soon be able to tweet, connect and follow on everyday sites such as YouTube and eBay without having to go back to their own Twitter page. Twitter CEO Evan Williams on Monday announced a new application called “@Anywhere” that empowers users to send and receive 140-character messages while surfing the web…

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YouTube Offers Templates For Creating Animated Video Overlay Advertising

In its relentless effort to turn YouTube into a money-making center, Google is every bit as eager as Hulu or Tremor for luring brand advertisers to embrace online video to pump in more advertising dollars into its coffer. To make that materialize, YouTube on Tuesday announced the availability of a new product for media shops and advertisers…

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Facebook Opens Office In The Indian City Of Hyderabad, Starts Talent Search

In a move designed as part of a push to create support centers across time zones, with round-the-clock, multilingual support, Facebook Inc., owner of the largest social networking hub, plans to open its first operations office in the Indian city of Hyderabad…

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Google Opens 3rd Party Certified Ad Networks To All AdSense Publishers

Google AdSense, the lucrative money-making machine may be starting to lose its luster among website publishers, and sensing the danger, yesterday, Google announced they are now revolutionizing the way Google Adsense works by giving general access to the “Google-certified ad networks” to all AdSense publishers, which can compete for space on their websites…

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Yahoo Acquires Online Social-Media Startup Citizen Sports

Yahoo Inc., on Wednesday beefed up its efforts to lure more sports fans with the announcement that it has agreed to buy Citizen Sports, a U.S. startup company that develops sports-related applications for social networking sites such as Facebook and Apple’s iPhone devices…

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Bing Maps Shoots For The Stars: Stargaze From Street Level

Astronomy geeks will get a kick out of a new Bing Maps application that was introduced today in conjunction with Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope. A Microsoft architect who formulated an application that lets you stargaze from Bing Map’s street level view…

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Google Calendar Unveils Smart Rescheduling Tool, Now Finds Best Meeting Time

Nothing ruins an admin’s day swiftly than suddenly needing to reschedule the boss’ afternoon meetings. In an attempt to resolve the scheduling conflicts that unavoidably arise when busy people try to get together, Google on Thursday introduce a new Google Calendar Labs experiment called “Smart Rescheduler” that brings some search smarts to the problem…

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Yahoo Expands Its Search Partnership With Telefónica España

Yahoo may have lost its search deal with T-Mobile in the U.S. earlier this month, but the Internet pioneer on Thursday said that Yahoo and Spanish telecommunications network operator Telefónica España entered into an alliance as the exclusive search provider to power mobile searches and sponsored-search advertising on Telefonica’s emocion mobile portal in Spain replacing Google…

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Search Engine News Updates: March 08-13-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where the battle to claim supremacy between tech titan continues — the picture is changing — search engine colossus Google acquired “DocVerse” to compete with Redmond Vole!, also Google unfurled some improvements for their popular Reader application; And after Google’s recent push in TV advertising, Microsoft’s Bing takes on Google in TV advertising campaign in the UK, in addition to gaining search share in the US, also Microsoft revamped its MSN, and many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google Targets Microsoft Office Plugin With DocVerse Acquisition

Stepping up its battle against Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. hoping to gain strong footing as a leader in cloud-computing, last week upped the ante by announcing the acquisition of DocVerse — a startup…

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Microsoft Releases First Android Version Of Tag App

There is no love lost between Microsoft, the company behind the Windows Mobile OS, and Google, which has not stopped the Windows-maker from creating an Android-based version of its Tag application…

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Google Reportedly Testing TV Search With Dish Network: WSJ

Search engine behemoth Google reportedly appears to have set its sights on the television set-top box carrying out a modest test in conjunction with Dish Network Corp., The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday…

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Microsoft Launches Major UK TV Advertising Campaign Aims At Mocking Google

Microsoft is about to unleash its first multimillion-pound UK TV ad campaign to promote its search engine Bing, as part of a major marketing push designed in a bid to steal Google’s dominance of the UK search market share…

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Google Releases Animated Public Data Explorer

Search engine titan Google on Monday unveiled its latest visualization venture from Google Labs experiment called Google Public Data Explorer that empowers people to explore various public data and create their own interactive charts and graphs…

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Microsoft Begins Rolling Out Revamped MSN Homepage

Around four months back the Redmond software giant Microsoft offered a preview of its redesigned MSN homepage. Now as the MSN team has had time to test out different features and designs, and Microsoft on Tuesday formally began rolling out its latest MSN homepage

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Google Opens Business Apps Store For Developers

Just as we reported last month, Google has finally opened up a new online app store for Google Apps called Google Apps Marketplace today, continuing its push into the enterprise, providing a venue for third-party, cloud-based applications to supplement Google’s own online applications…

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Bing Gains US Search — Up 37% Since Launch

Microsoft’s efforts to promote its new Internet search engine Bing appears to be yielding fruits — at the expense of partner Yahoo, but it still remains well behind a so-far unbeatable foe in its battle with Google Inc. According to latest figures from market tracking firm comScore, which shows Redmond software giant’s Bing is making significant inroads against Google and Yahoo in the U.S. search engine market…

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MySpace Revamps Site To Rekindle Growth

As Google attempts to make inroads in the social networking world with Buzz, now MySpace, once the 500 pound gorilla of social networking, with shrinking audiences, deep layoffs and two management shake-ups, has been in retreat for over a year — but the company’s new co-presidents are seeking to turn the site around with a new look…

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Google Bundles Reader With Play For Visually Discovering Great Content

In an aggressive attempt to demonstrate more of what is available via its RSS reader, Google on Wednesday launched a new, labs experimental interface dubbed as Google Reader Play. The new tool aims to simplify things and empowers users to view content from their RSS feeds in a more stylish way…

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Yahoo Enters Into Hollywood Adds TV, Celebrity Shortcuts On Search Page

Yahoo has made its way to Hollywood, it will soon be the hub for information about movies, TV shows, and the celebrities who star in them. Yahoo’s search results have gone Hollywood with the announcement of new search shortcuts for TV shows and celebrities…

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Search Engine News Updates: March 01-06-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates amidst numerous legal issues — though the activity in Search Engine Markets were nimble but, search engine Goliath Google, Bing, Yahoo made the headlines. Google acquired photo-editing application “Picnik,” while extending its click-to-call capabilities to smartphones. While Microsoft introduced the most innovative application called “Skinput” also acquired geo-mapping company Navizon, and Bing has now announced its search with better AutoSuggest feature and Yahoo extended collaboration with Facebook Connect and YouTube rolled out Auto-Captioning feature for all, and many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
AOL Disposes Of Affiliate Network Buy.at

The U.S. Department of Justice and European Union last week bestowed their blessings on Microsoft’s search alliance with Yahoo…

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Google Adds Online Photo-Editing Service Picnik To Its Arsenal

Keeping up on its promise to pursue small acquisitions — Search engine giant Google on Monday announced that it has just added Picnik.com, a Web-based application that empower users to import, edit and store photos online to its arsenal…

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Bing Integrates Autosuggest Feature To Search History

Microsoft has announced today that its flourishing Bing search engine is now supporting query history in its Autosuggest feature. Indicating that Bing does not only analyze your usual search behavior based on earlier searches if you have your search history enabled…

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Google Expands Click-To-Call Ads With Phone Extensions On Smartphones

Just a little over a month ago, Google unveiled click-to-call phone options in local ads on smartphones.  Now, in an attempt to further its mobile-ad facilities, Google is now improving on its mobile ad arsenal by expanding its new click-to-call ad options to national advertisers…

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Microsoft Obtains Navizon To Power Mobile Geolocation

Software major Microsoft Corp., today announced that it has inked a licensing deal with geo-positioning startup Navizon to offer geolocation for mobile users…

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Google’s Chrome Browser Beta Delivers Instant Translation, Improves Privacy

Google’s making sure that Chrome’s dominance is a global phenomenon, using a uniquely Google trick: The Mountain View company on Tuesday said that automatic translation is the most latest feature it added to Google’s Chrome browser, for instant machine translation of webpages…

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Google Ditches SearchWiki, Debuts Stars To Personalize Searches

In an attempt to deliver more personalized search experience, Google today unleashed yet another way to give users a more novel feature — marking search results with cutesy, yellow star icons, called Google Stars, allowing them to mark their favorite or best query results or map…

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Microsoft’s Innovative Skinput Gadget Turns Human Arm Into Touch-Screen Display

Ever since the immensely huge success of Apple’s touchscreen devices that has revolutionized the way we communicate with electronics, Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, along with Microsoft’s research lab have developed and innovative gadget called “Skinput,” an experimental device that turns the skin of your arm to act as an input device…

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Google Introduces Disaster Proof Backup To Protect Apps Data

Cloud computing remains somewhat vulnerable when it comes to security, and many of us take the disaster readiness of servers and data centers for granted. But for IT admins from both small and large companies, being prepared for disaster and emergency situations is complicated and expensive issue…

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Yahoo Weaves Facebook Connect With Contacts Import Ability

Last December, Yahoo announced that it would be unfurling deep integration of many of its popular products and services with Facebook Connect, essentially outsourcing all things social to the world’s most popular social network. Today marks the fulfillment of that promise of this partnership, with Yahoo Contacts now connected to Facebook…

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YouTube Extends Auto-Captioning Feature To All Users

Google owned popular video-sharing site YouTube, on Thursday in a remarkable development announced that it is unveiling its auto-caption feature for millions of deaf and hard of hearing Internet users, to all English-language videos on the video-sharing website…

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Search Engine News Updates: February 22-27-2010

Welcome back to the another week bundled with many a milestone in the Search Engine Marketing world where Microsoft and Yahoo! Deal got approved by both the U.S. DoJ and the European Commission. Then there was Yahoo’s alliance with Twitter to boost its social networking features. But, the biggest of all was about the European Commission putting Google in the Dock for their potential anti-competitive practices and, besides that Italian court charged three Google executives for privacy violations and more…
U.S., European Regulators Grants Green Signal To Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal

The U.S. Department of Justice and European Union last week bestowed their blessings on Microsoft’s search alliance with Yahoo…

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Google Finally Completes On2 Video Codecs Acquisition For $124.6 Million

Global search leader Google, has finally finalized its acquisition of video compression technology vendor On2 Technologies in a $120m deal which will expand the web giant’s online video capabilities…

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Google Expands Maps Platform For Businesses In Thirty African Countries

Google has announced the launch of Google Maps in Ghana and 29 other African countries where it was not previously available…

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Google Spruces Up DoubleClick’s Ad Platform For Publishers

Google just yesterday released a revamped version of its ad-serving platform DoubleClick for Publishers, with a revived interface, more statistics, improved ad-delivery algorithms and a new API for developers…

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Yahoo Tweedles With Twitter To Boost Social Features

In an attempt to lure back Web surfers who are spending more time on social networking sites, Internet portal Yahoo Inc. has inked a deal with Twitter to integrate Twitter’s real-time content updates across both properties…

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Google Hit With Antitrust Investigation By European Commission

Google is once again confronting a new round of scrutiny from antitrust regulators, for possible anti-competitive behavior by the Mountain View search giant, following complaints from three European search sites filed against it, Google revealed in a blog post Tuesday…

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Google Execs Convicted In Italian Abusive Video Case

Global search leader Google slammed with another surprising and severe setback in Italy on Feb. 24, when a Milan court in a landmark ruling establish that the three company executives guilty of privacy offenses in association to a contentious video clip uploaded on Google’s YouTube…

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Twitter Struck By Another Phishing Attack In A Week – This you????

Twitter members have been once again targeted on Wednesday with what appears to be the second phishing attack in a week, which displays a message that says “This you????” followed by a link that directs to a fake Twitter log-in page, according to a security blog post

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Google Upgrades Six New Gmail Lab Features, Five Others Flunk Out

Google is best-known for introducing a plethora of nifty little features through Labs that make the email platform more attractive and easy to use. Well, yesterday, Google announced that six new features has been culled from the experimental Labs and will become standard features of Gmail…

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Google Adds “Nearby” Search Options Panel Based On Location

Amid growing concern about the privacy implications of location-based services, the move is latest in location-based features for the search giant. Google on Friday announced a new “Nearby” location-based search filtering capabilities to desktop computers…

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