Monthly Archives: April 2010

Search Engine News Updates: April 19-24-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where Google, the search and advertising baron takes a few digs this week by dropping the “http” prefix from its Chrome browser in addition to acquiring a Mysterious startup called: “Agnilux” to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Software tycoon Microsoft and Facebook debuted “Docs.com” to shakeup Google. Besides, micro-blogging powerhouse Twitter added another company to its growing arsenal to fulfill its ambition in to search and advertising market to compete with Internet search titan Google, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google Debuts Localized Suggest And Smarter Auto-Corrections In 31 Languages

If spelling is not your pack of cards, then cheer up, as Google possibly feeling pressure from Microsoft’s Bing search engine, last weekend unpacked two nifty features of its Google Suggest service–a more localized…

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Google Street View Now Bundles-Up Top UK Theme Parks

If you love the idea of going to a theme park — Thrill-seekers can now take advantage of Google’s online mapping and navigation service to virtually visit some of Britain’s top theme parks including Alton Towers, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures can now be explored with…

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MySpace Revamps Events And Entertainment Platform

Reverting back to its roots of being a place to discover and share music, last weekend social networking site MySpace has rolled out an upgraded global events and calendar platform that allows both artists and fans to create, promote, manage, share and discover events across the ailing social network…

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Google Renames Local Business Center As Google Places

In what seems to be just change of name with a minor twists – The Mountain View search engine titan late on Monday announced that it has renamed its “Local Business Center” — a place of business where shops, bars, restaurants and the like can create online profiles…

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Google May Dump “http://” From Chrome Address Bar

Simplicity through obscurity — Google’s Chrome address bars will no longer feature the prefix — causes geek outrage. Have you ever wondered why people put http:// in front of website addresses? Search leader Google made an interesting move in the latest developer builds of its Chrome browser. The company has stripped out the “http://”” prefix…

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Yahoo Nabs Former Microsoft Veteran Blake Irving To Replace Balogh

Well, that was pretty quick. Barely two weeks after Yahoo announced that Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of products Ari Balogh, who earlier this month said would be leaving for “personal reasons,” the company quickly nabbed Microsoft old-timer “Blake Irving” as replacement for Balogh, Yahoo said Monday…

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Google Acquires Mysterious Startup “Agnilux” From Ex-Apple Designers

Although Google and Apple continue to find themselves on odds, but search engine leader’s quest for window-shopping for high-tech acquisitions has reportedly netted the company yet another asset. Google has reportedly acquired “Agnilux,” a San Jose-based startup…

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Yahoo Acquires Me.Me Domain Name For Its Twitter Style Social Brand

Yahoo! has acquired a new domain name called “Me.Me,” for its Yahoo Meme micro-blogging service — as a part of its strategy to compete with Twitter…

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Google Maps Unveils Turn-By-Turn Navigation For Ireland, U.K.

Google has unveiled a free beta version of Google Maps turn-by-turn satellite navigation for users of some Android devices 1.6 and higher in the UK and Ireland, six months after it did so for its US customers. The new functionality was distributed in beta form on Wednesday…

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Microsoft Targets Google Apps With Docs For Facebook

Microsoft has long trialled behind Google in almost everything that is connected with the Internet. But the software maker has lifted the curtain on a new online beta project called simply Docs that for the first time will let Facebookers create and share documents authored in…

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AOL Unveils “Ad Desk” A Self-Serve Display Ad Management Tool

The ex-Google execs running AOL are looking to make display advertising a little more Google-like, and following the tag-line — AOL has introduced the beta version of the Advertising.com “Ad Desk,” a new campaign management platform aimed at small and mid-sized agencies and advertisers…

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Google Expands “Search Suggest” Feature On Google Maps

Google recently introduced “Search Suggest” for Google Maps in several countries, and now it has expanded the feature to ten more countries, including the U.S., simplifying it for users to find places in a nearby location, the search giant announced Thursday…

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Adobe Abandons Flash Development For iPhone, iPad, Moves To Android

Well are not sure whether we should call this a triumph for Apple or a failure for Adobe, but for sure the news would sadden Adobe Flash fans everywhere, as Adobe has officially abandoned support for the Flash interpreter it previously trumpeted as a gateway for developers to get their games on the iPhone and iPad…

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Google Integrates Buzz In Google Maps Online

Here comes Buzz again! Now as the dust has settled after Google’s horrible PR misadventure with the release of social-networking feature “Google Buzz,” the search engine leader has announced the addition of a read-only Buzz layer in Google Maps yesterday…

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Twitter Acquires Messaging Startup “Cloudhopper” — Second Purchase This Month

Twitter Inc., the micro-blogging magnate announced Friday that it has acquired a mobile messaging company Cloudhopper, that would empower it to efficiently send massive volumes of SMS messages around the world, after working with the startup for the past eight months…

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YouTube Expands Fledgling Online Movie-Rental Store

The online movie-rental domain has attained another victory Friday, as the popular video-sharing network YouTube has quietly opened an online film rental store in the US, offering an assortment of movies and TV episodes, after it experimented with the service in January…

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Yahoo Search Results to Include More Sponsored Paid-Click Ads

Internet pioneer Yahoo Inc., on Wednesday rolled out a pilot program called “More Sponsors,” as part of the Sunnyvale, Calif., company aims to improve search results that meet the needs of those who use its engine — place more PPC links in Yahoo Search Results, David Pann, Yahoo’s vice president of search advertising, said in a statement…

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Search Engine News Updates: April 12-17-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where the online gold rush of 2010 is gathering pace with the emergence of new social powerhouse called Twitter paving its way in to search and advertising market to shake up the treasure chest of Internet Goliath Google! Another rival Bing also announced real-time search feeds from Twitter, besides Google made some enhancements to the Google docs, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google Labs Unveils Nested Labels And Message Sneak Peak In Gmail

Search behemoth Google Inc., last weekend added two new really cool handy new features worth checking out on Gmail Labs — Nested Labels and Message Sneak Peak, these two features empowers you to create a hierarchy or tree of labels…

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Microsoft Bundles Bing Shopping With New Features

Software maker Microsoft Corp., has just bundled its Bing Shopping with some enhancements to product categories and navigation, which allows you to go to the part of the “catalog” to find the product you are looking for, in order to kick up a notch the shopping experience for end users…

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Google Adds Exciting New Features To Docs — Takes Aim At Microsoft

In a fervent bid to dethrone Microsoft Office as the software giant prepares to launch the latest version of its Office software suite next month, Google Inc. on Monday at its inaugural Atmosphere 2010 Cloud Computing conference, announced the addition of cool new features to Google Docs, that…

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Online Ad Innovator Unearths AdWords Goldmine In Twitter

Like an ancient puzzle, the acumen to making money from Internet social media has obsessed, and frustrated, Web entrepreneurs for years. Paid search advertising innovator Bill Gross, uncovered a goldmine on Monday that aims to make money by allowing people using Twitter…

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Google Plucks UK’s Visual-Search Startup Plink

Google has snapped up another company this month to its shopping cart, and this time it is U.K.-based Plink, which will help beef-up its visual search capabilities. The search engine titan early this week has acquired Plink, the owner of PlinkArt, a visual-search engine that…

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Microsoft Announces Social Mobile Handset “Kin”

Barely six months after taking initiative into the phone market, hoping to lure the Facebook and Twitter crowds, software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday took a giant leap into the phone market by launching its first mobile handset “Kin,” designed specifically for…

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Bing Rolls Out New Real-Time Twitter Search Feeds

Software maker Microsoft’s Bing on Wednesday announced that it has started rolling out a new feature called Social Search, designed to make real-time Twitter feeds an inherent part of the searching experiences of…

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Google Revamps Gmail Window For Android, iPhone, iPad

In a bid to trounce its rivals, search leader Google is carrying on its slow and steady march of improvements to its web-based version of Gmail for the Android, iPhone and now iPad platforms. On Tuesday, the company pushed out a handful of minor modifications to the way Gmail.com…

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Google Unveiled Two New Twitter Search Feature

Ever since the advent of real-time search lately, search engine behemoth Google has released two fascinating new features for its real-time search, one that enables users to access whatever data is needed from…

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Google Enriches Gmail With Drag And Drop Attachments

Google’s free mail service rolled out a couple of nifty, but useful Gmail updates on Thursday. Internet search giant on its Official Gmail Blog announced the introduction of a drag and drop feature to its popular webmail service…

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Yahoo! Movies Unveils Fresh List Of Top 100 Must-See Films

Do you think you are a movie buff who has seen all the classics? — Yahoo! Movies, one of the prominent movies websites, has released today its list of “100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classics,” arranged chronologically and they are all notably familiar from awards circuit coverage focused on the last 20 years of cinema from Hollywood and beyond…

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Search Engine News Updates: April 01-10-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates — packed with announcement, alliance, disputes and axing down services or products, from Silicon Valley’s tech leaders like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Bing and others, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google Mobilizes AdWords For Advertisers On The Go

Everything in today’s most engaged environment occurs in real time, even ad management. To ease task Google has just rolled out its AdWords for Mobile applications allowing advertisers and agencies the option of…

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Yahoo To Shuts Down Contextual Ad Publisher Network End Of April

Yahoo on Wednesday notified members of its Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) that it will soon be shutting down its contextual-advertising network by the end of the April, ceding the market to already-dominant Google, as it retools to focus on premium display…

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YouTube Gets Fresh Makeover To Keep Viewers Mesmerized

Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube on Wednesday unleashed a major makeover, more streamlined YouTube homepage, aimed at moving out visual noise and capturing the attention of viewers, in an effort to lengthen the time users stay on the site…

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Yahoo In Alliance With Healthline Networks To Manage Yahoo Health

In an effort to strengthen the popularity of its online health channel, Internet pioneer Yahoo Inc., on Thursday said that it is entering into a broad partnership with a specialist, Healthline Networks, a leading…

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Yahoo Upgraded Search For Sports And News Search Pages

Yahoo on Thursday said that it is unfolding some new search improvements for Yahoo Sports and Yahoo News search topic pages, all designed to give the user what they are looking for, quickly and easily, on this April Fools Day, and Yahoo’s Tricia Stream quoted as saying to…

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Google Scoops Up Online Video Hosting Platform Episodic

Streaming TV is a flourishing service across the globe, and as it appears that soon this pocket will get crowded with more companies shifting focus to streaming TV. Search engine behemoth Google has just entered this space with its fifth acquisition of Episodic, a platform for broadcasting…

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Facebook Gobbles Up Divvyshot To Boost Photo Sharing

Facebook seems to be following Google’s footsteps at the moment, gobbling up the services that it believes could make the site stronger. Its latest target is Divvyshot, a one-year old photo-sharing startup focused on…

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Yahoo Re-freshens Entertainment Debuts App For iPad

Just a day before the launch of iPad, Yahoo today released Yahoo Entertainment for the iPad, a free app that offers an iPad-friendly user interface for exploring entertainment reviews, television listings, exclusive video contents, news and more…

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Microsoft To Unveil “Pink” Smartphones Series On April 12

With eye catcher aimed at the youth, the Redmond Vole stirred up some speculation on Monday with invitations to a mysterious press event. Microsoft, is rumored to release its much hyped project about “Pink” Smartphone that has been swirling for months on April 12…

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Google Soups-Up Gmail For The iPad

Even though Google has a few apps that come pre-installed into the iPad, the search titan has spiced up the Gmail interface specifically for Apple’s latest iPad and other tablets that are due for arrival soon…

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AOL Says Adieu To Bebo Social Networking Site

Barely two years after AOL acquired the social network site Bebo for a whopping US$850 million, the company has now decided to either sell or shut down the ailing service by the end of next month…

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Visual Artists Group Plan To File Lawsuit Against Google Over Book Project

As Google awaits approval of a controversial digital book settlement with authors and publishers, the search giant now faces another potential setback and delays as several groups representing photographers and illustrators prepare to file a fresh class action lawsuit against the company on Wednesday, alleging that its campaign to digitize millions of…

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Google Unwrapped Updated Buzz Privacy Settings

The launch of Buzz has casted a dark shadow over Google’s several privacy mishaps. User protests and an FTC complaint have compelled Google to give users of its Buzz social messaging service another chance to correct their privacy settings, after the service launched in February…

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Bing, Yahoo Gains U.S. Search Share In March: Says Experian Hitwise

According to the latest Experian Hitwise statistics, search engines — Bing is making progress in certain search verticals, as well as Internet pioneer Yahoo Inc. witnessed gains in its share of the U.S. Internet search market in March, Hitwise reported Wednesday…

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Google Makes Alliance With Nintendo To Develop “Web Search” Game

Google on Wednesday made alliance with Japanese video game maker Nintendo to jointly developed a Wii game based on “Google Fight,” a popular desktop pastime in which players contend to generate the most search engine results for a given keyword…

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Yahoo’s Technology Chief And Product Officer “Ari Balogh” To Step Down

As Yahoo relentlessly strives to re-establish itself again, the person in charge of the technological side of the company has stepped down after just over 2 years. Yahoo Inc.’s CTO and EVP Products “Ari Balogh,” who joined Yahoo in early 2008 is stepping down, the company said on Thursday…

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Apple Launches Ad System For Mobile Devices To Compete With Google

Less than a week after the iPad was launched, Apple Inc. launched a direct attack on Silicon Valley rival Google Inc., unveiled its new mobile advertising system “iAd for the iPhone” on Thursday and promised…

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Google’s New Algorithm — Mystery “Site Speedometer” For Search Ranking

Search titan Google is very passionate about speed! Now websites with slow-loading pages face the prospect of lower search rankings. On Friday, the search leader officially declared that website speed…

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Twitter Hand-Picks “Atebits” Maker Of Tweetie For iPhone Client

In a move foreshadowed by Twitter board member Fred Wilson’s blog post earlier this week, Twitter, which has thrived thanks to tools built by outside developers, is taking more of those tools under its own wing. A move that is sure to rattle its developers, Twitter in a late Friday announcement caught users off guard by acquiring Atebits, the start-up that makes…

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Search Engine News Updates: March 22-31-2010

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. The latest Nielsen US search market share declared Bing claiming all time high, and the boiling issues between Google and the Chinese government appears set to continue for some time, and many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Bing Hits All-Time High, Nabs More Web Search Share In February: Nielsen

Although Microsoft’s Bing search engine was welcomed with a healthy dose of skepticism when it was first unveiled almost a year ago, but while tracking web-search habits, research groups are indicating that market shares for Bing search engine share has moved up to 12.5 percent from…

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Google Building Browser Plug-In Promises Opt Out Of Analytics Tracking

In its relentless quest to be more than just the world’s preferred search engine, Google Inc. announced on its official blog posting that soon it will be developing a “global browser based plug-in” for its Google Analytics service that will allow users with an alternative choice to opt-out…

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Facebook Captures More Loyal Visitors Than Googlers To News And Media Sites

Well, it appears as though Facebook is not only resolutely dethroning Google in terms of being the most trafficked website in the U.S., but the social networking behemoth threatens to take over yet another category. A recent survey shows that Facebook is driving traffic to news and media sites…

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Google Unleashed AdWords Remarketing Feature To Expand Audience Reach

Say you clicked on an online ad from Google’s paid search listing. But while on the landing page, you suddenly withdrew from the site in a confused state as whether to finalize an ad conversion or not. To facilitate AdWords publishers, Google has rolled out a new “Remarketing” feature…

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Microsoft Introduces Slew Of New Features To Bing Maps To Compete With Google

Microsoft has garnered some new weapons to its arsenal in its battle against rival Google. The Redmond Vole earlier this week announced that it will be introducing several updates to its Bing search engine including Quick Tabs, an Answer box, and new mapping tools powered by Foursquare

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Google Auto-Alerts Protects Gmail Users With Suspicious Activity

In the online world, security has always been a concern and, as the techniques of attackers get more sophisticated, so do the tools to combat them. Search engine titan, Google has updated Gmail on Wednesday with new code designed to alert users when the system detects…

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Google Debuts Collaborative Bookmarking Tools With Lists Feature

Personalization makes search more convenient and fun too, and Bookmarks are not something a new concept for Google, but the search leader promises to deliver enriched information sharing between friends and groups of your top sites most surely is. Google last week unveiled a new experimental service called Bookmarks

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Yahoo Unveils New “Sketch-a-Search” iPhone Applications

Last week, Internet search pioneer Yahoo has unveiled two new search applications for the iPhone at the C.T.I.A. conference in Las Vegas, which allow users to speak or doodle their search terms rather than type them. One of the applications called “Sketch-a-Search” app…

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Yahoo Expands Closer Integration With Facebook Into Mailbox

Last December, Internet search pioneer Yahoo promised that it would make tighter integration with Facebook Connect across its properties worldwide, now the Sunnyvale, Calif., company continues to expand that relationship with the latest implementation enabling users to update their Facebook status from within Yahoo Mail…

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Nokia Sharpens Its Vision For Mobile Web With Novarra Acquisition

Finland-based Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phones maker announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire the privately-held, Chicago-based Novarra, makers of the Vision mobile browser and server platform, enabling it to introduce a new service by employing the company’s Internet services technology in smartphones…

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Twitter Redesigned Homepage Adds Motivating Features To Tempt New Users

Twitter has just unveiled a completely revamped homepage, intending to give first-time visitors a glimpse of what the micro-blogging and social-networking site offers and the real-time benefits it can provide, beyond being just a repository of status updates, including adding something called “Twitter 101.”…

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