Monthly Archives: May 2010

Search Engine News Updates: May17-22-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where Google’s privacy blunder over unencrypted wi-fi networks seem to be getting worse and worse. Yahoo–in a clear attempt to get deepen its roots into the social content space and better compete with both AOL and Demand Media–announced the acquisition of Associated Content, and besides that the Internet powerhouse made an alliance with Nokia announcing “Project Nike,” that would deliver Yahoo services on Nokia’s cellphones, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google: Oops, We Snooped On Your Wi-Fi For Data Collection

German request for data examination reveals that its globe-trotting Street View cars it has used since 2007, have been “accidentally” collecting payload of information collecting information sent over open WiFi networks, contradicting previous assurances by the company…

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Google To Shut Online Store For Nexus One Smartphone

Google Inc. last week announced that will close down its 4-month-old online store for its Nexus One smartphone, abandoning an ambitious plan by the Web search leader in a deliberated move that signals the failure of its bid to market the device directly to consumers on the Web…

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Google and Intel Plans To Offer Internet On Your TV

Google and Intel are soon expected to move into the living room with a significant innovation into consumer electronics and the broadcast industry this week with the launch of a “Smart TV” platform that will bring the internet to home televisions…

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Microsoft Targets Gmail With Hotmail Enhancements

Microsoft has finally understood that there is more to maintaining its lead over Gmail than turning over buckets of storage at Hotmail users. In its latest attempt to counter Google Microsoft is set to begin rolling out the latest improvements to its “Windows Live Hotmail” Web mail service…

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MySpace Promises “Simplified” Privacy Controls As Facebook Criticized

Although a bit late to the party, the vanishing social networking site MySpace is looking to capitalize on its rival’s recent bad media image. MySpace on Monday said it would soon implement a “simplified privacy controls” as it seeks to differentiate itself from social network rival Facebook…

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Microsoft To Pay VirnetX $200 Million To Settle Patent Dispute

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp., has agreed to pay VirnetX Holding Corp., “200 million dollars” to settle patent-infringement dispute over VPN technology in Windows, just around three weeks before a scheduled injunction hearing before a Texas judge…

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Google Offers $68.2 Million For Norwegian VOIP And Video-Conferencing Firm

In an obvious attempt to ameliorate the services it can offer online, Internet search engine giant Google on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement to purchase Global IP Solutions (GIPS), a Norwegian company specializing one of the key fundamental technologies to route IP calls over the Internet and video-conferencing, a move that would give it superiority in…

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Microsoft Sues Salesforce.com For Infringing Over “Crown Jewel” Patents

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday gave a major blow to Salesforce.com Inc., in a federal court filing, accusing that the customer-relationship management (CRM) vendor has violated on nine of Microsoft’s patents for ways to make software more efficient, adding a legal angle to the software companies’ brewing rivalry…

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Yahoo Snaps Up Associated Content To Boost Content Creation

Yahoo has agreed to acquire Associated Content, an Internet portal that commissions and publishes articles and other content from its vast stable of 380,000 freelance contributors to write commentary and…

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Google Wave Widely Opens Registration To The Public

Almost a year has passed since Google unveiled Wave at Google I/O 2009, but its usage has been limited as it was available by invitation. But internet search leader Google on Wednesday opened to the world an innovative Wave communications platform that lets people chat and collaborate in real time, is now open to the public…

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Twitter Unveiled iPhone Application Finally Available In Apple App Store

After a fairly long wait, a process that began about six weeks ago has now come to fruition. Twitter has been escalating its presence in the mobile world. Just over a month since it acquired tweeting app dubbed as Tweetie, Twitter has launched its official app for the iPhone and iPod Touch…

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Microsoft Files “Click Laundering” Suits For Clicks On Web Advertising

After an investigation extending for more than a year, Microsoft Corp., of Redmond, Wash., filed two click-fraud lawsuits Wednesday, in federal court in Seattle against Eric C. Ralls and the company he founded, RedOrbit Inc., a Dallas science news and shopping site, plus 10 unnamed…

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Bing Maps Introduces Three Useful Apps For Travelers

Microsoft has added some new dimension to its Bing Maps, which was already impressive in quite a few ways. If you are taking a trip by car this summer, Bing has added three new applications to its Maps service that looks to beat the Google Maps competitor a one-stop…

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Google Challenges Apple’s Music Dominance With SimplifyMedia Acquisition

Google in not just targeting the iPhone. It has set its sights on Apple’s dominance of online music, and one of the most fascinating bits of news to appear out of Google I/O conference was the company’s stealth acquisition of Simplify Media a couple months ago…

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Google Sets On Encrypted Web Search Option

People who wish to curtail their use of Google’s Web search more secure from network sleuths now have the option of encrypting the session by entering “https://www.google.com” into their browser…

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Yahoo, Nokia Reportedly Teaming Up To Unveil “Project Nike” On Monday

Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz has scheduled a press conference in New York for Monday, when it may soon announce a partnership with Espoo, Finland-based mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, and is expected to reveal a “Project Nike”…

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FTC Regulators Approves Google’s Acquisition Of AdMob

In a volte-face of regulatory fortune, Google Inc has won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob, after months of investigation…

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So what’s the latest buzz in town? … the new search engine tells you all

Google Buzz acts as a source of real-time dynamic data. With Buzzzy, a search engine especially for Google Buzz, one need not be a gmail user to know what’s indeed buzzin’ out there!

The Buzzzy Search API lets you integrate specific search results from Buzzzy into one’s own app or site. The API can be accessed, with JSON & XML data formats supported, via a REST interface.

Buzzzy + Location, an enterprising search engine service, maps out a particular individual’s geo-location details to locations or events so as to help follow the exact context of their specific activity streams. Instead of depending on explicit ‘Check-Ins’, it considers implicit ‘Check-ins’ by looking at where the users actually are when they publish to the web and not merely where they state or claim they are.

Check-In and Hashtag spam can well be reduced for event promoters since it’s possible to only view status updates from those who are physically present at an event. Important features of Buzzzy + Location are as follows:

  • The product aggregates information from different location services like Twitter, Gowalla, Google Buzz and Foursquare. Thus it is able to offer the most comprehensive view of who is attending a specific event or is present at a given location.
  • By associating an individual with a location or event, it is possible to see where attendees happen to be when they are not at the event. This piece of information can indeed be valuable to secure sponsors since they will be able to know what bars, hotels and restaurants attendees are using.
  • In other words, it is now possible to track location by way of the information dispatched during an event once users update their respective statuses on popular social sites. This makes it possible to streamline the quantum of data from a specific location. This ultimately lets correctly contextualize data from other streams and then map user behavior.

Search Engine News Updates: May10-15-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where Google has partly scrapped a browser plug-in project called O3D, besides introducing numerous enhancements to its adWords and Gmail services. Microsoft has finally announced July 13 to end support for its Windows 2000 and XP SP2. And at last, Yahoo got approval to build its gigantic YahooPlex in Silicon Valley to compete with search engine titan Google, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google Abandons Plug-In For Mozilla Play, Remakes 3D Web Graphics Plan

Google has partially abandoned its 3D graphics browser plug-in — the open source API project named O3D, alternatively focusing on a 3D Web graphics application known as WebGL standard originally created by Mozilla…

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Nokia Sues Apple Over Technology Used In IPhone, This Time Over iPad

Last year Nokia Oyj, the world’s largest manufacturers of mobile phones, sued Apple over violating its patent on wireless technology on the iPhone, has filed another patent-violation lawsuit against Apple Inc. in its latest salvo in a long-running legal battle between the two companies, claiming the iPad 3G and iPhone infringe five of its patents…

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Google Exploring To Expand Into Online Travel Services

It now appears that the search engine giant wants a piece of the travel turf. Google is now extending its long arm into the lucrative online travel business, and could be in talks to acquire fare-shopping developers ITA Software…

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Bing Socializes Shopping Search, Adds Twitter And Facebook For Feedback

A new, social characteristic is now available to users of Bing Shopping. After having made it possible for users to share their opinions on search results relating to news and entertainment, Microsoft’s Bing search engine has introduced a new social integration feature to its Shopping section…

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Microsoft To End Support For Windows 2000, XP SP2 On July 13

Consumers and businesses still using Windows 2000 (desktop and server) and Windows XP SP2 will see the end of Microsoft’s official tech support on July 13, 2010. Microsoft will withdraw support which means that Windows XP users can extend support at no cost by upgrading to SP3, but Windows 2000 users have no such option…

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Facebook Prepping Location-Based Feature This Month

Foursquare, Gowalla and MyTown should be shaking in their buskins because Facebook is reportedly launching a new feature later this month that would let its users share their location on Facebook about exactly where you are, in addition to what you are doing and thinking…

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Google’s Gmail Users Suffer Signup And Login Error

Google’s Gmail, one of the most extensively used email in the world was down on Tuesday, 11th May 2010, Google official apologies for an 502 Server error. Perhaps this outage occurred for the first time since the service was launched in 2004. Many users were confronted with this error…

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Google AdWords Introduces New Broad Match Campaigns

The Google AdWords blog today announced a new keyword match type for managing pay per click campaigns. The “Broad Modifier” allows you to define keywords that have more possibilities than phrase match but on the other hand is stricter than broad match…

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New Bing App For Windows Mobile Delivers Turn-By-Turn Navigation

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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Gmail Adds Image Drag-And-Drop Feature Into Emails

Barely four weeks after Gmail released a drag-and-drop feature that made attaching files to emails considerably more convenient. Now, as a complement to that upgrade, Google has introduced a new feature to Gmail that empowers users to drag-and-drop images from their desktops directly into emails…

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Microsoft Launches Office, SharePoint 2010 For Businesses

Microsoft, pursuing the corporate customer, officially unleashed its cash cow Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 suite at an event Wednesday at Rockefeller Center, and also trotted out its local star launch customer in the form of the NSW Department of Education and Training…

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Gmail Adds Image Drag-And-Drop Feature Into Emails

Barely four weeks after Gmail released a drag-and-drop feature that made attaching files to emails considerably more convenient. Now, as a complement to that upgrade, Google has introduced a new feature to Gmail that empowers users to drag-and-drop images from their desktops directly into emails…

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Microsoft Introduces Revamped MSN Mobile Homepage

Microsoft on Wednesday gave a sneak preview of its revamped MSN Mobile homepage optimized for smartphone site at OMMA Mobile 2010 conference in New York. The refurbished page set to go live Thursday features a cleaner, more streamlined layout on a white background and tight integration with Bing and other Microsoft properties…

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Yahoo Approved By Santa Clara To Build Massive Silicon Valley Campus

Yahoo Inc. won approval Tuesday night from the Santa Clara City Council’s 7-0 vote for building a sprawling three-million-square-foot in the heart of Silicon Valley, “an ambitious project envisioned in the midst of the company’s ongoing turnaround effort.”…

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Search Engine News Updates: May03-08-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where Google announced a new Keyword tools, besides acquiring “BumpTop”. Microsoft unveiled its “Impossible Project: Spindex.me”. And finally, Yahoo announced its mega million ad campaign to compete with search engine titan Google, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google To Pull Plug On Old Keyword Tool With New Keyword Tool Update

If you are engaged with SEO or are operating a PPC advertising campaign, then chances are you have certainly used Google’s external keyword tool, you may discover that you are now diverted to…

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Google Snaffles Canadian 3D Desktop UI Designer BumpTop

Search and advertising giant Google, last weekend spread its wings to Toronto, Canada-based to acquire BumpTop, a software company that lets users make their computer desktops resemble an actual 3D desk for an undisclosed amount of money…

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Facebook Revamps Events Feature, Now Simpler And Easier To Use

Facebook overnight took the wraps off an updated Facebook Events! Well, the popular social network has just made that ad-hoc get-together a little easier with the launch of a new version of Facebook Events…

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Google Enhances AdWords Tool — Gives Advertisers New Target CPA Bidding Option

Google has introduced a new Target CPA bidding option tool in AdWords that lets marketers who considers in terms of “a target” or “average CPA” — set a bid that displays the average amount they would like to pay for a conversion, as opposed to the maximum they are willing to pay for it, when it comes to managing online advertising…

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Google To Start Selling Digital Books By June

In an attempt to compete with the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sellers of downloadable, digital books, search giant Google on Tuesday said it plans to begin selling e-books that people can read on…

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Microsoft’s “Impossible Project”: Spindex.me Social Network Aggregators

Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday, took the wraps off of a new tool called ” target=”_blank”>Spindex, an experimental online service that pools “social” content from various and sundry online sources, including Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and Redmond’s own Bing search engine…

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Google Revamps Logo, Amps Up Search-Engine Competition

The Mountain View, Calif., search engine leader is rolling out a major redesign for its search results on Wednesday, indicating the start of what promises to be a period of intensified competition with rival Microsoft Bing…

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Google Unveiled Powerful AdWords Reporting Feature In Google Analytics And Application Gallery

If you hold an AdWords account then you know the levels of data that are created can sometimes becomes unmanageable and, moreover, you can start to ask questions such as “At what point during the day am I seeing a surge in sales?” without an easy way to find those answers…

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Google Finally Returns Gmail Name Back To Blighty

For the past five years, British e-mail users with Google accounts have been deprived access to @gmail.com email address. But on Tuesday, the search engine company has settled a long-running trademark dispute with a British research firm, and now, finally ditching the two-word moniker…

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Yahoo New Ad Campaign Takes A Swipe At Google

On the heels of a disappointing $100 million ad campaign, which Yahoo unveiled late last year, is having another go at revitalizing its brand with a second big-budget advertising campaign, hoping to gain traffic to its home page and win back share in the Internet-search market…

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Google Goggles Expands Optical Text Translation To Android Smartphones

Late last year, Google rolled out a very cool mobile product called Google Goggles. The Mountain View, Calif., search engine leader Google on Thursday released an enhanced version of its Goggles application to read and translate English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish…

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Google Speeds Up TV Ad Market Entry, Buys Stake In Targeted-Ad Firm Invidi

Google has long been making efforts to crack the TV ad market, but the search giant Google has finally spread-out its wings into the TV business by buying a stake in a startup called Invidi Technologies that helps advertisers target cable and satellite viewers with “addressable” ads…

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OneRiot Exits Out Of Beta, Launches Trending Topics Engine

Exactly one year after releasing the beta of one of the Web’s hottest realtime search engines, OneRiot has officially exits out of beta today, and while doing so has also launched a richer alternative to Twitter’s trending…

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Microsoft CVP “Alex Gounares” Joining AOL As CTO

According to sources close to the situation, one of Microsoft’s most distinguished executives announced today that he is leaving the company. “Alex Gounares,” who until today was Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Advertising Research and Development, has been appointed as the chief technology officer of New York-based AOL and will be moving…

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Search Engine News Updates: April 26-30-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where Google Earth paid tribute to Hubble Space Technology, as well as the search and advertising magnate announced a new AdWord tools, besides acquiring “LabPixies” again to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Microsoft unveiled its “Windows Embedded Standard 7”. Finally, AOL sells its “ICQ” to Russias’ DST to fill its cash-box with 187.5 million, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google, Bazaarvoice Forge Alliance To Deliver Product Reviews And Ratings Into AdWords

Google users will soon be able to view consumer reviews and product ratings into inside Google AdWords, yet another bite of the search engine’s “experimentation,” announced at a conference earlier this week and later on the Google Merchant Blog. A newly forged alliance between Google and Bazaarvoice allows retailers and manufacturers to…

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Google Earth Pays Tribute To Hubble Space Telescope On 20th Anniversary

Believe it or not the Hubble Space Telescope was actually launched 20 years ago…yes 20 years! And as it is customary, Internet giant Google has celebrated the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope with a commemorative “Doodle” on its homepage, which began on April 24, 1990…

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Microsoft, Google Focus On Growth In The Arab World

The further consolidation of Arabic language potentialities in Internet and other technological field will enable millions access to the digital world. Executives from Microsoft Corp and Google Inc have both made a statement to Reuters that they see significant growth in the Arab world in terms of technology adoption during the next decade…

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Google AdWords Announces New Tool And Certification Program For Agencies

Google has been giving some serious thought about the (Google Advertising Professionals) program for the past three years. And just yesterday, search engine leader Google has finally ended its age old (GAP) program and replacing it with a new Google AdWords Certification program for those managing AdWords accounts on behalf of advertisers…

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Yahoo Forges Strategic Mobile Partnership With Samsung

Internet pioneer Yahoo Inc. on Monday forged a strategic partnership with mobile handset manufacturer Samsung to dispense more of its Internet services on Samsung mobile phones from the South Korean giant, including those running Samsung bada and Android platforms…

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Google Rolls Out TV Show Episode Search

Google has silently announced today on the Official Google Blog the latest search engine feature that allows users to easily search for particular TV episodes and sort the results by season in each series…

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Google Snaps Up Widget Startup LabPixies

Global search leader Google on Tuesday announced another acquisition to its roster with the purchase of Israel-based “LabPixies,” a small company that manufactures widgets and apps for several platforms including iGoogle, Facebook and the iPhone, reportedly for $25 million…

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Explore Google Maps In 3D Perspective Via Earth View

Until now everyone is so astonished with Google Maps and now Google is here once again to impress their audience with the new Earth View feature. The Mountain-View, Calif., search engine leader on Monday unveiled an augmented Google Maps feature called Earth view that brings the Google Earth software’s 3D perspective to the Web browser…

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Microsoft Released Windows Embedded Standard 7 To Other Devices

Windows and 7 have now become synonymous name to reckon, and Redmond, Wash., software major Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release the first version of its Windows Embedded Standard 7, which allows manufacturers to utilize Windows 7-based components for the creation of specialized devices such as industry-specific handhelds…

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AOL Sells Off ICQ To Russia’s Digital Sky For $187.5 Million

Twelve years after pulling along the Israeli instant-messaging company ICQ for a hefty price of $400 million, AOL Inc., the Internet advertising company spun off from Time Warner Inc., yesterday announced it has agreed to sell its ICQ instant messaging service to the Russian Internet holding company Digital Sky Technologies, at a huge loss for $187.5 million…

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Apple Acquires “Siri” A Start-Up Voice Application Technology For iPhone

Apple continued its push into Google’s ground on Wednesday as it snatched up personal assistant app maker “Siri,” a voice-activated app for the iPhone that allows users to complete complex tasks by using simple voice command, this is its fourth acquisition in five months…

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Google Renovates Image Search For iPhone And Android

Google’s mobile development team recently had a busy time fine-tuning what it likes to call its “iterative mobile Web,” a phrase that, in plain English, Google is making some hefty changes to Image Search for the iPhone and Android platforms…

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