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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