Search Engine News Updates: August09-14-2010

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…
Yahoo VP “Srinija Srinivasan” Leaves After 15 Years

Once considered the most influential person in online search and one of the original employee, Yahoo’s vice president “Srinija Srinivasan,” who helped launch the company over 15 years ago just last week announced that she will be stepping down from the company, the Wall Street Journal has reported on Wednesday…

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Google Acquires Social-Network App Developer Slide For $182 Million

In an attempt to keep the dissipating audience glued to its site, search engine behemoth Google Inc. over the weekend confirmed in a blog post that it has acquired social widget maker “Slide Inc.,” a deal that gives the Internet search leader a team of developers with extensive social-networking experience capabilities to compete with Facebook

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Yahoo Introduces “Infinite Browse” Search For News Stories

Attempting to encourage users to further engage with a Web site’s content may be an established practice, but new methods are always being tried. Yahoo is previewing “Infinite Browse,” a Yahoo News feature that adds relevant search content below news stories…

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Google Liberalizes Trademark Advertising Policy In Europe

Over the weekend, search engine behemoth Google Inc., for the first time said that it will liberalize its trademark policy from next month, allowing advertisers in Europe to link their advertisements with their competitors’ trademarks when bidding for online ads in a move that will…

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Google Prepares To Acquire Another Social Payment Provider Jambool For $70 Million

Mountain View, California-based search engine leader Google has reportedly been on an acquisition spree, just coughed out $70 million, but this time agreed to acquire San Francisco, California-based Jambool, and its Social Gold payment system, which empowers developers to build…

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Skype Files For $100 Million IPO Registration With SEC

Internet telephony giant Skype SA on Monday announced plans to raise US$100 million through an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., filed an S-1 statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as the Luxembourg -based provider of Internet telephony…

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Google To Abandon Old AdWords Keyword Tool By End Of Month

Whether assessing the effectiveness of long-standing keywords or searching for new extensive phrases that may answer consumers’ queries and catch clicks, marketers consistently turn to Google’s Keyword tool. Now, the search engine leader on its AdWords Blog announced that its updated…

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Google Revamps Gmail Contacts, Now Makes Easier To Use

Ever since its launch the Contacts portion of Gmail seemingly has been ignored, but the search engine colossus Google on Tuesday announced that it is giving the contact management tool located inside Gmail an “overhaul,” a move based on constructive criticism from some of the Webmail application’s roughly 200 million users…

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Google To Administer TV Ads For DirecTV Networks

Google Inc., seeking to spread its wings beyond Internet advertising, on Wednesday said that it has endorsed one of the biggest partnerships Google TV Ads has been waiting for, is to administer television ads for several DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite TV provider…

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Twitter To Unwrap Official “Tweet Button,” Leaked Docs Suggest

Tech news site Mashable.com has unmasked confidential documents late Tuesday, which states that the popular micro-blogging site Twitter is gearing up to introduce an official “Tweet Button” that will let users share content from the web, and counting how many times a post has been…

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India Sets The Clock Ticking For BlackBerry Compliance By August 31

India became the latest government in a long list of national governments that have recently entered into the BlackBerry controversy Thursday by demanding that Research in Motion allow Indian law enforcement access to Blackberry Enterprise Service and Blackberry Messenger Service data by August 31., in the name of national security…

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Oracle Sues Google Over Java Use In Android Operating System

Setting the stage for a showdown of two Silicon Valley heavyweights, Oracle issued a press release late Thursday saying it has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Google’s popular Android operating system has infringed on copyrights and patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired along with Sun Microsystems earlier this year…

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Google Adds Voice Search With New Actions To Android Smartphones

Google on Thursday unleashed two new Android applications that let users dictate actions to their phones and link their phones with information from their desktop Chrome browser. The search engine giant announced the addition of “Voice Actions” to its Android 2.2 Froyo search capabilities, as well as introduced a new Chrome extension for Android users called “Chrome to Phone”…

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MySpace To Roll Out A Revamped “Facebook-Style” User Homepage

Attempting to regain its lost ground to Facebook and Twitter, dwindling social network site MySpace is geared up to unleash a complete redesign of its homepage. The revamped user homepage is focused around two information streams with lots of white surrounding space, abandoning MySpace’s trademark dark and busy backdrop…

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Facebook To Broadcast Live Announcements Video Channel

World’s most popular social networking site Facebook on Friday launched a new live video streaming channel called Facebook Live, intended to keep users updated on what is happening at the social-networking site. This is the company’s official live channel, broadcasting from Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto…

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