Search Engine News Updates: August16-20-2010

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 Gears Up To Acquire Visual Search Site Like.com

It appears that Internet search engine giant Google is on the verge of discussion to acquire visual search and e-commerce site Like.com for more than $100 million, according to a report in Techcrunch…

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Facebook Acquires Web Publishing Startup Chai Labs Founded By Former Google Adsense Executive

Embarking on yet another acquisition drive, Facebook has gobbled up a small firm called “Chai Labs,” the startup which was co-established by a former Google AdSense exec Gokul Rajaram, and lends a hand to other firm build search-friendly websites revolves around specific topics for around $10 million, reports Kara Swisher over at All Things Digital…

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Gmail Hijacked By Hackers In China, Directing Users To Phishing Site

What has been described as an sophisticated act of malice, Internet users in China are facing a phishing attack — Google’s Gmail service in China has been hijacked by hackers, which is redirecting users of the service to a bogus phishing website to steal usernames and passwords, according to reports from various sources…

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Yahoo Japan Scoops Up Location-Based Mobile Ad Firm Cirius Technologies

Struggling to compete with its rivals, Internet pioneer Yahoo Japan has scooped up location-based mobile ad firm Cirius Technologies, the Japanese mobile ad network firm backing the AdLocal mobile ad network, is now part of Yahoo Japan…

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Bing Leaps Over Yahoo In The Search Market: Chitika

Interestingly, current statistics from ad network Chitika revealed that Bing overtook Yahoo to claim second spot in the US search engine market as long ago as January this year, and merchants may want to plan paid search campaigns accordingly…

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Spain Sues Google Over Privacy Violations In Street View

Spain has become the latest country to penalize search engine giant Google over alleged privacy violations made during mapping for its “Street View” feature. A judge in Spain initiated an investigation over complains whether Google unlawfully gathered data from unsecured wireless networks while gathering photographs for its photo-mapping service Street View…

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Yahoo Goes HTML5, Optimizes Mail For Apple’s iPad

If you are tired of using the Apple iPad default mail client, you can now rejoice as Internet pioneer Yahoo in an attempt to offer “the best possible communications experience across all the devices” in use by Yahoo Mail users, the company on Tuesday unleashed an updated, HTML5-optimized version of Yahoo Mail for the iPad…

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Yahoo Commences Transition To Bing Search In US, Kills SearchMonkey

After Microsoft’s unsuccessful bid to acquire Yahoo and a later flirtation that led to a more limited partnership — Yahoo said Tuesday that beginning this week, searchers on Yahoo will start to see a little “Powered by Bing” message at the bottom of the results page, as the two companies begin to switch over its search backend to the Microsoft platform…

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Yahoo Search Engine Gains Market Share, Google Drops

Google has long commanded the Internet, while it still holds onto its first-place spot in the U.S. search engine market last month, but recently, Yahoo made a surprising, though slight advance as Google lost ground and Yahoo gained back some U.S. market share last month. This finding is according to comScore Inc…

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Google Revamps Gmail For iPad With New Stacked Cards Interface

Barely a day after Yahoo unleashed a revamped version of its iPad web Mail app, internet search engine titan Google as part of its Iterative Web App series, announced today on the Official Google Mobile Blog a new version of its Gmail web app for the Apple iPad and it features a “Stacked Cards Interface,” making it easier to view multiple messages…

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Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger Gets Chatty With Facebook

Redmond, Wash.-based software giant Microsoft on Tuesday updated its Windows Live Essentials beta with improvements by integrating Facebook chat with MSN Messenger, empowering users to send instant messages to Facebook friends who are logged into the social-networking service…

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Google Releases Universal Addon: Search For Gmail, Docs And Sites Quickly

Ever wanted to search not only your E-mail, but your presentations, spreadsheets and documents? One of Google’s great promises is that it would make finding stuff a lot easier, thanks to a Gmail Labs experiment, Gmail users now have the option of searching their Docs and Sites files along with their messages…

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Google Offers New Face Movies Feature In Picasa With Picnik Integration

In an attempt to deliver the best to its users, search engine titan Google who values web apps above else, this week released the latest version of Picasa, its photo management and editing software. The latest release delivers several new features, but a cool facial recognition feature for slideshows is sure to get the most attention…

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Facebook Launches Location “App” Takes Aim At Google

Another day, another fascinating yet controversial Facebook feature. Facebook is attempting to stop the progress of a number of smaller rivals by unveiling a service to allow its members to tell their friends exactly where they are at any given time…

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