Search Engine News Updates: December 25 to 31– 2009

As the year ended on a quiet note with moods of holiday and merry making, we have covered some Search Engine Marketing News coming down the pipe that will affect your search results in 2010. Finally it now appears that the economy is slowly but surely recuperating and we wish all of our clients the best of luck with the success of their businesses…
French Court Imposed €300,000 In Fines Against Google’s Book Scanning Project

A French court last week imposed an astounding amount of fine €300,000 ($430,000), against Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet-search engine, for copyright infringement and ordered the search giant to pull all the scanned books off its site, a Paris court ruled today…

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Design Firm Bing Sues Microsoft Over Trademark

Bing, the much-touted search engine from Microsoft, is feeling the heat of a trademark conflict, as a small Missouri company called Bing! Information Designs, having the word “Bing” in its name has sued Microsoft for branding its search engine with the same word…

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Facebook Faces Privacy Backlash With FTC Complaint

Privacy advocates are grousing about Facebook’s recent privacy changes effected since the second week of December has had scores of users of the world’s biggest online social network up in arms now calling on the US Federal Trade Commission to make Facebook undo the changes in an official complaint…

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Microsoft Loses Word Patent Lawsuit, But Modifies Code To Comply With Court

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp., lost its appeal of a lawsuit involving a Canadian company called i4i in May, after a jury ruled that the Redmond, Wash., software maker infringed one of i4i’s patents with a custom XML feature found in Word…

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YouTube Hops On Twitter Bandwagon With URL Shortener

Search engine giant Google Inc.’s popular video sharing site YouTube has joined Google and Facebook in the latest bid to improve the way they spread across the web by launching its own URL shortener — Youtu.be…

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Google Fetching DocVerse — Targets Microsoft Office

Google, which is reportedly busy tracking valuable start-ups, it seems that the Mountain View, company may be on the brink of acquiring yet again another company called DocVerse

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Yahoo Pulling Down MyBlogLog Next Month

It seems like Yahoo has not done eliminating “non-core” services quite yet. “10 Million Dollars Down the Drain!” The company says it is going to shutter another popular blogging widget MyBlogLog next month, leaving more than a few people scratching their heads…

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Google Assists Businesses Locate AdWords Professionals In Beta

Companies that are looking for some assistance with their AdWords campaign may now rejoice to receive some thanks to Google. Google has launched a beta search platform that allows people to search for AdWords Professionals…

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Twitter Fetches Location Tracking Start-Up “Mixer Labs” To Its Arsenal

Popular micro-blogging website Twitter is acquiring the location tracking start-up “Mixer Labs,” in an attempt to enable users to map their Twitter posts to specific locations on maps and other tools…

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Google Confirms January 5 Android Media Event

It may be the much-anticipated moment the tech industry has been waiting for as Google apparently seems well prepared to give outsiders a glimpse at its latest vision of the world-changing possibilities of smartphones…

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Consumer Groups Urge FTC To Block Google’s AdMob Acquisition

Two consumer groups requested the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday to bar the global online search and advertising giant Google’s proposed acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob…

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Facebook Ranked The Most Visited Website In The US On Christmas Day

Hitwise, a market analytics firm that tracks online stats, has some good news for the team at Facebook. The popular social-networking entity Facebook hit an audience milestone recently when it was crowned as the most visited site in the U.S….

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Google Analytics Adds New Annotation Feature

Google Analytics is one of the most robust offerings by the search giant and with its recent release of Google Analytics new features, it has almost become ubiquitous for a large number of companies reaping benefits from it…

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Google City Tours Simplifies Trip Planning – Adds Walking Directions, Custom Maps

The team at Google Labs last summer introduced a new service dubbed as Google City Tours, one of the ongoing projects by Google Labs team that has tweaked the interface that generated a tour of various attractions near a location including real walking directions and My Maps integration…

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