Search Engine News Updates: February 01-12-2011

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 Tweaks Docs For Refined File Search In The Cloud

Relentlessly striving to trounce its rivals, search engine behemoth Google on Monday unleashed a revamped interface for “Google Docs” making it more visually appealing and promises to promote greater…

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Google Pledges $5 Million To Bharti Arm To Promote Education In India’s Elementary Schools

Google and Bharti Foundation, the charitable arm of Bharti Enterprises, on Monday announced a social initiative in the field of education, said it has been awarded a $5 million funding by search engine giant Google to upgrade and support its 50 elementary Satya Bharti schools, run by the Bharti Foundation Ltd…

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Google Offers Voice-Tweeting Service For Egyptians Via Landline

As the unrest in Egypt is mounting, Internet service in the country is now totally shut down and there are reports that cell phone service has again been cut, but global search engine leader Google, in association with Twitter and its recently acquired SayNow, has released a special service to allow people in Egypt to send Twitter messages by dialing…

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AOL Acquires Online Video Distribution Network “Goviral” For $96.7 Million

Internet pioneer AOL Inc. on Monday said it has agreed to buy European video distributor GoViral, saying that it “supports our overall content strategy by creating another immediate delivery path for all of the great content we are generating daily,” in a deal worth $96.7 million, the latest in an acquisition spree AOL has pursued in an effort to recast itself as a destination for online video and articles…

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Google Latitude Bestows 10 Million Users With Check-In Feature

In a surprising move that marks search engine behemoth Google jump into the check-in bandwagon. According to the company’s mobile blog, on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of its Google Maps 5.1 for Android and included the ability for smartphone users check in to specific locations with Latitude, its feature for sharing your location with friends, as…

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Copycat? Google Accuses Bing “Copying” Our Search Results

The battle of the biggies have once again heated up, with Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, on Tuesday accused its arch rival Microsoft Corp.’s Bing of “copying” its search query results, even gibberish queries, the latest salvo in the competition between the two technology behemoths, an accusation to which Microsoft denied and…

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News Corporation Debuts “The Daily” — A Digital-Only Newspaper On iPad

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, among the most ardent defenders of the traditional press, on Wednesday launched its most ambitious effort yet to re-invent the way news is delivered and consumed as he pressed the send button on “The Daily,” as he staked his reputation on a risky bet that for just 14 cents a day he can save the news business with…

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Microsoft Fires Back At Google’s Copycat Claims Insulting: We Do Not Copy Google. ‘Period. Full Stop’

Following Tuesday’s fracas over whether Microsoft was accumulating search results from rival Google, sparking the latest Microsoft-versus-Google brouhaha, a Bing executive is not letting it go: “We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop,” Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s senior VP of its Online Services Division, said in a post on Bing’s…

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Google Adds Yelp Competitor “Hotpot” Ratings In Search Results

Relentlessly striving to snap at every new opportunities in the online arena, search engine titan Google on Tuesday expanded its Hotpot, a Yelp competitor that acts as its local recommendation engine and ratings/reviews system for places, has officially gone worldwide…

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Hearsay Unveils Tool To Help Companies Embrace Corporate Facebook Pages

Steering a corporation is not easy, and with all of your employees flocking to Facebook, things can become pretty complicated. That is a question that has been tossed about for years as a growing number of organizations have hoped to leverage the popularity of the social networking site that has exploded to more than 500 million users worldwide…

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Yahoo Debuts AdLabs, Touts Innovation In Digital Ad Sales

After revealing that display advertising is boosting, since then technology conglomerate Yahoo has been trying to crack the hyperlocal marketplace along with everyone else and over the weekend the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet portal has launched “AdLabs,” a group aimed at providing “scientific leadership” to the online advertising industry and…

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AOL Acquires Huffington Post For $315 Million

In its second recent prominent media site acquisition, web portal AOL said tonight it has agreed to pay $315 million to acquire The Huffington Post, the influential news site co-founded in 2005 by Arianna Huffington and media executive Kenneth Lerer, and form a new media powerhouse by combining the content of both organizations…

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Google Introduces Priority Inbox For Gmail Web App

Google’s Priority Inbox, which is happily enjoyed by desktop users since last September and through Gmail for Android since December, and now those who have been using the mobile Gmail web app for the longest time will be pleased to know that the search engine titan on Monday added Priority Inbox features into its Gmail for mobile web app which is…

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Office Web Apps Now Available In 150 Countries, Going Global Next Month

Late last year, Microsoft spread-out the availability of its Office Web Apps to 15 additional countries. Now, in a post on the Office Blog over the weekend, the Microsoft’s Office Web Apps team has announced another bump — this time by a whopping 150 additional countries…

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Facebook Unfurls Real-Time Live Commenting For All Users

World’s most popular social networking giant Facebook, which quietly unfurled its real-time commenting for all users in late January, allowing users to see new comments by others appear in-line without…

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Bing Bites Google Back, Boasts Higher Market Share Than Google

Barely a week after search engine behemoth Google’s hissy fit about Bing “copying” its search results by collecting Google results, Microsoft-powered search engine saw a jump in market share over the last month, increasing its U.S. market share by 21 percent, according to Experian Hitwise. Maybe this is why Google has been publicly trashing Bing…

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Facebook Finds Bigger Digs To Build Its Own Real Life Facebook-Ville As Zuckerberg Fights Prowler

More growth appears in Facebook’s future as the seven-year old social-networking giant has secured new digs with space for 6,100 employees, up from 2,000,  and is now renovating a new 9-building, 57-acre campus it plans to move into this summer…

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INQ Unveils Two New Phones For Social Networking Facebook Plus Android

British start-up cell-phone producer INQ Mobile on Thursday unveiled its two new smartphones that is bundled with the Google’s Android operating system with close Facebook incorporation, intended for consumers who want ready access to tools that let them stay in touch with friends on the…

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Twitter Reveals All-Time Record-Setting Tweets During Super Bowl Moments

This year’s Super Bowl generated a whole lot of chatter. The Super Bowl XLV showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers not only just set an all-time TV ratings record, but it also set a record at Twitter, too — the most tweets per second of any sporting event with 4,064 during the Super Bowl Sunday, the microblogging service announced…

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Syria Restores Access To Facebook And YouTube Amidst Regional Unrest

In what appears to be an act of confidence, the Syrian government has relaxed its grip on Internet restrictions, allowing its citizens Wednesday to openly use Facebook and YouTube, for the first time since a ban was imposed in 2007 blocking access to Facebook and other sites as part of a crackdown on political activism…

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MapQuest Finally Introduces Walking Directions For Pedestrians And Rail Transit Routing Feature

MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Inc., in an attempt to make it easier for people to walk to their destinations, on Thursday announced the availability of both walking directions and transit directions on its service that generates routes for pedestrians…

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Google Unfurls Two-Step Log-In Verification For Extra Security

Last year, Google after being hijacked by Chinese hackers, quickly made Gmail access via HTTPS protocol default for all account holders to add a security layer. On Thursday, the search engine titan has introduced another security layer upgrade with an advanced opt-in feature dubbed two-step Google Account log-in process for all users in an effort to…

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Yahoo Preps “Digital Newsstand” For iPad And Android Tablets

Tempted by tablet craze, Yahoo on Thursday announced the launch of a digital newsstand dubbed as “Livestand” that will turn tablet computers into personalized magazines rich with stories, images and video suited to individual tastes, for Yahoo-owned content and…

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Nokia And Microsoft Forge Alliance To Rival Apple, Google

Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, has taken a dive into the unknown on Friday, forging a strategic partnership with U.S. software monopolist Microsoft in a bid to build an iPhone killer…

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Facebook Rolls Out Redesigned Pages, Allows Customization

The world’s most popular social media website Facebook has recently upgraded its Pages feature, providing businesses new tools to customize their pages and interact with consumers more easily and quickly for both administrators and fans, the social networking giant said Friday…

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