Search Engine News Updates: January 17-21-2011

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…
AOL To Outsource Health, Sports And Real Estate Content Through Partnership Deals

AOL might be struggling, but in fact it is still trying to figure out how it can remain in business. In a major restructuring to the company’s Internet content division, the company has announced new content partnerships with…

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Latest “Firefox 4 Beta 9” Hits The Web For Testing — Get it Now!

Mozilla on Friday on the company blog announced the release of Firefox 4 Beta 9, for those of you wishing to test it out right away — is now available for download, another step towards the open source browser’s expected release before it pushes through a final version now planned to ship by the end of February…

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Bing Bumps Up, While Yahoo Search Share Down In December 2010: comScore

After Yahoo and Microsoft finally merged their gigantic search technology and advertising partnership, comScore, Inc., the most prominent leaders in measuring the digital world, released its monthly statistics and it appears that Microsoft’s Bing search engine was once again a hit with consumers…

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Adobe Simplifying “Flash Cookies” Privacy Settings, Offers Extended Control To Manage

Since time immemorial, many internet users are already aware of the risks presented by browsers that have been able to store small text files called cookies that collects your internet activity. Adobe Systems Inc., this week is extending assurances that it is working to improve the privacy…

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Facebook Apps Allows Access To User Phone Numbers And Addresses

Just when it seemed that the conflagration over Facebook privacy issues was cooling off, Facebook has stoked the fire once again. Over the weekend, the social-networking champion (four Golden Globe awards winner) updated its developer blog with a post that it had modified its platform to make users’ home addresses and phone numbers accessible to developers…

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Yahoo!7 Snaps Up Online Deal Site Spreets For $40 Million

Yahoo7, the Australasian subsidiary of struggling internet pioneer Yahoo, has snapped up group buying site Spreets.com.au, and its New Zealand operation Spreets.co.nz, which provides economical marketing to small businesses through online coupon deals, for an amount reported to be a cool $40 million, which will see the site shift away from its city-by-city focus to offer more localized offers…

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Facebook Launches Mobile Site For Non-Smartphones

Are you envious for Smartphone users because their status messages are updated every 10 seconds? Well now cheer up, you can do the same. Popular social networking site Facebook has just announced a new mobile app called Facebook for Feature Phones, which brings the social network to…

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Google Voice Now Lets You Port Your Own Phone Number For $20

Google Voice has been a great tool for people to manage their communications, but for some people, one of Google Voice’s awkwardest conditions is beginning to ease, thanks to a new, very quietly rolled-out feature that lets you port your own phone number to Google Voice…

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AOL Preps “Editions” iPad Magazine App — A Flipboard Killer

AOL has taken its first concerted step to launch an all new magazine-like app designed specifically for the iPad app entitled “Editions”, making it the second of what is expected to be a long list of iPad-exclusive digital titles on the cards, which TechCrunch suggests will be very similar to the much-hyped Flipboard news app…

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Google Management Shuffle: Larry Page To Replace Schmidt As CEO, Targets Facebook

Google on Thursday reported Q4 2010 revenues of $8.44 billion, but the bigger news was a surprise move that could signal the Internet search engine giant is going back to its start-up roots as challenges mount. Google shook up its ruling triumvirate yesterday, announcing that CEO Eric Schmidt would be moving out of day to day leadership to become Executive Chairman, while co-founder Larry Page will become CEO…

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