Search Engine News Updates: July12-17-2010

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…
Surprise! Google Granted New Biz License To Operate In China

Interestingly in a surprising announcement, search engine behemoth Google Inc., over the weekend said that it has been unexpectedly granted a new license to continue to operate its search business in China…

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YouTube Shoots For The Moon, Host 4K-Resolution Videos

Late last year, Google owned popular video-sharing website YouTube introduced support for 1080p HD videos empowering anyone with a high quality camera to demonstrate their stuff in the best possible way. But over the weekend, YouTube announced support for so-called “4K” video, a format four times the size of current 1080p HDTVs…

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Bing Captures 7 Percent Share Of U.S. Search Market In June, Google Still Dominates

The Redmond, Wash.-based software major Microsoft’s Bing slowly but surely starting to chew into Google’s dominant position in U.S. search market. According to the latest Hitwise data, which indicates that Bing gained the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month-over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market…

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Google Gives Makeover To AdWords Location Extensions

Last year, Google unveiled location extensions, which lets you “extend” your AdWords campaigns by dynamically attaching your relevant business address to your ads. The search engine giant has just released a new feature for its AdWords location extensions that allows brands to display…

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Google Maps Adds Automatic URL Shortener

Fed up by sending lengthy Google map urls with 8-million characters? There is no denying it–those Google Maps URLs are shockingly long. Thankfully, search engine giant Google’s latest improvisation is not another “me too” URL shortener, but an actually useful tool for Google Maps…

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Google Search Share Plunges 1.1% In June 2010 To Yahoo, Bing: comScore

After going through some difficult times for a few months the software maker Microsoft introduced Bing, and according to Reston-based metrics firm comScore in its latest report indicated that while still lagging far behind Google, Bing showed signs of greater growth than its main search rival in June…

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Microsoft Integrates Outlook Links To Facebook, Windows Live Messenger

Slacking off at work just got a little easier with Outlook flourishing beyond a simple desktop email client, as Microsoft has recently empowered users to connect directly to four of the world’s top social networks. Pictures, status updates, and friend requests can appear next to email…

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Twitter Now Delivers Users Visibility Within Search Results

With the World Cup fad over, Twitter becomes one of the top online social media networking sites for users, which is now focusing on new features again. Without wasting any time, the company has now made searching for people or brands easier. Twitter is now displaying “name results” for people in search results…

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Google Explores Multiple Accounts Sign-In Feature In Single Browser

Until now if you happen to have more than one Google account, then opening another one in the same browser was just out of imagination, and thus it can be a real pain to manage multiple accounts. But this news about a novel feature that the search engine titan has under the wraps may surely interest you. Google is working on a new tool that will empower users to be logged into multiple accounts at a time in the same browser, according to a bloggy report…

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Apple Acquires Second Mapping Firm Poly9

Ever since establishing in 1976, Apple has so far acquired 28 companies, less than one acquisition a year. But now the Cupertino company is discarding its traditional ethos and is on a buying binge with tons of cash, and has recently shown an increasing enthusiasm to spend it to acquire companies like Quattro Wireless and Lala. Now the company has apparently plunked down an unknown amount to acquire a Canadian online mapping company “Poly9 Group,” which creates 3-D global maps…

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Google Makes Alliance With Omnicom To Boost Display Ads

Google’s display ad business is about to explode (in a positive way), according to a new report. The search engine colossus has teamed up with Omnicom Media Group for online display advertising, an area the internet giant is attempting to expand in as it looks for revenue streams outside of its traditional search ads…

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Google Acquires Metaweb To Deliver Smarter Search Results

Google on Friday revealed that it has acquired online database provider Metaweb, a heavily-backed startup which has been assembling a grand database on more than 12 million “items,” from around the world, which it then provides to site owners so that they can add the information to their sites…

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MySpace Acquires Social Messaging Service Threadbox

News Corp. owned MySpace’s messaging interface may soon take a new shape for the better. Late yesterday, the struggling social network confirmed that it is acquiring the assets and staff from Threadbox, a real-time social chat platform that plans to combine elements of email and prides itself in comparisons to Facebook…

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EU Approves Google Book-Scanning Deal With Dutch Library

The digital compilation of public domain works Google Books maintains is in store for yet another major boost. The search engine behemoth Google on Thursday said that The European Commission has approved Google’s plan to digitize some 160,000 public domain works from the Dutch National Library, provided the company complies with EU copyright and…

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