Search Engine News Updates: May 16-21-2011

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Milind is the founder - CEO of eBrandz, a professional SEO company in New York & India. Milind has been featured in various IT related magazines like Digit (Nov 2005) and BenefIT (Sep 2007). Milind also writes articles on Search Marketing in Popular Magazines like "Search Marketing Standard".

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 Rolls Out “News Near You” For Smartphones

Google has long enabled you to look up for local businesses on its mobile search page, and for those people who are interested in keeping tabs on what is happening in their local area, the search engine giant over the weekend announced the addition of a new mobile feature… Read More

Bing Continues To Capture More Search Market Share As Google Dwindles

After examining the data released by comScore just last week, software maker Microsoft’s search arm Bing grabbed a slightly bigger slice of all the U.S. search engine pie in April, while Google sheds a tiny amount or stays flat, according to the latest comScore data, released… Read More

AOL Rolling Out New Video Chat Service Aims To Live Up To Competition

Merely days after Microsoft made the biggest gamble in its 36-year history–paying $8.5 billion for Skype — AOL Inc. has decided to dip its toe in the online video chat world with AOL AV, rolled out the first version of a free video chat service for its AIM instant messenger that… Read More

Bing Couples Search Results With Facebook Connections Via “Like” Button

In a surprising move of corporate cooperation, Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine” on Monday announced that it has teamed up with Facebook to deeply integrate the social media network “likes” and… Read More

Google News Revamped With New Features, Reduce Clutter

Global search engine behemoth Google on Monday introduced a few tweaks to its Google News service that lets users dig deeper on certain stories to help find the most relevant content, in an effort to make the site less cluttered and easier to customize… Read More

Beware! Facebook “Dislike” Button A Scam

You may want to express your dislike for something on Facebook but… Be Aware! The social media network outfit seems to be a hotbed for scams of late. Recently, Facebook unveiled its new security features designed to block spam, a new scam is spreading fast on Facebook… Read More

Netflix Crowned Video “King” Biggest Source Of Web Traffic In US: Report

“Real-time entertainment” in general transcends web browsing as top activity in peak hours… Netflix Inc. has become the single biggest source of peak downstream Internet traffic in the U.S., accounting for 24.71 percent of aggregate traffic, according to a latest report by SandvineRead More

Coalition Of Google, Facebook And Twitter Oppose Internet Privacy Bill

Despite the feigned empathy towards those that are worried about the impending threat of a new social networking privacy law is making for strange bedfellows these days. Google, Facebook, Twitter and more than a dozen other Internet companies from around the world of technology and social media have joined a coalition to oppose… Read More

Yahoo Acquires Startup 5to1 To Boost Premium Ad Sales For $28 Million

Seeking to beef up its sales of premium online ads, internet pioneer Yahoo on Wednesday announced an agreement to acquire 5to1, an online advertising platform that lets top brand advertisers purchase unsold premium inventory on the sites of 20 major publishers, for $28 million… Read More

Twitter Rolls Out New Privacy Restrictions For Third-Party Applications

Twitter Inc., the micro-blogging service, is bolstering its privacy settings on Tuesday announced on its blog that it has added tools that give users more control over how data is accessed with third-party applications… Read More

Yahoo Messenger Now Optimized For iPad 2, Supports Video Calling

Fans of the Yahoo Messenger messaging platform can now enjoy video calling on iPad 2. In a bid to lure its vast audience, last night, announced that it has updated the Yahoo Messenger app to work with the iPad, as well as adding voice and video calling features for iPad 2 owners… Read More

Google Finally Expands Social Search In 19 Languages Across The Globe

In a bid to elevate its social profile, and just nineteen months after it originally introduced the feature in North America, Google on Thursday unveiled plans via its new official Search Blog that it is rolling out Social Search in 19 more languages, increasing its reach to more… Read More

Facebook And Microsoft Forge Alliance To Combat Child Pornography

While much of the social media world is still bustling about LinkedIn’s IPO, but the popular social media Facebook and Microsoft on Friday formally unveiled an alliance to ferret out child porn at the world’s leading online social network, in an attempt to drive pedophiles away from… Read More