Search Engine News Updates: May17-22-2010

Welcome to another weekly edition of Search and Social updates where Google’s privacy blunder over unencrypted wi-fi networks seem to be getting worse and worse. Yahoo–in a clear attempt to get deepen its roots into the social content space and better compete with both AOL and Demand Media–announced the acquisition of Associated Content, and besides that the Internet powerhouse made an alliance with Nokia announcing “Project Nike,” that would deliver Yahoo services on Nokia’s cellphones, as well as many more interesting Search Engine Optimization news from across the web…
Google: Oops, We Snooped On Your Wi-Fi For Data Collection

German request for data examination reveals that its globe-trotting Street View cars it has used since 2007, have been “accidentally” collecting payload of information collecting information sent over open WiFi networks, contradicting previous assurances by the company…

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Google To Shut Online Store For Nexus One Smartphone

Google Inc. last week announced that will close down its 4-month-old online store for its Nexus One smartphone, abandoning an ambitious plan by the Web search leader in a deliberated move that signals the failure of its bid to market the device directly to consumers on the Web…

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Google and Intel Plans To Offer Internet On Your TV

Google and Intel are soon expected to move into the living room with a significant innovation into consumer electronics and the broadcast industry this week with the launch of a “Smart TV” platform that will bring the internet to home televisions…

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Microsoft Targets Gmail With Hotmail Enhancements

Microsoft has finally understood that there is more to maintaining its lead over Gmail than turning over buckets of storage at Hotmail users. In its latest attempt to counter Google Microsoft is set to begin rolling out the latest improvements to its “Windows Live Hotmail” Web mail service…

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MySpace Promises “Simplified” Privacy Controls As Facebook Criticized

Although a bit late to the party, the vanishing social networking site MySpace is looking to capitalize on its rival’s recent bad media image. MySpace on Monday said it would soon implement a “simplified privacy controls” as it seeks to differentiate itself from social network rival Facebook…

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Microsoft To Pay VirnetX $200 Million To Settle Patent Dispute

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp., has agreed to pay VirnetX Holding Corp., “200 million dollars” to settle patent-infringement dispute over VPN technology in Windows, just around three weeks before a scheduled injunction hearing before a Texas judge…

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Google Offers $68.2 Million For Norwegian VOIP And Video-Conferencing Firm

In an obvious attempt to ameliorate the services it can offer online, Internet search engine giant Google on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement to purchase Global IP Solutions (GIPS), a Norwegian company specializing one of the key fundamental technologies to route IP calls over the Internet and video-conferencing, a move that would give it superiority in…

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Microsoft Sues Salesforce.com For Infringing Over “Crown Jewel” Patents

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday gave a major blow to Salesforce.com Inc., in a federal court filing, accusing that the customer-relationship management (CRM) vendor has violated on nine of Microsoft’s patents for ways to make software more efficient, adding a legal angle to the software companies’ brewing rivalry…

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Yahoo Snaps Up Associated Content To Boost Content Creation

Yahoo has agreed to acquire Associated Content, an Internet portal that commissions and publishes articles and other content from its vast stable of 380,000 freelance contributors to write commentary and…

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Google Wave Widely Opens Registration To The Public

Almost a year has passed since Google unveiled Wave at Google I/O 2009, but its usage has been limited as it was available by invitation. But internet search leader Google on Wednesday opened to the world an innovative Wave communications platform that lets people chat and collaborate in real time, is now open to the public…

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Twitter Unveiled iPhone Application Finally Available In Apple App Store

After a fairly long wait, a process that began about six weeks ago has now come to fruition. Twitter has been escalating its presence in the mobile world. Just over a month since it acquired tweeting app dubbed as Tweetie, Twitter has launched its official app for the iPhone and iPod Touch…

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Microsoft Files “Click Laundering” Suits For Clicks On Web Advertising

After an investigation extending for more than a year, Microsoft Corp., of Redmond, Wash., filed two click-fraud lawsuits Wednesday, in federal court in Seattle against Eric C. Ralls and the company he founded, RedOrbit Inc., a Dallas science news and shopping site, plus 10 unnamed…

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Bing Maps Introduces Three Useful Apps For Travelers

Microsoft has added some new dimension to its Bing Maps, which was already impressive in quite a few ways. If you are taking a trip by car this summer, Bing has added three new applications to its Maps service that looks to beat the Google Maps competitor a one-stop…

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Google Challenges Apple’s Music Dominance With SimplifyMedia Acquisition

Google in not just targeting the iPhone. It has set its sights on Apple’s dominance of online music, and one of the most fascinating bits of news to appear out of Google I/O conference was the company’s stealth acquisition of Simplify Media a couple months ago…

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Google Sets On Encrypted Web Search Option

People who wish to curtail their use of Google’s Web search more secure from network sleuths now have the option of encrypting the session by entering “https://www.google.com” into their browser…

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Yahoo, Nokia Reportedly Teaming Up To Unveil “Project Nike” On Monday

Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz has scheduled a press conference in New York for Monday, when it may soon announce a partnership with Espoo, Finland-based mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, and is expected to reveal a “Project Nike”…

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FTC Regulators Approves Google’s Acquisition Of AdMob

In a volte-face of regulatory fortune, Google Inc has won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob, after months of investigation…

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