Search Engine News Updates: October 11-15-2010

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…
Bing And Yahoo Lose Google Dominates U.S. Search Market In September: Hitwise

The search alliance between Bing and Yahoo have not been able to shake Google’s dominance. In fact, the search engine giant Google is still rocking the charts as the top U.S. search destination. According to the latest figures from Hitwise, an online analytics service, reveals that Google, the dominant search engine leader, captured 72.15% of all U.S. searches…

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Microsoft Wraps Live Labs Into Bing; Gary Flake Resigns

Software major Microsoft over the weekend has decided to restructure its once highly touted “Live Labs” — a nearly five-year-old incubation project that brought us PhotoSynth, SeaDragon, Pivot, and more, will now be “transitioning” the group to Bing, as former Yahoo executive Gary Flake, who headed the development effort now plans to leave the company…

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Google Unveils Self-Driving Cars That Steers Itself

Internet search engine giant Google Inc., has been tinkering with engines of another kind and come up with some futuristic results — confirmed over the weekend that it is road-testing its fleet of autonomous cars across the San Francisco Bay Area that steers, stops and starts without a human driver, using artificial intelligence…

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MySpace Reveals Bizarre New, Artsy Logo

If you have been following the news lately, then you have perhaps discovered that logo redesigns are a new phenomenon. Beverly Hills, California-based social networking site MySpace revealed today its new and upcoming logo at the 2010 Warm Gun: Designing Happiness conference in San Francisco, California. The new logo is “My” followed by a “Space,” which is actually not as bad as it sounds…

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Google Bundles Latin To Translation Service

Internet search engine behemoth Google’s relentless efforts of translating languages of the world is slowly but sure coming to fruition. Google, over the weekend has bundled Latin to its automatic translation service, the 58th language supported by Google Translate and the first dead language in its repertoire, the company said in a blog post

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Microsoft’s New Line Of Smartphones Win Favorable Reaction

In a major thrust to get its mojo working in wireless devices, Microsoft Corp. on Monday in a last-ditch attempt unveiled a new line of Windows-based smartphones and other technology, much of which will have voice, video and data service from Dallas-based AT&T, which has won favorable early reviews, but it may come too late to claw back customers from Apple Inc and Google Inc…

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Facebook Unveils One-Time Passwords Via SMS To Thwart Keyloggers

Users of the world’s popular social networking website Facebook are nervous about using their real password on public computers can now get a one-time password sent to their mobile phones. In an attempt to ward off keyloggers, Facebook on Tuesday unveiled a new security feature that will provide users with a temporary password for use on public computers…

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Google Executive Marissa Mayer Promoted To Oversee Location, Local Services

Internet search engine behemoth Google, which has slowly been ramping up its local efforts, has executed a subtle yet important shift in its management structure today, appointed one of the most visible faces of the company to oversee a potentially important source of growth. Marissa Mayer, Google Inc.’s vice president of search products and user experience and the company’s first female engineer, just got a big promotion…

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Sony Debuts HDTVs With Google TV-Equipped Sets For U.S. Market

Wish to have a Google TV, with its Web browsing applications, and powerful search, but that box sitting around your TV bothers you? Well then you will surely love the new HDTVs that Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp., is treading with a prudent tag line: “the world’s first internet television” to promote its just-unveiled…

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Google-NBC Universal Scrapped TV Ad Partnership

Internet search engine titan Google Inc.’s ambitions to expand its advertising prowess beyond the Internet have been dealt a big blow by the loss of its marquee media partner — NBC Universal, which scrapped a two-year-old alliance with Google that allowed the search engine giant to sell ad space on several NBC cable channels, according to a report…

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Microsoft Deepens Facebook Integrated Social Search Battle On Bing

Microsoft and Facebook moved to bridge the gap between social media and search Wednesday when the two companies announced tighter integration to create Bing Social. Starting on Wednesday, Bing will allow searchers to view results generated by their Facebook friends’ use of the “like” button on the social network, in an attempt to bolstering its…

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Twitter Terminates Celebrity-Tracking Partnership With JustSpotted

Popular microblogging site Twitter explicitly said it has terminated its partnership with JustSpotted.com, a controversial new celebrity spotting website that lately began promoting its service, can no longer crow about its cozy relationship with Twitter…

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Yahoo Acknowledges, Apologizes For Temporary Outage

Yahoo.com, the search engine that boasts itself as “the world’s most visited homepage” has acknowledged and apologized for a “temporary” outage on Yahoo.com around 2:15 p.m. PDT on Thursday, October 14…

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Skype 5.0 Unveils Facebook Integration With Group Video-Conferencing

Popular VoIP service Skype has wooed its fair share of people with an itch to ditch the land-line and announced the availability of its latest desktop client, Skype 5.0. Skype went social Thursday by releasing a new version for Windows that integrates Facebook…

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