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Google searchers who use Google+ will start seeing content from the social network in their search results, Google announced yesterday. Users will now be able to see information shared with them on Google+ in their search results along with Google+ profiles and pages related to their areas of interest. Picasa photos will also be integrated into results.

"We're transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships" says Google Fellow Amit Singhal in a blog post. The new move is described by the company as "Search, plus Your World."

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-01-11 19:22

As most media watchers know by now, the industry is going through an unprecedented upheaval, with newspapers in particular being disrupted by the shift to digital and what Om has called the "democracy of distribution" created by real-time social tools like blogs and Twitter, which make anyone into a publisher.

So while news used to be a tightly controlled product from a few mainstream sources, there is now an explosion of content from virtually everywhere -- some of it good and much of it not so good. At Google's recent Zeitgeist symposium, legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel suggested it is somehow Google's duty to fix this problem, and CEO Larry Page seemed to agree. But relying on Google to choose what news we should read is a very slippery slope.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-10-04 11:19

The European Commission announced that on Tuesday it began investigating anti-trust allegations related to Google's activity, after which the tech giant revealed that it should have been "more transparent" regarding its mechanism of ranking competitor's search engines, The Telegraph informed yesterday.

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Google might just have abused its powerful position by diminishing the ranking of search results from other engines, The Inquirer speculated. There was also the possibility that Google might have asked certain advertisers to sign an exclusivity contract that obliged them not to place any ads from competing outlets. Furthermore, Google might have imposed guidelines on the presence of ad campaigns on competing online advertising platforms, said a press release from the Commission.

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Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-02 18:40

Ask.com announced on Tuesday it will lay off 130 workers in the United States and China as the company decided to close its Web search operations and refocus on its question-and-answer service, Agence France-Presse reported.

"We know that receiving answers to questions is why Ask.com users come to the site, and we are now serving them in everything we do," president of Ask.com Doug Leeds said, PCmag.com quoted. "Unfortunately, this absolute focus means that we need to stop investing in things outside of providing users with the best answers, including making the huge capital investment required to support algorithmic web search development."

Over the next few months, the IAC will close its facilities in New Jersey, the United States and Hangzhou, China and it will relocate some of the workers to its offices in California.

Experts view the announcement as an acknowledgment that Ask.com could not compete with Google, which controls 66 percent of the market, the BBC explained. IAC's search engine only accounted for 3.6 percent.

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Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-11 18:36

Google announced a 32 percent increase in net income during the third quarter of the fiscal year, reaching US$2.17 billion, Market Watch revealed today.

"It's clear the digital economy continues to grow rapidly, a relentless trend that continues to drive continued growth in our core business ... and also fuel our momentum in our newer businesses," said Patrick Pichette (left), Google's chief financial officer, Investors.com wrote."We saw strength in every major product area in Q3 -- that is search, display, mobile -- as well as apps and enterprise. And when I say our newer businesses are seeing great momentum, I really mean it."

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The same time last year, Google reported a net income of $1.64 billion, according to Market Watch. Meanwhile, revenues hiked up by 23 percent from $5.94 billion to $7.29 billion year-on-year, Economic Times informed.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-15 22:58

Alibaba Group, a notable e-commerce company in China, has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to create a new search site, a move that could challenge Baidu and Google in the Chinese search market, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last Saturday, Alibaba Group launched a beta version of a web site called Etao, which is aimed to drive traffic to Alibaba's retail website, Taobao.com.

Search results first show up Taobao listings, including images and product prices, followed by links to related online forums and informational web sites, as well as search results provided by Microsoft's Bing.

Both companies confirmed that Etao is in public, or beta, testing, but refused to do any further comments.

Baidu's dominance in the Chinese search market has increased since Google decided not to cooperate with Beijing's censorship regulations and moved its site to Hong Kong, where the regulations don't apply. Google is still accessible in China, but sometimes interrupted by the government's firewall technology. Baidu and Google did not comment on Etao, WSJ reported.

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Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-13 18:07

Publishers Detroit Media Partner (DMP) and Star Media Group (SMD), both owned by Gannett Co., are teaming up with Yahoo for a digital advertising venture that would allow advertisers to place ads on Yahoo's sites to reach audiences within required specifications, IndyStar.com and Freep.com reported today.

"Local advertising continues to be an important area of focus for us, and Yahoo is committed to helping local businesses reach high-quality target audiences," said Lem Lloyd, vice president of Yahoo Americas channel sales, in a DMG press release.

DMP will be offering Yahoo's inventory so that local advertisers can reach a wider user base and so that they look for consumers through enhanced audience targeting (location, demographics, interests), according to press release. John Kridelbaugh, SMG vice president for market development and digital, explained that behavioural and demographic factors could seem more compelling to advertisers than geographic location, IndyStar.com wrote.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-07 18:41

Microblogging service Twitter announced that its recently launched search feature has been revamped, TheNextWeb.com reported today. According to Search Engine Land, Twitter receives over one billion search queries a day.

Vator News outlined that users send more than 1,000 tweets per second, amounting to 86.4 million tweets daily. Users embark on 12,000 searches per second, which is roughly 1 billion per day. Search Engine Land also reported that other Twitter benchmarks included April 14, 2009 (when it got 19 billion queries a month) and July 6, 2010 (24 billion queries).

However, "queries" are different from "searches," since a "query" can be done by a machine, such as when a user signs up to receive automatic replies to their tweets. Furthermore, the search is only available for Tweets that are up to seven days old. Twitter told Search Engine Land that it was not planning to provide archive searches since other companies were already doing that and instead would be focused on ameliorating the service in other ways.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-07 17:00

In an unexpected turn of events, Google announced today its Chinese operating license has been renewed, The Washington Post reported today.

Although Google receives just a small share of its revenue from its operations in the country, many experts see this move as a compromise by Google to appease China, because exiting the country completely would have meant locking out potential opportunities in the world's largest market of online and mobile users.

"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China,"Google's chief legal officer David Drummond wrote in the online giant's blog.

In January, Google announced it was rethinking how businesses was being done in China, following the breach of Gmail accounts belonging to Chinese human rights activists. The "highly sophisticated" cyber attacks originated from within China. In March, the company officially removed its search site from Chinese servers, submerging the country in a partial Google blackout, and moved its moved its search operations off the mainland to Hong Kong.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-09 21:23

Search engine corporation Google has donated over US$ 2 million to the Wikimedia Foundation, a move that may reinforce the "symbiotic relationship" between Google and Wikipedia, according to Business Week. The total donations the free online encyclopaedia raised added up to US$10.6 million for its fiscal year ending in June, a 20 percent spike since the same time the previous year, wrote the Inquirer on Thursday.

There is speculation regarding why Google prefers Wikipedia to other sites, according to Business Week. One proposed explanation is that Google is Wikipedia's advertising partner.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales approximated that Wikipedia receives between 60 to 70 percent of its traffic from Google searches. Pages from the encyclopaedia show up relatively high in searches because Wikipedia has a significant amount of high-quality content that bring about lots of linking and subsequently gets ranked highly thanks to Google's PageRank technology.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-02-22 14:14

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