Posts Tagged ‘search’

Bing to Become iPhone Default Search?

January 20, 2010

It seems that Apple is considering moving the default search for its iPhone users from Google to Bing, which is a bit of a surprise.

According to a report in BusinessWeek, Apple is already in talks with Microsoft to replace the default Google search option in its iPhone OS with one that searches through Microsoft’s search engine instead. It’s an interesting prospect, if only because it’s a fairly major shift quite late in the device’s life, but it also says an awful lot about the direction that Apple sees its business going.

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News Corp Begins Blocking Links

January 18, 2010

Rupert Murdoch’s stance against news aggregators has kicked up a notch with news that his own company, News Corp, is now actively blocking links from UK-based aggregator NewsNow.

Seems like a dodgy idea to us Rupert...

Strange as it might seem, the Guardian is reporting that News Corp is now refusing traffic from the popular news aggregator. It’s curious stuff, though Murdoch’s own, oft-stated view that news aggregators steal traffic from content producers seems to be the reason behind the new block on links. Perhaps most interesting isn’t just that all of this is happening, but that the aggregator in question, NewsNow, has decided not to take things lying down.

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Twitter Scales Back Archive

January 15, 2010

Users complaining about Twitter’s disappearing of tweets older than a few weeks will be displeased to hear that now, messages are only kept for seven days before being erased.

Indeed, according to SearchEngineLand, the reason behind it is tied in to Twitter’s massive popularity. It seems that Twitter now sees so much traffic that it’s impossible for the service to store and index much more than a week worth of content from its users. The upshot of this is that, to use the example the folks at SearchEngineLand used, a search for “Happy new year” constrained to the first of this year will return no results… strange stuff indeed.

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Google Offers Location-Sensitive Search

January 15, 2010

Google has announced that it is to offer location-sensitive search as an option for those of us with Android-based devices or Apple’s iPhone to offer more accurate search results.

According to a post on the Google Mobile blog from members of Google’s mobile engineering team, the project is should allow for search results to be prioritised based on a user’s current location. The example given is one in which a user searches for the word “Muse” and the suggestions that appear vary according to location. For those in the Boston example, suggestions included “museum of science boston” and “museum of fine arts boston.”

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Microsoft Downplays Google’s China Stance

January 15, 2010

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard’s executives have both admitted that they won’t be backing Google’s stance in China, after it revealed this week that it had been the target of a major attack.

Despite Google having received word of support from both Yahoo and the White House when it announced that it would no longer be censoring content on its Chinese services, Microsoft and HP have both gone in the opposite direction. Indeed, according to the Financial Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer essentially admitted that China was a big enough market to be worth the headaches.

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Bing Slips in December, Google Grows

January 14, 2010

According to search statistics for the month of December, it seems that Google has managed to grow once again, with Microsoft’s search engine, Bing falling a little.

According to Nielsen’s report on the search market for last month, it seems that Google has grown, hitting 67.3% of all searches made in December, up 1.9% from its November statistics. At the same time, Yahoo maintained second place though it didn’t do so entirely without falling. With a 14.4% share, Yahoo has dropped by 0.9%.

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Yahoo Sides with Google Against China

January 14, 2010

It seems that Google isn’t alone in its decision to take a stance against China after attempted attacks on the search giant earlier this week, Yahoo and the White House have both chipped in, chiming support for Google.

TomsHardware is reporting on the news that Yahoo is supporting Google’s decision, going so far as to say that the two are “aligned.” It’s certainly at least a little unusual, but it’s also a nice opportunity for Yahoo to get itself some positive media coverage at a time when there have been far too many stories questioning the company. Indeed, being ‘aligned’ with Google is made more curious by the company’s current investment in China… we’ll have to see how that changes.

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Google Wins Word of the Decade

January 12, 2010

Google has been awarded the fairly impressive “Word of the Decade” from the American Dialect Society for the use of the noun “Google” as a verb, as in, “to Google something.”

The news comes via TomsHardware that, while Google managed to grab the word of the decade prize, “Tweet” has managed to become the word of the year, we’d imagine thanks to the unusually volume of coverage that news agencies have given Twitter over the last year or so. If nothing else, the fact that both the word of the year and word of the decade went to web-based companies is interesting.

We’re big fans of lists here in the office, so we thought we’d post a list of some of the various words and terms that have made the American Dialect Society’s shortlist for words and phrases that could have made it as word of the year this year.

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Google Loses Against Groovle

December 31, 2009

Google took its case against Groovle to an arbitration board, which ruled that Google and Groovle are different enough not to cause the confusion that Google is worried about.

According to the Register Google took its case to the National Arbitration Forum, a body that has long been considered the people to talk to if you’re in trouble with similar domain names. The National Arbitration Forum ruled that Google’s complaint, that Groovle is “confusingly similar” to Google, wasn’t a valid one. Indeed, the whole thing quickly devolves into fairly open comedy from that point.

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Yahoo Closes for Christmas

December 22, 2009

Yahoo has announced that it is to close up between Christmas the January this year as part of its ongoing, and apparently increasingly extreme, cost-cutting measures.

Yahoo has been in a fairly sticky monetary situation this year, managing not to turn a loss by firing a significant proportion of its staff. Apparently, the cost-cutting continues this Christmas, with the company to effectively close-up shop over the Christmas break. Strangely enough, its staff hasn’t been given the choice as to whether or not it wants time off… it’s a choice between holiday time or unpaid leave. Seems a little hard, but that’s life.

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