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All Eyes on Mayer as Yahoo Hits Traffic Milestone
August 22, 2013
Yahoo topped Google as the most-visited website in the United States in July, Web analytics firm comScore reported on Wednesday. Specifically, Yahoo received 196.6 million unique visitors during the month, compared with 192.3 million for Google. This is the first time Yahoo has found itself in the top spot for U.S. Web traffic since May 2011. Moreover, this report does not include data from Tumblr.
Google Seeks Home-Field Advantage in UK Privacy Suit
August 21, 2013
Google is contesting the right of UK Safari users to bring a case against it in the UK, according to a statement from the plaintiffs' law firm. To emphasize its stance, in fact, the search engine did not accept notice of the lawsuit in the UK but forced the plaintiffs to file in California instead -- a jurisdiction in which their case, which alleges privacy violations, is much weaker.
Google Asks Search Users to Speak Up
August 15, 2013
Google is making a major push into voice search with the rollout of several new capabilities, the company announced on Wednesday. Specifically, over the coming days and weeks, English-speaking users with voice search on desktops, tablets and smartphones will be able to ask Google such common queries as, "is my flight on time?" and get answers instantly in Google Search.
Google May Drill Down to Neighborhood News
August 02, 2013
Google might be thinking about invading the hyperlocal news field with a new beta service that dishes up location-based information to mobile devices, perhaps including Google Glass. "I love the idea that when we eventually all have our Google Glasses, [our] award-winning journalism ... will be popping up in front of eyeballs throughout town," said Charlottesville Tomorrow's Brian Wheeler.
Rosy Q2 Report Sends Yelp Stock Skyward
August 01, 2013
Strong revenue figures helped Yelp beat analysts' expectations for the second quarter of 2013, sending its stock soaring by more than 20 percent following the Wednesday release of its earnings report. While the company reported a loss of 1 cent per share, revenue rose to $55 million, representing a full 69 percent increase from the same time a year ago.
Alibaba Chief Advocates Tough Love - Like Tiananmen Square
July 18, 2013
Jack Ma, the billionaire founder and executive chairman of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group, said that China's move to violently squelch Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989 was "the most correct decision," adding that "a leader needs to make this kind of decision." The remarks -- made in May and posted online over the weekend -- have drawn criticism from Chinese netizens.
EU Gives Google Another Do-Over
July 17, 2013
Google's search results have been the subject of ongoing concern in the European Union for some two years already, and on Wednesday the company was warned that it must offer more concessions in the way it runs its online search business in Europe or face additional fines. At stake is a possible fine of as much as 10 percent of Google's annual global revenue.
Google Wants Its Web TV
July 17, 2013
Google is considering the possibility of launching an Internet-based TV service, according to numerous media reports. Specifically, the company has approached several media companies about the possibility licensing of content for an Internet-based TV service that would stream traditional TV programming. Google has reportedly also talked with programmers about the initiative.
Facebook Opens the Graph Search Floodgates
July 08, 2013
After launching Graph Search into beta earlier this year, Facebook on Monday announced that it is now beginning to roll the feature out to everyone who uses the social network's U.S. English version. Graph Search lets users perform searches on the social network that combine phrases -- "my friends in New York who like basketball," for example.
Europeans Fire Broadsides at Google Over Privacy
July 06, 2013
The UK and Germany have become the latest European countries to demand that Google amend the privacy policy revamp it launched in April 2012, which consolidated user data across all its services. The Information Commissioner's Office in the UK announced that it has sent a letter to Google notifying it that its changes raise "serious questions" about compliance with the UK Data Protection Act.
If You Search, Advertise on, Invest in, or Have Kids Who Use Google, You Must See This
July 01, 2013
I have a fascination with litigation. One of my early career choices was to become an attorney, and I was actually mentored for a time by a judge. Over the years, I've spent a lot of time engaged in litigation or covering it. I just watched a presentation by the National Association of Attorneys General, and these top law enforcers painted Google as a criminal organization.
FTC Leans on Search Engines Over Ad Labeling
June 27, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection on Monday issued a letter to search engines including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, advising them to provide better labeling and notification of advertising that appears alongside search results. The letter is an update to guidelines issued in 2002. "We have observed a decline in compliance," the FTC explained.
Microsoft Makes Bing Cool for School
June 25, 2013
Microsoft is accelerating its push into the education market with new initiatives including a school-friendly version of its Bing search engine and discount prices for its Surface RT tablets. Bing for Schools is an optional Bing experience for K-12 students that will eliminate ads from search results, filter out adult content, and increase privacy protections.
A Search Service That Learns What You Want
June 20, 2013
Vu Digital is a new search tool for the Internet that helps you locate content. This very interesting startup, which launched just over a month ago, does not replace traditional search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. It goes beyond them. You will still use traditional search engines, but Vu finds, organizes and delivers content users are looking for seamlessly.
Google Takes Heat for Illegal Rx Drug Sales Online
June 19, 2013
Mississippi AG Jim Hood has called on his counterparts in other states to join him in confronting Google for not doing enough to prevent illegal online activities including the sale of prescription drugs by rogue pharmacies. Hood invited Google CEO Larry Page to discuss his concerns but did not receive a response, he said. Consequently, the state had no choice but to issue subpoenas.
Google's Waze Grab Is About a Lot More Than Defense
June 12, 2013
Google has finalized its acquisition of Waze, developer of a crowdsourced mapping app, with the goal of expanding its location-based and social maps offerings while providing users with a way to outsmart traffic. Waze has a worldwide user base of about 50 million people who log in to access or submit real-time navigational data. Google reportedly paid about $1.3 billion for the startup.
Google Takes Maps to Next Level
May 16, 2013
Google Maps, already the de facto standard for online and mobile maps, is breaking new ground with added capabilities announced on Wednesday at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco. Maps will get 3D views, speech recognition, enhanced voice search capabilities and will leverage artificial intelligence. Google Maps for mobile is also being enhanced.
Klout Gives Bing Some Expert Advice
May 09, 2013
Content aggregation site Klout has expanded its partnership with Microsoft to provide Bing users with access to answers from Klout experts. The site, which pulls data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Blogger and other sources, rates an individual's influence, based on a 100-point scale. Klout seeks out those who have real clout -- that is, who are influential about certain topics.
The Real Mozilla Stands Up to Firefox-Cloaked Spyware
May 02, 2013
Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox browser, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Gamma International, a German company that sells spyware to governments and law enforcement agencies. The move was a reaction to the news that a booby-trapped Microsoft Word document -- sent out for upcoming Malaysian elections -- embeds a copy of Gamma's FinSpy spyware that masquerades as a Firefox executable.
Study: Google Trends Doubles as Dow Jones Crystal Ball
April 29, 2013
Data from Google Trends could be useful for predicting the ups and downs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to new research published in Scientific Reports. The new information from study authors Tobias Preis, Suzy Moat and H. Eugene Stanley looked at investing based on certain finance-related trending search terms, and how it could yield much higher returns than the average portfolio.

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