• Google's next search foe: Facebook

    Facebook's search engine is now venturing beyond the walled gardens of to the greater web.  Will its user-generated results give it an advantage over Google?

    AllFacebook is reporting that Facebook is now displaying some 'outside' webpages with in its Facebook search results.  For instance, if you Search for the Annapolis Marriott hotel in Facebook, one of the results is the TripAdvisor page which has been favorited by five 'Facebookers.'

    To make matters worse MORE

    - Jun 25, 2010 9:47 AM ET
  • Google celebrates 'Bing day' (updated)

    For today only (update: they've killed it early!), Google is implanting a default background on its search page to make users aware this new 'feature'.

    Google, I get it.  You want people to know that you can do a background image on your search page just as well as Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing.  Got it.

    Now how do I turn it off?

    The 'remove background link' in the lower left hand corner just changes MORE

    - Jun 10, 2010 10:46 AM ET
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  • Google 'caffeinates' its search engine

    Google updates it bread and butter product with a new data gathering front end that updates far more frequently.

    For those of us who played with the Caffeine Search engine that Google beta tested last year, today's news isn't wholly unexpected.  The Beta program was a new search engine, dubbed Caffeine, which constantly reindexes the web rather than doing it a bi-weekly intervals.  This led to more, more recent and more relevant results.

    Inexplicably, Google closed MORE

    - Jun 9, 2010 12:52 PM ET
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  • Google adds apps to mobile search

    Google's mobile search engine on iPhone and Android will now also search the platforms' respective stores.

    A pretty simple addition to Google's Mobile search was announced today on the Google's Mobile Blog.  When you now do a search (on Google of course), you get links to relevant apps either in the iPhone app store or the Android Market.

    Clicking on the application link brings you to the respective stores.  Might MORE

    - Jun 3, 2010 12:37 AM ET
  • Bing-ify your Google Search page with wallpaper

    For those who like to personalize your search page with background images, Google now gives you the option.

    In a post by Marissa Mayer on the Official Google Blog, Google (GOOG) says that over the next few days users will see an option on lower left hand side of their page giving them the option of using pictures as backgrounds.  Users will be able to upload from their computers or MORE

    - Jun 2, 2010 3:59 PM ET
  • YouTube's revenue hotshot is promoted, challenged: better monetize Google search

    In a move to bolster its search engine revenue, Google has shifted a key executive from the YouTube division.

    Ben Ling left Facebook in August of 2008 after 11 months with the company to do big things at Google. He moved into the YouTube offices in San Bruno California with the mission to help monetize the world's biggest video site. As YouTube celebrated its 5th anniversary today, clearly signs are in place MORE

    - May 17, 2010 12:35 PM ET
  • Yahoo! gooses search share with slideshow trick

    Taken at face value, it appears that Yahoo increased its search market share last month. However there is some trickery involved.

    Yahoo has changed its gallery sites to "search for" images rather than just browse them as they had before.  In doing so, Yahoo's comScore numbers went up significantly last month; Google's went down.

    Notice in the image below the navigation items now become "searches."

    - May 11, 2010 4:11 PM ET
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  • Google Mobile Search updated too

    Lost in the hoopla of its logo and desktop search results changes today, Google also updated its mobile web search results.

    iPhone and Android phone users also get a new Google search results page today, starting with English speakers and slowly rolling out to the rest of the world.

    Google's Mobile Blog details the changes, which amount to a new button on the left of the search bar that opens up a left MORE

    - May 5, 2010 3:57 PM ET
  • Broken China

    The burgeoning superpower keeps sabotaging its relationships with the outside world.

    By Paul Smalera, writer

    Google has long been embarrassed by having to restrict its search results in China and promised to stop the practice as soon as it could. The company agreed to self-censor in 2006 as a devil's bargain to gain access to the Chinese market. But after last year's successful and major hacking of its Chinese operations MORE

    Mar 22, 2010 6:01 PM ET
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  • [video] Yahoo Labs chief talks search strategy

    I caught up with Prabhakar Raghavan, SVP of Yahoo Labs and search strategy, at Yahoo's Silicon Valley headquarters this week to talk about how the company plans to build out a search business even after outsourcing the core technology to Microsoft. (YHOO) (GOOG) (MSFT)

    - Feb 11, 2010 12:59 PM ET
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