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Google to refresh its search

Tuesday 20 March 2012

According to the Wall Street Journal , Google is working on an overhaul of its Internet search formula in an attempt to maintain its dominant position. Google enjoys a market share of around 66% and rakes in more than 75% of all search-related advertising revenue, which accounts for the vast majority of its $37 billion annual revenue.

Facebook simplifies privacy settings

Saturday 05 June 2010

Facebook - the world's leading social networking site, with over 400 million users - has unveiled simplified privacy controls . The move comes in the wake of continued criticism of its privacy policy, especially following several recent blunders.

Google completes AdMob acquisition

Monday 31 May 2010

It's over six months now since Google announced its plans to acquire the leading mobile ad network, AdMob . Last week, the search giant finally managed to close the deal. The news was revealed after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) eventually approved the takeover, which it had been examining on antitrust grounds.

Google TV is on its way

Saturday 22 May 2010

Web giant Google is launching a service that will combine surfing the Internet with surfing TV channels. Google TV was announced by the company earlier this week at a meeting of software developers in San Francisco.

Google launches encrypted search engine

Tuesday 18 May 2010

Google has announced the launch of an encrypted version of its search engine in order to prevent search results being accessed over open connections. The move follows the company's decision to turn on encryption by default for Gmail users earlier this year and comes in the wake of controversy over breaches of privacy by its Street View service .

War of words develops between Adobe and Apple

Monday 17 May 2010

The gloves are off in the skirmish between Adobe and Apple. Last month's 'Thoughts on Flash' tirade against Adobe's beloved product by Apple CEO Steve Jobs has prompted an aggressive response from Adobe.

Skype launches group video calling

Saturday 15 May 2010

Free voice and two-way video calling provider Skype announced on Thursday that it has launched a group video calling service. Currently a beta version - which means that users might see a few rough edges and the software might not work perfectly every time - the Skype 5.0 beta for Windows is now available as a free download at www.skype.com .

Google adds brands to search results

Saturday 01 May 2010

Google is testing a search results box that places top brands above regular results for product-related searches. This brand information - which is neither an ad nor a normal search result - was first spotted by the Internet marketing news website, Search Engine Land.

Google highlights similar pages

Saturday 01 May 2010

On Tuesday of this week, Google revealed that it is making its 'Similar' feature - which shows alongside the URL in the search results - more prominent in its results pages. On the Official Google Blog, Software Engineer Doantam Phan explained: " We've offered a 'Similar' feature on results for a while now as a way to discover new, useful sites, but it hasn't been too visible.

LinkedIn adds Battle to its board

Friday 09 April 2010

Business networking site LinkedIn announced yesterday that it has added Skip Battle, the 66-year-old former CEO of Ask.com, to its board of directors. Battle - who is a current board member of several publicly listed Internet companies including Netflix Inc, Expedia Inc and OpenTable Inc - is the first independent director to join LinkedIn.

Apple takes aim at Google with the launch of iAds

Friday 09 April 2010

In a move that will have sent shivers down the spines of Google's top executives, Apple announced yesterday that it will deliver interactive, in-app advertising to iPods, iPads and iPhones this summer.

Tweaking the tweeting

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Microblogging site Twitter has unveiled a new-look homepage that's designed to be more inviting and user-friendly for new users and visitors unfamiliar with the site. Users who are not logged in will see the new homepage, which features more dynamic content including 'top tweets' that automatically appear every few seconds, a 'see who's here' panel highlighting famous people and brands that use Twitter and trending topics that scroll across the page.

Yahoo! accounts in China hacked

Wednesday 31 March 2010

According to news reports on Wednesday, the webmail accounts of foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan have been hacked. The BBC News website reported that the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) had confirmed eight cases of email attacks on Yahoo.

Facebook enhances its search

Monday 22 March 2010

Earlier last week, Facebook began rolling out improvements to its search experience. The social networking site seems increasingly focused on opening up data and this latest move may worry the guys at Mountain View a little further.

Facebook may start QR code frenzy

Friday 19 March 2010

The on-line media blogs have been buzzing this week with news that the social networking giant Facebook is trialling the use of QR (Quick Response) codes . Although they resemble barcodes, QR codes can carry significantly more data - such as links, videos, text, photos and other content - and they don't require a scanner to read them, as most modern mobile 'phones can do this using their cameras (hence the 'quick').

Facebook defends its safety policy

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Following the recent controversy over the Daily Mail's erroneous reporting of the dangers faced by under-18s using Facebook , the social networking site has defended its safety policy. The Daily Mail has admitted that its article, published in print and on line on Wednesday - in which it was claimed that young girls who join Facebook could be approached " within seconds " by older men who want " to perform a sex act " in front of them - was incorrect.

Google enables retail stock checking

Sunday 14 March 2010

Back in 2006 Google, along with Intuit and the Kelsey Group, described the future of retailing and the picture included the ability to check the stock levels of nearby stores as you shop. It may have taken a few years, but now it's a reality - in the US, at least.

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail

Saturday 13 March 2010

Facebook, the world's most popular social networking site (SNS) with 400 million users worldwide, has threatened to sue the UK's Daily Mail newspaper over an article that claimed that the site makes it easy for paedophiles to seduce under-18s.

Jail for US Facebook blackmailer

Thursday 04 March 2010

In a case that has gripped the American media, a teenage boy in Wisconsin has been handed a 15-year jail sentence after posing as a girl on the social networking site Facebook in order to blackmail male students into sex.

Cyber stalker finally jailed

Thursday 04 March 2010

A man branded one of Britain's most obsessive cyber stalkers by the tabloid press has been jailed for terrorising a female undergraduate for over two years. Jason Smith, from Newall Green, near Wythenshawe, was put behind bars last week after Manchester Magistrates Court heard how he had threatened 20-year-old Alexandra Scarlett and her family through social networking sites.

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