January 15th, 2010
Google has said it may pull out of the Chinese search engine market following a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack” on its network.
Speaking on the company’s official blog, Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said that the severity of the attack, which targeted the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, meant Google had decided to review its position in the country. Read the rest of this entry »
September 22nd, 2009
An adviser to Europe’s highest legal court has backed Google’s policy of allowing advertisers to bid on trademarked terms.
Google has faced criticism for its decision to open up bidding on trademarked names on its pay-per-click advertising service and is involved in legal dispute with several firms, including the owners of fashion brand Louis Vuitton. Read the rest of this entry »
August 14th, 2009
Google has given the world a preview of its new search architecture, which has been codenamed “Caffeine”.
Promised to be faster, more accurate and more comprehensive than previous incarnations of Google’s index (or those of its competitors), Caffeine has been given an initial sandbox release to let power users try the update before its full roll-out. Read the rest of this entry »
July 8th, 2009
Google announced today that it is to launch its own operating system for netbooks, laptops and desktop PCs.
Google Chrome OS, which is scheduled for release by late 2010, will be direct competition for Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7. Read the rest of this entry »
June 18th, 2009
Bing, the new search engine launched by Microsoft earlier this month, is showing an impressive growth in market share, according to data analysts comScore.
Just two weeks after launch, Bing is accounting for 12.1 percent of search results in the United States; up 3 percent from its launch share.
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May 18th, 2009
Today saw the official launch of Wolfram Alpha - a search engine designed to revolutionise search by intelligently answering questions rather than just directing users to appropriate web pages.
The experimental website, named after its British-born inventor Stephen Wolfram, has been hyped as a potential rival for leading search engine Google. Read the rest of this entry »
April 3rd, 2009
The blogosphere has gone into virtual meltdown over rumours that Google could be set to buy popular micro-blogging platform Twitter.
On Thursday night technology startup blog Techcrunch reported that Google, which has previously denied all speculation they might be interested in Twitter, was on the verge of a sealing a deal worth well in excess of $250 million. Read the rest of this entry »
March 17th, 2009
Despite the impact of recession hitting marketing budgets this year, 53% of businesses are set to increase spending on social media, says a Forrester Research survey.
However, although spending is increasing, the study of 145 marketing professionals found that most had still set aside a budget of less than $100,000 for their social media activities. Read the rest of this entry »
February 6th, 2009
Despite Google Latitude having only just been released, it has already come in for a wave of criticism from privacy campaigners.
Critics say that Latitude, which tracks users’ locations via their mobile phone signal, could in theory be abused by employers, suspicious partners or even paedophiles. Read the rest of this entry »
January 14th, 2009
Yahoo has named Carol Bartz, current Chairperson of CAD software provider Autodesk, as its next Chief Executive.
Bartz will be tasked with transforming the fortunes of the beleaguered search giant, whose long-standing CEO Jerry Yang stepped down in November in the fallout of Microsoft’s failed takeover bid. Read the rest of this entry »
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