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Foursquare looking to ink search partnership

July 19th, 2010

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley did not mince words when speaking with the U.K. paper The Telegraph. Crowley said, “Our data generates hugely interesting trends which would enrich search,” and went on to note that they were in talks with all the major search players including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. “We can anonymise data and use …

Google has strong Q2, 24% revenue growth year-over-year

July 16th, 2010

Mountain View, CA search juggernaut Google has announced their Q2 2010 financial results… and it all looks very good. Google posted revenue of $6.82 billion for the quarter (up 24% YoY), a net income of $1.84 billion (up from $1.48 billion), an effective tax rate of 24%, cash, cash equivalents, and short-term marketable securities of …

China renews Google's Internet Content Provider license

July 9th, 2010

A little over a week ago, Google announced that it would stop redirecting Chinese web queries to its uncensored Hong Kong site (a practice that began in March of this year). The change came as Google was about to submit its application for a Internet Content Provider license renewal (necessary to operate a website) to …

Twitter handling 24 billion search queries per month

July 7th, 2010

Twenty four billion. That is how many times users are searching Twitter per month; a truly gargantuan figure. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone noted that twitter.com now handles roughly 800 million search queries per day, a 33% increase from April of this year. To put that number in perspective, Yahoo! handles roughly 9.4 billion search queries …

Google acquires flight information software company ITA for $700 million

July 1st, 2010

Google announced on Thursday that it is acquiring flight information software company ITA for $700 million in cash. Based in Cambridge, ITA mines flight data and presents it in a polished form suitable for online viewing. Google will add to its repertoire of services by integrating this flight data into its online search engine. Google …

Google feels pressure, stops redirecting China search traffic to Hong Kong

June 29th, 2010

In a statement released today, Google announced that it would stop redirecting search traffic from China’s landing page google.cn to Hong Kong’s page google.com.hk. Google initially started redirecting traffic in January in an attempt to “increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law.” Google explains: It’s clear from conversations we have had with Chinese …

Google to launch new search engine-powered music service

June 22nd, 2010

Google is going to step into the online music business according to The Wall Street Journal, which cites to sources familiar with the matter. The search giant is reportedly in talks with the music industry to offer a music download service that will leverage Google’s position as the top search engine worldwide. The service will be available …

Amazon looking to partner with Bing to provide shopping results

June 16th, 2010

The Business Insider has a source who claims that Amazon is in talks with Microsoft to be the partnered provider of shopping search results for Bing. The move comes after Microsoft announced they would shut down their “Cash Back” program on July 30th. The deal, as TBI puts it would give Amazon ownership of “the …

Caffeine: Google's new search index

June 9th, 2010

Today, Google announced the completion of its new web indexing system title Caffeine. Google boasts that Caffeine, “provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it’s the largest collection of web content we’ve offered.” Google goes onto explain just how their old index and Caffeine differ: Our old index had …