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Google adds encrypted search option with SSL

May 22nd, 2010

Yesterday, Google announced a new feature for its world dominating popular search engine, SSL. By simply directing your web browser to https://www.google.com you can take advantage of a secure, fully encrypted web query. Here is what Google had to say about their latest beta feature: This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your …

Google gets its Bing on with site redesign

May 5th, 2010

If you logged into Google yesterday and thought for a brief moment you had been redirected to Bing, that’s because Google’s brand new search engine refresh has seriously cramped Microsoft’s style. In all seriousness and to be completely fair to Google, this design has been in beta for quite some time, but that doesn’t change …

Google jumps on the online bookstore bandwagon

May 4th, 2010

Following in the footsteps of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple, Google announced today that the search giant will be launching an online bookstore this summer. The bookstore will launch as Google Editions and will include a Google-managed online storefront as well as an affiliate program that will allow book retailers and independent shops to …

Google buys U.K. visual search startup Plink

April 12th, 2010

Plink, a U.K. based visual search company, has been acquired — for an undisclosed amount — by international search giant Google. The California based search provider took an interest in the small company last December when they won $100,000 in the Android Developer Challenge for their lone product PlinkArt. PlinkArt is an Android app that, …

Motorola to ditch Google and use Bing search and maps in China

March 11th, 2010

It’s no secret that Google and China aren’t exactly BFFs at the moment, but now Motorola has thrown its hat into the foray in a rather large way in order to protect its own interests and presumably make a nice bit of coin while doing so. As of this quarter, all of Motorola’s Android smartphones …

February search engine market share number are in, more of the same

March 10th, 2010

Today, ComScore released its search engine market share numbers for February 2010, and to be honest, there wasn’t much movement. Google and Bing both gained a little ground: Google’s market share rose 0.1 percentage point from 65.4% to 65.5% while Bing’s share gained 0.2% rising from 11.3% to 11.5%. Yahoo and Ask both gave up …

Microsoft and Yahoo search deal approved by the US and the EU

February 19th, 2010

Last July, Microsoft and Yahoo announced a search deal that would bring Bing to Yahoo, Yahoo to Bing, and place Yahoo in charge of the big advertisement deals for the two search engines. After simmering in the regulatory system for seven long months, the partnership has finally received approval from both the US and the …

Google Goggles searches by image, twists our tongues

December 7th, 2009

We’ve been dreaming about being able to take a picture of a place or thing, send it to Google and have the mother-of-all-search tell us what it is and where it is. And, it looks like that day has finally come with Google Goggles. With the new application for Android, you take a picture from …

Motorola DROID does Times Square on Black Friday

November 26th, 2009

As part of its “DROID Does” advertising campaign, Verizon Wireless is teaming up with Google, Reuters and R/GA to take over Times Square in a promotion to showcase Google Voice search and the Motorola DROID, just like we reported previously. If you are in Manhattan for the craziness called Black Friday, stroll on down to …

Google updates movie search for iPhone, WebOS, or Android-powered device

November 25th, 2009

iPhone, WebOS or Android owners have yet another alternative to find the hottest movies at local theaters while out and about. Point your web browser to the new mobile version of Google search for movies where you can search for movies, browse movies by categories, retrieve ratings and watch streaming trailers of the best that …