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A Week in Google: Google+ and Gmail Ties, Motion-Launched Apps, Affiliate Ads for Bloggers

Google, as ever, has been rolling out the changes across its range of products with more integration betweern Gmail and Google+ and many other additions. As we wait for the big Drive unveiling (will it be this week? Will it, will it?) we catch up on all the Googling fun that's gone in the past few days.

Driving Value with SharePoint Search

shutterstock_54303646.jpg In his Australian SharePoint Conference (#AUSPC) talk entitled “Driving Value with SharePoint Search: Working Smart, Not Hard” SharePoint MVP and founder of SharePoint Analyst HQ, Michal Pisarek talked about how to build out search to meet business needs and end user expectations for the platform.

Amazon Releases New Search-as-a-Service in the Cloud

amazon_aws_logo.jpgAmazon Web Services has released its cloud search offering, CloudSearch, which has been rumored for months. The new service is based on the same technology that powers product searches on Amazon is the first company to offer search-as-a-service, but something tells us the Internet giant’s competitors will soon be scrambling to keep up now that Amazon has entered the market.

The Best Way to Improve Business Performance

“Who’s the best pilot I ever saw? Well, uh, you're lookin' at 'im”
--Gordo Cooper, Astronaut, The Right Stuff

“What’s the best process improvement approach you’ve ever seen?”
I have answered that question differently over the span of my career and suspect you may have as well. In this article in my adaptive case management series, I reflect on the different business process improvement approaches and tools I have seen and share which one I think has the right stuff.

Yahoo Cans 2,000, Aims to be Leaner and More Innovative

yahoo_logo_2010.jpg As widely rumored, Yahoo has just announced 2,000 redundancies spread across many of its units, as the company aims to slim down, focus on core profitable areas and return to looking after users and advertisers.

Social Sharing In Shopping Demonstrates the Real Google-Facebook War

The formidable power of Facebook and the social revolution got a boost from a new online study that shows consumers find social sharing equivalent to Google search in helpfulness when looking for a product to buy. So says the Sociable Labs consumer research study Social Impact Study: How Consumers See It. 

Apple Integrates with Baidu iOS in China, Reduces Reliance on Google

Competition in the smartphone and tablet market is getting tougher between Apple and Google. Apple is reportedly reducing its dependence on Google in various online and mobile services, and with recent reports that Baidu will soon be a default search engine for iOS mobile devices in China, Google might just lose its already weak hold in this market.

Google Bringing More Relevance and Semantics to Search Results

google_search_button.jpg Despite the vast amounts of revenue generated from the service, Google's search service has remained relatively staid for users, bar the odd funky logo. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, it will soon be getting up to speed, offering direct answers to questions and more relevance via semantic searching.

Yahoo Sues Facebook Over Advertising, Search and Privacy Patents

facebook_logo_10.jpg In the last flailing act of a wounded beast, Yahoo won't do the decent thing and go quietly into the night, but will throw lawsuits at anyone it can claw some money from. The latest target is Facebook and the weapon of choice, some super-simple patents.

BrandYourself to Produce Better Google Search Results

brandyourself_logosmall.pngWhen you have a name like mine, Google searches can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. One false move on my part and it won’t be hard to hide from search results. Additionally, if you have a common name, it’s not always easy to ensure that potential employers, suitors or others likely to Google you are getting the results that represent you. Sure, you can try to boost or push down your own results, but it’s not always easy to figure out. Until now. Thanks to BrandYourself, users can optimize the links you want to push up in Google results for your name.

A Week in Google: Nexus Tablets, Our Wallet or Your App and Many Tweaks

Google is in the wars again this week, reinforcing use of its own Wallet product and banging heads with Apple. While on the desktop, it has been busy with the smaller changes, tweaking Gmail and Google+ a little more.

A Week in Google: EU Protests Over Privacy Changes, Google+ Buries Spam

As Google faces legal opposition over its new privacy policy in Europe, expect more long, drawn-out legal battles. Meanwhile, the company is clamping down on spam in Google+, as Chrome's browser share shrinks and Android 5.0 Jelly Bean moves closer to an unveiling.

How Location is Influencing Search Behavior [Infographic]

Graphs are so 1999. Today, it’s all about the infographic -- the busy composite images with lots of metrics that simultaneously cater to my ADD and lust of for semi-useful details. Local search provider, Localeze, has  published a new infographic that details the growth of local search.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Adobe, Alfresco, Hyland, IBM, OpenText and Radian6 (22-Feb-12)

If it's time for a change, we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our bi-weekly featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your job openings here).

A Week in Apple: The Chomp Purchase, Office on iOS, and iPad 3


This week, the Apple dragon woke from sleeping on its mountain of cash to pick up a search company, Chomp. That's likely as part of a revamp of iTunes as it prepares for its next generation of hardware launches, with more glimpses of components out in the wild.

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