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Google's Search Plus Your World Peeps Into Your Life

Google announced several new features to its search service yesterday that leverage information from your Google+ social identity to deliver what it hopes will be more personalized and contextually accurate results. Google is calling it Search plus Your World: vocal opponents are calling it bull cheating.

A Week in Google: Search Tweaks, Cheap Tablets, Faster TV

This week in Google, the search engine gets some further refinements, and it's making moves on the tablet front while Google TV moves from Intel to ARM.

A Look Back at Google in 2011

Google fell under new management this year, and the shake up resulted in some heavy changes. A new idea of what legitimate content should look like, a social network that the company refuses to call a social network, and the loss of an experimental playground are just a few. In case you missed a beat, here's a look back at the highlights.  

Google Renews Firefox Partnership 3 More Years

Word came from Mozilla of a new revenue agreement between Google and Mozilla, makers of the Firefox Search engine. The announcement on the official Mozilla Blog called the deal a "new agreement for default search in Firefox," extending the search relationship with Google for three more years.   

In early December, the web was abuzz with word that the long-standing deal between Google and Mozilla (Firefox) had not been renewed. While the companies were in negotiation throughout November, the hour passed, and the default search engine relationship that started in 2006, practically the Stone Age in web chronology, was dead.

Atidan Releases SharePoint Document Search App for iPad, iPhone

The developer of the document search application for SharePoint, Atidan, is closing off the year by uniting two of the biggest-selling apps of the year through its own DocExplore application. As of today, iPad and iPhone users will be able to search documents stored in SharePoint using Atidan’s mobile app.

Atidan Releases SharePoint Document Search App for iPad, iPhone

The developer of the document search application for SharePoint, Atidan, is closing off the year by uniting two of the biggest-selling apps of the year through its own DocExplore application. As of today, iPad and iPhone users will be able to search documents stored in SharePoint using Atidan’s mobile app.

Security Drives Microsoft IE Automated Update Strategy

Calling it an important step in moving the Web forward, Microsoft announced plans to automatically upgrade all Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer, starting in January.  

With 40% market share, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) dominates both the worldwide and US browser markets, and the company wants to leverage that position to make the Web a safer place from the likes of malware and other malicious software.

SearchMetrics Added to Adobe Digital Marketing Suite

In a boost to Adobe's newest digital marketing initiatives, Searchmetrics announced its search and social analytics software can be turned on via the Genesis Wizard, in both Adobe SiteCatalyst and SearchCenter+, opening new levels of transparency to Organic and Paid Search on an international scale, from one underlying data set.  

It's a significant advancement that now allows e-marketers to simultaneously view and measure their organic and paid search campaigns, side-by-side. 

Xbox Update Adds Metro Interface, Cloud and Windows Phone App

xbox_logo.jpgSince the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, it has slowly evolved to keep up with the times -- a little Twitter, some Facebook and on-demand content. Now, it presages Windows 8 with a major update that adds a "Metro" interface and cloud support to become a pretty smart smart device.

Mobile Apps Now the Job Search Tool of Choice for Professionals

With the popularity of smartphones and tablets in both enterprise and consumer settings, mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices have become a big part in the professional's job search arsenal.

Bing Reveals the Most Searched For Terms in 2011

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Yes, its that time of year, when it seems like the only reason that search data is archived is to come up with cute little top 10 lists. First up is Microsoft, with its own search engine's guide to what was hot in 2011.

Google Updates iPad Search App, Sneaks Cloud Apps in the Native iOS Client

Google has released its updated search application for the iPad. At first, it looks innocent enough, but if you look more closely, it seems Google has managed to sneak in an entire set of Google services running within the native iPad application. Chrome OS on the iPad, anyone?

Microsoft Buys Search Technology to Enhance Xbox TV

Microsoft Corp. has announced the acquisition of California-based video discovery technology company VideoSurf Inc., which offers content analytics technology the company will use to boost its Xbox Live TV content services. VideoSurf was funded in part by former Vice President Al Gore.

Google to Re-target Content Farms? #PubCon

At the giant search and social media conference Pubcon in Las Vegas, Google’s top Spam cop Matt Cutts said in his talk the company is getting out the knife again.  He reported Google is looking to discern “…what are the things that really matter, how much content is above the fold.”

You may remember the last time Cutts’ team went after low-quality content was with its Panda algorithm, also known as Farmer, that targeted content farms gaining top search hits on “shallow” content.

Microsoft Bing Webmaster Tools Improve Overall Site Development

Most folks know that, if anything, Microsoft is great at iteration.  The company spends countless hours working and reworking until “best practices” are achieved and “best of breed” unfolds. The Bing team is following this model with a new set of web tools that go beyond the search engine itself, and help site owners find problems and improve their sites.

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