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Google's Page Speed Service Raises Concerns Among Webmasters

Google (news, site) recently unveiled its Page Optimization Service, promising anywhere from 20% to 65% page speed improvement. Currently on a free, limited trial, the service supposedly improves page delivery and loading time by distributing the load across Google servers worldwide. But at what cost?

Open-Source Options for Faceted Search, for the Budget Conscious User

Faceted search, or guided navigation, has become the de facto standard for e-commerce and product-related websites. And e-commerce sites aren’t the only ones joining the club: other content-heavy sites such as media publishers, libraries and non-profits are tapping into faces to create an optimal search experience. Faceted search is also hitting its stride behind the firewall, being found in intranets and enterprise search applications.

But what do you do when you don’t have the budget to get one of those fancy commercial search applications from the large specialized vendors, like Endeca or FAST?
 

Ektron 8.5 Enterprise Ready: New Architecture, Search & a Refined Interface

ektron_logo_2011.jpgBoth Forrester and Gartner have recognized Web CMS vendor Ektron in their respective Web Content Management reports, and both have said that Ektron still needs to prove itself enterprise ready. Today, that's what Ektron is doing with the announcement of release candidate Ektron 8.5. There are a number of major changes in this version, is it enough?

Microsoft Joins the Record-Profits Crowd on Office/Enterprise Strength

Microsoft Joins the Record-Profits Crowd on Office/Enterprise StrengthMicrosoft (news, site) joins Apple and Intel in the record figures groove as gaming and big-business purchases push the company onward.

Google Announces 36% Jump in Quarterly Profits

Amidst controversy such as privacy concerns and a Federal Trade Commission investigation, Google announced its second-quarter earnings, including record revenue that increased its stock price by more than 10% overnight.

Bing to Service English-Language Search in China; Lost Opportunity for Google?

Search is big business in China, with a 470 million-strong Internet userbase. While Google has shied away from servicing China due to strict censoring laws, Microsoft (news, site) has found a partner in the country's biggest search company, Baidu (news, site).

Telerik Expands Developer Toolset, Adds New Support for Windows Phone 7

telerikLogo-websmaller.jpgTelerik (news, site) releases its latest update to its developer productivity tools portfolio concentrating its focus on the latest technologies, including support for Windows Phone 7.

Vivvo Web CMS: Focuses on Stability in Version 4.6, Offers 3 New Free Plug-ins

Vivvo (news, site) has announced the latest version of its web content management system. Version 4.6 is focuses on resolving some big bugs and adding a few enhancements.

TERMINALFOUR SiteManager 7.1: Improved Mobile, Search Integration & Automated Migration from other Web CMS

TERMINALFOUR SiteManager 7.1: Improved Mobile, Search Integration &  Automated Migration from other Web CMSTERMINALFOUR (news, site) released SiteManager 7.1 today with an eye to getting more companies out of their current web content management system and into t4's. But that's not all that's new in this latest release.

Google Hit With Antitrust Investigation by FTC, States, But is Microsoft Behind It?

In an investigation that could hypothetically break up the search behemoth, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as a number of states and the European Union, are examining Google for anti-competitive practices. But is rival Microsoft behind some of the actions?

Twitter Partners With Yahoo! Japan for Real-Time Search; Preemptive Strike Against Asian Microblogs?

Twitter Partners With Yahoo! Japan for Real-Time Search; Preemptive Strike Against Asian Microblogs?Twitter (news, site) is aggressively expanding into the Japanese market, in particular partnering with mobile networks and portals in the country. Twitter's latest partnership involves adding live feeds in Yahoo! Japan search results. Is Twitter doing this as a means to expand into Asian territories just as certain Asian microblogging services are planning a coup in the English-language market?

Analytics & Monitoring Key to Effective Enterprise Search

Organizations are investing heavily in enterprise search and information accessibility, but a surprising number have no understanding of their users’ search behavior. We recently sat down with Otis Gospodnetić, founder of Sematext (newssite) and co-author of the book Lucene in Action. Otis shared some key lessons learned via the emerging discipline of Search Analtyics.

Optify's Advanced Keyword Reports Kick SEO into High Gear

Optify's Advanced Keyword Reports Kick SEO into High Gear Optify (news, site) kicked out a new set of advanced keyword reports for SEO at the Search Marketing Expo Advanced conference in Seattle this week.

A Week in Google: Pushing Buttons & Playing Nice with Yahoo and Microsoft

Facebook's 'Like' button has had a good solo run across the Web, but this week Google provided some company with the general release of +1. Meanwhile, the Internet giant and China are once again at odds, and a geeky trio of unlikely partners was formed for the greater good of microdata. 

Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Sitting in a Tree, Standardizing Microdata

It seems that even giants like Microsoft, Google and Yahoo can get over their differences when it's mutually beneficial. The trio collectively announced that they will be partnering under the schema.org banner, a resource designed to standardize microdata.

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