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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.

Google Extends +1 Button Functionality to Websites

Buttons, buttons everywhere! Just a day after news of Twitter's Follow button broke, Google's announced that the +1 button will be available on partner websites. 

China's Baidu, Microsoft to Challenge Google Outside of China

Baidu LogoBaidu (news, site) has the biggest search market share in China. With Baidu currently working out a strategic search partnership with Microsoft, the company is reportedly challenging Google's search dominance elsewhere.

This Week: The Value of Social Business + 5 Alternatives to Skype

In the news this week Aquia released the latest version of their social business platform, Drupal Commons 1.6, KnowledgeTree took on Box.net for mobile document management and Web CMS provider MODx offered up MODx Revolution 2.1.

The Lucene Revolution event took place in San Francisco and our own Josette Rigsby spent time on the conference floor talking to attendees about enterprise search and the new Lucene/Solr certification.

As a close out to our focus on enterprise information management (EIM) we addressed the "enterprise" in enterprise content management, discussed the value of social business and publicly pondered what is more important - employee or customer communities.

And finally for those of you still worried about Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, may we suggest five great alternatives to Skype.

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Lucene Revolution Attendees Find More Uses for Search on Day Two #lucenerev

lucidLogosmall.png Day two has wrapped-up here in San Francisco at Lucid Imagination's (news, site) Lucene Revolution event. I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many computational linguists in a single location. Before lunch, Lucid Imagination managed to squeeze in eight sessions, a panel and a keynote address -- all about search. Didn’t know there was that much to discuss? Maybe you should consider attending next year.

Lucene Revolution Day 2: It's About All Data, Big & Small #lucenerev

Today is day two of Lucid Imagination’s (news, site) two-day conference, Lucene Revolution in San Francisco. Lucid Imagination, provider of commercial products and services for Apache Lucene and Solar, has managed to attract nearly 500 participants from all over the globe to learn, review case studies and network with their peers about the widely used open source search solution. The second day kicked off with a discussion of extracting value from data big and small.

Lucene Revolution Day 1: Searching for the Value of Certification #lucenerev

lucidLogosmall.pngDay one of Lucid Imagination’s (news, site) 2011 Lucene Revolution has concluded. Lucene Revolution is the only conference dedicated to the popular Apache Lucene/Solr projects. This is the second year the conference takes place in the U.S., and interest in attending the open-source enterprise search fest continues to grow -- like the data it interrogates.

Russia Search Giant Yandex Goes Public; Raises US$ 1.3 Billion

Yandex Logo.pngRussia's leading search company -- and the world's seventh-biggest search engine -- has recently completed its initial public offering, opening at higher-than-expected US$ 25 per share and raising US$ 1.3 billion in the process.

Google to Power Product Search with Sparkbuy Acquisition

Google has acquired a six-month-old electronics price comparison website called sparkbuy (news, site).

Moxie Designs Enterprise Collaboration Software for the Way Employee Work

Moxie Designs Enterprise Collaboration Software for the Way Employee WorkMoxie Software (news, site) is a relative newcomer to the social business software market compared to many other similar platforms. With its latest update today, it continues its focus on rich functionality designed for the way people work. Let's have a look.

Google Rolls Out Social Search to More Languages, Locales

Google (news, site) is fiercely protective of its search business. While Facebook, with its social media supremacy, perpetually looms over the horizon as a potential arch-nemesis, Google is continuing to add features that make search more social. The big G has just rolled out social search to more languages and locales.

Yahoo Bets $28 Million at 5:1 for More Relevant Ads

yahoo_logo_2010.jpgAdvertising platform 5:1 has been snapped up by Yahoo (news, site) to help focus on premium accounts and work with leading partners.

Bing One Ups Google with Facebook Integration

Microsoft's alliance with Facebook seems to have one endgame: Beat Google. The latest effort, announced late yesterday, ties Bing search results to the Facebook social graph.

Lucid Offers Lucene Certification

lucid_imagination_logo.jpgDevelopers seeking to demonstrate their mad skills in Apache Solr/Lucene (news, site) Search now have something new to do other than stay up at night playing first person shooters on XBox 360. Lucid Imagination (news, site) is offering the first Lucene certification -- and it's free for a few Lucene Revolution attendees.

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