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Bing Gets Promoted to BlackBerry's Default Search Engine

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, made a surprise appearance at today's BlackBerry World conference in Orlando. Along with RIM president Mike Lazaridis, he announced that Microsoft is entering a partnership with RIM on BlackBerry smartphones, making Bing the default search engine and maps provider on all new devices. 


Google Begins Testing Voice Search on

Today it was confirmed that Google has begun tinkering around with an integration of voice search with the search engine. 

Hadoop Leaving Yahoo?

Is big data darling Hadoop about to pack up its bags and leave home? Rumors and commentary are spinning around the web and traditional media that Yahoo! Is considering spinning off the entire software unit. Although the software originated with Yahoo!, Cloudera (news, site) has emerged as a leader in the paid support and value-added products for the platform. If Yahoo creates a Hadoop startup, Cloudera and "Yahoo spinoff" would compete head-to-head.

yolink Brings Better Searching to WordPress

tigerlogic_logo.jpgTigerLogic Corporation makes no bones about the fact that the default search engine within WordPress sucks. yolink Search for WordPress, the company's latest cloud-based plugin, aims to remedy that problem. 

Optify Offers Next Generation Social Media Marketing Bundle

optify-logo.pngWith their eyes on next-generation SEO, Optify launched an enterprise oriented social media bundle that enables marketers to “act and track” their social efforts across Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

The Chicken or the Egg: Aka the Content Management System or the Portal?

Many software companies who provide both Content Management and Portal applications are merging the two technologies to provide a consolidated approach for presenting information to users. Historically, portal products have had some kind of content store embedded within them, but were never designed as enterprise level content management applications. Content Management applications which provided Web Content Management claimed to provide some Portal-like capabilities, but were never meant to be a true portal replacement.

In years past, there was a clear process for implementing the strategy: approach it from either the CMS first or Portal first position. Because of the strong inter-dependencies between the two technologies, administrators and developers are at odds over where to start. So which is the chicken and which is the egg? Which one comes first?


Google Quarterly Earnings + Bing Market Share Cause Concern

Google's new CEO Larry Page reported on the company's massive increase in expenses during the earnings call yesterday, causing one set of analysts to cheer for the sales growth while a second worried that this could be the beginning of a less financially-disciplined era for the Internet giant. The latter half expressed further concern at the rise of Microsoft's Bing search engine, whose market share numbers indicate possible usurpation of the search throne.

A Week in Google: The FISMA Battle Continues, Bing's Share Grows and Threatens

It's been a crazy week here in the Google world: Will the Internet giant win the FISMA battle against Microsoft? Maybe. Will Bing surpass Google search in 2012? Maybe. 

Tying Google Search into Nuxeo Enterprise CMS

nuxeo_logo_2009.jpg Open source enterprise content management (ECM) vendor Nuxeo announced the Nuxeo GSA Connector that enables Google Search Appliance to index and search content stored in the Nuxeo Document Management platform. Organizations using Nuxeo and Google’s search appliance can now have the ECM content in same search results as other content indexed by search appliance and actually get closer to living up to the “enterprise search” moniker.

Google Panda Update Rolls Out in the UK; Gainers, Losers Identified

Earlier this year, Google (news, site) started dealing with content spam and low-quality sites in its search results by crowdsourcing quality control and by updating its algorithm. Initially rolled out in the US, the algorithm update is now gradually being rolled out to Google data centers in the rest of the world, and search analysts are reporting how the new algorithm affects sites depending on type and content.

Next-Generation Enteprise Search Platform for All Kinds of Data

qsensei_logo.pngThe reinvention of the traditional search engine has kept many companies busy. And while consumer search engines such as Google and Bing may reign supreme, within the enterprise, search queries often require more substance and hearty discovery. Especially because the enterprise doesn’t always know what it knows, searching for information can be laborious, increasing the need for an enterprise search tool that can penetrate massive amounts of data.

Twitter Partners for Better Analytics, Improves Search

Twitter Partners for Better Analytics, Improves SearchTwitter (news, site) got plucky this week with both a partnership with Mediasift and a long awaited revamp to its search tool.

5 Ways to Get New Employees to Collaborate

We all know that collaboration plays an essential role in enabling employees and companies to reach goals and milestones, effect change and, in general, step up productivity levels. Yet despite this, collaboration doesn’t come naturally to all. It often takes companies years to establish a culture of collaboration within their organizations, which is often hampered by internal and external factors --choosing the wrong or unstable tool(s), having too many tools, lack of enforcement or leadership on use, tough learning curves and, not to be overlooked: The human factor.

Google's '+1' Makes Searching More Social

google_plusone_logosmall.jpgLurking in Google (news, site) Labs is a new feature that could simplify how search and social concepts coincide.

A Week in Google: Hate a Website? Block it

This week the Internet giant took customization a bit further by allowing consumers to block sites from their search results. Meanwhile, new organizational features were added to Gmail and Latitude got a very Foursquare-like enhancement. 

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