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Drew Bowling is a staff writer for WebProNews. He never met an all-you-can-eat buffet he didn't like. Twitter: @bentfortherent Google: +Drew Bowling
One Man’s Crusade Against Google Street View’s Payload Data Collection [Updated] One Man’s Crusade Against Google Street View’s Payload Data Collection [Updated]
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Nobody really knows what kind of information Google obtained when it was collecting payload data as its Street View car drove around the neighborhoods of the world sponging up personal information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. Speculation abounds about …

National Geographic to Tweet Reply to The Wow! Signal National Geographic to Tweet Reply to The Wow! Signal
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If you could say anything to extraterrestrials, do you think you could sum up your thoughts in 140 characters? To be so brief in a close encounter of the fifth kind, one would hope you could get your point across …

Bing Gets Yelp’s Help to Provide Better Local Search Content Bing Gets Yelp’s Help to Provide Better Local Search Content
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Bing’s stepping up its search game today by adding some heavy artillery thanks to Yelp. The two companies have announced an agreement in which Yelp’s archives of reviews, photos, and other details will be used to surface content to Bing …

Matt Cutts & Duane Forrester’s Lulz Over Bing’s Penguin “Update” Matt Cutts & Duane Forrester’s Lulz Over Bing’s Penguin “Update”

If you stopped by Bing’s homepage today, you probably noticed that their image changed from yesterday. That’s not really a significant change because Bing changes their image every day. However, one particular visitor to Bing’s homepage today couldn’t help but …

comScore Search Rankings: Yahoo Stops the Downward Spiral in May comScore Search Rankings: Yahoo Stops the Downward Spiral in May

comScore released its search engine rankings for the United States for May 2012 today and, as far as month-to-month changes go, very little has in fact changed among the market shares claimed by the top search sites. For once, that’s …

Skype’s New Conversation Ads Start Appearing Today Skype’s New Conversation Ads Start Appearing Today

Hopefully you remember the faces of the people you are close enough to Skype with. Why else would you Skype with someone in the first place, right? Well, remember those fellow Skype users’ faces well enough that you won’t forget …

Bing Improves Search Quality, Cleans Up Your Sloppy Search Terms Bing Improves Search Quality, Cleans Up Your Sloppy Search Terms

Maybe your fingers aren’t so graceful above a keyboard. Maybe you have trouble seeing the letters on the keys of the keyboard. Maybe you’re typing on a touchscreen. Maybe you have gigantism of the digits (which touchscreens can make anybody …

Google Maps-less iOS 6 Could Mean a Native Google Maps App for iOS Google Maps-less iOS 6 Could Mean a Native Google Maps App for iOS
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So Apple dumped Google Maps as the provider of geographical information for the Maps app on iOS 6, leaving Google to face a potentially sizable loss in its search traffic given there are 364 million iOS devices out there in …

Microsoft, Yahoo Selling Out Users’ Info to Political Campaigns Microsoft, Yahoo Selling Out Users’ Info to Political Campaigns

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to protecting your personal information from the jackals of the innernets, here, come have more to worry about: Microsoft and Yahoo are selling users’ personal data to political …

Amazon Prime to Offer Hundreds of Classic MGM Movies, TV Shows Amazon Prime to Offer Hundreds of Classic MGM Movies, TV Shows

Variety is the the spice of life, they say, and thanks to a new deal struck up with MGM Studios, Amazon Prime members will be enjoying that spice soon as the online company will now be providing members with more …

UK Privacy Agency Reopens Inquiry into Google Street View Spying UK Privacy Agency Reopens Inquiry into Google Street View Spying

Just when the fallout of the Google Street View spying fiasco appears to have subsided in the United States, evidence of Google having “deliberately captured” payload data from unsuspecting wi-fi users has prompted the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office to …

Bing UK Testing New Homepage Design, Cleaner Search Results Bing UK Testing New Homepage Design, Cleaner Search Results

Bing’s been pushing a lot of changes recently to its U.S. users, and now it seems that the search engine is beginning to share some of those changes with other parts of the world, beginning with its service in the …

35% of Internet Users Aren’t Sure How They’re Spending Their Time Online 35% of Internet Users Aren’t Sure How They’re Spending Their Time Online

Like all the other good, well-adjusted teenagers, the internet is learning to become a more social animal. With 8.38 billion webpages available for the 2.27 billion people online across the world, there’s a lot of different things you can do …

Bing’s Manuel Lima on Visualizing Information Networks Bing’s Manuel Lima on Visualizing Information Networks

Bing’s Senior UX Design Lead Manuel Lima gave a lecture towards the end of last year at the the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts about our need to reconsider the process of network visualization. In this age of …

Bing Adding Qwiki Presentations Among Blue Links Bing Adding Qwiki Presentations Among Blue Links

Before you go off clicking on any of the blue links listed in a page of search results, Bing really wants you to have a chance to know a little something about your topic of search before you go diving …

Duane Forrester’s How-To for New Bing Webmaster Tools Duane Forrester’s How-To for New Bing Webmaster Tools
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Last week, Bing announced its Phoenix update that includes an armada of new and updated utilities for Bing Webmaster Tools that should give webmasters whole new dimensions of search data to tinker around with and evaluate. While the Bing Team …

Windows 8: Microsoft Launches Advertising SDK Release Preview Windows 8: Microsoft Launches Advertising SDK Release Preview

Microsoft very much wants people to get a head start with getting familiar with its upcoming Windows 8 so that everybody hits the ground running when the operating system launches later this year. The company has been letting loose some …

Google Maps Updates Imagery for Assorted Places Google Maps Updates Imagery for Assorted Places
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Google Maps announced that several parts of the world will now have high-resolution satellite photos as well as a couple of places in the United States that got some high-resolution aerial updates. In fact, there’s so many updates to countries …

Bing Adds MLB Instant Answers to Search Results Bing Adds MLB Instant Answers to Search Results

On the heels of last week’s announcement that it would begin including answers from Encyclopedia Britannica among search results, Bing announced today that it’s got another timely offering of answers for this summer season. Now, when you search for a …

Internet Ad Revenue Pops Q1 Record with $8.4 Billion Internet Ad Revenue Pops Q1 Record with $8.4 Billion

The 2012 fiscal year is off to a good start for internet advertising as the first quarter welcomed a record-breaking $8.4 billion in revenue, more than any previous first quarter. The news comes by way of the semi-annual Internet Advertising …

Apple Dumps Google Maps with iOS 6; Nobody’s Surprised Apple Dumps Google Maps with iOS 6; Nobody’s Surprised
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If you’re a user of Apple’s mobile devices, you’re sure to notice a lot of new things if and when you decide to update the operating system to iOS 6, which was announced today at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. …

Siri Announced for New iPad with iOS 6 Siri Announced for New iPad with iOS 6

As expected, one of the perks that will be bundled up in the just-announced iOS 6 will be the inclusion of everybody’s favorite semi-sentient voice-commanded digital assistant, Siri, to the New iPad. Scott Forstall, speaking at Apple’s annual World Wide …

Apple Aperture’s “Game-Changing” Retina Support Apple Aperture’s “Game-Changing” Retina Support

Apple’s annual parade of dazzling new gadgetry, the World Wide Developers Conference, is upon us and one announcement that seems to have elated many Mac-using photographers is the update of Apple Aperture so that the photo-editing software can finally keep …

AOL’s Patch Set New Traffic, Revenue Record in May AOL’s Patch Set New Traffic, Revenue Record in May
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Despite a damaging report last month from a group of disgruntled investors that said AOL’s Patch was not a “viable business,” the service still had a good month in May as it set an all-time high for traffic and revenue. …