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Yahoo And Microsoft Make Small Search Gains
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Google continued its reign over the U.S. search market in August with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo with 17.4 percent (up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft with 11.1 percent (up 0.1 percentage points), according to the latest analysis from comScore.

 Ask saw no change month-over-month capturing 3.8 percent of the search market, followed by AOL, which also remained flat with 2.3 percent of the market.

Ask Unveils Q&A Platform to Get Users More Answers

A couple months back, Ask unveiled its new redesign with a heavy focus on Q&A (read our interview with Ask SVP of Product Management Tony Gentile here). Now, the company has launched a Q&A Partner Platform to help grow its community of people who can answer questions.

Meet the New Ask.com
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We’ve known that Ask has been working on a new version of Ask.com for months, but now it’s here. Ask is placing new emphasis on the Q&A side of search, and is injecting the Q&A experience directly into the main search experience, which is what SVP of Product Management Tony Gentile tells WebProNews, sets the new Ask apart from other Q&A sites.

Bing Captures Bigger Share Of U.S. Search Market
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Bing had the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month- over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market, according to the latest figures released by Hitwise.

Google accounted for 71.65 percent of the search market, but saw a one percent drop in growth month-over-month.  Yahoo’s search growth was flat, accounting for 14.37 percent of the market and Ask captured 2.19 percent of the search market, with 2 percent growth month-over-month.

 

Ask Jeeves Co-founder Takes Leadership Role at Interesting News Site

Ask Jeeves co-founder David Warthen has joined citizen journalism-meets-mainstream journalism site Allvoices as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for the technical direction of the company.

Dictionary.com Illustrates How Search is Becoming More Diversified
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Ask’s Dictionary.com has reached the 10 million download milestone for its mobile apps in just over a year. Dictionary.com gets about 50 million unique visitors a month between its site and its mobile apps.

The company’s new iPad app already has over 100,000 downloads to date. I spoke with Dictionary.com President Shravan Goli who expressed a great deal of excitement about the iPad and tablet-style devices in general.

Ex-Ask CEO Joins LinkedIn’s Board Of Directors

At least in terms of percentages, LinkedIn’s board of directors expanded by quite a bit today.  Indeed, it grew 25 percent thanks to the addition of Skip Battle, who served as the CEO of Ask.com between early 2001 and the middle of 2005.

Aardvark Already Part of Google, Answers will Show Up in Search
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Yesterday, news broke that Google was acquiring social Q&A site Aardvark for about $50 million. Aardvark sent its users an email today saying:

Dear friends,

Aardvark has just been acquired by Google!

Ask Says it Has a Head Start as Google Acquires Q&A Site
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Update: Ask.com-U.S. President Doug Leeds offered the following additional statement:

Bing And Ask Increase Search Share In January
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Bing saw the number of U.S. searches on its site increase 5 percent in January from December to 9.37 percent of the search market, according to a new report from Hitwise.

Ask also had a 4 percent increase in the number of searches from December to account for 2.64 percent of the search market.

Google still dominated with 71.49 percent of the search market but saw a month-over-month decline of 1 percent. Yahoo landed in the second position with 14.57 percent of the search market and also had a month-over-month decline of 2 percent.

Dictionary.com Gets New Leadership in Yahoo/Microsoft Vet

Ask’s Dictionary.com has appointed a new President – Shravan Goli. He replaces Doug Leeds, who was named President of Ask.com-U.S., in October.  Goli will report to Scott Garell, President of Ask Networks, and will be responsible for leading the strategy and overall business for Dictionary.com.

Google And Ask See Search Gains In November

Google’s share of the search market inched up by 1 percent in November accounting for 71.57 percent of all U.S. searches conducted during the month, according to Hitwise.

Yahoo trailed landing in the second position with 15.39 percent of the search share representing a 5 percent decline from October. Bing also saw a dip of 2 percent and ended up with 9.34 percent of the search market.

Ask saw its search share rise 1 percent to 2.65 percent in November.

How Important is Natural Language to the Future of Search?

Where Google is a search engine, and Bing is a "decision engine," Ask.com seeks to be an answer engine. Ask thinks the future of search is in questions and answers. This means, you should be able to ask a direct question and get a specific answer, rather than pages of results, which can lead you to finding the answer on your own.

Microsoft Tipped As Most Likely Ask.com Buyer

Since IAC/InterActiveCorp CEO Barry Diller indicated on Tuesday that he’s willing to sell Ask.com, the question on many people’s minds has been, "Who might buy it?"  And at this point, the most likely answer seems to be "Microsoft."

Google and Bing Increase Share of Enterprise Search Traffic
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iCrossing has shared the findings from its Enterprise Natural Search Share Index. This is a look at natural search traffic to enterprise level sites, based on a large sample of Fortune 1000 companies across all major verticals.

Ask.com Gets New U.S. Leadership

On Friday Ask.com announced that it has promoted Doug Leeds to President of Ask.com U.S. In addition, Tony Gentile has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Product Management.

Leeds has been with Ask Networks since early 2006, where he has held several different positions. Most recently, he has been President of the company’s Dictionary.com and Chief Operating officer of Ask Networks. Now as President, he will oversee the US business for Ask.com and lead the development, launch, and execution of Ask’s strategy in the U.S.

Hitwise Finds Bing Down By Five Percent
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Last week, StatCounter indicated that Bing had experienced its first bad month, losing market share between August and September.  Some people, perhaps understandably, had trouble accepting this.  But Hitwise has now provided its own figures, and they, too, show that Microsoft’s new offering hit a rough patch. 

Ask Continues Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts

Update: Ask has transormed its homepage into a Breast Cancer Memorial as the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived. The Ask.com homepage will continuously change throughout the day as tributes are added in honor of survivors, those living with breast cancer, and in memory of those lost to the disease.

Ask.com Stepping Up in Fight Against Breast Cancer

OAKLAND, Calif., September 14, 2009 — Ask.com, a leading search engine and operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced the launch of its Search for the Cure® program and charitable commitment to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Google Utilized to “Make History” for 9/11 Remembrance
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Google has been criticized by some in the past for not featuring 9/11 doodles on the home page on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Google is, however, pointing to a site from the company’s official blog, that invites people to "share their experiences of 9/11 and its aftermath in an effort to preserve the memories of that time."

Bing Sees Modest Search Gains In July
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Microsoft’s Bing managed to make a slight gain in July while Google and Yahoo saw miniscule declines in search, according to comScore.

Google led the U.S. search market in July with 64.7 percent of the searches conducted, followed by Yahoo (19.3%), and Bing (8.9%). Ask grabbed 3.9 percent of the search market, followed by AOL with 3.1 percent.