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Real-Time Search API Mania

Real-time search engine Collecta announced the release of its API today, meaning developers will be able to use it to pull real-time search results directly into their applications.

Who Can Take the Cake in Chrome Creativity?
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Update: Google says the Google Chome Icon Project is over now.

10 Days In Google Books Game Begins

Free stuff has a way of piquing people’s interest, and Google intends to capitalize on this fact with a new competition that is starting today.  10 Days in Google Books may drive use of the search giant’s literature-related service by putting Sony Readers on the line.

Bing Starts Summer Travel Photo Contest
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The photos that rotate through Bing’s homepage are, at least from an aesthetic standpoint (we mean no disrespect to the search engineers), one of the best things about the site; it’s always a pleasure to stop by and see some interesting scene.  And now artistic types are getting a chance to contribute thanks to the new Bing Photo Contest.

iPhone: Fun Facts and Apps of the Day
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As you are probably aware, Apple announced last week that the iPhone 3G S would go on sale this Friday. Phone recycler Gazelle tells WebProNews that 300 iPhones were traded into its site that day alone.

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Google Photography Prize Voting Begins

About one month ago, Google put out a call for students to submit photo collections.  Now, the Google Photography Prize contest is coming to a head as 36 groups of pictures have been made into iGoogle themes and voting has begun.

Yahoo Giving Out $20K in Search Marketing Credits
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Yahoo is launching a campaign with Bank of America this week, which a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews is essentially "a big online push for BofA to build visibility and facilitate dialogue in the small business community."

Yahoo’s Small Business Answers Center is designed for small business owners with "great ideas and good questions," who don’t always get credible answers.

eBay Challenges Sellers to Use Only eBay
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eBay aims to "spark the entrepreneurial spirit" among its sellers with today’s launch of the eBay Sellers Challenge. The challenge is for sellers to answer the question: "How would you use $25,000 go grow – or start – an eBay business?"

Google and the Guggenheim Host Architecture Competition

Google has teamed up with the Guggenheim Museum to create a design competition to design a "simple shelter for a specific geographic location anywhere in the world." Contestants will use Google’s SketchUp, Google earth, and Google 3D Warehouse to design, geo-locate, and upload their projects.

Google Offers Money, Fame To Young Artists
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Courtesy of Google, quite a few artistically inclined young people are going to have a great summer.  The search giant has announced a new phase in its annual Doodle 4 Google competition, and it’s also started a Google Photography Prize contest.

Google Needs A Couple Months to Heal the World
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Back in September, Google made an announcement that seemed to reflect it’s policy of not doing evil quite well. As a celebration of Google’s ten-year anniversary, the company announced "Project 10100" or "10 to the 100th," which is a contest where the prize is you get to help people all over the world.

eBay Attracts More Complaints
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eBay is certainly no stranger to controversy. They even catch hell when they’re giving away items (well technically, they’re charging a buck….for things like sports cars, jet skis, etc.). The auction site is hosting a contest called "Holiday Doorbusters," which is basically summed up here:

Google Wants to Make the World a Better Place
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Google has always had the policy of not doing evil. This is a policy that critics of the company love to cite when they don’t approve of something Google’s up to. It goes without saying though, that Google’s 10th anniversary project, titled "Project 10100" or "10 to the 100th" is definitely the opposite of evil.

YouTube Comedy Contest Announced
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As everyone who’s watched "The Boondock Saints" can appreciate, it’s hard to be funny on demand.  YouTube isn’t so much demanding humor as offering users the opportunity to provide it, however, and although the deadline of a just-announced contest isn’t too far off, the winner will get $25,000 for his (or her) trouble.YouTube Comedy Contest Announced

U.S. Doodle 4 Google Contest Begins
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First off: this contest is for kids.  But if you’re an adult with a kid, keep reading, because the winning child will receive a $10,000 college scholarship.  Now, pray that you’ve done enough to encourage the kid’s artistic abilities, because the contest involves creating a Google Doodle.

A Hundred Grand for Building a Search Engine

Singapore has launched a contest for developing a next-generation multi-media online search engine.

The contest has allowed for eight months time to build the engine and the reward is a 100,000 US dollar cash prize, as has been reported at Physorg.

Google Goes to U.N. Climate Conference
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The U.N. has brought representatives from 190 nations to Bali, Indonesia to discuss climate change.  Want to guess what search engine giant is present, as well?  That’s right – Google.

Google Expands Contests to Pre-College Kids

Building on the success of the Summer of Code Contests, Google has expanded the contests to now include the pre-College community.

The contest is open to students age 13 and older who have not yet begun university studies, and contestants will be able to claim tasks until 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 22, 2008.

We hope that students who participate will be long-term contributors to these and other open source projects in the future, and we look forward to announcing the grand-prize winners on February 11.

U.N. Behind “Hunger Bytes” YouTube Contest

The competition has a slightly goofy name – “Hunger Bytes” – and a strange logo – a globe with two pointy teeth.  But this YouTube-centric contest is for a good cause, and it’s backed by the United Nations World Food Program.

YouTube, HP Sponsor Film Contest

When “On the Lot” ended, the winning director was ushered into DreamWorks by Steven Spielberg.  YouTube’s Project Direct can’t offer quite so admirable a prize, but participants will still be able to gain some great exposure.

Google Backs High Stakes Bicycle Contest

A new contest gives participants two choices, and the second option is “die.”  I guess Google, which is involved in the competition, really wants people to innovate.