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Google in Trouble (Again) over Autocomplete

Google in Trouble (Again) over Autocomplete

By Josh Wolford September 10, 2012

Google finds itself embroiled in another legal case stemming from their autocomplete feature in search. This time, it’s former German First Lady Bettina Wulff, who claims that Google has defamed her and “destroyed her reputation” with its instant search. Wullf, …

Google Instant Goes Mobile Globally

Google announced today that Google Instant for mobile is now available globally – in 28 languages and in 40 countries. You have to have an Android 2.2+ or iOS4 device to use it though. 

If you have one of these devices, you can simply go to google.com in your mobile browser, and it tap on the Google Instant link beneath the search box to enable it. This is somewhat interesting considering when Google Instant was first launched, you had to disable it if you didn’t want it, rather than enable it if you did want it. 

Google Instant Coming to Chrome

At a special event for Chrome today, Google announced that its browser is up to 120 million users, representing 300% growth since January of this year. 

Chrome Experiences 300% Growth This Year

Select Droid Devices Now Getting Google Instant Beta
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It appears as though a beta version of Google Instant has been spotted in the wild, according to Droid Life. If you have an Incredible, Droid, or Droid X chances are you now have the ability to use Google Instant.

Do you like Google Instant? Tell us your thoughts.

Yahoo: Our Version of Instant Too Early For its Time
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As we reported earlier, Yahoo has some new search features like slideshows above search results for topics on its Trending Now lists, an app for Netflix members to add DVDs to their queue directly from the search results page and shortcuts for entertainment related topics that include images, articles, videos, tweets, event listings and ratings. 

Google Adds Instant to More Search Types, Countries

Google announced some new features for Google Instant. They haven’t released it for the browser or for mobile yet, but they have added some desktop functionality. 

First off, they have added keyboard navigation, so you can use Google Instant without touching your mouse, should you choose to do so. The navigation lets you scroll through Google’s search suggestions to bring up more instant results. 

Microsoft Joins Yahoo In Criticizing Google Instant
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Many people laughed when Microsoft chose to call Bing a "decision engine," but the logic behind that name was apparent today when Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi spoke at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.  Mehdi indicated that he thinks Google Instant represents a step in the wrong direction.

Worried About Google Instant? Maybe You’re Worrying Too Much About Search
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The way people search is changing. That much is clear. Some of that is their own doing, and some of it is the doing of search engines. People are increasingly going to apps or social media for retrieving different types of information. Google recently released Google Instant and expects to change user behavior with it.

Site Compiles Google Instant Blacklist
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Last week, Danny Sullivan posted an article at Search Engine Land about the things Google Instant blacklists – the words you can type in the search box that won’t deliver Instant results, mainly due to potential offensiveness. 2600.com has taken things a step further, and is actually compiling what it is calling the Google Blacklist.

 

Yahoo Patents May Cover Google Instant
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No one’s launched a product or sent in the lawyers just yet, but it looks like Yahoo is on Google’s tail in terms of instant search and might trip up its rival with a legal objection.  Shashi Seth, Senior Vice President of Yahoo Search Products, has indicated that Google Instant infringes on perhaps five patents Yahoo holds.

Google Instant in the Browser Means Google Results ALL the Time
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When Google launched Google Instant last week, the company said it would come to mobile and the browser (search boxes and the Chrome Omni box) within the next few months. WebProNews asked Google about how the feature would translate to the browser.

“YouTube Instant” Creator May Soon Be Working for Google
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Google Talks Instant’s Effect on Web History
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As noted in an earlier article, Google Instant may log SERPs for unfinished queries in your browser’s history, if you pause for long enough, before completing your query. WebProNews asked Google about this. 

Does Google Instant Mark the End of SEO?
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A reporter (I believe she was from AdAge) attending Google’s Q&A about Google Instant pointed out that the new search feature tends to favor big brands. This isn’t really surprising, as it is these brands that are more likely to be searched for most often. After all, they’re big because people know them. 

Facebook Surpasses Google, Bing Had Instant Last Year
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One story that’s capturing a lot of attention today is Facebook surpassing Google in time spent on site in the U.S. Silicon Alley Insider has a chart illustrating as much.