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Here’s What Yahoo Is Doing For Election-Related Searches Here’s What Yahoo Is Doing For Election-Related Searches
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Yahoo put out a blog post outlining the various things it is doing with its search results for election-related queries. If you search “2012 Presidential Polls,” Yahoo will show you the latest national poll numbers at any given time: If …

StumbleUpon Ditches Explore Box In Toolbar, Pushes Users To Site StumbleUpon Ditches Explore Box In Toolbar, Pushes Users To Site
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I pulled out the old trusty StumbleUpon toolbar this morning to use the Explore Box (the StumbleUpon version of search) to stumble through some topic which I’ve already forgotten, to find the Explore Box was not there. I asked a …

Find Your Voting Location on Google, Facebook Find Your Voting Location on Google, Facebook
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Tomorrow, November 6th, is election day in the U.S. If you haven’t already voted and need to know where you should vote tomorrow, both Google and Facebook have tools to make it incredibly easy. Google has provided a quick answer …

Should Google Use Link Disavow As A Ranking Signal? Should Google Use Link Disavow As A Ranking Signal?
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Last month, as you may know, Google introduced its Link Disavow tool, after dropping a hint that it would do so months prior. What we didn’t know until this past week, however, is that there is a possibility that Google …

Google Adds Amber Alerts to Mobile and Desktop Searches Google Adds Amber Alerts to Mobile and Desktop Searches

Google is taking Amber alert information provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and working it into their search results, the company said today. Now, Amber Alerts will appear in users’ search results when they search for …

Happy Halloween! Google Doodle Query Hides Halloween Easter Egg Happy Halloween! Google Doodle Query Hides Halloween Easter Egg
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As reported on Tuesday, Google is running an interactive Halloween doodle on its homepage. It hit the other side of the world first, as usual, and today, it’s live here in these parts. You can read more about the nature …

Can Bing Now Lure More Searches Away From Google? Can Bing Now Lure More Searches Away From Google?
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October has been a huge month for Microsoft, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the company’s new products and implementations inspire Bing use. Is Bing poised to make a bigger dent in Google’s share of the search …

Google Launches New Public Alerts (Early Thanks To Hurricane Sandy) Google Launches New Public Alerts (Early Thanks To Hurricane Sandy)
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Google announced that it has added Public Alerts to Google Search and Maps from the browser, Google Maps For Android and via Google Now for android devices running Jellybean. We talked about the Google Now feature (and other new Google …

Bob Ross Paints Happy Little Trees in Today’s Google Doodle Bob Ross Paints Happy Little Trees in Today’s Google Doodle
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Let’s see a show of hands – how many of you have spent at least one lazy Sunday afternoon sprawled out on your couch watching episode after episode of The Joy of Painting? Huh? More than once? I thought so. …

Bing Launches Its Own Elections Site Bing Launches Its Own Elections Site

Bing announced the launch of Bing Elections at Bing.com/elections. It includes “real-time” algorithmic news results from what Bing calls “key national, partisan and non-partisan sources.” It also features an interactive map with national, state and local election results from the …

Bing Shows Off Its Windows 8 Apps Bing Shows Off Its Windows 8 Apps
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Windows 8 is now upon us, and the third-party apps are coming out of the woodwork. Here, we looked at StumbleUpon’s Windows 8-specific experience, for example. Here’s a look at Google’s. Here’s Netflix. And Kindle. It’s not a third party, …

The Biggest Thing To Happen To Bing Since Bing? The Biggest Thing To Happen To Bing Since Bing?
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Microsoft has made an announcement about Bing that could potentially be very significant in helping the company’s search engine gain market share – the ability to search the web from Xbox via Internet Explorer. Here’s the thing: Xbox 360 sales …

Google News Gets Some Layout Adjustments Google News Gets Some Layout Adjustments

Google is rolling out some new features to Google News search, including click-to-expand news results clusters, more multimedia and some updates to the layout. “Last year we updated Google News to make it easier for you to scan for stories …

Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial

Last year, a company called Vringo sued Google over a couple of patents, and last week, the case began trial in Virginia. The patents are directly related to AdWords and AdSense, which are obviously vital to Google’s revenue. One patent …

Without Realtime Search, Google Risks Pushing News Seekers Away To Twitter Without Realtime Search, Google Risks Pushing News Seekers Away To Twitter
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Will Google ever restore its realtime search feature? Will Google and Twitter ever reach another agreement giving Google the access to Twitter’s firehose it needs to make the feature useful? Would the feature ever work without Twitter? These are questions …

Google Adds More Explanation To Knowledge Graph Results Google Adds More Explanation To Knowledge Graph Results
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Google has added explanations to the “People also search for” results that it shows as part of its Knowledge Graph on search results pages. You know, like when you search for “Herman Melville,” and see that “people also search for” …

Now You Can See 25 Million More Buildings On Google Maps Now You Can See 25 Million More Buildings On Google Maps

Google announced that it has expanded its coverage of building footprints in Google Maps, adding 25 million new ones on the desktop and mobile versions. This includes coverage in Houston, L.A., Chicago, Miamai and the San Francisco Bay Area. So …

Larry Page Talks Social Signals In Search Larry Page Talks Social Signals In Search

Google CEO Larry Page spoke this week at Zeitgeist Americas 2012. You can watch the whole video here. Towards the end of the nearly 40-minute talk, an audience member from the Google Science Fair asked him about social signals in …

Blekko Launches New Suite Of SEO Tools Blekko Launches New Suite Of SEO Tools
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Blekko announced the launch of a new suite of premium SEO tools today. The suite features a re-designed user interface, and a number of new features. The suite includes page analysis, SEO report cards, inbound links organized by categories, Blekko …

What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future
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As previously reported, Google has expanded its field trial for Gmail results on web search results pages. Now, it includes Google Drive and Google Content (though you have to actually sign up for the new field trial to get these …

DuckDuckGo Thinks You Don’t Want Personalized Search Results DuckDuckGo Thinks You Don’t Want Personalized Search Results
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DuckDuckGo is following Bing’s lead with a new ad telling you why its results are better than Google’s. Unlike Bing’s “Bing It On” campaign, however, DuckDuckGo isn’t pushing a blind taste test of side-by-side search results. They’re simply telling you …