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Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report] Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report]

Priceline announced in November that it had signed an agreement to acquire Kayak in a deal valued at $1.8 billion ($40 per share of Kayak). Priceline would pay about $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and assumed …

Google Is Letting Anonymous Users Review Businesses Google Is Letting Anonymous Users Review Businesses
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Online reviews are a hot button issue right now, particularly as one case involving Yelp reviews has attracted some media attention. You can read about that here. Basically, a woman was sued for defaming remarks, as she claimed in reviews …

Bing Tests Weird Competitor Links Under Google Search Result Bing Tests Weird Competitor Links Under Google Search Result
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Well, this is interesting. Bing ran a test, placing links to Facebook, Craigslist and eBay underneath its result for google.com when the user searched “google”. Matt McGee at Search Engine Land noticed what he thought was a bug, until he …

Has The Knowledge Graph Made Google Better At Search? Has The Knowledge Graph Made Google Better At Search?
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Sometimes Google’s Knowledge Graph is inaccurate. Google knows it’s not perfect, and provides a “feedback/more info” link at the bottom of Knowledge Graph results, which you can click to let Google know what it has wrong, if you believe there …

Facebook Dominates U.S. Desktop Searches In 2012 Facebook Dominates U.S. Desktop Searches In 2012

Experian Marketing Services released some findings about search trends in the U.S. for the year. The firm finds that Facebook was the top search term for the fourth year, accounting for 4.13% of all searches (up 33% from 2011). The …

New Path Search Lets You Explore Your History On Facebook, Instagram And Foursquare New Path Search Lets You Explore Your History On Facebook, Instagram And Foursquare
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Path has launched a new search feature for iOS and Android, and it’s already getting a lot of buzz. But then again, so did Path itself. The feature is part of the latest update to the app – 2.9. “Search …

Can Google Predict The Winner Of The Console War Before It Even Happens?

At some point next year, Microsoft is going to release its new game console. Soon after, Sony will release the next PlayStation. These two systems will be competing once again to control your living room. Who’s going to win? A …

Blekko Makes “Donation” Of Search Data To Common Crawl Blekko Makes “Donation” Of Search Data To Common Crawl

Alternative search engine blekko announced today that it is “donating” 22 billion pages’ metadata to Common Crawl, a non-profit foundation, which maintains an open crawl of the web for access and analysis by anyone who cares. “The holiday season is …

Google Has Decorations For Real Holidays Google Has Decorations For Real Holidays

Last week, Google’s Festivus search results easter egg was revealed. If you type in “festivus,” Google will display the famous Festivus Pole, as described in a classic episode of Seinfeld. Now, Google has decorations for actual holidays like Christmas, Kwanzaa, …

Google No Longer Allows You to Disable SafeSearch, and That Makes Google Search Worse Google No Longer Allows You to Disable SafeSearch, and That Makes Google Search Worse
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UPDATE: Google SafeSearch Changes Hit the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and More Google has just made their Image search worse in an effort to protect your virgin eyes. If you’re in the U.S. and trying to search for boobs on …

Bing Updates Social Sidebar On iPad Bing Updates Social Sidebar On iPad
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Bing has been tweaking its search results interface for the past week or so. First, they added people and places information to the middle column (Snapshot). After that, they launched a redesign of the social sidebar. Today, Bing has updated …

Yahoo Has A New Search Deal With AVG Yahoo Has A New Search Deal With AVG
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Antivirus maker AVG announced on Thursday that it has formed a new Search and Distribution relationship with Yahoo. AVG’s Secure Search offering is now powered by Yahoo. This is interesting, considering that Yahoo’s own search is powered by Bing. AVG …

Twitter Adds Trend Matching, Negative Keyword Targeting to Promoted Tweets in Search Campaigns Twitter Adds Trend Matching, Negative Keyword Targeting to Promoted Tweets in Search Campaigns

Twitter has just unveiled some new options for advertisers who use Promoted Tweets inside search results which allow them to both manually and automatically improve their campaigns across the platform. First up, Twitter has added new manual features for negative …

Google Is Testing A New Flight Explorer Tool Google Is Testing A New Flight Explorer Tool

Google may soon have another weapon in its travel search arsenal. While only in testing stage right now, the company has a new tool out called Flight Explorer. You can access it at google.com/flights/explorer. TheNextWeb appears to have spotted the …

U.S. November Search Engine Rankings: Google And Microsoft Up, Yahoo Down U.S. November Search Engine Rankings: Google And Microsoft Up, Yahoo Down

comScore has put out its monthly search engine rankings for the United States, looking at the month of November. Google sites made up 67% of explicit core search queries conducted, up 0.1% from October, according to the firm. Explicit core …

Chrome To Get Even More Search-Friendly Chrome To Get Even More Search-Friendly
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One of the best parts about Chrome has always been the omnibox, and the ease with which searching the web is compared to browsers that came before it (though some have caught up in this regard now). Google has made …

Google On Reconsideration Requests: Tell Us About The Link Network Or The SEO Google On Reconsideration Requests: Tell Us About The Link Network Or The SEO
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Google put out a new Webmaster Help video today. This time Matt Cutts talks about what to include in a reconsideration request, which you may have to submit if Google has caught you violating its quality guidelines. “The goal of …

Facebook Privacy Changes: Here’s the Rundown Facebook Privacy Changes: Here’s the Rundown
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Facebook is announcing a handful of privacy-related changes today; a couple that make it simpler for users to access and change their personal settings and another that may make a small percentage of the user base upset (what’s new, right?). …

Google Shopping Service Will No Longer Be Available In China Google Shopping Service Will No Longer Be Available In China

Google is shutting down its shopping search offering in China, effective today. The announcement came in a blog post from the company. Here’s the post (via TechCrunch) from Google vice president of product Sameer Samat (as translated by Google Translate): …

Google Results Estimates Are Only Accurate To About 3 Digits Google Results Estimates Are Only Accurate To About 3 Digits
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Google put out a new Webmaster Help video responding to a user-submitted question about Google’s estimated numbers for results on queries. The specific question was: How reliable is the site: query and why does the total count sometimes change from …

Google Adds Interactive Places “Carousel” to iPad Search Results Google Adds Interactive Places “Carousel” to iPad Search Results

Google has just launched an update for iPad users that makes places searches more “interactive.” Mainly, Google has added a new scrolling results bar that when clicked, displays expandable place cards for whatever location you’re interested in – restaurants, bars, …