Google Getting Rid of Old Version of AdSense for Search

Google is retiring the old version of AdSense for Search and telling users to switch to the new version powered by Google Custom Search, which has been offered for a while.

If you see "powered by Google" on the logo on the search results page, then you’re using the old one. In a post on Google’s Inside AdSense blog, Katrina Kurnit writes:

Barnes & Noble Uses its Brick & Mortar Advantage Against Amazon’s Kindle

The e-book/e-reader wars are really heating up. Amazon has plenty of good news to share around its Kindle device. Now Barnes & Noble is talking about a major push to increase Nook sales.

ApartmentGuide Adds Search Tab To Its Facebook Page

ApartmentGuide.com has introduced a search tab on its Facebook page.

To find an apartment, visitors to ApartmentGuide’s Facebook page can click on the search tab and enter the city, state or zip code. Price range and number of bedrooms is also an option to narrow the search. Users are offered apartment listings that match search criteria on the Facebook page.

Rumors Slate Facebook IPO For 2012

Individuals who want to invest in Facebook probably won’t have an opportunity to do so for well over a year.  A new, somewhat credible report indicates that the company won’t go public until sometime in 2012.

Is Google to Blame for Its Own News Pollution?

Search Engine Land Editor-in-Chief Danny Sullivan points out how poorly Google handles those gaming Google News, using Google Trends as a starting point.

Do you find Google News to be too heavily polluted? Share your thoughts.

Report: Google Has Twice the Malware of Bing, Yahoo, and Twitter Put Together

According to a report released by Barracuda Labs, Google has twice as much malware than Bing, Yahoo, and Twitter put together. The study was conducted across these web properties over a two-month period.

Microsoft Will Have Answers to the iPad. Will They Be the Right Answers?

Microsoft feels threatened by the iPad. That was made clear by the words of CEO Steve Ballmer at Microsoft’s financial analysts meeting. Microsoft intends to come out swinging with Windows-based iPad rivals. It’s just a matter of when, and if customers will have anywhere near the same enthusiasm they have had for the ipad.

Google Focusing On Check-In Services with Google Places API

Google is placing a great deal of emphasis on check-in services, with regards to Google Places. This could mean some interesting things for businesses.

Worldwide Mobile Phone Demand Gains Significantly (Not Just Smartphones)

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker study, which finds a 14.5% increase in mobile phone demand, as the market fragments.

Redbox Now Offering $1.50 Blu-ray Rentals

Coinstar’s Redbox announced today that it is has started rolling out Blu-ray rentals. The company says titles will be available at 13,300 kiosks nationwide.