Nielsen, Hitwise, and comScore are all in agreement, so onlookers can perhaps declare it official now: Google had a good December. comScore, the member of the trio that most recently released its search market data, didn’t put Google up by a whole lot, though, and unlike the other firms, saw Bing gain ground.
Google recently announced that it was launching a new feature for Google Docs, which would allow users to upload and store any kind of file. What may not have been clear, however, is that this new storage from Google isn’t limited to just Google Docs.
The company is saying that Gmail and Picasa storage can also be used. Google Docs Product Marketing Manager Peter Harbison writes:
Yahoo’s board of directors has gained another member. Sue James, who’s spent most of the past 35 years working for and with Ernst & Young, joined it earlier this week, and became Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee at the same time.
Update 3: Now the State Department is quoted as saying it will issue a formal "demarche" to the Chinese government. From the Register:
Google has introduced some new features for its recently launched Place Pages for local businesses. Most notably, businesses can now instantly (close anyway) post data to their Place Pages from Google’s Local Business Center dashboard. If you log in, you can post updates, coupons, announcements, etc. that will go live in minutes.
Yesterday, Nielsen reported that Google performed well in December, and today, Hitwise seconded the assessment. In fact, the two firms also agreed that both Yahoo and Bing lost market share, which has made Google’s lead all the more impressive.
Hitwise determined that Google controlled 71.57 percent of the search market in November. Its report concerning December pegs the search giant’s market share at 72.25 percent, and if you didn’t notice, that’s starting to put it pretty close to the 75 percent-mark.
comScore has released the top 15 ad networks based on their reach among U.S. Internet users in December 2009.
The ranking found AOL Advertising remains the top ad network, reaching 187 million U.S. Internet users, or 91 percent of the total audience, followed by the Yahoo Network (180.9 million) and the Google Ad Network (178.1 million).
The fastest growing ad network by audience reach among the top 15 was Microsoft Media Network, which grew 31 percent compared to a year ago, followed by Collective Network (up 22%) and Audience Science (up 16%).
Next week Yahoo will update its Sponsored Search product with two new features, which the company says will provide advertisers with more transparency into and control over their accounts. Yahoo’s Network Distribution feature will let advertisers run ads on Yahoo search pages, partners’ sites, or both. Those who run ads on Yahoo’s entire network, can also set different bids for Yahoo or its partners.
When Google made its big announcement about an attack originating from China, the company also mentioned that "at least twenty other large companies" had been affected. Now, it’s become almost certain that one of them was Adobe, and there are signs that Yahoo was another target.
Survivors of the earthquake in Haiti are going to receive help from Google in a big way. On a new Support Disaster Relief site, Google’s released satellite imagery of the destruction to spread awareness, created a list of relevant charities to encourage donations, and promised to contribute $1 million of its own money, as well.