Due to a new development, you may be able to either thank Google for getting China to censor less information, or blame the company for starting World War III. The reason: the White House has sided with Google in the free speech and hacking conflict that cropped up this week.
U.S. software retail sales fell slightly by just over 1 percent for the 2009 holiday season, according to The NPD Group.
Sales for the 5-week holiday period totaled $278 million dollars, up from the 13 percent decline during the 2008 holiday season.
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.