Search News Desk

Baidu, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009(1). "Our focus on execution drove another strong quarter for Baidu," said Robin Li, Baidu's chairman and CEO....
Yahoo’s revenues for the June quarter fell 13% year-over-year to $1.57 billion earning $141 million, up 8%, 10 cents a share, or 16 cents a share non-GAAP. The company, which took a $65 million restructuring charge, owes the earnings uptick to cost cuts.
AT&T Interactive and Yahoo! announced an agreement, under which AT&T’s advertising sales force of more than 5,000 will sell Yahoo! display inventory to local businesses across the United States. The collaboration adds Yahoo!’s display inventory to AT&T Interactive’s robust local online...
To use AdShuffle EasyPay, customers make a manual payment to verify their credit card in the AdShuffle EasyPay system, and then set up automated payments to maintain a positive account balance. Accounts are charged daily for impressions served. Once the account is established, customer...
A search and online advertising deal between Yahoo and Microsoft is imminent - unless of course it's blown off course again, according to Yahoo know-it-all All Things Digital, the Dow Jones blog. Under the circumstances blogger Kara Swisher isn't guaranteeing a deal will happen thou...
Social sites have grown significantly in recent months and years. Users are becoming more sophisticated in the way they interact with companies. In true Web 2.0 fashion the dialog between companies and users is becoming more frequent. Customers share their experience with their entire ...
Google CEO Eric Schmidt thinks we’re out of the woods of Armageddon and are now somewhere in the netherworld between stabilization and recovery. Large advertisers are coming back but he still calls the economic environment “weak.” He credited the company’s resilience for its performanc...
Covario announced a new, economics-based solution for managing online presence that challenges the traditional agency model. With its launch of D3 -- Data Driven Decisions for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Covario has identified an automation-driven solution that dramatically reduc...
Cisco has released the Cisco® 2009 Midyear Security Report, which shows that Internet criminals are increasingly operating like successful businesses, borrowing some of the best strategies from legitimate companies and forming partnerships with one another to help make their illegal a...
The commentariat seems to think that the reason Google suddenly rushed out its Chrome OS announcement is because Microsoft is going to step on Google Apps’ toes Monday July 13 when it will supposedly say something about the Office 2010 beta and at least demonstrate, if not release, its...
Google’s not the only one spouting the old Netscape line about the browser as platform or trying to evolve it into an operating system that can support an increasingly sophisticated web environment. Microsoft, which has yet to dignify word of Google’s proposed Chrome OS with a response...
Who knows if Google can transform its strengths in handling megatraffic into the ability to develop a mega-OS?

Google today is primarily an IT company. Yes, it is quite annoying
Recently Google announced that it is creating a Cloud OS called Google Chrome OS. They describe it as an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks and will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.
The shoe that Google’s been itching to drop – the one everybody knew was dangling – has finally dropped. Google said on a midnight blog post this morning that it’s going to develop a fast, lightweight, open source operating system based on its nine-month-old Chrome browser to compete a...
Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen, now about to turn a demographically middle-aged 38, has officially turned venture capitalist, a counter-culture move since the dot.com bust trashed the sport.
Last January I announced that the tagline of "Beta" for software and web development was approaching its last days as a marketing fad. In that post I stated the problem with the term "beta" with in a broader product release is that most users don't draw a distinction between a beta or ...
Leading UK registrar of domain names and web hosting, www.LCN.com announced today that it has extended its current domain registration discounted prices indefinitely. The price reduction applies to all domain registrations and renewals, resulting in savings of between 20 - 48 per cent ...
Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a quick comparison, so I will.
The Chinese government has come down like a ton of bricks on that American icon Google, basically branding it a smut merchant, ordering it to block links to foreign sites and apparently disabling – at least sporadically – Google Search, Google Apps, and Gmail if not all Google services...
The US Green Building Council sent a press release out today announcing that all buildings seeking LEED certification will be required to provide energy and water usage data on a recurring basis as a precondition to certification. The new requirements will be part of LEED v.3, which al...
Search Laboratory, a British outfit, is managing the multi-lingual pay-per-click side of a pre-packaged service designed to help UK SMEs boost their international trade. With partners Google, Royal Mail, HSBC and the Institute of Export, it’s providing a service called Export Box meant...
Bing hasn’t exactly broken Google’s stranglehold on search but Microsoft’s scores are inching up thanks to it. According to comScore, Microsoft captured all of 9.1% of U.S. Internet searches the week before Bing was released, 9.1% Bing’s first week out and 12.1% last week and its share...
It seems an age ago but remember back to last week when Google started a guerilla attack on Microsoft with a plug-in called Apps Sync for Outlook, which was supposed to let Google replace Exchange at the back end without it being the least bit obvious to Outlook users. Well, Microsoft’...
The CIA and its black ops buddies have bought into Lucid Imagination, the start-up commercializing the Apache Lucene and Solr search technologies. Lucid says search is big right now in spy circles, particularly a full-text search engine they can tinker with like Lucene. Nobody’s saying...
Solid Oak Software claims the Green Dam “censorware” that the Chinese government has ordered pre-installed on every PC sold in China starting July 1 contains programming code and proprietary encryption techniques from its anti-pornography CyberSitter package. In fact, it thinks that Gr...
The initial response to Bing, Microsoft’s new 10-day-old search engine, is favorable. According to comScore, Microsoft’s share of U.S. searches was up two points from 9.1% to 11.1% after a week and Microsoft’s penetration of daily searchers went from 13.8% to 15.5%. Now the trick is to...
Rather than try to get the throngs of immovable Outlook and Office users to switch to Gmail and Google Apps, it’s going after Exchange with a new Apps Sync for Outlook plug-in that lets Outlook messages, contacts and calendar appointments sync with the $50-a-seat Premier Edition of Goo...
Google has hauled out a next-generation yellow enterprise Search Appliance based as usual on a customized firewall-protected Dell PowerEdge rack server. The Linux-based widget is supposed to have a new architecture and new software as well as new hardware but is still years behind bein...
A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! ...
Criminals have created accounts in Twitter and published thousands of comments in them under the topic 'PhishTube Broadcast' to push them into the ranking of most popular topics. These comments contain links to a spoof Web page used to propagate the PrivacyCenter fake antivirus. This n...
Google, Yahoo, Apple and other big high-tech firms are under investigation by the Justice Department for “negotiating the recruiting and hiring of one another’s employees,” according to the Washington Post. That’s collusion and a nasty antitrust problem for them if true. The paper, whi...
Carabiner Communications, a public relations firm serving start-up and fast-growth technology companies, has made available a new white paper to help business-to-business (B2B) companies launch social media programs to connect with prospects and customers. Entitled "Social Media: How B...
I recently posted a discussion topic on a couple of marketing-focused groups on LinkedIn. It was suggested that I post the info on the blog so that it could be more easily shared with others who might not be on LinkedIn (but I invite you to join in the Idiomatic: Conversation Marketing...
Google has a new open communications and collaboration platform up its sleeve that the public won’t see for a few months called Google Wave. It combines features of e-mail, instant messaging and document sharing. Conversations, so to speak, wouldn’t be conversations any more; they’ll b...
There seems to be a Google Toolbar Pagerank update underway. Instead of the normal announcement, I thought I’d list what I think Google PR is actually good for because for most, it’s totally useless information. Oh, and of course, how to increase your PR if you won’t be persuaded other...
Microsoft did as expected and unwrapped its remade, rebranded search engine when CEO Steve Ballmer turned up for a chat with PC maven Wall Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference in California Thursday. Live is now Bing, the widgetry that was code named K...
By all accounts – including the Wall Street Journal – Microsoft’s fabled remake of its search engine is supposed to make its public debut at the Journal’s D7 coffee klatch next week in California. Code named Kumo, Japanese, we’ve been led to believe, for both spider and cloud, Microsof...
As consumers increasingly conduct mobile searches for maps and driving directions, YellowSpaces Inc., a local search engine focused on accurate searches, announced iLPS(TM) today -- a new local search application designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. iLPS gives users a hand-held Loca...
After a day of poking at the awesome WolframAlpha and watching some of the reactions around the Web, a major problem has emerged. WA is fantastic if it has what you're looking for. But if it doesn't, it looks like it's failed, as in: "What? It can't tell me how ...
Google went down for hours Thursday morning. It’s better now but people couldn’t get or could barely get search Gmail, Google Apps, Google News, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Analytics, heck, even google.com and YouTube. The latest message from Google was “The issue affecting some...