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Search Engines, Technology, and Business

The World Wide Web brings much of the world's knowledge into the reach of nearly everyone with a computer and an internet connection. The availability of huge quantities of information at our fingertips is transforming government, business, and many other aspects of society. Topics include search advertising and auctions, search and privacy, search ranking, internationalization, anti-spam efforts, local search, peer-to-peer search, and search of blogs and online communities.
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Jean Richard, March 22, 2012

Is Apple Planning To Launch A New Global Search Engine?

On the 23rd of February, Techcrunch followed by the Financial Times reported that Apple had paid $50 million to acquire a start-up called “Chomp”. Chomp is an app search engine where you can find apps using keyword search. Intriguingly, it covers both iPhone and iPad along with Android. The team which created Chomp is already working at Apple on the company’s plan to replace the current “App Stores” with Chomp or a version of it.

For “apps” read “websites” and for listings read “rankings”, this is big world search and its happening all over again. The app world is now bigger than Google was in the year 2000 when Google had indexed one billion pages — since an app typically has several “pages”.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/feeds/apple-acquires-chomp-co-founded-by-woman-in-tech-cathy-edwards/4658

http://youtube.com/watch?v=YfQujqCDP9o
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Ricky Burkhardt, March 16, 2012

SXSW: Rovio Exec Explains Why Space Is Not The Final Frontier For Angry Birds

Rovio Entertainment debuted its new Angry Birds Space game, which adds zero-gravity and other cool new gameplay features to the already addictive casual gaming experience. Nice Q&A with the Rovio’s founder…

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngaudiosi/2012/03/15/sxsw-rovio-exec-explains-why-space-is-not-the-final-frontier-for-angry-birds/

http://youtube.com/watch?v=O2GNb4ofDJM&feature=player_embedded
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Dan Thompson, March 15, 2012

Google is preparing to overhaul its search engine—

Google is about to start using semantic search techniques to produce search results. The “new Google search engine” will add Wolfram Alpha like results, suggesting that soon it might return just one answer to certain queries, rather than a list of links.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/15/google-plans-major-overhaul-to-search-engine/

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZPRrTAW7PEQ
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  • Anthony Cortes Anthony Cortes May 16, 2013
    I've always loved how Google replies immediately when you do something like translate in the search bar. It's nice to see that they are finally taking that to a new level.

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Mercedes Domingues, March 9, 2012

How Much is Google Paying Apple To Be The Search Engine On iPhone, iPad, And Elsewhere?
$1 billion.

Schachter believes Google searches on Apple devices resulted in $1.3 billion in gross revenue. He believes Google has a 75% traffic acquisition cost associated with that revenue. As a result, Google only gets $335 million in net revenue from searches on iOS and Safari.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-google-pays-apple-for-search-on-the-iphone-2012-3
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Dan Thompson, Feb. 24, 2012

Apple Acquires Chomp, App Search Engine Startup Co-Founded By CTO Cathy Edwards, For $50 Million

Chomp was co-founded by Cathy Edwards. She is the CTO of Chomp. Congrats to Cathy Edwards and the entire Chomp team!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=szJJ62YsO6o
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Wendy Bachman, Feb. 20, 2012

Google’s creepy invasion of privacy:

The search engine giant owes the public an apology for secretly tracking the browsing habits of Apple customers.

The search engine giant and some advertising agencies used a secret code to track the Web habits of users of Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones and computers by bypassing its privacy settings, the newspaper reported. Safari, the most popular program for mobile surfing, is designed to block such tracking by default.

Google stopped the tracking when questioned about the practice by the Wall Street Journal.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vXctexLdcts&feature=player_embedded
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Jean Richard, Feb. 17, 2012

Apple blesses Twitter as the social network of Mountain Lion, shuns Facebook -

The apple of Apple’s eye, Twitter, will soon be the default social graph and social network for all iOS and Mac devices, as Facebook once again gets the shaft.

Apple has integrated Twitter into OS X Mountain Lion, the next-generation operating system for Macs announced Thursday and slated for summer release.

http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/16/twitter-mountain-lion/

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VKvqSUknuRU&feature=player_embedded
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Dan Thompson, Feb. 14, 2012

Social Search Engine Volunia Faces The Critics:

The two primary criticisms leveled against Volunia by users have been regarding disappointing search results and from a poor user interface.

I checked Volunia out last week and found it a bit confusing. I hope they figure things out before they run out of cash!

http://searchengineland.com/social-search-engine-volunia-faces-the-critics-111418

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DqcBFRA9e_Q
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  • Mauro De Giorgi Mauro De Giorgi Feb. 14, 2012
    I received an email that now I'm a Power User, but they never sent the password :D

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Wendy Bachman, Feb. 8, 2012

OPINION: Is Pinterest just a beautiful but sad fantasy land?

I’ve found that some part of my time on Pinterest is just spent looking at the lovely lives of others and re-pinning, re-pinning and re-pinning. Whether it’s things I wish I was eating or places I wish I was or people I wish I looked like or a bag I wish I could afford.

http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2012/02/is_pinterest_just_a_big_sad_fantasy_land.html

Although 90% of my time on Pinterest is productive and about collecting together images I need to refer to in the future (like a gadget I want to write about for Shiny, a recipe I want to cook or a place I want to visit in summer), others were pinned in a dreamy daze and I know I’m not the only one who’s done that in the past few weeks, even if none of you are willing to admit it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jmJIph56Pxs
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Dan Thompson, Feb. 6, 2012

Torrent search engine BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

Torrent search engine BTjunkie is the latest file-sharing service to fall on its sword in the wake of the Megaupload sting. Junkie, one of the largest BitTorrent indexes, decided to shut down voluntarily.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/torrent-search-engine-btjunkie-voluntarily-shuts-down.ars

A statement on the website reads, “This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!”

The site was never directly targeted by copyright holders, an unnamed BTJunkie founder told TorrentFreak. However, the site was reported to the US Trade Representative (USTR) in 2011, the RIAA and MPAA listed the torrent index as a ‘rogue’ site, and Google censored the search term.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yymVT_8rWQA
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