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Google Acquires Zagat!

Sep 9, 2011 | 955 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Zagat, a pioneer “user-generated content” platform has been acquired by Google. Terms of the deal are yet to be disclosed.

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With this acquisition, Google aims to “gain a world-class team that has more experience in consumer based-surveys, recommendations and reviews than anyone else in the industry.” The main aim of this move seems to be to improve its local services, that are now presided by Google VP Marissa Mayer who has yet another reason to smile about.

Man Who Threatened Marissa Mayer On Twitter, Arrested!

Sep 8, 2011 | 1,819 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Gregory Calvin King, 27, who has been sending threats to, Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of locations and local services, has been reported to be arrested on the 19th of August in Texas and indicted in San Francisco last Thursday.

Marissa, 36, currently lives in San Francisco. She was the pioneer engineer that was employed by Google, also amongst the other executives she is one of the most visible one.

Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz Gets Axed Over The Phone!

Sep 7, 2011 | 1,289 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Yahoo's CEO Carol Bartz has been fired over the phone by the Chairman of the Board Roy Bostock. The information was given to her when both were on planes headed in different directions. The irony.

Here's a look at email she sent out to all employees where she took a passing shot at the board in her “goodbye” note.

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Twitter Renews The Realtime Deal With Bing, Google Deal Still Uncertain!

Sep 7, 2011 | 1,317 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Twitter and Bing have announced that they have renewed the deal that lets Bing access Twitter’s information in an amicable exchange on Twitter itself.

Twitter's spokesperson Carolyn Penner used the Storify service to announce the press release via Twitter conversation. Here's what the exchange looks like:

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Deal Details?

Google Rolls Out New Snippets For List Pages!

Sep 1, 2011 | 2,441 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has announced the release of new snippets for web pages that comprise lists. These snippet improvements set out to distill information from long lists and show them in bullet-points. The new snippet format alters the previously available meta descriptions.

They were first spotted sometime last week, in the UK where they were primarily seen. However, this announcement from Google confirms that these list snippets are indeed an addition to the search engine results page.

Google Gives An Insight Into Their Search Algorithm Change Process!

Aug 29, 2011 | 1,732 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has released a video to “give people an even deeper look inside search”. The video sets out to explain the process that goes into making the changes and improvements to the Google search algorithm on almost every day basis.

Most of us who are involved in SEO understand that the Google algorithm constantly keeps changing. Apart from certain ground-breaking changes that are made each year, like this year saw the Panda update, there are also other minor changes that are constantly being made to search.

Google To Pay A Whopping $500M In order To Avoid The DOJ Prosecution On Drug Ads!

Aug 26, 2011 | 1,406 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google is to shell out one of the largest financial penalties, a colossal $500 million in order to avert Department of Justice's criminal prosecution. Google was alleged to be profiting from advertising Canadian pharmacies illegally selling prescription and non-prescription drugs.

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According to reports from AP, Google was aware of these illegal sales to Americans who did not have prescriptions since 2003. The investigation was mainly carried out by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island, the Food and Drug Administration.

Google Dublin Now Looking For Search Quality Associates!

Aug 25, 2011 | 1,985 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google's search quality team are looking to recruit Search Quality Associates for their Dublin, Ireland office.

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As a Search Quality Associate, you will basically be responsible for fighting the web spam and your key duties will include:

  • “Review assigned sites for quality and content.
  • Improve the quality of Google’s search results by evaluating websites to identify areas of concern and interest.

Facebook's New Feature, Now Grouping News Feeds By Topics!

Aug 9, 2011 | 4,406 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Facebook has announced that their news feeds will now be grouped on the basis of the topics that are discussed.

Facebook declared these changes on their Facebook account, “We want to show you the most relevant and interesting information, and this test is designed to show you trends among what your friends are saying.” This suggests that, it will work in a very similar way to the grouping that takes place when same link is shared by multiple of your friends.

It's A Deal. Google Buys The Daily Deals Aggregator, Dealmap!

Aug 2, 2011 | 1,309 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The Dealmap has announced that it is now acquired by Google. However the terms of this deal are yet to be disclosed by either parties.

For those who are not familiar with The Dealmap services, it is a website that propagates local discounts and deals via mobile, emails and Twitter by showing the deals' location on Google Maps. Up until now, also an added feature of this website was, it allowed businesses and other users to submit deals. However, with the acquisition, these deals are to be now reverted to the Google Offers team for consideration.