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Will Google’s Latest Offer to EU End Its Troubles? Not Likely

google-logo1The news out of Europe is that Google may be getting to the end of the trouble they have been having with the EU. That’s at least what the EU and Google are thinking. From Reuters we get

An offer by Google to modify how it displays Internet search results could settle a long-running antitrust dispute with the European Union, the EU competition chief said on Tuesday.

The world’s most popular search engine has been under investigation for three years by the European Commission, which acts as the bloc’s antitrust regulator, over complaints it was blocking competitors in search results.

More than a dozen companies, including Microsoft, British price comparison site Foundem and German online mapping company Hotmaps, have accused it of squeezing them out of the market.

Google Turns 15, Hummingbird Update Announced

Wow. How quickly they grow up!

15 years of Google search and they are just getting started. Click on the image below to see a larger version of Google’s path from newborn to its teen years.

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The post talking about this milestone says:

Google Search is turning 15. Remember what it was like to search in 1998? You’d sit down and boot up your bulky computer, dial up on your squawky modem, type in some keywords, and get 10 blue links to websites that had those words. It seemed like magic (and it was way way faster than card catalogs and microfiche!).

38 Percent of Search Engine Users Are Overwhelmed by the Results [Infographic]

Every day I give thanks to the people who invented and perfected the search engine. No exaggeration, Google search has changed the way I move through my day. I use it to find news to write about. I use it to find a place to buy lunch. I use it to save money at the grocery store. I just used it a second ago to find a recipe for dinner. Almost every move I make in a day, begins or ends with a search. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, bad thing, or horribly obsessive thing – but it’s true.

According to Levelwing, 91% of online adults use a search engine and they almost always find what they’re looking for.

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Bing Gets a New Look

Bing-logo-orange-RGBBing will not go quietly into that good night.

The latest efforts to make the distant second place search option more competitive with its arch nemesis Google include a new logo that you see to the right and plenty of other new features.

It’s admirable to say the least. Will it make a difference in its battle for search market share? Only time will tell but Bing won’t go away for lack of trying.

First here is the new home page look.

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That sure looks purty.

Now for the functionality.

The new modern look starts like this and as the post announcing these changes puts it the second picture is what the look “could evolve into”.

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Matt Cutts Explains New Link Sampling from SES San Francisco

Hopefully you made your way out to our sponsor’s event, SES San Francisco. If you didn’t here is a video of Google’s Matt Cutts explaining a change in the link sampling that is found in Webmaster Tools. Enjoy!

Acxiom Hands Over the Controls to Consumers’ Data to …….. Consumers

aboutdata-hed-2013Call this move whatever you want (and most are calling it a move to get out in front of regulators which isn’t exactly altruistic but hey) one of the world’s largest data brokers, Acxiom, has created a site that allows consumers to find out what data they have on them.

I haven’t checked it out but the idea is certainly not one you would expect. Or would you? Adweek reports

Hoping to keep regulators at bay, Acxiom, one of the world’s largest data brokers, today launched a portal that shows consumers the data that the company has on them and lets them make changes or opt out.

Google Goes Down and the Internet Soils Itself

Google Outage Dashboard

If you ever want evidence of just how critical Google as a whole is to the entire Internet just take a look at the fallout from the brief outage the Internet giant had around 3:55 pm PT last Friday.

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For a very brief few minutes on Friday you may have noticed some Google services, most notably search, appeared to be down. If not, maybe you noticed the ensuing freak-out across Twitter and the rest of the Internet.

At first glance the flash outage was little more than an opportunity for a few good one-liners and a chance to actually stand up from the keyboard and walk around for a few minutes.

As it turns out though, Google’s downtime did appear to have global, measurable repercussions, according to analytics firm GoSquared, which estimates that it caused a 40 percent drop in global traffic during a five-minute window.

Forty percent? That’s a very serious number. Having this kind of hiccup may actually serve Google well as it shows just how vital the Google ‘ecosystem’ (yuck, did I just use that word?) is to the Internet as a whole.