February 2013

Google launches Chrome 25

Google has released updated versions of its Chrome browser, adding voice-based sevices to the stable version and the Chrome app launcher to the dev channel, among other things.Chrome 25 is now available, and it adds the speech-recognition technology that emerged in the beta version last month…more details

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Firefox will Block Third Party Cookies

Mozilla’s Firefox browser will soon block some third-party cookies by default, privacy advocate Jonathan Mayer announced on Friday.The upcoming Firefox 22, set for release in June, will include a patch that blocks some third-party cookies,like those set by ad networks…read details

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Nielsen to include online viewing in TV rating system

Now the television ratings company Nielsen is finally getting hip to the program, announcing today that they plan to expand their definition of “TV” to include viewers watching TV over broadband…read more

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Twitter Now Reducing Some Tweets To 117 Characters

First announced in December, the reduction is due to a change in Twitter’s t.co link wrapper. It extends the maximum length of t.co wrapped links from 20 to 22 characters for non-https URLs and from 21 to 23 characters for https URLs…more details

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Yahoo goes social, teams with Facebook for site revamp

Yahoo Inc is overhauling its website to incorporate features familiar to Facebook users such as a news feed and people’s “likes,” in CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest product revamp since taking the helm of the ailing company last year…read more

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Luxury Brands make limited additional Investment in Mobile

More people may be shopping and browsing on mobile devices, but luxury brands have made little additional investment in mobile in the last year to capitalize on that shift…read more

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SocialBakers reveals Top Arab Brands in January 2013 MENA Facebook User Reports

Socialbakers has released its January Facebook reports for the UAE, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon. The reports feature detailed Facebook page statistics including top brands by number of fans, top media sources by number of fans, and top brands by average engagement rates…download report

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Pinterest Gains Millions of Users

According to the latest study by Pew Research, users are ‘pinning’ just as much as they are tweeting. Twitter attracted 16% of social media users, followed by 15% on Pinterest in 2012. Meanwhile, Facebook still ranked as people’s favorite social network, raking in a majority of respondents’ votes…read details

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Bing Ads Sticks With Improved Reporting Interface

Bing Ads announced that the new reporting user interface released in October is now the default. Users will no longer see the option to switch to the old reporting version.For users who haven’t yet made the transition to the new interface, Bing released a tutorial video on the new features last fall…read more

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Google Has 4th Best Corporate Reputation [Poll]

For the eighth year in a row, Google has made into the top five of an annual survey of the U.S. general public on corporate reputation.Google was fourth in the 2013 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient report, with a score of 81.3 percent – one of just six companies that got a “great reputation” score of 80 or above…read more

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Google Search to Generate $5bn from Tablets

Google could generate as much as $5 billion in revenue from selling advertisements on its search engine on tablet devices in 2013, according to a new report by Marin Software, one of the top firms that helps advertisers to buy Web-search ads.The report backed Google’s notion, saying that the effectiveness of search ads on tablets – meaning the rate at which an ad click led to a sale or accomplished some other advertiser objective – climbed 31% during 2012, and that “conversion rates” on tablets will eclipse those of desktop PCs by the end of this year…read more

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Worldwide Smartphone Sales Near 1 Billion

Total mobile sales to end users fell 1.7% to 1.7 billion unit, as the growth in smartphone sales could not offset waning demand for feature phones, according to new data from Gartner. The research firm predicts that overall sales will rebound somewhat this year, with smartphone sales growing 47% to nearly 1 billion and total mobile phone sales climbing 8.5% to 1.9 billion units…more details

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Intel TV Coming This Year

The product will include live TV, VOD, apps and more. “We’re working with the entire industry to figure out how we get live TV to consumers over the Internet,” Huggers said. “We’re shooting for a service that incorporates literally everything.”…more details

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Twitter and American Express introduce hashtag payments

Twitter is getting into e-commerce. It’s now possible to buy goods online in two steps by tweeting a special hashtag. The new collaboration between Twitter and American Express will turn the social media service into a shopping cart. American Express members who sign up will be able to buy products by mentioning the appropriate hashtag in a tweet. The @AmexSync account will tweet back with a confirmation hashtag…more details

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Bill Gates On Google: “Bing Is The Better Product”

Gates, who’s still serving as Microsoft’s non-executive chairman but is focused full-time today on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, promoted Bing during an “Ask Me Anything” conversation today on Reddit. It happened when Reddit user “Fozzy420″ asked Gates, “Do you guys really use Bing? I mean seriously…” That prompted this Gates reply:

Seriously Bing is the better product at this point. Try the challenge. I am biased but the work to make Bing better has been amazing…read more

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Google AdWords Update Could Shake Up Mobile RTB

Google announced Enhanced Campaigns this week, which combines paid-search ads on desktop and mobile. The changes “rely on time, location, relevance, context and content rather than device distinction.”…read more

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For first time ever, Android phones drive more mobile ad impressions than iPhone

According to a report published by Opera Mediaworks, Android phones reached a significant milestone during the fourth quarter of 2012 as they drove more mobile advertising impressions than iPhones for the first time ever. Android phones represented 31% of the more than 500 million mobile ad impressions tracked…more details

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LinkedIn reports impressive 81% revenue increase

LinkedIn has reported that revenue increased 81% in the fourth quarter. The growth was fueled by strong growth across all three of its key business lines. Sales from LinkedIn’s recruiting services business nearly doubled to $161 million and represented more than half of total revenue…see details

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Bug Turns Google “Anti-SafeSearch” On, Provides Porn Results

There’s a strange bug on Google where search queries that should return no matches are instead turning Google into a porn search engine, almost as if an “anti-SafeSearch” feature is being enabled…read more

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Yandex Just Passed Bing to Become 4th Largest Global Search Engine

Yandex surpassed Microsoft on the number of monthly search queries worldwide in November and December 2012, according to a recently released comScore qSearch report. Microsoft sites processed 4.477 billion queries and Yandex did 4.844 billion…read more

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Twitter Shares Some Search Ranking Details

Twitter has launched some new search-related changes for its iOS and Android apps.Here’s what Twitter said about search in the announcement: “Search results now surface the most relevant mix of Tweets, photos, and accounts, all in one stream (similar to the stream in Discover)…read more

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Google Upgrades AdWords for Better Mobile Targeting

Google on Wednesday upgraded its AdWords program to let advertisers customize their placements on mobile by such factors as type of device, time of day and geographic proximity.The upgrade, called Enhanced Campaigns, will let business owners build a campaign while taking those factors into consideration. However, Google promises that you’ll be able to manage it all in a single place…more details

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Coming Soon to Yahoo: Ads From Google

Sources say Google is set to begin running some of its AdSense display ads on Yahoo sites, and will become one of several ad networks Yahoo uses to fill some of its pages.That means that the two companies will have a relationship similar to the one that Google has with publishers all over the Web…read details

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Google launches YouTube channel redesign in limited beta, featuring cover photos and trailers

Google has announced the launch of redesigned YouTube channels in limited beta, featuring channel art: YouTube’s take on the Facebook / Google+ cover photo; and channel trailers: a way for YouTube creators to promote their content to non-subscribers…more details

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Age, Gender Determine ‘Go-To’ Devices

As a source for news and entertainment, television reigns supreme—for now. An online survey of over 2,000 US adults carried out for Belkin by Harris Interactive found that men and women of every age group expected TV to be their primary source for both news and entertainment in 2013. This was more true of women than men, and of older people than younger people…more details

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Google Warns SEO & Businesses to Avoid Fake Reviews

An update to Google’s spam detection algorithms will grow the number of reviews appearing on some Google+ Local pages. And Google has shared some advice with reviewers, business owners, and SEO professional on how to keep reviews from being deleted.Google warns business owners that “fake glowing testimonies” written by SEO or reputation management companies will be taken down…more details

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Twitter confirms it has bought Bluefin Labs to develop its TV analytics and advertising business

Twitter has confirmed that it has bought social TV analytics firm Bluefin Labs – a deal that was first reported yesterday – in order to further explore broadcast and TV advertising opportunities and further its analytics business…more details

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