A new Apple patent details how Siri, the company’s digital assistant, could use crowdsourcing to provide smarter, human-powered answers in the future. The patent, however, sounds almost exactly like what existing crowdsourced search engine ChaCha is doing today.
If you want your brand to be blasted straight through the eyeballs of your target audience right into their occipital lobe with maximum force, Bing’s new ‘hero’ ads will be right up your alley.
“We’re seeing a billion pageviews per month,” CEO Gil Dudkiewicz told me on the phone this afternoon.
How do you run 100 billion web searches a month?
Hotel search engine Room 77 raises $30.3 million in its third round of funding.
After all, Santa knows who’s naughty and who’s nice.
Guest Post One unexpected and dramatic impact of this influx of information is that it has exposed the weaknesses of the current design of search as we know it.
A new nonprofit search engine dubbed “Gooro” announced today an ambitious plan to bring personalized learning to K12 education.
“I think we’ve sequenced the DNA of Republicans and Democrats,” Mintigo general manager and CMO Jason Garoutte told me today. “Based on words on someone’s website, we’d have a very good chance of of determining who is a Democrat or a Republican.”
BloomReach, the “big data” tool for marketers that is used by the likes of Neiman Marcus and Williams- Sonoma, has raised $25 million in a round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
Facebook users are adding a stunning 300 million new photos each and every day. So Bing just added a new way to search and browse your friends’ photos without all the clutter of status updates and friend requests.
Editor’s Pick Craigslist really, really, really does not want any of its listings showing anywhere else on the web.
Would you do it just for the ranking?
Continuing its desire for search domination, Google now lets you access recent local business and place searches across all your browsers and mobile devices. The feature was announced on Google’s Inside Search blog Monday.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has suspended public trading of its shares in Hong Kong as it prepares to buy back its 40 percent stake held by Yahoo.
A whopping 96 percent of Google‘s $37.9 billion 2011 revenue came from advertising, but who is putting all that cash in Google’s wallet?
Yahoo‘s revenue dropped 13 percent compared to the same period last year, the company reported today. In its quarterly earnings’ announcement Tuesday, Yahoo reported $1,324 million in GAAP revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011, while costs increased by 10 percent. Excluding traffic acquisition costs from Yahoo’s partnership with Microsoft and others, the company brought in $1,169 million — down just three percent compared to last year.
Google has taken social interaction with your friends to another level. The search engine giant has introduced a new Google+ feature that allows you to ask friends about your search results.
Yahoo’s board is considering selling its holdings of Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to the majority owners, a move that would score the company around $17 billion as it tries to find solid footing in troublesome year.
Regulators in the European Commission will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility sometime in January 2012.
Ambitious search engine startup Blekko has closed a new $30 million funding round, the company announced today.
Here’s a timeline of major events in the history of Yahoo.
Yahoo gained some ground while search leader Google lost some footing in July’s search engine market.
Chinese search giant Baidu announced on Monday that it would add English results from Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, to its own search engine.
At the BlackBerry World 2011 conference today in Orlando, Florida, today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that its Bing search engine will be replacing Google as the default search and maps provider on all of Research in Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry devices.
The past few weeks have been good to Stanford student Feross Aboukhadijeh (pictured right with YouTube CEO Chad Hurley), who created the YouTube Instant site earlier this month and was then famously offered a job at YouTube. Aboukhadijeh announced on his blog today that he will accept the YouTube job offer while continuing his studies at Stanford, and he also revealed some interesting statistics and new features for his site.
Cuil. Just writing that ill-begotten search engine’s name again makes me shudder. But hopefully, this may be the last we’ll hear of the site for some time. Cuil.com went down tonight, and according to former employees, it’s down for good, TechCrunch reports.
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Facebook’s 500 million-plus users are a noisy bunch. To cut through the chatter, search engine Wowd today announced it has launched a new tool dubbed the Social Discovery Client.
Yesterday, Yahoo let loose with two new iPhone applications: A dedicated search app, and a refreshing take on location searching called “Sketch-A-Search.”
Social search — the ability to find what people are tweeting on Twitter or sharing on Facebook — is heating up. Last week Scoopler began offering near-realtime search of Web content shared by users on Twitter, Flickr, Digg, del.icio.us, and other social networks. Today, San Francisco-based OneRiot went live with its own high-speed search of the content being shared on social networks.
TextDigger is the latest company seeking that Holy Grail: Improving on Google’s results by understanding the sense of the words you’re looking for.