2012

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Google Introduces New Gmail Search Options

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Google launched new search features for its Gmail inbox this week.

Google introduced a new feature that enables users to search their Gmail inbox from Google.com on the desktop or their mobile phones. New search operators announced this week will allow users to search their inbox for specific types of information. Gmail previously allowed users to search flights by using [my flights]in the search. New queries are now available such as [my purchases], which will allow you to find your latest Amazon orders.

The new features also allow users to serach for various reservations. New search parameters like [my hotel reservation] or [my restaurant reservations] will bring up travel plans or bookins made through OpenTable. In addition, Google announced a [my events] operator that will show “information from Ticketmaster or Eventbrite about your upcoming concert, sports game or other event.”

According to the Google Blog, these new features are only avialable for users with @gmail.com addresses in the United States. The features are only available in English at this time. Google emphasized in its announcement that these features are still being tested. Gmail users are invited to sign up for a trial.

The new features are similar to the search giant’s existing Google Now product, available on Android 4.0. The product uses personal information to alert users of flight delays and check out times. The trial features are also similar to Microsoft’s Quick Views, released in 2010. Quick Views was integrated into Hotmail inboxes with search operators highlighted in the sidebar. Google executives, however, pointed out that Microsoft’s email service cannot be used to retrieve event updates and restaurant reservations.

Bing Attacks Google Shopper in New Ad Campaign

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Microsoft launched a holiday themed ad campaign attacking Google on Thursday. The smear campaign is aimed at online shoppers and promotes Microsoft’s Bing search engine over Google’s for holiday bargain hunting. The “Scroogle” campaign, as it’s known, focuses on Shopper, Google’s product search engine. With the tag line “Don’t get Scroogled,” Microsoft hopes to bring attention to Google Shopper’s inorganic search results. The search engine only displays results from products and merchants that pay the company a fee.

Google introduced plans to change it’s product search on May 31, 2012, in what Microsoft calls an “under-the-radar announcement.” In that announcement, Google stated it was transitioning Google Product Search to “a purely commercial model built on Product Listing Ads.” The new Google Shopper went live October 17, 2012. Microsoft claims that when a search engine limits choices and ranks them by payment “consumers get Scroogled.”

According to Bing Senior Director Stefan Weitz, Bing Shopping results are based only on relevancy. “Bing results incorporate top deals from merchants across the Web and the rankings you see aren’t dependent on which advertisers paid to have their products listed.” Weitz added that Bing provides a number of tools to assist online shoppers, such as “aggregated expert and consumer reviews, product specs, related products, and many other filters.” He says shoppers can use bing to “get a great deal without having to dig through a ton of advertisements.”

Critics of the “Scroogled” campaign call it hypocritical. Bing also partners with merchants, the most notable of them being Shopping.com. The two announced a partnership last year with the search engine stating that paid offers would be “highlighted throughout Bing Shopping, including search results and product pages.” Weitz claims this model differs significantly from Google’s as Bing Shopping “includes millions of free listings” and ads are “listed separately and labeled clearly.”

Google has not responded to the “Scroogle” campaign directly. When reached for comment, the company issued a statement saying “Google is a great resource for shoppers to find what they need, at great prices for their loved ones this holiday season.”

Possible Settlement Between FTC, Google

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A settlement may be in the works between Google and the Federal Trade Commission. Google chairman Eric Schmidt is said to be negotiating a deal that would end nearly two years of investigation by the FTC into the company’s alleged monopoly.

Larry Page, Google’s Chief Executive Officer, is trying to persuade the FTC that any agreement the company makes with the agency should not be bound by a consent decree. Google is seeking an informal “handshake” deal, not a formal agreement that could hurt its business prospects, familiar sources told Bloomberg.

Google, the operator of the world’s most popular search engine, has been in talks with FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz for the last week. The probe into monopolistic behavior by the company and subsequent negotiations have not addressed the most serious charge: that Google intentionally manipulates search results to hurt competitors. The FTC is instead focusing on patent issues and how the search engine displays comments from other internet services. According to The Washington Post, it is possible for allegations of search bias reemerge if negotiations collapse.

Google’s competitors, seeking to curtail the company’s growing power in the digital economy, have called on the FTC to be more heavy-handed with the Mountain View California-based company. Many were seeking a high-profile inquiry reminiscent of the Microsoft monopoly proceedings of the 1990′s. Some have predicted that Congress would address the issue if a settlement were proposed that did not include search.

FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan has declined to comment on the negotiations.

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Purchase web content with Google Wallet

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As reported by CNET, Google is experimenting with using micropayments for individual articles and other content on the internet.  Micropayments have been an idea for purchasing web content for a long time, but no one has ever used it effectively. Users will be able to pay for internet content using Google Wallet.  The idea is that people will be able to buy individual articles for an average of $0.25 to $0.99 each, and they will then own it forever.

The home page for the new product says that they are experimenting with several top content creators to see if users will use it “if the buying process is sufficiently easy.”  Refunds are made very simple and extensive previews help users feel comfortable making a purchase- All done with a single click. Google is optimistic even though countless similar efforts have failed. This may because past attempts were too difficult to use with complicated formats, requirements to install software, and a lack of quality previews.  If any company can make it work though, it’s probably Google.

Google overtakes Microsoft to become 2nd most valuable tech company

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On Monday, Google Inc. surpassed Microsoft Corp. to become the world’s second-largest technology company behind Apple.  The Washington Post reports that Google’s stock rose 0.7% to $759.98 for a market capitalization of about $249.2 billion. Microsoft, however, dropped 0.3% to $29.67 a share, for a market capitalization of about a $248.7 billion.

One of the main reasons for this is that the internet’s increasing abilities and features are reducing the need for more complicated software (Microsoft’s forte) to be installed on computers.  In addition, Google’s search advertising business has grown immensely and there has been a lot of hype over its growing wireless program. With all of this knowledge, Google’s stock price has risen 48% in the last year alone.

In May 2010, Apple became the world’s largest technology company when it overtook rival Microsoft. Apple still sits high above the competition, but Google’s rapid growth and new projects on the horizon may mean that there could be some competition for the top spot in the coming years.

Google Stock Price Reaches All-Time High

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As reported by CNN, Google’s stock hit a record high of $750.04 in late trading Monday.  The stock reached $747.84 around noon Eastern Time, passing a previous all-time high set in November 2007 of $747.24.  During the economic crisis in 2009, Google’s shares traded below $300 and investors worried that Google had peaked.

Today, Google continues to provide the most dominant search engine with over 65% of search traffic according to published studies (though our data suggests as high as 80%).  Google has also ventured into dozens of additional niches including: Android (software for mobile phones), Google Maps, Google Apps (cloud based tools for business), display advertising and Google+ (a social network that competes with Facebook).  Google generated $38 billion in revenue last year alone.  Not bad for a company that supposedly peaked in 2009!

22% of Web Content Now Consumed on Mobile Devices

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As reported by Pando Daily, adtech company Kontera has said that smartphones and tablets now account for 22% of all web traffic.

That number is expected to reach 27% by January, 2013. Web traffic accessed through these devices has gone up 430% in year to year growth in the United States. The statistics are based on data from Kontera’s 15,000+ publishing partners. Kontera also released information showing how much each device is used for different sub-topics. For example, Android leads in the automotive and sports categories but iPhone and iPad win out in dining and health.

Internally among 250+ websites that we manage at TSEG – we see mobile usage range from 3% to 21%.

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