Over the weekend, executives from Yelp and TripAdvisor noticed that Google was pushing restaurant, or POI results from its services down in favor of its own. Neither of the popular location information services was particularly pleased to see it happening, but Google claims it was due to a “bug” and that it will be fixed…just as soon as possible!
Search Stories November 25, 2015
Search Stories November 24, 2015
We’re guessing most of us here do as much shopping as possible online, but for those unavoidable store visits, Google has published some infographics showing you the dates and times you want to be a long, long way from them.
Unsurprisingly, consumer electronics stores are busiest on Black Friday, but if you’re determined to snag that bargain despite the crowds, the time you really want to avoid is 2-4pm … expand full story
Search Stories November 23, 2015
Google adds mortgages to its Compare suite in California, more states to follow
We told you early this year that Google added a mortgage calculator to Search, and now the company is taking things a step further. As was first mentioned by Google all the way back in May of this year, Google Compare for U.S. mortgages has now launched in California — with more states to follow…
Google Compare for mortgages provides a seamless, intuitive experience that connects lenders with borrowers online. Whether you’re a national lender or one local to California, people searching for mortgages on their smartphone or desktop computer can now find you, along with a real-time, apples-to-apples comparison of rate quotes from other lenders — all in as little as a minute.
You can head over to the Compare site to check out the new tool, and if you reside in California, you can actually use it. If you’re not one of the lucky souls that lives in the Golden State, you can of course use the quick mortgage calculator in search.
The latest numbers in Google’s transparency report show that the search giant currently receives more than 65 million requests a month to remove links to pirated content – which works out at 2M per day, or 1,500 per minute.
That’s a doubling in number in a little over a year, the company reporting that takedown requests hit 1M in August 2014. Go back to 2011, and the numbers were measured in the mere hundreds.
Google introduced a new automated system last year designed to help fight piracy … expand full story
Search Stories November 20, 2015
A report by the UK’s telecoms and Internet watchdog Ofcom says that children are too trusting of what they find on the web, a surprisingly high percentage of them taking search results on trust, and unable to identify paid ads.
One in five online 12-15s (19%) believe information returned by a search engine such as Google or Bing must be true, yet only a third of 12-15s (31%) are able to identify paid-for adverts in these results.
Search Stories November 18, 2015
Google acquired app streaming startup Agawi earlier this year, and now it looks like the Mountain View company is putting their technology to good use. As of today, users will be able to stream certain apps straight from Google’s mobile search results. Google is also going to show “app-first” content (that without a web-based counterpart) in search results starting today as well… expand full story