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Search Engine Optimization Industry News Archive:
February 2011

Google says it's working to restore lost messages
February 28th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Google has restored e-mail service and messages to some of the users who had found their old e-mails deleted on Sunday.

Google Inc. first posted a notice about the problem Sunday afternoon on a site where it informs users of service problems on applications such as e-mail. The company says the problem affected about 0.02 percent of Gmail users, or two of every 10,000. That's down from its earlier estimate that 0.29 percent, or 29 of every 10,000.

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Google says it's working to restore lost messages.


Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy
February 28th, 2011

As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.

Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.-and even some online-tracking companies themselves-are rolling out new ways to protect users from having their movements monitored online. Some are going further and starting to pay people a commission every time their personal details are used by marketing companies.

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Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy.


China's state news agency launches search engine
February 22nd, 2011

BEIJING (AP) - China's main government news agency launched an Internet search site Tuesday, giving its own sanitized view of the Web following Google's closure of its China-based search engine last year over censorship.

The Xinhua News Agency is operating www.panguso.com in partnership with state-owned China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by subscribers.

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China's state news agency launches search engine.


Top Alibaba executives resign after fraud probe
February 21st, 2011

SHANGHAI (AP) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says two of its top executives are resigning to take responsibility after a probe discovered more than 2,000 suppliers had defrauded customers, sometimes with the alleged collusion of its sales staff.

Alibaba said in a notice Monday to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that its chief executive and chief operating officers, who were not implicated by the investigation, were resigning to take responsibility for the company's "breakdown in integrity."

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Top Alibaba executives resign after fraud probe.


Facebook's Web of Frenemies
February 15th, 2011

Facebook Inc.'s growing ambitions are redrawing battle lines in Silicon Valley.

As the seven-year-old company ramps up its hiring and adds new features to its social network, it is disrupting the businesses of established companies like Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. and putting even more Internet firms on notice.

Facebook, which has more than 600 million users and was valued at $50 billion in a recent funding round, is grabbing online-advertising from Yahoo, Myspace and others. The social network is a potential rival in electronic payments to eBay Inc.'s PayPal, while partnerships Facebook is cementing with smartphone makers set the stage for competition with Apple Inc. and Google in mobile services.

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Facebook's Web of Frenemies.


Google Closes In on Next New Networks
February 11th, 2011

Internet companies are stepping up their race to gain scale in media, as slower growth forces them to hunt for visitors and advertisers.

Google Inc. is in late-stage talks to acquire video website Next New Networks Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. A deal could be unveiled in the coming week, these people added.

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Google Closes In on Next New Networks.


Microsoft Is Said to Seek More Management Changes
February 8th, 2011

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer plans to extend a management shake-up aimed at adding senior product executives with an engineering background, two people with knowledge of the decision said.

Changes may be announced this month, said one of the people, who declined to be named because the plans are private. Last month, Ballmer pushed out server division president and 23- year company veteran Bob Muglia, saying the company needed new leadership that could focus on areas such as cloud software.

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Microsoft Is Said to Seek More Management Changes.


Facebook Says It May Win Advertising From China Even After Ban
February 8th, 2011

Facebook Inc., inaccessible in China since 2009, said it may start winning advertising sales from companies in the world's fastest-growing major economy after opening an office in neighboring Hong Kong.

Chinese companies seeking to sell their products overseas may "potentially" buy advertising from Facebook, Jayne Leung, who heads the Palo Alto, California-based company's sales operations in Hong Kong, said in an interview today. Facebook at present has no customers from China in its direct sales division, she said.

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Facebook Says It May Win Advertising From China Even After Ban.


AOL Makes an Expensive Bet With Huffington Post Deal
February 8th, 2011

AOL Inc.'s acquisition of the Huffington Post is the latest step in its uphill quest to eke profits from free content on the Internet and to make the company relevant to users and advertisers again.

AOL is paying $315 million to buy the nearly six-year-old Huffington Post, a rich price to hitch itself to a news and opinion website and its outspoken celebrity co-founder and editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington. While the site was launched as a counterweight to conservative sites like the Drudge Report, in recent years it has expanded into topics like sports, entertainment, sex and self-help.

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AOL Makes an Expensive Bet With Huffington Post Deal.


Microsoft: Google's Bing Probe is Click Fraud, Honeypot Attack
February 3rd, 2011

Microsoft hit back at Google Wednesday over accusations that it stole Google search results for its Bing search engine, accusing Google of engaging in a honeypot attack and going after Bing because it was worried about its growth.

"In simple terms, Google's 'experiment' was rigged to manipulate Bing search results through a type of attack also known as 'click fraud,'" Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of Microsoft's Online Services Division, wrote in a blog post. "That's right, the same type of attack employed by spammers on the Web to trick consumers and produce bogus search results."

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Microsoft: Google's Bing Probe is Click Fraud, Honeypot Attack.


Google can't find manager last seen in Cairo
February 1st, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Google Inc. marketing manager has gone missing in Cairo, where violent protests against the ruling regime have embroiled Egypt's capital for the past week.

Wael Ghonim's whereabouts have been unknown since last Thursday evening. That's when Google says he was spotted in central Cairo.

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Google can't find manager last seen in Cairo.


Google, Microsoft spar over search results quality
February 1st, 2011

SEATTLE (AP) - Google is accusing Microsoft Corp. of cheating as the two duel for Internet search supremacy, but Microsoft denies the charge, saying it's just using all available weapons to lessen its rival's dominance.

The dust-up between the two companies that process virtually all of North America's search requests grabbed the spotlight Tuesday at an event sponsored by Microsoft about the future of Internet searches. Microsoft's practices have even wider implications now that its technology powers Yahoo Inc. searches in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil as part of a 10-year partnership that grew out of the companies' inability to mount a serious challenge to Google on their own.

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Google, Microsoft spar over search results quality.


Internet runs out of addresses as devices grow
February 1st, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The spread of Internet use in Asia and the proliferation of Internet-connected phones worldwide are causing the Internet to run out of numerical addresses, which act as "phone numbers" to ensure that surfers reach websites and e-mails find their destination.

The top-level authority that governs such addresses will distribute the last batches on Thursday, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement wasn't planned until Thursday.

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Internet runs out of addresses as devices grow.


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