In Google’s search results, depending upon your query, when and where you are searching, and what your browser and search engine settings might be, you may receive a different set of search results than other folks performing a search using the same query terms. And those … [Read more...] about How Google May Blend Information From Feeds and Extracted Data For Search Results
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Might Google start providing more link options in Google Instant Previews as a result of this acquisition? A company that filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google in 2007,on the day that their last patent was granted, has now assigned all of their patents to Google. The … [Read more...] about Google Acquires iLOR Patent Used to Sue Google
When you search for something at a search engine, the search engine might not just try to find pages on the web which match the keywords that you searched with, but may first try to expand upon those keywords by finding similar or related terms. This kind of expansion of search … [Read more...] about How Search Engines May Substitute Other Search Terms for Yours
Google has rolled out a new GooglePatents search engine (Official Google Blog post here), allowing people tosearch across the full-text of US patents from 1790 through the middle of 2006.The company plans to update the service further with more 2006 filings and moveto a weekly or … [Read more...] about Google Launches Google Patents, Full-Text US Patent Searching
Ask around and you probably won’t find many people who think the idea of “Internet everywhere” is a bad thing. Thanks to laptops and smart phones, wi-fi and 3G, we can work (or play) at airports, check email during cab rides, and compare prices online from any … [Read more...] about ‘Google Mistrial’ – Is Search Getting In The Way Of Justice?
Google has been awarded a patent entitled “Determining and/or using location information in an ad system” that has very broad implications for PC and mobile advertising. While we all take geo-targeting today for granted, back when this Google patent application was … [Read more...] about Has Google Just Patented Geo-Targeting?
Google says it captures user location data only on an opt-in, consensual basis. Where Are the Damages? As a former lawyer who did a fair amount of plaintiff-side litigation in my past I’m sympathetic to the consumer class action and believe that it has been a valuable tool … [Read more...] about “Locationgate,” Skyhook Suit And FTC-Search Probe
We usually hyperfocus on Google Place search and Maps results, since they have such large market share. But there are good reasons for local businesses to be concerned with ranking elsewhere as well. So, here are a few other local search engines to consider, and a few tips for … [Read more...] about 5 “Local” Search Engines You Should Be Targeting But Aren’t
After 19 months of investigation, political maneuvering, lobbying and intense speculation the FTC has closed its antitrust investigation of Google. The outcome is almost exactly as we reported yesterday and it’s probably legally correct. Google comes away largely unscathed … [Read more...] about “Law Protects Competition Not Competitors,” Not Enough Evidence To Prove “Search Bias”
If your reputation hasn’t been damaged in some way online, then you may never have thought about whether search engines could be responsible. After all, they seem pretty neutral in many ways — other people create Web pages, images, videos and social media posts, and … [Read more...] about Are Search Engines Responsible For Reputation? Yes, Virginia, They Are. Big Time!