Google has released a new Google Search App for Windows Phone handsets, taking on Microsoft's own Bing search integration on the smartphone platform. Released as a free download in the Windows Phone Marketplace, the new app includes search auto-complete just as on Android, as well as voice search.
Google may have abandoned Twitter integration in its search results, but the short message service has inked a new deal with Russian search engine Yandex. The agreement will see a "firehose" of real-time tweets into Yandex searches, with the promise being indexing from the microblogging platform "in a matter of moments." There'll also be a new Twitter search engine available at twitter.yandex.ru.
Yahoo launched a new category for its search engine this week that makes it easy to browse and find either iOS or Android apps. You'll notice the addition of an "Apps" filter option above Yahoo's search bar and a new portal that makes it easy to sift through apps by various categories and ratings lists.
Engineers at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have joined the protests against Google's search integration of Google+ results, crafting a browser add-on called "Don't Be Evil" that adds a far broader range of social into search. The tool, distributed at a site called Focus on the User, argues that rather than just pull Google+ profiles and topics into the search engine, Google would better serve actual users by integrating far more social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and more. Rather than see exactly what Google wants you to see through its forced Google+ promotion, you can be shown what the company's pure algorithm believes is relevant.
The fourth quarter earnings for the 2011 season for Google have been reported this week, results showing up as a slightly less impressive jump than analysts suspected. Google's fourth quarter earnings rose by 6.3%, but as this did end up being the slowest revenue increase of all four quarters of 2011, estimates jumped the gun - meanwhile shares in Google today fell 9.7% amid news in after-hours trading to $577.92. Perhaps its time to buy then, said those who wished they'd invested in Google when they had the chance all those years ago, as a 34% increase was seen over last year's Google ad clicks overall, this being also a 17% increase over the 3rd quarter of 2011.
Google has stumbled into an embarrassing sponsored marketing blunder, with campaigns for Chrome ironically contravening the very paid link rules that saw thousands of sites penalized in the Panda cull last year. Over 400 pages were spotted with the text "This Post Sponsored By Google" by Search Engine Land and SEO Book, but not using the "nofollow" link attributes Google itself demands, in an apparent attempt to buoy the search giant's own rankings for Chrome-related content. "Not us!" Google has cried, however, blaming a third-party marketing firm that, it says, stepped outside of its bounds.
Not that we ever though Google would really abandon its best buddy in the world Mozilla, but the news that Firefox would lose 84% of its revenue certainly came as a shock to us as it was reported earlier this month - it appears now though that this disaster for the big red panda was a false alarm, Google renewing their contract for a further three years. Kind of reminds you of Jurassic Park, doesn't it? Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Silicon Valley nonprofit software makers whose most famous product is the web browser itself are certainly high-fiving one another today as Google remains the default search engine for the browser.
Microsoft has officially unveiled So.cl, and contrary to Facebook-challenger expectations it's a hybrid system pulling together social networking and search and targeted at students. Found at so.cl, the new tool allows "montages of visual web content" including photos, video and text to be constructed and shared for collaborative editing and discussion, as well as "video parties" for real-time conversation.