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Google Zeitgeist 2011 details top searches

Google Zeitgeist 2011 details top searches

Rebecca Black, Steve Jobs, Adele and the iPhone 5: not a group you might expect to necessarily find together, but they're all among the top ten in Google's Zeitgeist 2011 roundup of how the world searched. Each year the search giant tots up the most frequently searched-for topics in the hope that it might give some insight into the collective consciousness: we can only assume 2011 was dominated by iOS-lovers desperate for Friday to come around.

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Microsoft socl social network seen and denied

Microsoft socl social network seen and denied

Today it would appear that there's a new social network in town by the name of Microsoft socl, one where having the same basic bone structure as Google+ doesn't seem to bother the developers behind the project - is it real or is this just an internal design project as Microsoft Research claims it is? What we've got here are two opposing sides of a coin. One has http://www.socl.com/ noting that the site was published by mistake by Microsoft Research, the other has Thomas Houston of The Verge showing off screenshots of the site describing it as a project that will indeed be moving forward soon.

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Google+ Pages announced for businesses [Video]

Google+ Pages announced for businesses [Video]

This week brands, businesses, bands, and more are being welcomed back to Google+, provided they didn't get offended after having gotten kicked out several weeks ago, in an initiative known officially as Google+ Pages. As Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product for Google+ notes, "As most of you know, we "kicked out the brands" in the early going on Google+... Not because we don't love them (we do!) but because we wanted to create the right experience for users, as well as the brands themselves." Will the Google-based social networking powerhouse be able to gather the brands to its bosom?

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Google Mary Blair doodle honors legendary animator

Google Mary Blair doodle honors legendary animator

Though this particular Google doodle doesn't necessarily do anything all that fantastic when it comes to Web 2.0, it was and continues to be the utterly engaging artwork that Mary Blair had mastery over that continues to be the center point on this, the 100th year since she was born to this earth. If you don't recognize the style of the work that Google has replicated here, you'll certainly know the background illustrations from these classic Disney films: "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," and "Alice in Wonderland." Once again Google hits on a reminder of what was certainly a gift from beyond in this lovely artist.

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Tech groups using celebrities as spokespeople: a quick look

Tech groups using celebrities as spokespeople: a quick look

You may have noticed over the past few weeks that celebrities are quickly becoming the spokespeople for technology products, and not only just in the mobile landscape. Smartphones are being promoted by sports stars, reality TV "celebrities" are taking on product launches, and no less than MC Hammer is bringing forth the idea that web search can be much more deep than it currently is. Is this the obvious next step for technology startups as well as established groups across the board? Let me show you three examples of celebrities as spokespeople that've popped up over the past couple of weeks in the tech space and you tell ME what you think about it.

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Google Search to be encrypted for signed-in users

Google Search to be encrypted for signed-in users

Google announced today that it will be stepping up security on its search feature for signed-in users. These users will now get an SSL encrypted search experience by default, which means that their search terms and results can't be intercepted by hackers or nosy network admins. This will be especially important for those that often use public unsecured internet connections, such as WiFi hotspots at cafes.

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Google Travel launches with flight search service

Google Travel launches with flight search service

Google has quietly launched a new flight search service called Google Travel. The service can be found in a separate portal here and is powered by the recently acquired travel software company ITA. The $700 million acquisition of ITA was scrutinized for several months before being approved with various conditions due to antitrust concerns that may affect the online travel search industry.

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Yahoo! sacks CEO Bartz over phone

Yahoo! sacks CEO Bartz over phone

Yahoo! has fired little-loved CEO Carol Bartz, temporarily replacing the former exec with CFO Timothy Morse. While board chairman Roy Bostock thanks Bartz "for her service to Yahoo! during a critical time of transition in the Company's history," an email the ousted CEO sent to her former staff, leaked to AllThingsD, reveals that she was "fired over the phone."

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Google Search Optimized For iPads, Android Tablets

Google Search Optimized For iPads, Android Tablets

Using Google Search on tablets hasn't been difficult, but the experience is about to get even easier. The company confirmed today that it will be rolling out an update to optimize its search interface for both iPads and Android tablets. The enhancements involve not only more touch-friendly elements but also faster-loading images and continuous scrolling.

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Google Shares Surge Amid Blockbuster Earnings

Google Shares Surge Amid Blockbuster Earnings

Early Friday saw a surge in share prices for the internet giant Google after a rather important earning's call the day before. This Q2 earnings call saw several announcements burst forth including $9 billion in revenue, this beating their expected $8.6 billion in earnings by a significant among. This revenue growth, being a 32% jump from just last year, had investors toasting on Friday as Google shares (GOOG) jumped as much as 13.5 percent.

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