SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 23, 2013

scap240pxBelow is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the Web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Bing Says Goodbye to Bing Shopping, Hello Product Search With Rich Captions & Product Ads Today, Bing announced that Bing Shopping is being replaced by Product Search, which simply integrates product results within Bing search results rather than in a separate destination. With this announcement, Bing is unveiling a new feature for merchants to augment their product listings called Rich Captions. With Rich Captions, merchants will be able to include […]
  • Travelocity-Expedia Deal Gives Travel Search Its Yahoo-Bing Moment Travelocity, one of the web’s longstanding travel search engines and online travel agencies, is getting out of the travel search business. The company announced a “strategic marketing agreement” yesterday with longtime competitor Expedia, which calls for Expedia to begin powering the technology used on Travelocity.com. As the Wall Street Journal reports, that will include powering […]
  • Bing: Here’s 7 Ways Our Image Search Is Better Than Google Microsoft’s Meenaz Merchant, Senior Program Manager at Bing, posted a behind the scenes look at why Bing is a better image search engine than Google. Here are the seven examples on scenarios on why Bing is better than Google with image search, as described on the Bing blog. (1) Entity Understanding – Bing says while […]
  • Search In Pics: Google Analytics Hippo, Google Shop & New Belgium Brewery In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the Web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. New Belgium Brewing Android Sign: Source: Google+ Android Backpacks: Source: Google+ The Google Analytics Hippo: Source: […]
  • Shatner’s Tweet Hints That He May Like Bing Just As Much As Bing Likes Captain Kirk In a brief exchange on Twitter yesterday evening, the original Captain Kirk gave Bing a shout-out, recommending the Microsoft search engine could possibly enlighten a fellow Twitter user. William Shatner responded “I hear Google pr Bing helps with that problem” after @Andypops1 tweeted on Shatner’s feed, “I still have no idea what spumoni is.” Assuming […]
  • Report: Google’s Not Provided Reached 49% & Much Higher In Technology Industry BrightEdge has released a report showing that for the 8,400 brands they tracked over the last quarter, 49% of the queries collected did not provide (i.e. not provided) search query data due to Google’s secure search. 49% was the average, in fact, it is higher for the technology industry. BrightEdge said that “56% of traffic […]
  • Penalized & Sad: When To Abandon The Sinking SEO Ship Sometimes the captain can’t afford to go down with the ship, no matter the temptation or emotional investment. Every few weeks, I receive another hopeless phone call from another desperate webmaster. Since Penguin, I’ve seen more ships go down than I care to count. Websites that have delved too deeply into black hat SEO and […]
  • Google Expands Their Web Definitions Google announced on Google+ that they have overhauled the Web definitions interface and results, adding a lot more meat and details to your definitions queries. The new options include an expandable box that contains additional synonyms, ways to use the word in sentences, the origins of the word, translation, the use of the word over […]
  • Apple “Embarks” On Another Mapping Acquisition Last month Apple bought Locationary and Hop Stop. The point of the first was to improve the overall quality of local data for Apple Maps and the second was for mass transit information. Apparently, according to former WSJ reporter Jessica Lessin, Apple has made another buy for transit purposes. The company has acquired app developer Embark. […]

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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