SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 3, 2010

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google News Dropping Sites, Reviewing Inclusion Standards

    Google News has recently dropped “a number” of websites that it says were not meeting the company’s quality guidelines. At the same time, the company says it’s also reviewing its policies governing what sites are included as sources in Google News. While not revealing exactly how many sites have been dropped, a Google News spokesperson [...]

  • RIP Jaamit Durrani

    Jaamit Durrani, a UK-based marketer who was well known in SEO circles, has died. He was the SEO director for OMD UK. Durrani was killed in a London Underground accident last week, struck by a train, apparently knocked in front of it. That’s not hard to happen on the Tube. Platforms are often crowded, and [...]

  • ComScore: One In Four Have Smartphones In US

    Online metrics firm comScore released some new (October) data about the US mobile market. One of the headlines is: 60.7 million people in the US own smartphones. That, according to comScore, is 25 percent of the total mobile subscriber base. Android continues to be the largest gainer on a percentage basis among the major smartphone [...]

  • Google Renames “Updates” To “Realtime” On Left Bar

    Google has renamed one of the items on the left hand bar of the search results. The left bar was launched in May 2010 when Google completely revamped their search interface. The bar contains relevant search filters for your query. Some times it had a filter named “Updates,” when used, it would show you search [...]

  • Google Me: Is It Really Named Emerald Sea Or Google +1?

    The subject of “Google Me” has been discussed and debated and picked apart at length already. It’s already tired and the “product” hasn’t even launched. A new round of rumor and speculation has emerged from Quora (and TechCrunch). The supposed internal-testing name for Google Me was reported to be “Emerald City” but is now actually, [...]

  • SEM Trends For 2011: What To Expect & What To Do

    As this is my last column for 2010, I thought it would be a good time to share some macro trends with you and make some predictions for 2011. While some of my analysis corroborates generally held conceptions in the marketplace, I hope you find my other findings new and insightful. Trend #1: CPCs Will [...]

  • Google Buys New York City Office Building For $1.9 Billion

    Google to Buy New York Office Building from the Wall Street Journal reports Google has signed the deal to buy the NYC office building they currently lease for close to $1.9 billion. This was an expected move by Google, who currently leases about 2 or 3 of the floors of the massive building. The building [...]

  • How To Avoid Clunky Web Design With Holistic SEO & Usability

    There has been a dramatic increase this year in exploring the close relationship between website usability, web page search engine optimization and internet marketing. While some of you still meet resistance from site owners, far more of you report that clients now insist on a site designed for the best user experience that should also [...]

  • Viacom To Appeal YouTube Lawsuit Loss

    As expected, Viacom is planning to appeal its loss in a long-running copyright case against YouTube/Google. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Viacom may file its appeal as soon as tomorrow (Friday). Viacom sued YouTube in early 2007, claiming copyright infringement because YouTube users had posted thousands of clips from Viacom-owned programs. The case [...]

  • Senator Calls On DOJ To Limit Google’s ITA Purchase

    Citing a litany of concerns over competition, airfare, and technology, a US Senator is calling on the Justice Department to put conditions on Google’s purchase of travel software company ITA. In a letter to the DOJ on Wednesday, Senator Herb Kohl outlined a number of concerns over Google’s purchase of ITA — the independent software [...]

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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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