SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 3, 2013

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Baidu Testing Facial Recognition Search; Similar To Google’s “Search By Image”

    The most popular search engine in China, Baidu, is reportedly working on a new image search feature for facial recognition. Searchers can upload an image of a face and Baidu will try to return other photos of the same person, with information on the name of the person. There are reports that the feature works [...]

  • Strange Bug In Bing Deep Links Shows Facebook, Craigslist As Part Of Google

    Google has deep pockets and probably would be happy if Facebook, eBay and Craigslist were part of its empire … but last I checked, they’re all separate companies. Nonetheless, links to those three sites are showing as Deep Links on Bing under the Google.com result when you search for [google]. The “Go to YouTube” link [...]

  • FTC Closes Google Antitrust Case: “Law Protects Competition Not Competitors,” Not Enough Evidence To Prove “Search Bias”

    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 from the process. Once can hear the celebrations getting started in Mountain View. The settlement has [...]

  • January Survival Tips For Search Marketers: Revisit Your Budget, Rest Up – The Superbowl Is Coming

    The beginning of the new year is usually a very busy time for marketers. Not only do they have to execute on their new goals and budgets, but they also have to deal with seasonal factors that affect many verticals. While search marketers in particular have to overcome several tactical and strategic issues in January [...]

  • Reporting Multinational SEO Performance: Difficulties & Insights

    Whether you report on just two or twenty different regions, getting a centralised report on search engine result page performance by region can be a headache if you don’t have an easy — and scalable — reporting system in place. There are lots of ways to tackle the problem, but by far the easiest is [...]

  • Search Engine Land’s Most Shared Stories on Facebook of 2012

    Today for our last installment top stories from the past year, we feature the most-shared stories on Facebook. Our little Panda friend made it in the headline nine times (“Nine times? Nine times.”- Quick, name the movie!)* Meanwhile, Google stories are popular with our Facebook crowd, appearing in seventeen out of the top 20 headlines, [...]

  • Rumor: Apple May Buy Crowdsourced Mapping App Waze

    Is Apple considering buying Waze? That’s what TechCrunch is saying by way of the rumor mill. If you don’t already know, Waze is a crowd-sourced mapping and traffic app. But it’s also a social community; it’s not that far removed from Foursquare. That’s what makes any potential acquisition here really interesting. There are many local [...]

  • Report: Google Antitrust Settlement Coming Tomorrow, Opponents Frustrated With FTC

    Much is already known about the contours of the likely antitrust settlement between Google and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The terms of the settlement were previously “leaked” (intentionally or otherwise) a couple of weeks ago and critics quickly berated the FTC as having “rolled over.” Broadly speaking, the rumors were that Google would [...]

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