SearchCap: The Day In Search, November 12, 2012

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 Fined $208,000 In Australian Defamation Case, May Appeal

    Google has been told to pay the equivalent of $208,000 (USD) after recently losing a defamation case in Australia involving how it showed a 62-year-old man’s name in search results. Google is examining the original jury verdict and may file an appeal. A judge in the supreme court of the Australian state Victoria issued the [...]

  • Report: FTC Ready To Give Google Antitrust “Ultimatum”

    According to a piece in the Wall Street Journal today and a parallel Bloomberg report Google faces an increasingly likely antitrust complaint unless the company steps up and offers some concessions (or additional concessions) in settlement discussions with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to Bloomberg, US FTC Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz is “pressing” Google to [...]

  • Goodbye Google Custom Home Pages With Personal Backgrounds

    Over two years ago, Google enabled users to customize the Google home page with their own image or graphics from a library of images. But now that feature is going away. This is coming to a surprise for many Google users because Google quietly announced this news late on a Friday afternoon saying: Classic Plus [...]

  • Why You Need To Get To Failure As Quickly As Possible

    The cliché Failure is not an option, in my opinion, is misguided, and unless on the back of some high school wrestler’s shirt, is annoying. Sure, failure isn’t an option if you’re piloting a 777 on final approach or are Ed Harris. Failure can mean certain defeat; I’m certainly not implying there’s not an end-point in some [...]

  • Google Offers Tips For A Search Engine Friendly Tablet Experience (Not Recommendations)

    Google posted some tips for building a search engine friendly mobile tablet experience for users and search engines. Google is clear to point out these tips are NOT specific “recommendations for building search engine friendly tablet-optimized websites.” Google does not have guidelines or official recommendations for tablet-optimized web sites but they did want to offer [...]

  • Does Mobile Search Matter In A Multiscreen World?

    This is my 25th mobile search column and my 30th post for Search Engine Land in almost four years. Mobile search has evolved quite a bit since I started writing this column in 2009, and even more since the iPhone turned everything on its head in 2007. In my first column, I argued that the [...]

  • The Thinker Google Doodle For Auguste Rodin’s Birthday

    Google is celebrating the life of French sculpter Auguste Rodin on his 172nd birthday today. The sculpture Google is using to remember his life is one of his most famous sculptures named The Thinker. The Thinker was finished in 1902, but not presented publicly until 1904. It is currently located at Musée Rodin, Paris but [...]

  • 5 Areas That Demonstrate The Growing Potential Of Local Search

    As those of you who read my column know, I believe strongly in the potential of an integrated, multi-platform approach to local search, and the importance of educating small businesses about the various advertising opportunities available to them. Small businesses today often struggle with the idea that local advertising can no longer be executed using [...]

  • Google & Bing’s 2012 Veterans Day Logos

    Google and Bing have special logos and themes today to honor the United States of America’s Veterans on the US .com versions of their web sites. Both search engines typically have logos for this special day, but for some reason, Yahoo does not have a special logo today. In any event, here are the logos [...]

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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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