The Official Google Blog:
Two new improvements to Google results pages — Today we're rolling out two new improvements to Google search. The first offers an expanded list of useful related searches and the second is the addition of longer search result descriptions — both of which help guide users more effectively to the information they need.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, PC World, Tech Beat, paidContent.org, Technologizer, CNET News, eWeek, Search Engine Watch, InfoWorld, Mashable!, Silicon Alley Insider, VoIP & Gadgets Blog, tinyComb, AppScout, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, TECH.BLORGE.com, Lifehacker, InformationWeek, Download Squad, The Noisy Channel and techblog.dallasnews.com, Thanks:atul
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Google changes search results, snippets
David Coursey / PC World: Semantic Search Could Secure Google's Future
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: Why Google Is Tweaking The Look Of Its Search Results
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Google Gets a Little More Refined
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Google adds new depth to complicated searches
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Google Refining Search Features As Yahoo Improves SearchMonkey
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google Launches Two Updates to Results Pages
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Google Goes (Slightly) Semantic with Tweaks to Search Results
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Google Tweaks Search, Keeps Getting Better
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: Google Rolls Out Contextual, Longer Search Results
Peter Young / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Google Rolls Out Longer Snippets and New Search Refinements
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Google Improves Search Results
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel: Google Offers “More And Better Search Refinements”
Andrew Smith / techblog.dallasnews.com: Google improves search engine
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Implements ‘Orion’ Technology, Improves Search Refinements & Adds Longer Snippets — Google is announcing two changes to search results this morning. The first involves the use of longer “snippets” (text extracts containing the keywords) when users input queries of three words or more.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits: Google Tries to Get Smarter, More Useful
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Changes Could Decrease Downstream Traffic — Google says it gets smarter every day, but today the company made a big enough leap in what it shows to users that an announcement was in order. The company blog post says that today's improvements are intended to “get you to the web page you want as quickly as possible.”
Discussion: PC World, Ars Technica and Between the Lines
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: Google Rolls out Semantic Search Capabilities
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sued for promoting iPhone as eBook reader — An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago. — In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday …
Discussion: TechFlash, Crave, Gadget Lab, iPhone Buzz, Macsimum News, IntoMobile, TeleRead and Engadget
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: Apple slapped with lawsuit over electronic books on iPhone
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Apple Sued for Marketing iPhone as Book Reader
Alison Spong / iPhone Buzz: Apple hit with yet another lawsuit
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Swiss company sues Apple for daring to think the iPhone could be an ebook reader
Will Park / IntoMobile: Apple sued for pushing iPhone as eBook reader
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: iPhone as e-book reader: Patent absurdity?
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget: Apple, MONEC in lawsuit over iPhone e-book apps
Lucy Hornby / Reuters:
“Unafraid” China apparently fears YouTube — BEIJING (Reuters) - China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. — YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable …
David Worthington / Technologizer: China Allegedly Blocks YouTube
Quentin Sommerville / BBC: China ‘blocks YouTube video site’
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal: YouTube Says China Blocks Site
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: China to YouTube: YouBlocked
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: China Bans YouTube, Again
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: China Blocks YouTube (Again)
Miguel Helft / New York Times: YouTube Being Blocked in China, Google Says
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone Makes Up 50 Percent of Smartphone Web Traffic In U.S., Android Already 5 Percent — The iPhone now accounts for 50 percent of mobile Web traffic from smartphones in the U.S., according to an AdMob Mobile Metrics report released this morning. Over the past six months …
Jennifer Bergen / The Toybox: iPhone dominates in mobile Web traffic, Android already on its way up
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: AdMob's iPhone Ad Business Exploding
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones: Internet traffic data shows the iPhone was top dog in February
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: AdMob: Android Smartphone Jumps to 5% OS Share in U.S.
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search: AdMob Feb. Metrics: Smartphone Mobile Internet Share Continues to Grow
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Last.fm Radio Announcement — Today we're announcing an upcoming change to the way Last.fm Radio works in some parts of the world. In the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, nothing will change. — In all other countries, listening to Last.fm Radio will soon require a subscription of €3.00 per month.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Epicenter, Download Squad, ReadWriteWeb, Lucas Gonze's blog and Mashable!
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat: Last.fm to charge users outside U.S., U.K., Germany
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter: Last.fm Radio to Require Paid Subscription in Hundreds of Countries
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Last.fm to Charge Subscription Fee for Many International Listeners
Lucas Gonze / Lucas Gonze's blog: Last.fm+CBS getting the books balanced
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Last.fm to Start Charging International Users
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Looks Beyond Cellphones — As Core Business Slumps, Wireless Carrier Aims to Use Its Network for Dashboard Computers, GPS Devices — Unable to sign up enough new cellphone subscribers, Sprint Nextel Corp. is increasingly trying to use the excess capacity on its wireless network to power other consumer gadgets.
Discussion: Computerworld, Engadget Mobile, Gadget Lab, CNET News, InformationWeek, Phone Arena, Unwired View, Electronista, FierceWireless, SlashGear and CrunchGear
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld: Sprint shifts direction, offers its wireless service for consumer devices
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: Sprint Looks to Lease Network to Gadget Makers
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Sprint to help connect gadgets to the Net
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Sprint May Rent Excess Network Capacity
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Sprint looking for embedded wireless partnerships
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Sprint 3G talks with Garmin, Kodak & SanDisk?
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Sprint may be the network of choice for non-phone devices
Ploth / perceptdev.com:
iPhone Keyboard - no Jailbreaking required, using 2.0 SDK — A number of industrious individuals have achieved what to some is the holy grail of iPhone accessories: an iPhone keyboard. But most have done it in a very hard-to-repeat manner, and few have shared the methods they used.
Discussion: Technologizer, TUAW, Gizmodo, Gadget Lab, Softpedia News, Obsessable, The Apple Core, Hack a Day, Apple Gazette and VOIP IP Telephony
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: I'm Dying to Get My Hands on an iPhone Keyboard! I Think!
Dave Caolo / TUAW: iPhone external keyboard without jailbreaking
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: iPhone Tweaked (Not Hacked) to Work With External Keyboard
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable: Use an external keyboard with an iPhone sans jailbreak
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iPhone 2.0 keyboard hack, sans jailbreak
Caleb Kraft / Hack a Day: external keyboard with an iphone
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Tweaks Its Title Tags For Better Google Juice — Notice that title tag for my Twitter profile page? — It reads “Robin Wauters (robinwauters) on Twitter” where it used to say “Twitter / robinwauters”. For the TechCrunch Twitter account, it used to read “Twitter / TechCrunch” …
Discussion: CNET News, Between the Lines and bub.blicio.us, Thanks:atul
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Twitter tweaks page titles, breaks out on Google
Michelle Lentz / bub.blicio.us: Twitter Gives You Google Juice
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple announces Cross Border ordering to 20 countries — Apple on Tuesday quietly introduced its new Cross Border campaign, which allows US-based customers to make purchases for recipients located in Mexico, 15 countries across Europe, and 4 countries in Southeast Asia.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Apple introduces Cross Border campaign
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype, Now the Largest Long-distance Phone Company — TeleGeography says that cross-border telephone traffic grew 14 percent in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12 percent in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Falling prices and rising popularity have flattened the revenues (see graph below the fold).
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Todd Watson / Internet Evolution: Too Much of a Good Thing
Stephan Beckert / TeleGeography Research:
Skype's share of the international long-distance pie on the increase
Skype's share of the international long-distance pie on the increase
Discussion: techblog.dallasnews.com, Epicenter and The SiliconANGLE
Andrew Smith / techblog.dallasnews.com: Already the world's largest carrier of international calls …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter: Skype Tops All in International Calls
Mark Ghuneim / MediaPost:
Twitter: How Small Interface Changes Are A Big Win For Everyone — At first glance, Twitter's recent interface changes seem to be relatively minor — a “Featured Users” option within “Find People,” a “Search Now” box, and a new “Trends” section. Yet, after a more in-depth examination …
John D. Sutter / CNN:
No joke in April Fool's Day computer worm — (CNN) — A computer-science detective story is playing out on the Internet as security experts try to hunt down a worm called Conficker C and prevent it from damaging millions of computers on April Fool's Day. — The anti-worm researchers …
Discussion: Domain Name News
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Acer F1 may come in September powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU — Acer F1, one of the smartphones said to come with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board, will apparently be launched in September 2009. — What's more interesting is that, according to AllAboutPhones.nl, which participated …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, IntoMobile and WMExperts
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Acer F1 (with Snapdragon!) rumored for September
Call to ‘shut down’ Street View — Images of 25 cities are viewable via Google Street View — A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO). — Drawn up by privacy campaigners, it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.
Discussion: Privacy International, CNET News, TechCrunch Europe, PC World, twopointouch, Softpedia News and Electricpig.co.uk
Mr Richard Thomas / Privacy International: PI files complaint about Google Street View
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News: Privacy group targets Google Street View U.K.
Daniel Ionescu / PC World: Brits Want Google Street View Shut Down
Ian Delaney / twopointouch: Trust me, I have an IP address
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Face.com Brings Facial Recognition To Facebook Photos (We Have Invites) — If there is one feature on Facebook which delivers “social utility” magic even to the most average of users, it's Photos. In fact the feature is so popular that by Facebook's own account 1 billion photos are uploaded every month …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, RotorBlog.com, VentureBeat, Socialmedia.biz and TheNextWeb.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb: Facial Recognition Comes to Facebook
Arnold Zafra / RotorBlog.com: Photo Finder App Coming to Facebook Soon
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat: Find untagged photos of your Facebook friends with Face.com's Photo Finder
Ayeletnoff / Socialmedia.biz: Photo Finder will find you wherever you are
Ayelet Noff / TheNextWeb.com: Photo-Finder Will Find You Wherever You Are
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile — For those of you reading this in an RSS reader, you can watch the video here. You can also grab the embed code if you want to use this video in your own blog. — Just over a month ago, I mentioned on this blog that we were gearing up to launch Skype 3. Beta …
Discussion: Download Squad, jkOnTheRun and WMExperts
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile Adds SMS and File Sharing
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Skype 3.0 beta sends texts, files
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9630 Review: Part 1 — We've been playing with it non-stop all weekend. We've tastelessly shown it off with a dash of hood on video. But the review is now finally ready. We decided to split this into two parts, one now and one right before launch.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, IntoMobile, I4U News and Engadget
Simon Sage / IntoMobile: BlackBerry 9630 Niagara Reviewed, Gushed Over
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: BlackBerry 9630 aka Niagara gets reviewed early
Chris Ziegler / Engadget: BlackBerry Niagara 9630 reviewed in all its prerelease glory
Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
More office space, lower leases in Silicon Valley — An ugly economy has affected more than Silicon Valley's residential real estate market; it's pummeling the commercial real estate market as well. — About 8.7 million square feet of Silicon Valley office space was vacant in the fourth quarter of 2008 …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Woops! China Unicom post iPhone Page - Guess who is bringing the iPhone to China? — They don't get any better than this! It looks like the biggest mobile market in the world will be served the iPhone by China Unicom - unless there is something very shady going on.
Discussion: CNET News, Macworld UK, Tech Trader Daily, Silicon Alley Insider and Apple 2.0
Tom Krazit / CNET News: China Unicom posts iPhone 3G images, specs
Owen Fletcher / Macworld UK: China Unicom Web site posts iPhone 3G and G1 specs
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: iPhone Set To Launch In China?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: China Unicom posts ad for iPhone
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Tiny, Super-fast Linux distro Moblin V2 alpha 2 released — Late in January of this year I installed Moblin on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. At the time, it wasn't officially supported by the distro and my wireless wouldn't connect, so I ended up removing it.
Discussion: Moblin Blogs and jkOnTheRun
Tariq Shureih / Moblin Blogs: Moblin v2 Alpha 2 Release
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Moblin v2 Alpha 2 Arrives for Netbooks
Google's Wonder Wheel Experiment, and More — Google is running an experiment in their search results, apparently shown to a portion of their users. What happens is that on the search results, say for the query comic books, a link in the top blue bar will read “Show options...”.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Samsung Papyrus: touchscreen ebook debuts … Samsung is too launch a touchscreen ebook reader to take on the Amazon Kindle Pocket-lint has learnt. — The new model called Papyrus will launch in Korea in June with the aim to eventually launch in the UK and US a spokesperson for Samsung told Pocket-lint.
Discussion: Engadget, TeleRead, CrunchGear and Samsung Hub
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Samsung Papyrus e-book reader on track for Korean launch this summer
Scott Merrill / CrunchGear: Samsung ready to roll out Papyrus touchscreen ebook reader
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm's Secret Weapon for the Pre — Against the odds, Palm courted a formidable community of developers whose apps may prove vital to the fortunes of the make-or-break Pre smartphone — As recently as late 2008, Pandora Networks' Chief Technology Officer Tom Conrad still had big doubts about the prospects for smartphone maker Palm.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple Falls to Third Place in Reliability Report, Loses to Asus and Lenovo/IBM — Apple, the previous champ in RESCUECOM's consumer reliability 2008 report, just got demolished by Asus in an almost 3 to 1 score for Q1 2009. It even loses to Lenovo. — Asus scored a 972, compared with Lenovo's 348 and Apple's 324.
Discussion: Electronista, PR Newswire and Liliputing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Announces Executive Team (Internal Memo) — MySpace Music, the joint venture between MySpace and the major labels to provide free streaming music to users, is announcing its executive team this afternoon. The president of the company, Courtney Holt, was announced late last year.
Doug Coleman / Jobwire: MySpace Music Executive Team Announced