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Google Maps Adds New Features and Brighter Colors

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In order to better serve its mobile customers and compete with the likes of Yelp and Foursquare in the mobile and local market, Google Maps is in the process of rolling out a new series of features. To better serve its mobile customers and compete with Yelp and Foursquare, Google Maps is in the process of rolling out a new series of features. 0 Comments

Is Google's New Local Algorithm 'Pigeon' for the Birds?

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Google rolled out a new local ranking algorithm that more closely mimics traditional organic search ranking -- but some queries have lost the 7-pack results entirely, pushing many local businesses off Page 1 altogether. Google rolled out a new local ranking algorithm that more closely mimics traditional organic search ranking -- but some queries have lost the 7-pack results entirely, pushing many local businesses off Page 1 altogether. 0 Comments

Google Search Results Now Include Apps for Android Users

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Android users can now see apps in search results when searching on their mobile device. When the best answer to a query is an app, Google Search will now display the app and make it easy to access or download from Google Play. Android users can now see apps in search results when searching on their mobile device. When the best answer to a query is an app, Google Search will now display the app and make it easy to access or download from Google Play. 0 Comments

Pinterest Explores Local Marketing with 'Place Pins'

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"Place Pins" offers a new way for local businesses to market themselves on Pinterest. The interactive map allows pinners to pin places they want to visit someday. These pins include local establishments with addresses and phone numbers. "Place Pins" offers a new way for local businesses to market themselves on Pinterest. The interactive map allows pinners to pin places they want to visit someday. These pins include local establishments with addresses and phone numbers. 0 Comments

Google+ Sign-In Means More Engagement, Data on Users

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Google says automatic sign-in for on Android, iOS, or the web will accelerate online registration and conversion, increase engagement among users, and, most key, give companies access to data on downloads, signed-in users, and their activity. Google says automatic sign-in for on Android, iOS, or the web will accelerate online registration and conversion, increase engagement among users, and, most key, give companies access to data on downloads, signed-in users, and their activity. 0 Comments

Bing Introduces 3-Column Search Results With Snapshots, Social Sidebar

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Bing will soon debut a big search results redesign. Rather than forcing social results into the main organic results, Bing will unveil a three-column design with organic results as the main pane, “entities” in the middle, and social on the right. Bing will soon debut a big search results redesign. Rather than forcing social results into the main organic results, Bing will unveil a three-column design with organic results as the main pane, “entities” in the middle, and social on the right. 0 Comments

Bing Introduces Action Buttons to Search Results

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Bing has released Action Buttons for searches of seven popular categories: airlines, couriers, restaurants, banks, rental cars, software downloads and hotels. Bing will show buttons that take you directly to pages to complete a specific task. Bing has released Action Buttons for searches of seven popular categories: airlines, couriers, restaurants, banks, rental cars, software downloads and hotels. Bing will show buttons that take you directly to pages to complete a specific task. 0 Comments

Google Buys Zagat, Gives Itself Extraordinary Rating

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Google has bought Zagat, an innovator of user-generated restaurant surveys. Google promises that Zagat ratings and reviews, which are behind a paywall, will become a “cornerstone” of Google’s local offering. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google has bought Zagat, an innovator of user-generated restaurant surveys. Google promises that Zagat ratings and reviews, which are behind a paywall, will become a “cornerstone” of Google’s local offering. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 0 Comments