Will Brands and Verticals Become More Dominant in Search?

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More WebProNews Videos WebProNews recently chatted with Tim Mayer, who left Yahoo back in August after serving as s VP of Search Products, VP of Search Business, and VP of North American Audience.  "I think we’re seeing a much more competitive search environment," he tells us. "We’ve had Bing aggressively enter the marketplace, and Google’s been responding, and we’ve seen …

Google Talks Local Search Relevance Factors

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Google is placing a great deal of emphasis on local in its search results these days. In fact in many cases, it would appear to significantly reduce the importance of ranking in the regular organic results.  Google talked a little about how local search ranking works today in a blog post on its Lat Long Blog, which included the below …

Google Cooks Up a New Recipe for Local Search

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The engineers at Google have recently been throwing a lot of new ingredients into local search, working to improve both user experience and merchant visibility. This week’s announcement of a new local recommendation engine called Hotpot is the latest culmination of those efforts. Hotpot is an extension of Google Places, the local search… [[ This is a content summary only. …

Privacy Concerns Put the Kibosh on the Netflix Prize

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Amid class-action lawsuits over privacy and subsequent FTC inquiries, Netflix announced today that it will not be pursuing the next Netflix Prize. For more than three years, individuals competed to win the $1 million Netflix Prize, in the process improving the company’s algorithm for recommending movies to its users. When the results were first announced last summer, Netflix followed them …