Google Lets You Search with Local Recommendations From Specific Friends

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Google announced a new Google Maps feature today, related to the company’s recently launched Hotpot social recommendation product. Now, users can search Google Maps, and request results based on the recommendations of specific friends.  "Most of us know lots of friends, each with very different areas of expertise when it comes to places to recommend. With the recent launch of …

Rumor: Chrome Chief To Stick With Google Despite Twitter Bid

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As news stories go, there have been more interesting ones than an employee not switching companies.  However, rumors indicated that Twitter was courting Google’s Sundar Pichai, and in order to keep him – which Google has – Google likely had to lay out a significant sum of money. To set the scene: Sundar Pichai has been with Google for almost …

Twitter Raises $200M In Funding At $3.7B Valuation

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For most people with a financial interest in Twitter, these are going to be some happy holidays indeed.  The company’s confirmed a new round of funding, and reports indicate that it raised $200 million at a valuation of a stunning $3.7 billion. Dick Costolo confirmed on the Twitter Blog that Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers was, as had been rumored, the …

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 …

Ning: Failures, Lessons and Six Alternatives

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Ning, the network of social networks that boasted 20 million visitors a month, is making massive staff cutbacks and has announced a complete end to free services for its users. Those who pay for premium services will be asked to pay more, and those who are getting their social networks free of charge will be asked to fork over or …