A lot is happening in the world of search and social and as you know State of Search is not a news-reporting site but a site that interprets the news and looks at why something is happening and what that means to you. That doesn’t mean however we are not interested in the news. In this post we will bring the top stories of what happened last week with links to articles around the web. So you will know what you’ve missed.
Here’s what happened last week
Google and Belgian News Publisher Announce a deal
Google and Belgian news publishers announced a deal that will put an end to a copyright dispute which has been going on for years. Google says it is not paying the papers for content but some dispute that.
FTC To Say Google Did Not Violate Antitrust Laws
The New York Post reports that the FTC will probably announce a settlement of its antitrust investigation and potential claims against Google.
Google Maps on the iPhone
After a lot of hassle with the maps functionality from iPhone this week finally Google Maps returned as an app to the iPhone. And it was the most popular one within hours.
NORAD Tracks Santa With Microsoft & Bing, Not Google
Santa used to be ‘tracked’ via Google Maps since 2007 but starting this year the popular NORAD Tracks Santa site locates Santa Claus on Christmas Eve via Bing.
Google Tests New Flight Explorer Feature
Google appears to be testing a new service called Flight Explorer. It is not out yet officially, but tests have even seen.
Google introduces Data Highlighter for easier markups
Google introduces Data Highlighter, which will make structuring data around events a lot easier.
New look for the Bing Social Sidebar
Bing’s social integration in search, the sidebar, has gotten a new look. A new design making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, publicly blogged or tweeted about.
Google Shuts Down Shopping Service in China
Google announced it is shutting down Google Shopping China service. Google confirmed its closure in a post on its China blog.
Google tweaks image search
Google made changes to Google Image Search, making it safer to ensure adult content is shown only to those who explicitly request it.
Google released their Zeitgeist for 2012: what people searched for the most.
Facebook will ‘monetize’ Instagram
Facebook VP of Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson has confirmed that monetization of Instagram is on the agenda for Facebook and is coming in some form.News | Tags: Bing, Facebook, Google, News