How Local Business Names Might be Used by Google in Search Ranking Signals

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Length of Local Business Names May Matter in Search Rankings I love local search. In many ways, it’s similar to Google’s Web Search, but with its own unique features. In addition to Googlebot, Local search has street view cars. In addition to looking at links, local search also looks for mentions of businesses that appear … Read more How Local Business Names Might be Used by Google in Search Ranking Signals

Xerox Helps Google Fill in Some Search Gaps: From Pre-Web to Post Panda

If Google had launched in the early 90s, it might have come out with technology that could be used to search some of the electronic databases of the day, prior to the World Wide Web, such as Lexis or Dialog. It would have developed ways to visualize results from those systems in useful ways, and … Read more Xerox Helps Google Fill in Some Search Gaps: From Pre-Web to Post Panda

Google Plus Roots are Showing in Grouptivity Patent Filings

Google has been busy over the past couple of years acquiring a good number of small startups, including some that may help or have helped contribute features to Google Plus, such as Fridge, Tweet counting SocialGrapple, people sorting Katango, the team behind JustSpotted, social ranking PostRank, and social movie recommendation service fflick. Google hasn’t publicly … Read more Google Plus Roots are Showing in Grouptivity Patent Filings

Google Acquires Cuil Patent Applications

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) assignment database, Google has acquired the pending patent applications of one time search rival Cuil, touted when launched as a potential Google Killer. On July 28, 2008, the search engine Cuil went live with hopes from many that it would rival Google in technological know-how … Read more Google Acquires Cuil Patent Applications

97 Hewlett-Packard Patents Assigned to Google

At Hewlett-Packard’s global partner summit in Las Vegas yesterday, President and CEO Meg Whitman gave a keynote presentation on the state of the company and made a prediction about Google’s Android operating system: We decided to contribute WebOS to the open source community and this will take three to four years to play out,” said … Read more 97 Hewlett-Packard Patents Assigned to Google