Farewell to Yahoo!’s Paid Inclusion
Big news in the world of search engine optimization this week, as Yahoo! announced  their plans to shut down their Paid Inclusion program at the end of the year. The removal comes has part of Yahoo’s new partnership with Bing, which will switch Yahoo’s search platform to Bing’s algorithm. Yahoo’s Paid Inclusion program has been a controversial topic in the search industry since its advent in 2001. To read more about the history of Yahoo’s paid inclusion, check out Matt Kain’s ‘Eulogy for Yahoo’s SSP’ , and for a discussion about how this change will effect SEO optimization, check out Otto’s blog post ‘ The Death Knell for Yahoo Paid Inclusion.’ 
Levinson Leaves Google Board
Google announced early this week  that Arthur Levinson has left his position on the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Levinson leaves his post of five years in the middle of a federal antitrust investigation  into Google and Apple’s boards. The investigation has been ongoing since May 2009. Since then Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned his seat  on the board of directors of Apple. Although no official explanation was given, some speculate that his resignation reflects growing tension between Apple and Google over competition in the mobile market. To read more about the topic, check out Cecilia Kang’s article  in The Washington Post.
Shazam Attracts Kleiner Perkins
Shazam  announced this week the popular mobile music discovery engine had reached the 50 million user milestone. This news was coupled with an announcement that Shazam will receive funding  from Kleiner Perkins iFund, the same venture capital firm that backed Google and Amazon.
Digg’s Ad Commenting to Increase Revenue
Digg  executives tripled their revenue expectations for the year based on the growing success of their ad commenting platform. The advertising platform was first introduced  back in June 2009. It enables users to comment on advertisements the same way they interact with posted articles. To read more about why this platform has proven to be so popular and profitable, check out Andrew LaVallee’s  article in the Wall Street Journal.
Google’s Profits in Third Quarter Point to Growth in Search Ads
As economists all over the world argue about the future of America’s economy, Google surprised everyone this quarter with a 27% jump in profit. It is still unclear whether this improvement reflects overall economic progress or a rebound for the online advertising industry. To read more about how Google’s announcement reflects the economy at large, check out David Sarno’s article  and to find out more about how other search engines are fairing, check out Miguel Helft’s article in the NYTimes. 
Bits and Bolts
- Google Books saga got more interesting this week, when Barnes & Noble announced  their plans to team up with Google Android to develop an eReader.
- Google removed PageRank  data from its webmaster tools this week, making it a very dramatic week for SEO.
- AT&T and Google continue to squabble  over Google Voice.
- In an interview with Steve Lohr, Internet Godfather Tim Berners-Lee confesses his one Internet regret .
- Urbanspoon  introduced a new point-and-shoot  restaurant finder iPhone application.
- Taiwan’s Acer became the first non-American computer company  to rank as the #2 seller of personal computers.
- Spigit  is raising capital to begin offeringworkspace social network services  to the small and medium businesses. 
- The Week We Searched For- May 11, 2012  - May 11, 2012
- Interview with Cassandra Caswell-Stirling  - May 10, 2012
- The Week We Searched For- April 30-May 2, 2012  - May 4, 2012
- eRetailers Winning Customers at the Zero Moment of Truth  - May 3, 2012
- The Week We Searched For- April 20, 2012  - April 20, 2012
- The Week We Searched For- April 13, 2012  - April 13, 2012
- The Week We Searched For- April 6, 2012  - April 6, 2012
- An Interview with Erik Freeman  - April 5, 2012
- The Week We Searched For- April 2, 2012  - April 2, 2012
- The Week We Searched For- March 23, 2012  - March 23, 2012