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The Week We Searched For- April 23, 2010

Bing Continues to Struggle against Google

While Microsoft fared well in the third quarter of its 2010 fiscal year, it’s Online Services Division, i.e. Bing, continued to endure heavy losses against its rival Google. [1]

Facebook Continues to Deal with Privacy Issues

This week marked Facebook’s third annual f8 developers’ conference in San Francisco. One of the main issues on the docket for the conference was Facebook’s new Like Button policies. Before the changes, when users commented on their ‘friends’ statuses using the Like Button, the update could only be seen within Facebook’s site. Now, users have the option to allow third party sites, like Yelp, to view these updates and ‘personalize’ their user preferences. While the new feature will allow previously detached social sites to work together to create a more dynamic social media experience for their users, it has also generated a lot of concern regarding the security of user information. To read more about these privacy concerns [2], check out Grace Kobayashi’s article on The Search Agents blog, and for more on the f8 conference check out Jason Kincaid’s article on TechCrunch. [3]

Google Denies Turn-by-Turn Navigation Rumors

Google denied the recent rumors suggesting that the search giant would bring free turn-by-turn navigation to Apple’s iPhone. Although Google has introduced navigation technology to the Android 2.0 phone, they stated that they had no plans to incorporate it into the iPhone [4], saying “We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we’ve had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all.”

Amazon Reports Surprising Profits for their Last Quarter

Amazon.com reported this week that their first-quarter profit improved by 68 percent [5], suggesting that customers are increasing their spending in tandem with signs of national economic improvement. The degree of improvement surprised many analysts, who had expected the company to produce $177 million in the quarter, rather than $299 million.

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About Camille Canon

Outside of summer jobs and not-for-profit internships, The Search Agency is my first official place of employment. I recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where I studied Art History and German. I am an avid cook, baker, and destroyer of diets. My specialties are cream cheese brownies, biscotti cookies and lemon bars. I am also an Art enthusiast. Living in Berlin enables me to follow a young, emerging Art scene complete with “eccentric” performance pieces and temporarily converted butcher shop galleries. I also enjoy running, traveling, and handy work. Camille Canon + [15]