The Week We Searched For- May 7, 2010 Google Gets a Facelift Google gave its search results page (SERP) a makeover this week, adding a ‘search options’ column to the left hand side of the page. Veteran searchers will recognize the three-column style from Ask.com and, most recently, from Bing and Yahoo’s site changes in 2009. The new ‘search options’ column allows users to explore their search either by refining the category, testing related wordings or venturing off into related searches. To read more about Google’s most recent changes, check out Danny Sullivan’s article on Search Engine Land. Digg to Lay off 10% of Workforce In an email sent out to company employees this week, Digg’s CEO, Kevin Rose, announced the company’s plan to lay off 10 percent of its staff. Digg, a user-driven social news site, has struggled over the past several years to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, which have both succeeded in acquiring large, influential user bases. For more information about Digg’s decision, check out Nick Bilton’s article on the New York Times Tech Blog. Facebook’s Privacy Confusion Continues Facebook's new social plugins have generated a lot of buzz recently, but recent system failures have cast light on many users' longstanding concern about the security of their private information. In the most recent gaffe, users were granted access to protected data in their friends’ accounts, such as chat conversations. Facebook’s cryptic security settings and new products focused on information sharing are causing some discontent amongst the Facebook masses. Curtis Silver authored an interesting article on the topic this week on Wired.com, discussing the legitimacy of ‘data security’ on the Internet. FCC Proposed Increased Regulation of Internet Providers The Federal Communications Commission continued their conversations this week about the definition of internet providers in regards to telecommunication companies. Julius Genachowsk, a chairman on the board, proposed defining internet service providers as telephone companies; a decision that would grant the FCC more authority over the broadband industry. U.S. Running Low on iPads Apple retail stores in thirteen U.S. cities have reported that they have sold out of all three versions of the iPad 3G. The demand for the iPad continues to exceed the supply, as Apple sold its millionth iPad on April 20. This Week’s Best Blogs
- Tom Kaneshige authored an article this week on Network World, addressing the growing conflict between Apple and Flash. Kaneshige takes a fair-balance look at whether or not Flash is as bad as Apple CEO Steve Jobs describes.
- Have any burning questions regarding Facebook’s latest security mishaps? Jenna Wortham wrote an article this week on the New York Times Tech Blog, asking readers to comment on and ask questions pertaining to Facebook’s outages. If you have a question, make sure to comment on the article. All the comments will be sent to Elliot Schrage, VP of Public Policy at Facebook.
- Mitchell Harper, from Mashable.com, wrote an article this week that puts Facebook’s Open Graph into an e-commerce perspective. Harper investigates how Facebook’s social revolution could impact online business and highlights important issues for marketers.
- Apple and Google have both been dubbed ‘evil’ by bloggers in recent months, a byproduct, no doubt, of their recent product announcements and growing animosity for one another. Brian X. Chen offers some suggestions for our friends at Apple on how to improve their devilish demeanor.