• Google Adds Recipe Search To Mobile
    Google added a search feature for foodies just in time for New Year's Eve.  Searching for food on mobile served up a carousel of recipes at the top of the results page. Directly below the search bar searchers will see suggestions to refine results. Alex Chitu adds some screen shots to highlight the feature. 
  • IHS Forecasts Ad Revenue Growth To Hit $532 Billion in 2016
    Data released Friday by IHS Markit from its annual Global Advertising Trends report from IHS Technology's Advertising Intelligence Service expects online to surpass television advertising by 2020.
  • Yandex Releases Update for Maps On Windows
    Sean Chan reports that Russian search engine Yandex on Wednesday released a major update for its Yandex.Maps app on Windows Phone. The company is redesigning the app to match it with Windows 10. He provides a screen shot showing a "cleaner" look and  a list of features for the app. 
  • Facebook Looks Back At 2016 Open-Source Projects
    Facebook began about about 77 new Open Source projects in 2016, and developers committed about 60,000 pieces of code to projects. Overall the company has nearly 400 projects and more than 500,000 followers across its entire portfolio. Here's a recap of the projects and a list of the top five code contributors. 
  • Google Employee Sues Search Giant
    A Google product manager is suing the search giant over its “internal spying problem,” which he believes violates California labor law, Silicon Beat reports, citing a report in The Information. “The product manager is the same person who filed a federal National Labor Relations Board complaint earlier this year against Google and its sister firm Nest, maker of smart-home devices,” SB writes.
  • EU Approves Verizon's Yahoo Deal
    The European Commission gave a nod to Verizon Wednesday on its acquisition of Yahoo. The commission said it would "not raise any competition concerns given the companies' moderate market positions, the limited increments brought by the proposed transaction and the presence of a number of strong players providing such services."
  • Microsoft Scores Big Pentagon Contract
    Microsoft just won a $927 million contract to provide technical support to the Defense Information Systems Agency, Reuters reports. Earlier in the year, the software giant secured a deal with the Department of Defense to bring its Windows 10 operating system to its four million employees.
  • Reviewers Using Bad Reviews As Revenge
    Online reviews have become a weapon of sorts. Such the case for one TripAdvisor reviewer who felt the food at the diner gave him food poisoning. The proprietor claims the patron tried to blackmail him into giving a refund for the meal. He said the diner warned that they would post a bad review on TripAdvisor if they did not get their money back. Three days later the patron followed through with the threat. The Telegraph explains.
  • Bill Gates Leading $1B Fund To Fight Climate Change
    Over the next 20 years, Bill Gates is spearheading a $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change. “The Microsoft co-founder and his all-star line-up of fellow investors plan to announce tomorrow the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, which will begin making investments next year,” Quartz reports. “The BEV fund … aims to invest in the commercialization of new technologies that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.”
  • Google Search Property Sets To Include More Reports
    Google said Monday that it now offers more reporting options for property sets in Google Search Console. Property sets allows marketers to combine profiles from apps and sites in the Google search console into one report. The company initially launched property sets earlier this year in May. It also allows marketers to monitor the site's hreflang link attribute setup across different versions of the Web site, per Google.
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