• Google Search Console Gains Removal Reports
    Google's new removal tool launched today in Google Search Console lets marketers temporarily hide URLs from showing in Google search, shows marketers the outdated content removed from Google, and shows the URLs filtered by Google’s SafeSearch adult filter. The new report also provides information on site pages that have been reported via other Google public tools.
  • Pinterest Visual Search Tool Attracts Estee Lauder, Sephora, Lancome
    A Pinterest Try-On Feature that works with Lens, the company's visual search tool, has attracted some of the top beauty brands. The tools can recognize about 2.5 billion objects, which overlays a digital image of makeup on a selfie of the person using the tool. Users tap on the Lens camera icon in the search feature and click "try on" to see the virtual product. 
  • Amazon, Google Sued By Songwriter Reps Over Pirated Music
    A series of lawsuits filed last week claim Amazon and Google failed to police their music marketplaces and allow pirated recordings to serve up in search results. The lawsuits, filed last week by organizations representing top songwriters such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday, suggest the bootlegged versions of albums appear in each companies’ music store in searches next to the legitimate versions from record companies.
  • Federal AI Regulations Coming
    Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, at CES on Tuesday talked about a set of principles to federally regulate the development of artificial intelligence in the private sector without stifling innovation. The Wall Street Journal reported that agencies will be required to conduct risk assessments and cost-benefit analysis of any potential regulation. Industry executives and government officials noted the proposed guidelines were a positive development. AI is built into nearly every type of online technology, from Google's and Bing's search engines, to analytics and support for websites and beyond. 
  • Titans Running Tech Created Trillions In Market Value During Last Decade
    Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet combined created $3.25 trillion in market value during the past decade, which helped to lift the Nasdaq to a 325% return during the 2010s, according to CNN Business, citing a report from UBS Global Wealth Management chief investment officer Mark Haefele.
  • Amazon At CES Shows Strength In Search
    Amazon stepped into this year's CES show in Las Vegas with new milestones. Late last month it revealed the company has sold more than 100 million Alexa devices and integrated with 100,000 smart home products from more than 9,500 brands--all rely on search either by voice or algorithms to find products, services, and content,