Yahoo is beefing up its search trending tools to better take on Web giant Google.
The Web pioneer yesterday relaunched Yahoo Clues, a trending service that allows users to see what other people are searching for on the Web. Originally launched last November, the new page has been expanded beyond the previous single-page version to include information on searches executed not only in the U.S. but globally. Also, a new map shows where the searches are originating from on both a global and local scale.
The company has added a new feature called Top Trends that allows people to … Read more
Google is changing the inbox design for its wildly popular Gmail service, and letting users try the new look out, the company announced today. Unlike the ordinary themes that address color scheme, these new themes are part of a larger redesign that addresses elements like the size and shapes of the Compose button, search buttons, and navigation controls.
As of today, two new themes are available: "Preview" and "Preview (Dense)." These feature a large, red Compose button instead of a smaller gray one, and sharper edges throughout the design. The color scheme of these two preview themes remains predominantly red, white, and gray, but Google says more colors will follow.… Read more
How many Zuckerbergs does it take to make a Google+? And how many of them can be fake or fleeting? In the past 24 hours, at least three profiles bearing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's name have appeared on Google+, Google's take on the social network: "Fake Zuckerberg," "Mark Zuckerberg" (started today), and "Mark Zuckerberg" (started yesterday).
Twitter is all over it. The first Zuckerberg, which showed the social-media mogul smiling and talking trash, now returns a page-not-found error (here's a tweeted screen grab). Fake Zuckerberg was also short-lived (tweeted screen grab). The second Zuckerberg profile is still up, but silent--no posts.
Odds are yesterday's snarky "Mark Zuckerberg" was fake and related to "Fake Zuckerberg." The photo was Zuckerberg's familiar smiling Facebook photo. A screen grab shows that this photo was also originally used on the Fake Zuckerberg account, then quickly changed to a photo of Jesse Eisenberg, the actor who played Zuckerberg in the movie "The Social Network."
But the second Mark Zuckerberg profile, put up shortly after the first was taken down, is harder to dismiss. The non-smiling profile picture--an apparent cell phone or a Webcam shot--is not easily found elsewhere. A TinEye search turned up only the Zuckerberg Google+ profile image.… Read more
Google explains that Gmail will get a lift over the next few months, and is "part of a Google-wide effort to bring you an experience that's more focused, elastic, and effortless". Users can also expect changes in Google Calendar, which will be rolled out over the next few days.
It's unclear when the new Gmail interface will take over, but until then, you can start using it with this trick:
First, sign in to Gmail and head to Mail settings. … Read more
The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing Twitter and its interaction with at least one app developer, according to published reports.
The agency, which is responsible for reviewing companies suspected of engaging in anticompetitive behavior, has requested information about UberMedia, a potential Twitter competitor that owns a portfolio of Twitter clients and related applications, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter. The FTC's interest in Twitter's activities was originally reported by the Business Insider.
Twitter and FTC representatives could not be reached for comment, and UberMedia did not immediately respond to a request … Read more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that his company will "launch something awesome" next week, Reuters is reporting.
According to the news service, Zuckerberg told reporters in his company's Seattle office that the team there had developed the upcoming project. Facebook's Seattle office played an integral role in the development of the social network's recently improved mobile site, prompting Reuters to suggest the upcoming launch could be mobile- or tablet-related.
If the launch is tablet-related, it could be Facebook's long-awaited iPad application. The company currently offers an iPhone app, but iPad owners have so … Read more
The Bay City News Service reports that there have been three alleged thefts from the former Sun/Oracle campus, which is being remodeled to allow for more internal skateboarding.
What are the alleged thieves after? Some strange souvenirs from what might be Mark Zuckerberg's new desk? Some secret plans that might have been left lying around during a company walk-through?… Read more
It's right up there with the sound of nails clawing a chalk board. Scratch that. It's far worse.
Each year, it seems, the on-court shrieks and grunting of professional tennis players gets louder and louder with seemingly no solution in sight. But now technology is coming to the rescue in what fed-up tennis fans will surely welcome as a hopeful harbinger.
In a statement, the Beeb, which described the technology as an "experiment," said listeners will be able to "adjust the commentary level relative to the sound of the court: the crowd, base-line grunting and ball. For technical reasons the experiment will only be available during live coverage of matches from Center Court. The player may need manual configuration within some corporate firewalls."
The tool is currently only available for BBC Radio 5 Live transmissions, but it may be introduced to other broadcasting platforms if successful. … Read more