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Google’s Desktop Search Share Drops To Lowest Point In 6 Years by @mattsouthern

In the months following Google’s fallout with Firefox as the browser’s default search engine, the search giant’s share of the desktop search market has been on the decline. January was no different, as Google’s desktop search market share dropped below 75% for the first time since July 2008, according to StatCounter. Yahoo, on the other hand, has been seeing steady gains since becoming Firefox’s default search provider. When taking into account queries across all devices, Yahoo has overtaken Bing as the second largest search engine in the US. Taking a look at the numbers you’ll see that Yahoo has nearly […]

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Facebook Drops Microsoft’s Bing to Do Its Own Search Thing

Facebook’s relationship status with Microsoft’s Bing has changed to “it’s complicated.”

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Facebook Drops Bing From Facebook Search Results

The end to a long relationship with Microsoft search is another signal that Facebook is concentrating on serving connections within its network.

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Bing Adds Carousel For Local Searches After Google Drops The Feature

Bing is now using a carousel format for their local search results user interface. If you search Bing for local related queries, such as pizza, you will see local results placed in a black bar, that you can navigation through, to find local pizza stores. Here is a picture: Bing started using the…

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Seo Jung Hee drops abuse charge against Seo Se Won in the infamous elevator … – allkpop

Seo Jung Hee drops abuse charge against Seo Se Won in the infamous elevator
Back in July, comedian Seo Se Won shocked the nation when a CCTV clip of him dragging his wife by her feet into an elevator was revealed (footage can be seen above). Shortly after the incident went public, his wife Seo Jung Hee filed for a divorce. Now …

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Google Drops Local Carousel For Hotels, Restaurants & Other Local Listings

Google is dropping its horizontal Carousel display of local search results in several categories: restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and hotels. It’s being replaced by a 3-pack of organic listings and some new secondary pages. The Local Carousel rolled out in June, 2013 for the PC in the…

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Another SEO tool drops the word “SEO” – Marketing Pilgrim (blog)

Another SEO tool drops the word “SEO
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Majestic, the link intelligence database that many SEOs have come to use on a daily basis, has dropped the “SEO” from it's brand and from its domain name, to become Since most people won't have used Google's site migration tool before, …

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Seo In Young drops teaser images for her MV – allkpop

Seo In Young drops teaser images for her MV
Power house singer Seo In Young dropped more teaser images, this time from her upcoming MV, via Instagram on October 2. She wrote, "MV Teaser. Attention to music and fashion! Music and fashion are one! I did not sleep well trying to get ahold of the …

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Apple’s New iPhone Line-Up: No 4S, Price Drops

See ya, iPhone 4S. Thanks for everything. 

When it comes to phones, Apple is now in the phablet business. CEO Tim Cook didn’t refer to the large iPhone 6 or the even more gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus as such. But there’s no doubt Apple’s phone development took a step toward tablet territory. 

Adding jumbo devices to the fray isn’t the only change to the company’s smartphone line-up, though. Apple also got busy rejiggering availability and pricing for its current stock of smaller iPhones. Apple’s online store tells the tale: Some of those devices saw price slashes, while at least one got the old heave-ho, making way for the new iPhones 6, which opens for pre-orders Friday.

It’s a lot to take in. But If those changes seem confusing, don’t fret. Here’s a handy guide to iPhone availability.

Apple’s Family of iPhones Now

Apple no longer carries the iPhone 5, its 2012 device that introduced 4-inch displays to the iPhone-using public. But the model didn’t entirely wind up in the smartphone afterlife—it was reborn as 2013’s colorful iPhone 5C.

See also: iOS 8 Offers Some New Tricks For Big iPhones

At this point, the company still carries that low-end model, but it’s no longer a budget device. It’s a freebie phone now. And its sibling, the iPhone 5S—last year’s flagship phone—also went through a price change, dropping from $199 for the 16GB base model to a modest $99 with two-year contract.

As for the even older iPhone 4S, well, it’s time to say goodbye. Apple pulled the plug on the 2011 smartphone. This was the last Apple device with a 3.5-inch screen.

The iPhones 6 and 6 Plus now flesh out the premium end of Apple’s family of smartphones. The 4.7-inch device starts at $199 on contract ($649 full retail, available from T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the U.K.). The super-roomy Plus will put a 5.5-inch screen in people’s hands for a minimum of $299 on contract ($749, full retail).

To sum up:

  • 3.5-inch iPhone 4S: Ciao. Thanks for the memories.
  • 4-inch iPhone 5S: The most advanced Apple device with smaller display, now $99.
  • 4-inch iPhone 5C: The reigning cheap iPhone, with the bargain basement price of zilch.
  • 4.7-inch iPhone 6: This is now considered the small iPhone, at least in Apple’s 2014 collection, starting at $199.
  • 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus: Apple’s new premium big-screen wonder stands tall on thick wallets, thanks to $299 base price.

So it seems die-hard fans of small screens can still find some satisfaction, at least for the time being. 

See also: What You Can Do With The Apple Watch

As for the future, the changes to Apple’s inventory may leave one wondering where iPhone development will go next. Next year, Apple will probably follow its historical pattern and release a slightly different iPhone 6 (or two) instead of a major update. While not groundbreaking in itself, that could be enough to finish off the last remaining 4-inch models for good. 

The notion was unthinkable a few years ago, when Steve Jobs ridiculed the competition over its enormous handsets. But even though Cook paid homage to the late co-founder on Tuesday at Apple press event, it’s clear that this is his company now. And the future of Cook’s Apple is looking super-sized. 

Feature image by Yoshikazu TAKADA

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ALS Charity Drops “Ice Bucket Challenge” Trademark Attempt

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Association’s attempt to trademark the phrase “Ice Bucket Challenge” met with a chilly response from Internet critics. It has now withdrawn its applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  

On Friday, the ALS Association announced that since July 29, it has received more than $109.9 million in donations—a 3504% increase from the $2.8 million it received during same time period last year. Those invited to participate in the in the Ice Bucket Challenge have 24 hours to either donate money or take a shower under a bucket of ice filled water, optimally posting video proof of the challenge met on the Internet. As the donations and more than 1 million videos posted on YouTube and Facebook show, many chose to do both. 

The origins of the ice bucket challenge are unclear, though its been utilized in benefit of other charities both before and during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’s viral reign. The predecessor “Cold Water Challenge” that started making the rounds in mid 2013 was often issued to benefit cancer charities. 

The ALS Overreaches

Other charities dedicated to support of sufferers and research of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), benefited from donations inspired by social media phenomenon. The ALS Association however, received from the lion’s share, and on August 26, the nonprofit filed two trademark applications with the USPTO. The first was for “ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE” and the second for ALS ICE BUCKET.

“This is why we can’t have nice things,” was one of the more, ahem, charitable criticisms repeated on Twitter after trademark attorney Erik M. Pelton posted about the ALS Association’s USPTO filings on his firm’s website under the pithy headline, “Let the ice bucket trademark challenges begin.” Many, however, didn’t spare the organization their own icy criticism:

On Friday, the same day the ALS Association thanked donors all over the world for their $100.9 million generosity, it also pulled its trademark applications. The ALS Association provided ReadWrite with the following statement: 

The ALS Association filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect the Ice Bucket Challenge from misuse after consulting with the families who initiated the challenge this summer. However, we understand the public’s concern and are withdrawing the trademark applications. We appreciate the generosity and enthusiasm of everyone who has taken the challenge and donated to ALS charities.  

In his trademark blog post, Pelton delineated the reasons he felt the ALS Association’s trademark attempt was inappropriate. These criticism included the fact that the phrase “Ice Bucket Challenge” isn’t associated exclusively with fundraising for the ALS Association. He also questioned whether if successful, the nonprofit would prevent others from using the ice bucket challenge for other charitable causes.

But Let’s Consign These Guys To An Icy Hell

On the other hand, perhaps we should have taken the ALS Association at its word. It’s hard to escape that feeling when you see how many outfits are trying to profit from the viral phenomenon.  may very well wish to protect the the game that sent its donations skyrocketing from those who seek to profit from it personally. Look no further than the Ice Bucket Challenge Halloween costume for an example of why we really can’t have nice things:

“ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a serious illness that destroys nervous cells and lives,” reads the description for this pile of plastic and tulle with a $40 price tag. “The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest craze in “slacktivism” that helps raise awareness and donations to fund research in the ongoing struggle to end this terrible disease.”  

Google Play has a host of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-themed apps. Amazon offers an ever-increasing inventory of “I Survived The Ice Bucket Challenge” apparel for everyone from infants to adults. There are stickers and magnets too, including the “Lindsay Lohan Photo Fridge Magnet, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” ($2.99), which originally promised “side boob” but now merely assures the potential purchaser of “Highest Quality Magnet Available.”

None of these product descriptions offer much indication that your purchase will benefit anyone but the profiteers offering them. It’s enough—almost—to make you ask the ALS Association to reinstate its application. 

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