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Google’s 17 Percent Growth In Click Volume Is Lowest Since 2010

In Google’s Q3 earnings report, released yesterday, another round of big revenue gains weren’t enough to meet analysts’ expectations. Google’s revenue grew 20 percent over the previous year in Q3, but that’s the lowest annual growth rate the company has posted since Q2…



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SearchCap: Google’s Advice On XML vs. RSS, Q3 Paid Search Spend Surges & More

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Tune Your Paid Search Campaigns To Account For Holiday Volatility The relationship between bids and conversions is like that between ice cream sundaes and…



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Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Really, Our Biggest Search Competitor Is Amazon”

The attitudes of European policy makers toward Google seem to have hardened of late. On various regulatory fronts, Google faces vocal critics and well-organized opposition. Google’s Eric Schmidt gave a speech earlier today in Berlin seeking to change some of those hardened hearts and minds….



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SearchCap: Google Not Mobile Icons, Bing & Google Election Search & Amazon Google’s Competitor

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google’s Eric Schmidt In Berlin: “Really, Our Biggest Search Competitor Is Amazon” The attitudes of European policy makers toward Google seem to…



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Google’s Eric Schmidt In Berlin: “Really, Our Biggest Search Competitor Is Amazon”

The attitudes of European policy makers toward Google seem to have hardened of late. On various regulatory fronts, Google faces vocal critics and well-organized opposition. Google’s Eric Schmidt gave a speech earlier today in Berlin seeking to change some of those hardened hearts and minds….



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Google’s Chromecast Can Now Beam Art And Your Photos To Your TV

If you’re concerned about Google neglecting Chromecast lately, take heart: The tech giant has not forsaken the $35 TV stick. On the contrary, this week the company finally delivered on Backdrop, a new feature it first promised at the Google I/O developer conference last June

Chromecast’s answer to smart screen savers, Backdrop’s concept is pretty simple: When the device isn’t being used to stream Netflix, Pandora or other streaming options, it flows in photos, news headlines and other items. 

Chromecast previously displayed photos in standby mode before, but now it can pipe pics from your Google+ albums or Google Earth, as well as weather info and pre-selected art and news from the likes of The New York Times, The Guardian and Saveur. 

See also: Google’s TV-Streaming Stick Chromecast Just Got Even Sexier

There’s only one down side: You only have control over a single area, your Google+ photos. The rest are chosen for you.

This lack of customizability seems like a missed opportunity. Developers would probably love having access to the standby mode of the biggest screen in the house. And customers would then get to personalize more of their Backdrops—perhaps with different feeds and artwork. 

As it is, other companies—like ArtKick and new online art contender Depict—are already exploring how our TVs can function as hifalutin picture frames for photos or art. Right now, both support casting, or sending media, to Chromecast-connected televisions. But that requires action on the part of users. Neither have access to the device’s (potentially valuable) screensaver mode. 

Perhaps Google will open it up at some point. After all, even though things have been fairly quiet on the Chromecast front these past couple of months, it’s still a popular TV streaming device, and development has been on an upward climb. 

See also: Why Your Apps Keep Asking To Use Your Microphone

According to analytics firm App Annie, its app is the most popular for the “connected devices” category, and it has returned to the top of Amazon’s best-selling electronics list. Much of that has to do with its impulse-buy price tag of $35. Not bad for a streaming gadget by a major technology company—especially since it’s bound to get even better over time. 

Google’s Chromecast engineering team announced that the TV stick will get ultrasonic pairing and broader expansion for the TV Queue that has been, so far, limited to YouTube. In the mean time, the apps just keep on coming. The latest ones include WATCH Disney Channel, Twitch, iHeart Radio and DramaFever. 

As for Backdrop, you can check it out in the newly updated Chromecast mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices

Lead image by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; all others courtesy of Google

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Is Google’s Knowledge Vault Smarter Than Siri and Cortana?

In a knowledge panel test conducted by Stone Temple Consulting, Google Now is in the lead in terms of the volume of queries addressed, and is more accurate than Siri and Cortana.

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Bing Shows What’s Playing At The Movies, In Remake Of Google’s Own Film Carousel

Bing has a new way of showing you what’s playing in your local theater, a “carousel” format that lets you browse what’s playing. If you think you’ve seen this before, you have. It’s how Google already does it. The Movie Carousel A search for something like…



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Google’s “In The News” Box Now Lists More Than Traditional News Sites

Google has confirmed that new “In The News” box appearing in some of its search results now lists content from more than just the traditional news sites. Discussions at Reddit, blog posts, videos and more from non-news sites may turn up. Earlier, Search Engine Land reported how content…



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