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Google Launches Shopping Page to Combat Amazon

Google shopping page

Google and Amazon continue to fight for prime position on the net, trying to draw as many advertising dollars as they can. In recent reports, many companies have started spending less on Google ads and more on Amazon ads, finding that consumers often go straight to the source. Rather than searching for a product on Google, they know they want to buy it online and just go straight to Amazon, the sales giant where they are most likely to make that purchase anyway. While Google may provide them with a wider range of options and results, shoppers understand that they're not even going to bargain shop. They're just going to make their purchase quickly on Amazon.

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Google and Amazon End Epic Dispute

Google Amazon dispute

Google and Amazon are two of the biggest tech companies, always striving to make that next innovation and corner the market. While they do compete regularly, it's a bit of a complex relationship since the two have opportunities to overlap. Google can help to run ads for Amazon products and direct traffic, for instance, while Amazon can sell Google-branded products and create sales. It stands to reason that the two have a lot to gain by working together. That's why it was such big news in 2017 when they apparently reached an impasse and decided to go their separate ways.

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Google’s Recent Diversity Update May Present Unique Growth Opportunities for SMBs

Google Diversity Update

Google’s Diversity update, launched last month, intentionally limits the total number of listings in search engine results pages (SERPs) to two per domain. This means that only two pages from the same site may appear in a SERP when a user searches for a particular keyword string.

Based on a recent study conducted by Searchmetrics, it appears that the change is working as Google intended. Although this move is not a fundamental shift in the way Google ranks pages, it is an important development for SMBs looking to gain a foothold in sectors previously dominated by retail and marketing giants.

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Google Shareholders Fail to Stop Dragonfly

Google Dragonfly

Google's Dragonfly project has been incredibly controversial since the public first learned that it existed. The project, shrouded in secrecy, is a search engine aimed at the Chinese market. The catch is that it will be a censored search engine, in compliance with China's strict laws on censorship and information sharing. For many, this appears to fly in the face of everything that the Internet stands for, and the shareholders recently attempted to halt the project. Recent news reports indicate that the measure failed when it was put to a vote, though the specific outcome -- how the vote fell -- is unknown at this time.

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Firefox Accuses Google Chrome of Erecting Barriers to Privacy Settings

Firefox privacy

In a recent fiery announcement, Mozilla Firefox went on the offensive to point fingers at several search engine giants claiming that they intentionally bury enhanced privacy settings. Firefox contends that most users lack the knowledge to understand or reach advanced security features in browsers.

To combat this practice, Firefox stated that new users who download their browser would have enhanced tracking protection turned on by default. The company believes this will not only enhance user privacy, but will help combat what they see as pervasive tracking and personal data collection by third parties.

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