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Google also says it has indexed 100 billion links within apps.

Earlier this year, Google announced that for the first time, it was seeing more search activity on mobile than desktop. The caveat was that this was for 10 countries, including the US. Today, Google has now said this is the case worldwide.

Source: Search Engine Land

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The Number UK has posted a 10pc fall in turnover but royalties from its European arms have propped up profits

The directory enquiries service 118 118 has seen its revenues fall 10pc last year to £62m, leaving the firm about half as busy as it was five years ago.

The Number UK, which has operated the phone number since directory enquiries were deregulated in 2003, said profits rose from £70.9m to £77m, helped by royalty fees from European subsidiaries.

Chief executive Nik Hole said there “hasn’t really been a significant change in trading volumes” since an Ofcom rule change this summer prompted 118 118 to raise its fees to £2.75 per call plus £2.99 per minute, plus an access charge for the phone operator.

The Cardiff-based company directly employed 51 people at the end of 2014, down from 64 in the prior year and more than 1,000 a decade ago, when the firm had its own call centre.

The Number UK also booked a £10.3m writedown on its subsidiaries KGB Text UK and KGB (UK) Limited. The firm’s ultimate owner is KGB, a New York-based group that runs enquiry services and deals websites around the world.

Source: The Telegraph

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Google dominates the overall search landscape, with 63.8% of the US desktop search traffic in August 2015, according to comScore. Its next nearest competitor is Microsoft's Bing, which has a 20.6% share.

But search is facing a huge challenge. The paid search business was built on a desktop browser model. And consumers are increasingly shifting to mobile. On mobile, consumers say they just don't search as much as they used to because they have apps that cater to their specific needs. They might still perform searches within those apps, but they're not doing as many searches on traditional search engines (although Google, Bing, and so on do power some in-app search engines.)

It sounds obvious, but there's new data to show it's a trend that's really happening. And it could have a severe impact on Google's (and Bing, and Yahoo's) core search business. Indeed, data from eMarketer shows search ad spend growth is set to decline from 2014 through to 2019.

Source: Business Insider

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Bill Gurley, one of the smartest thinkers in the technology industry, did a big interview last week at the Sailthru e-commerce conference.

During the interview, he said he saw shades of 1999 in some companies getting millions of dollars in venture funding. Those comments, naturally, garnered a lot attention.

He had equally startling comments, however, about Amazon and Google.

After listening to Gurley, it's hard not to be impressed by Amazon. It's equally hard not to be pessimistic about the future of Google

Source: Business Insider

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I admit: I'm a tree hugger. A nature lover. A fresh air fanatic and avid recycler. So it's not a stretch that I'm incensed with the Yellow Pages. (Or rather "YP" -- brilliant brand refresh -- seriously. Much cooler now.)

Is it just me or do you too find it incredibly irresponsible to waste all of this paper for a service that is no longer relevant? When was the last time you said to your partner, "Hold on! I'll grab the Yellow Pages to look up that number for the take out Chinese place!"?

At one time, a long time ago and before the dawn of the internet, the Yellow Pages provided a valid service. But that was when rotary phones were around. Now it's not too difficult to see their existence is purely to sell advertising to every insurance broker and injury lawyer in your town. And that magnet that's glued to the cover? That small business paid extra for that. I wonder if their appliances are stainless steel like so many of us.

Even still, the most egregious thing about YP remains opting out. After jumping through several security hoops, you will have to open an account with them. That's right: You cannot opt out of delivery of the YP without first opening an account with them.

Source: Huffington Post

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