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RUMOR: Google Is Preparing to Take On Amazon and eBay for Same Day Shipping

RUMOR: Google Is Preparing to Take On Amazon and eBay for Same Day Shipping

TechCrunch reports that Google is hard at work on an Amazon Prime competitor called “Google Shopping Express,” and they’re prepared to lose a little to gain ground.

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Google+ Has a Hangout Problem: MySpace Is More Engaging

Google+ Has a Hangout Problem: MySpace Is More Engaging

Likely drawn in by the musicians and bands that helped push the network into the mainstream in the first place, MySpace still offers something people want. Google+, for all of their brute force efforts, doesn’t seem to have that figured out yet.

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Google+ Opens Up, No Invite Needed

Google+ Opens Up, No Invite Needed

If you’ve been wanting to try Google+ (and you’re not a brand or business), good news: Google’s social project is now available without an invitation. there’s a joke about +1s and guest lists somewhere in there, but we’ll let you come up with your own.

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Google Picks Up Zagat to Bolster Local Reviews

Google Picks Up Zagat to Bolster Local Reviews

Everyone remembers Google’s loss on Groupon, but before that they couldn’t seal the deal with Yelp either. Fast forward a few years, and Google has a Groupon competitor under way, but no product to pose a significant challenge to Yelp. Since it seems like most of the product team power has been dedicated to Google+ (and they even missed a few things there), rather than trying to catch up solely through their own branded local ratings Google acquired the 32-year-old, consumer-led restaurant review company Zagat.

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No Business Plan: Google Boots Google+ Brand & Business Profiles

No Business Plan: Google Boots Google+ Brand & Business Profiles

While we’re fairly certain that Google+ will have a better fate than the acquired and abandoned Boutiques.com fashion social network, but it’s obvious that the search giant is still finding its footing when it comes to social media. Case in point: Google recently killed profiles for brands as diverse as Ford and Sesame Street, with no plans for business profiles for a “few months.” {Search Engine Land}

According to a post by Christian Oestlien, whose profile lists him as The Google+ Project Ads Guy (ironic), it never occurred to any of the brilliant minds in the Googleplex that brands, businesses, groups or other organizations that are larger than one person would want to participate.

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Google to Say Goodbye to Blogger

Google to Say Goodbye to Blogger

Google is getting rid of Blogger, but unlike Boutiques it’s only dropping the name.

Mashable reports that Google, fresh off the successful launch of Google+, is looking to bring more of its social products under the Google brand umbrella and will be rebranding Blogger and Picasa as Google Blogs and Google Photos respectively.

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Mark Zuckerberg Is the Most Followed Person On Google+

Mark Zuckerberg Is the Most Followed Person On Google+

Poor Google. Even on their Facebook killer they can’t escape the dominant social network’s shadow. Google+, the so far, so good attempt from Google to chip away at Facebook’s chokehold on the social networking space, got a pretty warm welcome from Silicon Valley. The worst review we read was that while Google+ is good and just like Facebook in the areas that count, it’s not better than Facebook so beyond the tech set most users probably won’t make the switch. Guess who decided to see if Google+ is doing anything better than Facebook though… that’s right, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg! And now he’s the most followed person on Google+, ahead of Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page.

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Boutiques.com Traffic Drops 94% – Did Google Give Up On Fashion?

Boutiques.com Traffic Drops 94% - Did Google Give Up On Fashion?

Last November Google lifted the curtain on Boutiques.com, the result of the search giant’s $100 million acquisition of Like.com, to great fanfare. All of the right fashion bloggers had their own boutiques on the site, as did a number of celebrities who appear as inspirations on those blogs. The New York launch party was attended by an A-list style set including Carey Mulligan and the Olsen twins among others.

Less than 6 months later, traffic to the site dropped off by 94%. In January, Google AdPlanner estimated Boutiques.com had 2.6 million visitors per month; in April, the estimate was 170,000 visitors. Even worse, it seems that no one noticed.

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Google’s $700 Million ITA Travel Software Acquisition Approved with Conditions

Google's $700 Million ITA Travel Software Acquisition Approved with Conditions

Google struck a deal to acquire travel software provider ITA for $700 million in July of 2010, but the deal quickly met with opposition from ITA customers like Kayak, Expedia and Microsoft, who weren’t enthusiastic about the idea of the ITA data going to Google. Today, the Department of Justice has cleared the way for the acquisition to go through, under specific conditions.

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