Late last week web giant Google improved its search capabilities with the acquisition of San Francisco-based Metaweb – an open database of ‘things’.
A US-based start up that launched last year has been snapped up by Google for an estimated $30m as natural language search and summarisation captures the industry’s imagination.
Microsoft seems to be on a roll at the moment, this week adding Canadian Blackberry maker Research In Motion to its lengthening list of partners. The deal announced this week makes Microsoft’s Bing the default search engine and mapping tool on Blackberry handsets, but the appearance of Steve Ballmer alongside RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis at the Blackberry World conference in Orlando, set tongues wagging.
Apple added another string to its bow this week with the acquisition of a mobile search service which pitches itself as a “virtual digital assistant”.
Competition is getting heated in the real time search space as monster social network Facebook snapped up FriendFeed for an undisclosed sum.
The long rumoured partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo has finally come to pass, but not as a merger. Instead, the two companies will combine their search and advertising experience to take on the might of Google.