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Articles tagged with: google instant

Google To Acquire Punchd

It seems that Google is about to acquire Punchd to improve their Wallet product. The deal, said to be worth over $10 million, would provide Google with a mobile loyalty card system built on the Android and iOS platforms, which would be perfect for Google Wallet.

Google Wallet could definitely use Punchd to improve its current loyalty provisions. Their system relies heavily on NFC wireless, and Punchd’s system relies on QR codes.

Google Temporarily Disables ‘Realtime’ Search

Google Inc. has temporarily shut down a search engine feature that allows users to find real-time updates from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and other social networking sites.

Particularly useful in ‘breaking news’ scenarios, the feature was given its own URL and additional features last summer. Now Google has announced that it’s been taken offline for the time being, noting in a tweet “We’ve temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We’re exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned.”

Yahoo Launches Search Direct

Yahoo has just launched a new feature called Search Direct, in attempts to compete with Google Instant. Prior to this they had Search Assist, which tried to complete your query and guess your search; however, you still had to hit “Search” to see results. Yahoo is catching up with other search engines with their new Search Direct, which provides answers to queries directly on the search engine page.

There are two parts to this feature: the “universal” search, where relevant data is instantly provided for things like movie times, sports, or weather; and “instant” search which not only guesses your query but shows the results of the assumed search. Of course, by typing in a query and clicking “Search,” you will still be able to see a regular list of links just like everyone’s used to doing.