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  • Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands… Read More

  • Google is turning its search engine into a live TV guide

    Google is turning its search engine into a live TV guide

    Google says it will soon add live TV listings to its search engine, allowing web users to find out when their favorite shows or movies will be airing. But in a nod to the many non-traditional ways that consumers watch TV today, the company says that it will also display the apps and websites where you can view the show’s latest episode. This new feature is in addition to a Search… Read More

  • Telegram beefs up its bot platform

    Telegram beefs up its bot platform

    Later today at its f8 developer conference Facebook is expected to unveil a big push into bots on its Messenger platform. So little surprise that rival messaging platform Telegram has taken the opportunity to remind people it launched its own bot platform back in June 2015 — by announcing a 2.0 update to said platform today, the biggest update since launch it says. Read More

  • E-commerce search startup Twiggle scores $12.5M Series A led by Naspers

    E-commerce search startup Twiggle scores $12.5M Series A led by Naspers

    Search engines on large e-commerce sites often spit up a lot of results, which is great if you want to browse, but otherwise annoying. Twiggle thinks it has the solution. Internet conglomerate Naspers agrees, because it has led the Tel Aviv-based startup’s $12.5 million Series A. Yahoo Japan, State of Mind Ventures (a returning investor), and Sir Ronald Cohen also participated in the round. Read More

  • AppDirect makes cross-cloud search vendor Xendo its sixth acquisition

    AppDirect makes cross-cloud search vendor Xendo its sixth acquisition

    AppDirect, a company that helps customers manage multiple cloud vendors, announced today it was buying former Startup Battlefield participant Xendo for an undisclosed amount. Xendo, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in September, 2014 enables users to conduct federated searches across cloud services, a function that could prove quite useful for AppDirect. In fact, AppDirect CEO… Read More

  • Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

    Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

    Cisco announced it has purchased Synata, a search startup that allows users to search across on-premise or cloud repositories simultaneously. Cisco plans to integrate the Synata technology into its Spark communications platform (which should not to be confused with Apache Spark). While Cisco usually reveals purchase prices, because it was under $100 million, it chose to keep this one… Read More

  • NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

    NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

    The NBA announced today that it was bringing natural language queries to its online stats pages on NBA.com. The feature enables fans to type a question in a natural way and the site should come back with your answer without having to dig for it. The feature is launching in Beta starting tomorrow. The technology underlying this new functionality is supplied by a partnership with SAP using… Read More

  • Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates Into Search Results

    Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates Into Search Results

    Google announced today that it will begin testing an experimental feature will allow presidential candidates to respond to issues brought up during the Republican debate in real-time directly in Google’s search results. The search company says the feature is meant to “level the playing field” as it lets the candidates share their ideas or positions – even if they… Read More

  • Google Updates “Now On Tap” To Let You Track Packages, Flights And Find Related Articles

    Google Updates “Now On Tap” To Let You Track Packages, Flights And Find Related Articles

    Google is expanding the capabilities of its clever mobile feature, “Google Now on Tap,” which offers additional information about what you’re looking at within a mobile application without having to exit and then perform a Google search. Before, the feature supported the ability to find restaurants and points of interest, learn more about songs or artists in music apps… Read More

  • Google Turns Image Search Into Pinterest With New “Collections” Feature

    Google Turns Image Search Into Pinterest With New “Collections” Feature

    Watch out, Pinterest, you’ve got new competition. Google has now rolled out a new feature on its search engine that offers users an easy way to save to save images they find to collections they can reference at a later time. The search giant suggests you could use the feature for saving things like hairstyle examples to show your stylist, or snowman ideas to have some winter fun. Read More

  • Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

    A number of mobile app developers and industry observers recently noticed a significant change in the way the Apple App Store’s search algorithms are returning results. Developers say that, following a series of shifts that took place beginning on November 3, app search results now appear to be more intelligent and far more relevant – especially among the top results – than… Read More