Google Shifted Navigation On Its Search Results Page (Again)


Google designers just can’t seem to make up their minds. The left-side navigation on Google search results page was first introduced in May 2010. On November 7 2012, the navigation was shifted to the top (above the search results).

Slightly over a month later, the designers have second thoughts (or third thoughts). Now, the navigation is moved back to the left.

THEN: Navigation on Top

NOW: Back To The Left

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Most Beautiful Pages on New Google+

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Google+ released new UI on April 11, 2012. Brands can now post bigger photos and each Page comes with a cover photo – either display a select group of photos or a panoramic picture, among others.

Hoping to inspire brand people on Google+, I’ve compile a non-exhaustive collection of the most beautiful Pages in new Google+ UI (see below). Let us know which ones are your favorites. Any good ones are missing from this collection?

Google+ Pages Collection

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Android’s Robot Overtakes Opera and Safari as World’s Most Popular Mobile Browser


Robot, Android’s native browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, overtaking Opera’s mobile browser, as revealed by StatCounter’s data.

StatCounter’s mobile browser stats for the period Feb 2011 to Feb 2012 shows that both Robot and Safari, the iPhone’s native browser, are growing in terms of popularity. However, the Android browser saw an impressive growth, overtaking both Nokia’s browser and Safari in May 2011, and most recently overtaking Opera as well.

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3 Billion iPad Apps Downloads Leave Android In The Dust

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iPad users have cumulatively downloaded an estimated 3 billion apps since Apple launched the hugely popular device on April 3, 2010, according to a report by ABI Research, a US-based market intelligence company.

It took iPad users took nearly a year and a half to reach the 3 billion downloads mark; iPhone users took as long as two years before being able to reach that level. In comparison, Android tablets only have around 440 million downloads thus far.

According to the report, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad mainly because Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of OS, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.

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Sergey Brin, Jack Dorsey, Chad Hurley, Jimmy Wales, et al. to U.S. Government: DO NOT Emulate These Oppressive Nations – Malaysia, China, Iran

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Malaysia is one of the three countries (the others are China and Iran) cited by the leading US Internet entrepreneurs in an Open Letter to lawmakers in Washington. The Open Letter opposes the proposed Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which US lawmakers are currently discussing.

According to the letter, both Acts threaten to “give the US Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”

The signatories of the Open Letter include Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google), Jack Dorsey / Evan Williams / Biz Stone (co-founders of Twitter), Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal), Chad Hurley (co-founder of YouTube), Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Jerry Yang (co-founder of Yahoo!), and Pierre Omidyar (founder of e-Bay).

Sergey Brin posted on his Google+ page on why he supports the Open Letter:

In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress — SOPA and PIPA — give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don’t believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

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Online Videos are modern day time suck too: Over 200 BILLION Videos Viewed Globally In A Month

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A total of 1.2 billion people (15 years and above) watched 201.4 billion online videos in October 2011 alone, according to the latest comScore report.

It is not surprising that Google Sites (with YouTube as the key driver) is the top global online video destination, with 88.3 billion videos viewed during the month. Youku, China’s YouTube, is in distant second with 4.6 billion videos viewed and VEVO is third with 3.7 billion videos. Users of the world’s most popular social network, Facebook viewed a total of 2.6 billion videos on the platform.

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Friendster Growth Gaining Traction After Relaunch in Asia

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The new Friendster was launched on June 28 this year, with a focus on delivering more Asia-centric gaming contents. At the same time, it aims to enable games publishers and developers to tap into the vibrant Asian gaming markets. As part of the relaunch, Friendster unveiled a new logo and moved its business operations from the U.S. to Asia (operates mainly from three Asian countries namely in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore).

Since the relaunch, the pioneering social network Friendster is showing positive signs of rejuvenation. So far, the social network has attracted over half a million new users and now includes over 40 premium games and hundreds of free-to-play games and applications. More interestingly, the relaunch has breathed life into its Monthly Active Users and Daily Active Users, which have increased by 50%, to date.

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Mobile9 Delivering 100 TERABYTES of Mobile Contents Per Month

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On Mobile9 website, there are 30 million monthly unique active users downloading a whopping 100 Terabytes of mobile contents each month. No doubt, the 100 Terabytes volume is rather impressive, considering video portal TonTon is streaming 300 Terabytes of video contents per month and Mobile9 users are consuming 1/3 of TonTon’s data volume just by downloading mobile contents.

Anyone can download contents off Mobile9. Out of the 30 million active monthly active users, 9 million are registered members. Majority of the users are from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and also, Germany and the US.

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Google+ in Asia: More than 500,000 Users and India Goes Google+ Crazy

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In just two weeks, the scorching hot new social network Google+ has surpassed the 10 million users mark. The milestone was mentioned by Google CEO Larry Page during an earnings call on July 14 2011. These 10 million users are sharing / receiving 1 billion stuff per day on Google+.

Roughly 90% of Google+ users are from outside the US. In the Asia region, the percentage of global Google+ population is around 6%.

  1. Google+ has now more than 500,000 users in Asia.
  2. Google’s other social network Orkut used to attract the Indian population in large numbers. Now, the Internet users in India are crazy about Google+. They constitutes more than half of the Google+ users in Asia. Globally, India comes in second after the US, in terms of total users. It is worth to note that India is also fast embracing Facebook. In this latest report, India registered 28% growth rate in Quarter 2 2011 and currently behind Indonesia, in term of total Facebook users.
  3. About 78% of Asian Google+ users come from the top 5 countries – India, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan.
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SkyGrid news app goes 2.0, unveils monetization strategy

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Today, SkyGrid unveils the latest version 2.0 of its news aggregation app and introduces some significant enhancements. Changes include a more streamlined topics following and introduction of ads. The Following button on the app is much more prominent (and useful) now. On Twitter, you follow your interests – people and lists. You follow your interests too on SkyGrid app, but in the forms of news topics (people, teams, politics, etc.) and/or websites. Whatever you follow will be listed in the Following page. Whenever there are updates, the Following buttons will display number of available updates.

Another update is the display of interactive ads. Among the high-profile news apps, SkyGrid is one of the first apps (another is Flipboard) to introduce ads. Quite surely, ads strategy will be adopted by most (if not all) mobile news aggregators.

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