Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Monday February 7, 2011
By taking on spammers and rolling out custom features, Blekko is solidifying its status as a search engine contender while a heated feud preoccupies the competition. At a pace of 1 million searches daily and backed by heavy-hitters like Ashton Kutcher, Rich Skrenta’s upstart engine is unlikely to stay on the sidelines.
Another round of venture capital for parent company Kashless helps Tippr reinforce its position alongside daily deal rivals like LivingSocial. The Seattle-based site helmed by Martin Tobias could be on Google’s shopping list since Groupon slipped out of the search giant’s grasp.
Is Google losing battle against spam? Washington Post
Search efficiency is dropping as spam overtakes Google, putting the web stalwart on the defensive while rival Bing improves its own record. With searchers increasingly relying on firsthand responses from social networks like Twitter, Facebook recently surpassed Google in total visits.